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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.

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