Some more pictures now regarding the 29h Duple Roadmaster Coach, especially the cream/green one.
I like the magnifying glass presentation of the basic model in the September 1952 issue of Meccano Magazine. These early graphic representations of the model always show it as slightly too low on its wheels.
This cream/green one seems to have been introduced parallel to the regular blue and red finished examples, as it occurs in the US catalogue of 1952 already.
As far as Iâ€™m aware this is the only explicit advertising of this export model, as later US and other catalogues (US 1953 shown above) only show the blue one and also the red version. Thatâ€™s why I cannot find an end-date of this model. It seems that the boxes have straight, pre-1957 lettering only, which might be an indication. Others may have more information on this.
Here it is, the cream/green one, this one with green hubs, other hub colours are cream and red. The standard box with the blue and red models on each side, shows the correct cream colour dot, done as a sticker (possibly pasted over the green or red dot?). The picture-side oval for the catalogue number of this coach is remarkably black and tiny. Other boxes show a bigger red oval. The initial issues were packed in trade boxes, this export version as well.
A view of the green one and its red and blue contemporary colleagues. Anybody else may explain the later yellow/red one, its availability and date of introduction and discontinuation!
Finally a demonstration of the remarkable colour match of this coach version and the Samua autobus parisien, French no. 29d/570 (the seemingly â€˜missing linkâ€™ between the British Double Decker 29c and the same 29f Observation Coach).
By the way, here they are together, in the 1955 US catalogue, page 18!
Kind regards, Jan