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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.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

G is for Guest Post - Sam Toys

This started life as an email which I thought was a listing, probably of more use on the much-neglected A-Z Blog 'pages', and I downloaded it to look at at home, thanked the sender; Angelo, and got on with whatever I was doing!

When I opened it at home I found the following article complete, with embedded images, and frantically wrote to Angelo the next day saying please send the originals so I can run it as an article!

Not only did he send them, but he took new images of most of them and some supporting paperwork, to the point where I now know as much about these as he does . . . in five minutes time - so will you.

I then suggested I post his article as he'd written it and further look at the vehicles in turn after Christmas, but have instead collaged the images and placed them where the single pictures were in the first draft, which is the only real editorial change . . . I hand over to Angelo;

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SAM TOYS - " MILITARY SERIES"

Sam Toys produced model cars in the late 50s and late 60s.

The Military Series was initially composed of seven vehicles which were the plastic copy of similar metal models by the French Dinky Toys.

Below is a copy of the catalog of the period showing the series and the description of each individual vehicle.

3-Ton; 434 Military Ambulance, 443 Jeep Con Rimorchio; 4x4; 626 Military Ambulance; 641 Armi 1-Ton Cargo Truck; 643 Armoured Personnel; 643 Army Water Tanker; 669 Jeep; 670 Armoured Car; 672 Jeep; 673 Scout Car; Armoured Personnel Carrier; Art. 431 Camionetta Militare; Art. 432 Auto Blindata; Art. 433 Autoblindo Per Trasporto; Art. 434 Ambulanza Militare; Art. 435 Auto Cisterna; Art. 436 Carro Esploratore; Art. 437 Jeep; Autocarri Series; Autocarro Con Cannone; Autocarro Militare Aperto; Autocarro Scala Mobile; Autocisterna; Dinky Toys; Duple Body; Ford Ambulance; Fordson-Thames GS-Lorry; French Dinky Toys; GS; Humber Scout Car; Jeep; Jepp; Military Ambulance; Military Series; Military Truck; Military Vehicle; Model Collector Magazine; Muliner Body; Nigel Robertshaw; October 2011 Edition; Re-Issue of 153a; Sam Toys; Saracen Armoured Car; Scout Cars; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Spurling Body; Truck;

3-Ton; 434 Military Ambulance, 443 Jeep Con Rimorchio; 4x4; 626 Military Ambulance; 641 Armi 1-Ton Cargo Truck; 643 Armoured Personnel; 643 Army Water Tanker; 669 Jeep; 670 Armoured Car; 672 Jeep; 673 Scout Car; Armoured Personnel Carrier; Art. 431 Camionetta Militare; Art. 432 Auto Blindata; Art. 433 Autoblindo Per Trasporto; Art. 434 Ambulanza Militare; Art. 435 Auto Cisterna; Art. 436 Carro Esploratore; Art. 437 Jeep; Autocarri Series; Autocarro Con Cannone; Autocarro Militare Aperto; Autocarro Scala Mobile; Autocisterna; Dinky Toys; Duple Body; Ford Ambulance; Fordson-Thames GS-Lorry; French Dinky Toys; GS; Humber Scout Car; Jeep; Jepp; Military Ambulance; Military Series; Military Truck; Military Vehicle; Model Collector Magazine; Muliner Body; Nigel Robertshaw; October 2011 Edition; Re-Issue of 153a; Sam Toys; Saracen Armoured Car; Scout Cars; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Spurling Body; Truck;
Art. 431 – CAMIONETTA MILITARE - copy of model 641 ARMY "1-TON CARGO TRUCK" by Dinky Toys

3-Ton; 434 Military Ambulance, 443 Jeep Con Rimorchio; 4x4; 626 Military Ambulance; 641 Armi 1-Ton Cargo Truck; 643 Armoured Personnel; 643 Army Water Tanker; 669 Jeep; 670 Armoured Car; 672 Jeep; 673 Scout Car; Armoured Personnel Carrier; Art. 431 Camionetta Militare; Art. 432 Auto Blindata; Art. 433 Autoblindo Per Trasporto; Art. 434 Ambulanza Militare; Art. 435 Auto Cisterna; Art. 436 Carro Esploratore; Art. 437 Jeep; Autocarri Series; Autocarro Con Cannone; Autocarro Militare Aperto; Autocarro Scala Mobile; Autocisterna; Dinky Toys; Duple Body; Ford Ambulance; Fordson-Thames GS-Lorry; French Dinky Toys; GS; Humber Scout Car; Jeep; Jepp; Military Ambulance; Military Series; Military Truck; Military Vehicle; Model Collector Magazine; Muliner Body; Nigel Robertshaw; October 2011 Edition; Re-Issue of 153a; Sam Toys; Saracen Armoured Car; Scout Cars; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Spurling Body; Truck;
Art. 432 – AUTO BLINDATA - copy of model 670 "ARMOURED CAR" by Dinky Toys

