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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. I will 'bite the hand that feeds' to remind it why it feeds.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

M is for Merit

This has been imported from 'Boring Blog' (which I will close down) and may have images or other text added in the future.

Merit - by J and L Randall of Potters Bar, where Wardie (BJ Ward/Mastermodels) and Revell [UK] among others also had units/factories.
Games
405 – Remote Control Driving Test (various versions, all with figures and accessories taken from the old Wardie/Master Models moulds)
HO/OO Railway Accessories
K30 - Scammell Scarab and trailer kit (?)
5000
- Imitation Coal
5001
5002 – Ballast bins, 3 pieces
5003
5004 – Lamppost, gas, 8 pieces
5005
5006 – Telephone kiosk and caller, 2 pieces
5007 – Bus stop and shelter, 2 pieces
5008 - Traffic cones, large and small, 20 pieces
5009 - Tyres, 12 pieces
5010 – Railway [shipping] container, 1 piece
5011
5012 – Loading-bay, assembly kit
5013
5014
5015 – Scammell lorry, assembly kit
5016
5017
5018 – Corn stooks, 12 pieces
5019
5020 – Hedges, 8 pieces
5021
5022
5023 – Kissing-gates, 2 pieces
5024 – Stile with two fences, 3 pieces
5025 - Feather-edge [paling] fencing, 20 pieces
5026 – Feather-edge [paling] fencing, 12 pieces (early set)
5026 – Feather-edge [paling] fencing, 10 pieces (late set)
5027 – Post-and-rail fencing, 9 pieces
5028 – Wattle fencing, 12 pieces
5029 – Coalmen and scales, 3 pieces (early set refers to both figures)
5029 – Coalman and scales, 3 pieces
5030 – Coal office
5031 - Coal Bunker (three bays)
5032
5033 - Plate-layers hut
5034 – Fog-man, hut and brazier, 3 pieces
5035 – Signal box, assembly kit
5036 - Water Tower
5037- [Line-side notices?]
5038 – Loading-gauge, 1 piece
5039 – Hording, 1 piece (Shell petroleum design, creosote woodwork, early set)
5039 – Hording, 2 pieces (mixed designs, white woodwork, late set)
5040 – Tunnel
5041
5042
5043
5044
5045 – Tunnel portal, single
5046 – Tunnel portal, double
5047
5048 – Poplar trees, 4 trees
5049 – Alder trees, 3 trees
5050 – Fir trees, 6 trees
5051 – Level signs and mileposts, 6 pieces
5052 – Track-signs, 3 pieces
5053 – Wood planks, 72 pieces (6 bundles of 12 wooden tapers)
5054 – Corrugated asbestos, 6 pieces
5055 – Cycles and stand, 5 pieces
5056 – Passengers seated, 5 pieces
5057 – Passengers standing, set A, 5 pieces
5058 – Passengers standing, set B, 5 pieces
5059 – Station staff, 5 pieces
5060 - Milk Churns
5061 – Platform seats, 12 pieces (early set, green)
5061 – Platform seats, 10 pieces (late set, brown)
5062 – Trunks, suitcases and sack barrows, 12 pieces
5063 – Electric trolley, trailer and driver, 4 pieces (two trailers, truck and driver)
5064 – Sacks and barrels, 24 pieces (pirated/licensed? by Marx)
5065 - Concrete pipes, 6 pieces, (early version)
5065 – Sewage pipes, 4 pieces
, (late version)
5066 – Sacks of coal, 24 pieces
5067 – Oil-drums, 12 pieces, (either red with Shell stickers, or green with BP stickers)
5068 – Station lamppost, 6 pieces (style matches 5087)
5069 – Small packing cases, 6 pieces (two pirated/licensed? by Marx)
5070 – Large packing cases with lids, 3 pieces (6 pieces including lids)
5071
5072 – Oxygen cylinders, 24 pieces
5073
5074
5075 - Tar barrels, (black versions of 5067)
5076
5077 – Track maintenance party, 6 pieces (some poses are the same as 5078)
5078 – Cable laying party, 5 pieces (some poses are the same as 5077)
5079 – Cable Drums, 2 pieces
5080 – Telegraph poles, 6 pieces (pirated/licensed? by Triang in N-Gauge)
5081 - Pallets, assorted, 3 types, 18 pieces
5082 – Locomotive crew, 3 pieces
5083 – Dustbins, 12 pieces (plus 12 lids)
5084 – Girders, 12 pieces
5085 – Fences and gates, 16 pieces
5086 – Parcels, 6 pieces
5087 – Double lamppost, 4 pieces (style matches 5068)
5088 - Skips, large and small, one each
5089 – Mailbags, 15 pieces (pirated/licensed? by Marx)
5090 – Stone walls and buttresses, 7 pieces (3 walls, 4 buttresses)
5091 – Station name-boards, 3 pieces [Potters Bar, home of J&L Randall]
5092 – Carboys, 8 pieces
5093 – Trespass and other board signs, 6 pieces
5094 – Signal and switch box
5095 - Chocolate and weighing machines, 3 pieces
5096 – Ticket collector and box, 1 piece
