Benbros TV Series & Mighty Midgets
No.12 Scout Car
No.12 Scout Car was the first of four Army vehicles in the Benbros TV Series, the others being No.13 Austin Champ, No.14 Tank, and No.23 Field Gun. These were the only models of actual military vehicles which Benbros added to the range, the later army additions being repainted versions of earlier non-military models.
Sometimes the casting standard of Benbros miniatures was indifferent but with the Scout Car it was impressively accurate with the two halves being rivetted together very cleanly. The result was a neat model of the real vehicle, believed to be the Daimler Dingo.
On the underside 'Benbros' and 'Made in England' were included and on the early models there was a neat hole for the separate driver. The wheels were large metal on round-head and crimped axles and as it was a military vehicle, the entire model including the driver was painted one colour, a glossy olive-green. The length was 62mm.
When the Mighty Midget boxes were introduced, Benbros changed the colour of the Scout Car to a matt Army or dark-green. The separate driver continued and was painted the same colour as the entire model.
The final variations saw a minor re-casting which eliminated the separate driver and included a cast-in version sitting in the driver's seat. The colour of the model continued to be dark-green but a new bright green variation was also added.
The olive-green variation 1 was boxed in a TV Series pack with a large number (TV3). It was also probably sold in the first of the Mighty Midget boxes but all later models had MM boxes.
Finding the Scout Car is not too hard but the late models with cast-in drivers are quite scarce.
Variation 1 : Olive-green, separate driver, TV3 box
Benbros No.12 Scout Car
(1) Glossy OLIVE-GREEN separate driver TV3/MM box
(2) Matt DARK-GREEN separate driver MM box
(3) Matt or glossy DARK-GREEN cast-in driver MM box
(4) Bright GREEN cast-in driver MM box
Estimated Price Guide
(MINT models in MINT boxes)
All variations £15-30
Variation 2 : Matt dark-green, separate driver
Variation 3 : Matt dark-green, cast-in driver, MM box
Variation 4: Bright green, cast-in driver
Front view : separate driver & cast-in driver
Rear view : olive-green & matt dark-green
Contrasting bases, with & without driver hole