3-Ton; 434 Military Ambulance, 443 Jeep Con Rimorchio; 4x4; 626 Military Ambulance; 641 Armi 1-Ton Cargo Truck; 643 Armoured Personnel; 643 Army Water Tanker; 669 Jeep; 670 Armoured Car; 672 Jeep; 673 Scout Car; Armoured Personnel Carrier; Art. 431 Camionetta Militare; Art. 432 Auto Blindata; Art. 433 Autoblindo Per Trasporto; Art. 434 Ambulanza Militare; Art. 435 Auto Cisterna; Art. 436 Carro Esploratore; Art. 437 Jeep; Autocarri Series; Autocarro Con Cannone; Autocarro Militare Aperto; Autocarro Scala Mobile; Autocisterna; Dinky Toys; Duple Body; Ford Ambulance; Fordson-Thames GS-Lorry; French Dinky Toys; GS; Humber Scout Car; Jeep; Jepp; Military Ambulance; Military Series; Military Truck; Military Vehicle; Model Collector Magazine; Muliner Body; Nigel Robertshaw; October 2011 Edition; Re-Issue of 153a; Sam Toys; Saracen Armoured Car; Scout Cars; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Spurling Body; Truck;
Art. 433 – AUTOBLINDO PER TRASPORTO - copy of model 643 “ARMOURED PERSONNEL” by Dinky Toys

3-Ton; 434 Military Ambulance, 443 Jeep Con Rimorchio; 4x4; 626 Military Ambulance; 641 Armi 1-Ton Cargo Truck; 643 Armoured Personnel; 643 Army Water Tanker; 669 Jeep; 670 Armoured Car; 672 Jeep; 673 Scout Car; Armoured Personnel Carrier; Art. 431 Camionetta Militare; Art. 432 Auto Blindata; Art. 433 Autoblindo Per Trasporto; Art. 434 Ambulanza Militare; Art. 435 Auto Cisterna; Art. 436 Carro Esploratore; Art. 437 Jeep; Autocarri Series; Autocarro Con Cannone; Autocarro Militare Aperto; Autocarro Scala Mobile; Autocisterna; Dinky Toys; Duple Body; Ford Ambulance; Fordson-Thames GS-Lorry; French Dinky Toys; GS; Humber Scout Car; Jeep; Jepp; Military Ambulance; Military Series; Military Truck; Military Vehicle; Model Collector Magazine; Muliner Body; Nigel Robertshaw; October 2011 Edition; Re-Issue of 153a; Sam Toys; Saracen Armoured Car; Scout Cars; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Spurling Body; Truck;
Art. 434 – AMBULANZA MILITARE - copy of mode 626 “MILITARY AMBULANCE” by Dinky Toys

3-Ton; 434 Military Ambulance, 443 Jeep Con Rimorchio; 4x4; 626 Military Ambulance; 641 Armi 1-Ton Cargo Truck; 643 Armoured Personnel; 643 Army Water Tanker; 669 Jeep; 670 Armoured Car; 672 Jeep; 673 Scout Car; Armoured Personnel Carrier; Art. 431 Camionetta Militare; Art. 432 Auto Blindata; Art. 433 Autoblindo Per Trasporto; Art. 434 Ambulanza Militare; Art. 435 Auto Cisterna; Art. 436 Carro Esploratore; Art. 437 Jeep; Autocarri Series; Autocarro Con Cannone; Autocarro Militare Aperto; Autocarro Scala Mobile; Autocisterna; Dinky Toys; Duple Body; Ford Ambulance; Fordson-Thames GS-Lorry; French Dinky Toys; GS; Humber Scout Car; Jeep; Jepp; Military Ambulance; Military Series; Military Truck; Military Vehicle; Model Collector Magazine; Muliner Body; Nigel Robertshaw; October 2011 Edition; Re-Issue of 153a; Sam Toys; Saracen Armoured Car; Scout Cars; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Spurling Body; Truck;
Art. 435 – AUTO CISTERNA  - copy of model 643 “ARMY WATER TANKER” by Dinky Toys

