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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.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

T is for Tanker Truck

The 1956 Ford F800 V8 Big Job with 'Conventional' cab to be exact...I'm informed? By Aurora. The same tanker-trailer 'semi' ('artic') was made available as a gasoline (petrol) tanker with a 1951/3 White's CoE (Cab-over-Engine) unit which now looks like a 1930's Sci-Fi movie model rather than a real truck!

In this configuration it was sold as a Milk Tanker and I have the transfers, but feel wont to use them when they are probably of more value/interest remaining on the backing paper...and they've yellowed quite severely so would probably break-up if I tried to slide them of the sheet?

They were sold as 'S-scale' (actually a gauge; 7/8ths of an inch between rails representing 4'8"s) which equates to 1:64th (one of the two US 'HO' sizes!), with figures around 27mm, this was a popular gauge between HO and O, with American Flyer being one company that specialised in the size.

Chunky parts, wheels turn, hood (bonnet) opens that's about it really, bit of a box-ticker, due to it's size it could be seriously 'Mad Max'ed' for Road Wars or something in 28mm Role Play...but find your own...vandal!

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