Benbros Mighty Midgets

No.24 Field Gun

Benbros Mighty Midget No.24 Field Gun

In 1956 at the British Industries Fair Benbros exhibited No.24 Field Gun with the other TV Series models but when it was issued it did not have a TV Series box but was included in the Mighty Midget range in a red & yellow box. 

 

The Field Gun was the fourth military model in the series (the others being No.12 Scout Car, No.13 Austin Champ and No.14 Tank). Like the others it was an excellent piece of casting but more than that, it was a working model and could fire matchsticks quite powerfully with its spring-loaded mechanism, a commendable achievement for a small toy.

 

Made with a single casting, the Field Gun had large metal wheels which were painted with the model. It included a towing ring but it could not be pulled by a Benbros model because, apart from the tractors, none of them had a tow-hook! After the model was painted, the firing mechanism was fitted so this remained unpainted. Unusually there was no identification on the model. 

 

There were only two colours used for No.24 Field Gun. At first it was painted glossy olive-green and then later a dark-green in a matt finish. 

 

Both versions are not too hard to find but the olive-green is more common.

Benbros Mighty Midget No.24 Field Gun
Benbros Mighty Midget No.24 Field Gun

Variation 1 : olive-green

Benbros No.24 Field Gun

Variations

 

(1) OLIVE-GREEN               unpainted firing lever    MM box

 

(2) MATT DARK-GREEN     unpainted firing lever    MM box

Estimated Price Guide

(MINT models in MINT boxes)

All variations : £15-25

Benbros Mighty Midget No.24 Field Gun
Benbros Mighty Midget No.24 Field Gun

Variation 2 : matt dark-green

Benbros No.24 Field Gun

Olive green (left); matt dark-green (right)

Benbros No.24 Field Gun - 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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