5097 - Bookstall
5098 - Switch Boxes, 3 pieces
5099
5100 – Cows, 4 pieces
5101
5102 – Dogs, 8 pieces
5103 – Dogs, 8 pieces (number change or early catalogue misspelling?)
5104
5105 – Horses and ponies, 4 pieces
5106
5107
5108 – Pigs and trough, 9 pieces
5109
5110 – Sheeps and lambs, 12 pieces (10 sheep, 2 lambs)
5111
5112
5113
5114
5115 - Farm-workers, 5 pieces
5116 - Army personnel, 5 pieces
5117 - Navy personnel, 5 pieces
5118 - RAF personnel, 5 pieces
5119 - Porters, 5 pieces (from Wardie moulds)
5119 - Porters, 5 pieces
5120 - Schoolgirls and Mistress, 6 pieces
5121 - Schoolboys and Master, 6 pieces
5122 - Hikers, 5 pieces
5123 - Public service personnel, 5 pieces
5124 - Scouts and trek-cart, 4 pieces
5125 - Commuters, 5 pieces
5126 - Walking people, 5 pieces
5127 - People on stairs, 5 pieces
5128 - Ticket collector and queue, 5 pieces
5129
5130
5131
5132 - Horse drawn delivery van, assembly kit
5133 - 1927 Maudsley ML3 bus single-deck Buckingham body
5134
5135 - Thornycroft PB 4-ton lorry kit, 'Hall & Sons' (1926?)
5136 - Thornycroft PB 4-ton lorry kit, GWR livery, Cocolate & Cream (1926?)
5137 - 1927 Maudsley ML3 bus with GWR livery, Cocolate & Cream
5138
5139
5140
5141 – [Age of Steam, set A] (not known if it existed)
5142 – [Age of Steam, set B] (not known if it existed)
5143 – [Age of Steam, set C] (not known if it existed)
5144 – [Age of Steam, set D] (not known if it existed)
5145 – Age of Steam, set E
5146
5147
5148
5149
N-gauge range
5150 – Station staff, 5 pieces
5151 – Passengers (early sets)
5151 – Passengers, set A, 5 pieces (late sets)
5152 – Passengers, set B, 5 pieces
5153 – Passengers, male, set C, 5 pieces
5154 – Passengers, female, set D, 5 pieces
5155 – Passengers, seated, set E, 7 pieces
5156 – Unpainted figures set ‘A’ (20), (20 pieces)
5157 – Unpainted figures set ‘B’ (20), (20 pieces)
5158 – Fir trees, 3 trees
5159
5160
5161 – Tunnel portal, single
5162 – Tunnel portal, double
5163
5164 – Fences, 24 pieces (copied from Faller?)
5165 – Cable drums, 2 pieces
5166 – Cable laying party, 4 pieces
5167 – Track maintenance party, 5 pieces
5168
5169
5170 – Locomotive crew, 3 pieces
5171 – Porters and luggage, 8 pieces
5172 – Porter, trolley, barrels and sacks, 14 pieces
5173 – Porter, trolley, drums and crates, (early set - 13 pieces)
5173 – Porter, trolley, drums and crates, 8 pieces (later sets)
5174
5175
5176 – Farmer and pigs (early set - 9 pieces)
5176 – Farmer and pigs, 8 pieces (late set)
5177 – Shepard and Sheep, 11 pieces
5178 – Horses, 4 pieces (Merit sets)
5178 – Horses (Model scene sets - 6 pieces)
5179 – Cows, 4 pieces
5180
5181
5182 – Telegraph poles, 8 pieces (copied from Tyco?)
5183
5184 – Cars, 3 pieces
Other Toys and Models
6021 – Blow Football (red and blue plastic goalkeepers on stalks)
6228 – Magic Robot Quiz Game (54mm Robot from Cherliea mould)
6475 – World of Sport Quiz Game (Olympic torch athlete)
7614 – Noah’s Ark (complete with Noah and ten animals, pairs of Elephants, Bears, Camels, Asses and Lion & Lioness)
? – Blow Football (green and blue cardboard goalkeepers on sticks)
? – Everest (board game complete with 3 green and 3 orange climber figures)
? – [Circus wagons] (complete with one animal per wagon, animals are the same as the Noah’s Ark - 7614 - animals)

2 comments:

Bernard Taylor said...

The four late Merit sets 5125-8 do exist and I have either packs or all the figures from the first three (so far missed out on the stair climbers on ebay!) I also have the N Gauge unpainted set A (&B) so that definitely existed. I can photograph the figures if needed.
You have confirmed my suspicions that the 'flatties' are related to the old Mastermodels figures.

Maverick Collecting said...

Thanks Bernard

I was pretty sure on the N gauge set as I have set B! But have a rule never to assume until I've seen or held!

Would love pics of the late sets for my records or as a contributory post here.

The story re. moulds is that when Wardie folded, they couldn't pay the last weeks wages, so some of the guys walked - across the road to Randell's - with the moulds!

But how Slater's (and Wills/Ratio?) got hold of them is more of a mystery. Slaters seem to have pantographed them to other sizes as well; 40 and 50mm.

Cheers for the input,
H