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Chris Sweetman 04-29-2011 04:11 PM

PICS Scammell Tipper Truck .........
Lesney "Matchbox" "King Size"

Model: Scammell Contractor Tipper Truck

Reference number: K19

Scale: 1:69th according to Matchbox catalogues

Actual scale: 1:64th based on the short wheelbase Contractor and height to top of cab.

Length: overall 119mm wheelbase 74mm

Made in England

Lesney introduced their 'King Size' series into the 'Matchbox' line up in 1960. Interestingly 'King Size' was selected as the name because it related to the current 'Matchbox' series. Here matches linked to king sized cigarettes! This fact is mentioned in 'Collecting Matchbox Diecast Toys - The First Forty Years' by Kevin McGimpsey and Stewart Orr published for Matchbox International by Major Models in 1989. The 'King Size' series comprised of heavy duty work vehicles that were scaled to cars in the 'Matchbox' 1-75 series. As the 'King Size' series extended it did include cars but these were to a similar scale as those made by Corgi Toys and Dinky Toys.

Matchbox Scammell Tipper K16 3 by Chris*4, on Flickr

Matchbox Scammell Tipper K16 7 by Chris*4, on Flickr

Matchbox Scammell Tipper K16 6 by Chris*4, on Flickr

Matchbox Scammell Tipper K16 1 by Chris*4, on Flickr

This Scammell Tipper Truck was released in 1967. In the 1967 Matchbox catalogue it was 6/11 raising to 7/6 in 1968. However, this example was in a box that had 6/6 in pencil! The cab and chassis is one unit made from die-cast zinc alloy. This is stove-enamelled in bright red. A waterside transfer is applied to both cab doors. This transfer design is a white solid triangle enclosed in a white circle. On the model the triangle's apex is at the top but on the box graphics it is on the bottom! The scowl ended dumper body is also zinc alloy and is stove enamelled in deep yellow. It is connected to the chassis by a steel pin with domed heads. The movement of the dumper part is controlled by a 'Hydrosleeve'. This is a plastic unit held in the chassis to which the hook section on the dumper base is inserted. This arrangement allows the dumper body to be held in the raised position. The bright metal baseplate covers about half of the chassis and is mainly under the cab section. The baseplate extends forward of the cab for the bumper and also at the sides under the doors to represent steps. A bright metal finished casting represents the cab mounted air horns. Cab windows are tinted plastic. The wheels hubs are plastic as are the tyres. Wheels are single on the front axle and double on the two rear axles. Suspension is fitted on the front and centre axles. The third axle is mounted so that there is play within holes. This allows posing options without the need for suspension! Finally, a black plastic piece is used for the grille area. Unfortunately, seats and steering wheel are not included! However, Lesney's mould makers showed their skill in casting with the Scammell name in the intake mounted on the bonnet! Wow! I was so impressed with this that I just had to take a picture. It is included in this set.

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