Meccano Factory Drawings
-465 Morris Van 'Capstan' (1957-59)
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--38e Triumph Dolomite Roadster (not issued)
With all the special finishes out there this is a great one for it's own thread,
Here are my modest examples, PLEASE lets see a lot more...
Thanks Chris for starting this new Thread,
Your all red model is a great addition to any collection, but more so to one whose owner really appreciates it and not for its monetary value.
Here is my contribution, all bought through the very early days of eBay, although regrettably, all have long since found a new home and I apologise for the quality of these images as they were photographed with my first digital camera of 1.3mp size. They are lavender and white, red and white, and very dark grey and white:
And coming up last, but really foremost, is my very own 189 Triumph Herald with its original, but slightly tatty box - showing its play wear sustained many years ago! When I received this model it became one of my favourites, especially with my father being a motor mechanic and my first visit to the showroom of our BMC Dealer and seeing at first hand, the real car and its fancy way of checking the oil and water as well as working on the engine!
Bruce (150) #688 30 June 2015
I only have one, and it was purchased new from H.Hudson Dobson in 1959, likely soon after it was introduced in the U.S. catalog. A few small chips, but not too bad for having had it for 56 years. A neat little model!
Unfortunetely Meccano forgot to reproduce the caracteristic white rubber bumpers.
Oh for goodness sake - this was a toy, not a damned collector's model!
But thank you for bringing this serious omission to our attention!
Bruce (150) #690 1 July 2015 2226AEST
Meccano got the bumpers right, as the white rubber bumpers were added later on when the 1200 model was introduced.
"Thanks Chris for starting this new Thread,
Your all red model is a great addition to any collection, but more so to one whose owner really appreciates it and not for its monetary value."
Thanks for the kind words Bruce, other than for insurance I really don't look to the cash value of these, I'd have a few perfect boxed examples if I did, I love to have a wide range of playworns instead as I love to study how the models developed over time, and can get quite excited over a new variation, drives the Wife mad.
I have to agree wholeheartedly with what Bruce said a few days ago.
At this moment assisting in inventorising a huge number of pictures of model cars from all kinds of brands and periods, it strikes me that the 'Herald' name, as embossed in the base plate, is done in a 'traditional' kind of lettertype, deviating from the commonly used standard lettering on Dinky Toys of this era. I'm not familiar enough with this period to know if such deviations do occur on other contemporary models as well, occasionally. Kind regards, Jan
Hi Jan and a Happy New Year!
I can't say whether other models had variations on the embossed lettering of the baseplates but, in this instance, it reflects the script to be found on the dashboard of the 1:1 Triumph Herald. I imagine this was with the agreement of the manufacturer, presumably in the hope that the junior driver might graduate to the real thing on his or her 17th birthday.
Edit: I noted this in the Wikipedia entry for the Triumph Herald. "
Yes there is at least one other model like the Herald, the Renault 4L ref. 518 with tin plate base plate. The plastic base plate has the standard writing. The 4L is as the logo on the real car. At the moment, I can not think of any other but there may be.