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I’m a 51-year-old Aspergic CAD-Monkey. Sardonic, cynical and with the political leanings of a social reformer, I’m also a toy and model figure collector, particularly interested in the history of plastics and plastic toys. Other interests are history, current affairs, modern art, and architecture, gardening and natural history. I love plain chocolate, fireworks and trees but I don’t hug them, I do hug kittens. I hate ignorance, when it can be avoided, so I hate the 'educational' establishment and pity the millions they’ve failed with teaching-to-test and rote 'learning' and I hate the short-sighted stupidity of the entire ruling/industrial elite, with their planet destroying fascism and added “buy-one-get-one-free”. I also have no time for fools and little time for the false crap we're all supposed to pretend we haven't noticed, or the games we're supposed to play.

Monday, October 17, 2011

M is for Mini-trucks, Part 2 - Types 1-1B

So looking at the various types in turn; it is of course my own numbering system, and is both entirely arbitrary and subject to change many years from now!!

The three 'best quality versions of the 'Mini-truck'. Kleeware originals which we have seen before here, and the better Hong Kong pirates, these early (or 'first generation') copies try to reproduce the undercarriage and Kleeware mounting method.

Type 1 - Kleeware (and Pyro?) - originals

Hard polystyrene plastic
Multi-part, plugged and glued
Steel axles with black styrene wheels
No windows
Unmarked
Same colours all over; bodies, cabs and plug-ins
Set – ARMY VEHICLES

Type 1A – direct copies of Kleeware originals

Soft polyethylene plastic
Multi-part, plugged
Steel axles with black ethylene wheels
No windows
Marked with small ‘MADE IN HONG KONG’ along under frame
Same colours all over; bodies, cabs and plug-ins
Passable colour match for Kleeware
New load - Pile of ammo-boxes similar to Giant western wagon
53mm long

Type 1B

Soft polyethylene plastic
Multi-part, plugged
Steel axles with black ethylene wheels
No windows, loss of detail to underside
Marked with larger ‘HONG KONG’ along under frame
Plug-ins now black, rest an emerald green
New load – Low canvas cover
53mm long

More Type 1B body types including some of the civilian versions. These (the military ones) are among the darkest green plastic of all these trucks, of all types.

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