Benbros TV Series & Mighty Midgets

No.12 Scout Car

Benbros Mighty Midget 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 variation 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.

 

The olive-green variation 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 dark-green models had MM boxes.

 

Finding the Scout Car is not too hard but as the late model with cast-in driver was mostly sent overseas, these are quite scarce in the UK.

Benbros TV Series No.12 Scout Car

Variation 1 : Olive-green, separate driver, TV3 box

Benbros No.12 Scout Car

Variations

 

(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

Estimated Price Guide

(MINT models in MINT boxes)

All variations £15-30

Benbros Mighty Midget No.12 Scout Car
Benbros Mighty Midget No.12 Scout Car

Variation 2 : Matt dark-green, separate driver

Benbros Mighty Midget No.12 Scout Car

Variation 3 : Matt dark-green, cast-in driver, MM box

Benbros No.12 Scout Car - colour variations

Front view : separate driver & cast-in driver

Benbros No.12 Scout Car - rear views

Rear view : olive-green & matt dark-green

Benbros No.12 Scout Car - bases

Contrasting bases, with & without driver hole

Benbros No.12 Scout Car Mighty Midget box

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Abbreviations used on Nicholas Martin Diecast

   

  • umw - unpainted metal wheels

  • pmw - painted metal wheels

  • pw    - plastic wheels

  • gpw  - grey plastic wheels

  • spw  - silver plastic wheels

  • bpw  - black plastic wheels

  • um    - unpainted metal

  • id.     - maker's identification

 

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Benbros No.12 Scout Car Mighty Midget box