3-Ton; 434 Military Ambulance, 443 Jeep Con Rimorchio; 4x4; 626 Military Ambulance; 641 Armi 1-Ton Cargo Truck; 643 Armoured Personnel; 643 Army Water Tanker; 669 Jeep; 670 Armoured Car; 672 Jeep; 673 Scout Car; Armoured Personnel Carrier; Art. 431 Camionetta Militare; Art. 432 Auto Blindata; Art. 433 Autoblindo Per Trasporto; Art. 434 Ambulanza Militare; Art. 435 Auto Cisterna; Art. 436 Carro Esploratore; Art. 437 Jeep; Autocarri Series; Autocarro Con Cannone; Autocarro Militare Aperto; Autocarro Scala Mobile; Autocisterna; Dinky Toys; Duple Body; Ford Ambulance; Fordson-Thames GS-Lorry; French Dinky Toys; GS; Humber Scout Car; Jeep; Jepp; Military Ambulance; Military Series; Military Truck; Military Vehicle; Model Collector Magazine; Muliner Body; Nigel Robertshaw; October 2011 Edition; Re-Issue of 153a; Sam Toys; Saracen Armoured Car; Scout Cars; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Spurling Body; Truck;
Art. 436 – CARRO ESPLORATORE - copy of model 673 “SCOUT CAR” by  Dinky Toys

3-Ton; 434 Military Ambulance, 443 Jeep Con Rimorchio; 4x4; 626 Military Ambulance; 641 Armi 1-Ton Cargo Truck; 643 Armoured Personnel; 643 Army Water Tanker; 669 Jeep; 670 Armoured Car; 672 Jeep; 673 Scout Car; Armoured Personnel Carrier; Art. 431 Camionetta Militare; Art. 432 Auto Blindata; Art. 433 Autoblindo Per Trasporto; Art. 434 Ambulanza Militare; Art. 435 Auto Cisterna; Art. 436 Carro Esploratore; Art. 437 Jeep; Autocarri Series; Autocarro Con Cannone; Autocarro Militare Aperto; Autocarro Scala Mobile; Autocisterna; Dinky Toys; Duple Body; Ford Ambulance; Fordson-Thames GS-Lorry; French Dinky Toys; GS; Humber Scout Car; Jeep; Jepp; Military Ambulance; Military Series; Military Truck; Military Vehicle; Model Collector Magazine; Muliner Body; Nigel Robertshaw; October 2011 Edition; Re-Issue of 153a; Sam Toys; Saracen Armoured Car; Scout Cars; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Spurling Body; Truck;
Art. 437 – JEEP - copy of model 669 “JEEP” or 672 "JEEP" (re-issue of 153a) by Dinky Toys
                              Note the error in the name in JEPP

Later, other models were added that were variants of the first series.

3-Ton; 434 Military Ambulance, 443 Jeep Con Rimorchio; 4x4; 626 Military Ambulance; 641 Armi 1-Ton Cargo Truck; 643 Armoured Personnel; 643 Army Water Tanker; 669 Jeep; 670 Armoured Car; 672 Jeep; 673 Scout Car; Armoured Personnel Carrier; Art. 431 Camionetta Militare; Art. 432 Auto Blindata; Art. 433 Autoblindo Per Trasporto; Art. 434 Ambulanza Militare; Art. 435 Auto Cisterna; Art. 436 Carro Esploratore; Art. 437 Jeep; Autocarri Series; Autocarro Con Cannone; Autocarro Militare Aperto; Autocarro Scala Mobile; Autocisterna; Dinky Toys; Duple Body; Ford Ambulance; Fordson-Thames GS-Lorry; French Dinky Toys; GS; Humber Scout Car; Jeep; Jepp; Military Ambulance; Military Series; Military Truck; Military Vehicle; Model Collector Magazine; Muliner Body; Nigel Robertshaw; October 2011 Edition; Re-Issue of 153a; Sam Toys; Saracen Armoured Car; Scout Cars; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Spurling Body; Truck;
A first variant was the MILITARY TRUCK where 4 soldiers were added to the platform. This meant that the lorry remained uncovered because it was not possible to put the tarpaulin with the seated soldiers.

The next 4 models were created using the floor of the MILITARY AMBULANCE which on the bottom always showed the writing 434 Military Ambulance for all these models.

3-Ton; 434 Military Ambulance, 443 Jeep Con Rimorchio; 4x4; 626 Military Ambulance; 641 Armi 1-Ton Cargo Truck; 643 Armoured Personnel; 643 Army Water Tanker; 669 Jeep; 670 Armoured Car; 672 Jeep; 673 Scout Car; Armoured Personnel Carrier; Art. 431 Camionetta Militare; Art. 432 Auto Blindata; Art. 433 Autoblindo Per Trasporto; Art. 434 Ambulanza Militare; Art. 435 Auto Cisterna; Art. 436 Carro Esploratore; Art. 437 Jeep; Autocarri Series; Autocarro Con Cannone; Autocarro Militare Aperto; Autocarro Scala Mobile; Autocisterna; Dinky Toys; Duple Body; Ford Ambulance; Fordson-Thames GS-Lorry; French Dinky Toys; GS; Humber Scout Car; Jeep; Jepp; Military Ambulance; Military Series; Military Truck; Military Vehicle; Model Collector Magazine; Muliner Body; Nigel Robertshaw; October 2011 Edition; Re-Issue of 153a; Sam Toys; Saracen Armoured Car; Scout Cars; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Spurling Body; Truck;
AUTOCARRO SCALA MOBILE

3-Ton; 434 Military Ambulance, 443 Jeep Con Rimorchio; 4x4; 626 Military Ambulance; 641 Armi 1-Ton Cargo Truck; 643 Armoured Personnel; 643 Army Water Tanker; 669 Jeep; 670 Armoured Car; 672 Jeep; 673 Scout Car; Armoured Personnel Carrier; Art. 431 Camionetta Militare; Art. 432 Auto Blindata; Art. 433 Autoblindo Per Trasporto; Art. 434 Ambulanza Militare; Art. 435 Auto Cisterna; Art. 436 Carro Esploratore; Art. 437 Jeep; Autocarri Series; Autocarro Con Cannone; Autocarro Militare Aperto; Autocarro Scala Mobile; Autocisterna; Dinky Toys; Duple Body; Ford Ambulance; Fordson-Thames GS-Lorry; French Dinky Toys; GS; Humber Scout Car; Jeep; Jepp; Military Ambulance; Military Series; Military Truck; Military Vehicle; Model Collector Magazine; Muliner Body; Nigel Robertshaw; October 2011 Edition; Re-Issue of 153a; Sam Toys; Saracen Armoured Car; Scout Cars; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Spurling Body; Truck;
AUTOCARRO CON CANNONE

3-Ton; 434 Military Ambulance, 443 Jeep Con Rimorchio; 4x4; 626 Military Ambulance; 641 Armi 1-Ton Cargo Truck; 643 Armoured Personnel; 643 Army Water Tanker; 669 Jeep; 670 Armoured Car; 672 Jeep; 673 Scout Car; Armoured Personnel Carrier; Art. 431 Camionetta Militare; Art. 432 Auto Blindata; Art. 433 Autoblindo Per Trasporto; Art. 434 Ambulanza Militare; Art. 435 Auto Cisterna; Art. 436 Carro Esploratore; Art. 437 Jeep; Autocarri Series; Autocarro Con Cannone; Autocarro Militare Aperto; Autocarro Scala Mobile; Autocisterna; Dinky Toys; Duple Body; Ford Ambulance; Fordson-Thames GS-Lorry; French Dinky Toys; GS; Humber Scout Car; Jeep; Jepp; Military Ambulance; Military Series; Military Truck; Military Vehicle; Model Collector Magazine; Muliner Body; Nigel Robertshaw; October 2011 Edition; Re-Issue of 153a; Sam Toys; Saracen Armoured Car; Scout Cars; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Spurling Body; Truck;
AUTOCISTERNA

3-Ton; 434 Military Ambulance, 443 Jeep Con Rimorchio; 4x4; 626 Military Ambulance; 641 Armi 1-Ton Cargo Truck; 643 Armoured Personnel; 643 Army Water Tanker; 669 Jeep; 670 Armoured Car; 672 Jeep; 673 Scout Car; Armoured Personnel Carrier; Art. 431 Camionetta Militare; Art. 432 Auto Blindata; Art. 433 Autoblindo Per Trasporto; Art. 434 Ambulanza Militare; Art. 435 Auto Cisterna; Art. 436 Carro Esploratore; Art. 437 Jeep; Autocarri Series; Autocarro Con Cannone; Autocarro Militare Aperto; Autocarro Scala Mobile; Autocisterna; Dinky Toys; Duple Body; Ford Ambulance; Fordson-Thames GS-Lorry; French Dinky Toys; GS; Humber Scout Car; Jeep; Jepp; Military Ambulance; Military Series; Military Truck; Military Vehicle; Model Collector Magazine; Muliner Body; Nigel Robertshaw; October 2011 Edition; Re-Issue of 153a; Sam Toys; Saracen Armoured Car; Scout Cars; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Spurling Body; Truck;
AUTOCARRO MILITARE APERTO

3-Ton; 434 Military Ambulance, 443 Jeep Con Rimorchio; 4x4; 626 Military Ambulance; 641 Armi 1-Ton Cargo Truck; 643 Armoured Personnel; 643 Army Water Tanker; 669 Jeep; 670 Armoured Car; 672 Jeep; 673 Scout Car; Armoured Personnel Carrier; Art. 431 Camionetta Militare; Art. 432 Auto Blindata; Art. 433 Autoblindo Per Trasporto; Art. 434 Ambulanza Militare; Art. 435 Auto Cisterna; Art. 436 Carro Esploratore; Art. 437 Jeep; Autocarri Series; Autocarro Con Cannone; Autocarro Militare Aperto; Autocarro Scala Mobile; Autocisterna; Dinky Toys; Duple Body; Ford Ambulance; Fordson-Thames GS-Lorry; French Dinky Toys; GS; Humber Scout Car; Jeep; Jepp; Military Ambulance; Military Series; Military Truck; Military Vehicle; Model Collector Magazine; Muliner Body; Nigel Robertshaw; October 2011 Edition; Re-Issue of 153a; Sam Toys; Saracen Armoured Car; Scout Cars; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Spurling Body; Truck;
Finally there is a model 443 - JEEP CON RIMORCHIO that the SAM TOYS inserted in the AUTOCARRI series, but that actually refers to a military vehicle.

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A few points I'll add, all from the material provided by Angelo, firstly, the lorry used for ambulance and plug-in bodies is now recognised as being the Truck, 3-Ton, 4x4, GS, Ford Ambulance (Spurling, Muliner or Duple [bodies]), AKA; Fordson-Thames GS-Lorry, and an excellent article on all the toy versions (we've had the diminutive Matchbox RAF version on the blog and the article attributes the MPC 'Mini' ambulance - also seen here - to the same marque) appeared in the October 2011 edition of Model Collector magazine, with Nigel Robertshaw in the author's chair.

3-Ton; 434 Military Ambulance, 443 Jeep Con Rimorchio; 4x4; 626 Military Ambulance; 641 Armi 1-Ton Cargo Truck; 643 Armoured Personnel; 643 Army Water Tanker; 669 Jeep; 670 Armoured Car; 672 Jeep; 673 Scout Car; Armoured Personnel Carrier; Art. 431 Camionetta Militare; Art. 432 Auto Blindata; Art. 433 Autoblindo Per Trasporto; Art. 434 Ambulanza Militare; Art. 435 Auto Cisterna; Art. 436 Carro Esploratore; Art. 437 Jeep; Autocarri Series; Autocarro Con Cannone; Autocarro Militare Aperto; Autocarro Scala Mobile; Autocisterna; Dinky Toys; Duple Body; Ford Ambulance; Fordson-Thames GS-Lorry; French Dinky Toys; GS; Humber Scout Car; Jeep; Jepp; Military Ambulance; Military Series; Military Truck; Military Vehicle; Model Collector Magazine; Muliner Body; Nigel Robertshaw; October 2011 Edition; Re-Issue of 153a; Sam Toys; Saracen Armoured Car; Scout Cars; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Spurling Body; Truck;
The image from which Angelo cropped the 'civi' Jeep, also has civilianised versions of the same lorry, each in a 'wagon-&-drag' configuration (commoner on the continent, although a lot of haulage companies use them on their late night 'trunckers' so you often see them on the motorway network in the early hours), along with a wrecker-body version of the Humber 1-Ton, which is lovely!

Many, many thanks to Angelo for sending this into the blog, a relatively unknown series of non-Hong Kong copies, and I'm very fond of my one example, the Humber with passengers.

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