Benbros TV Series & Mighty Midgets

No.4 Stage Coach

Benbros Mighty Midget No.4 Stage Coach

No.4 Stage Coach in the Benbros TV Series continued the horse-drawn theme of earlier models. This one was on quite a small scale with the four horses forming one unit and the whole model being about 95mm long when assembled. Also included was the smallest figure in the TV range, a separate, tiny coach-driver. 

 

There was not a lot of play value in the model of the Stage Coach so Benbros produced it in several different colours. The first issues were either orange, green or yellow with black wheels, chocolate-brown horses and the little brown driver.

 

The coach was cast in two halves with roof-bars on the top and 'Kansas Stage' cast on each side door. Two sizes of wheel were used with larger ones at the rear on a conventional round-head and crimped axle. On the front, the axle held not only the wheels but the unpainted coupling incorporating a hook and a balancing peg which held the hook facing forward. The shape of the hook was interesting, being three sides of a square with a top horizontal bar to hold the shaft in place securely.

 

Four identical horses in an energetic galloping position were permanently fixed to the shaft. There was no identification at all on the Stage Coach at first but later 'Benbros Made in England' was cast on the shaft between the horses, usually underneath but examples can be found with it on the upper side as a result of the horses being assembled 'up-side down'.

 

On the roof of the coach at the front there was a small hole into which the little figure of the driver fitted.

 

After a while, a red coach was added to the colour range and this was the first one to have horses with id. which were also icluded in subsequent yellow and green coaches. The brown colour of the horses also changed at this time from chocolate-brown to mid-brown or chestnut. 

 

When Benbros switched from TV boxes to Mighty Midgets, the figure of the driver was dropped and the model had an upgrade to the coupling hook and a complete colour change: the coach was painted metallic green or metallic blue, the wheels were coloured red, and the horses became metallic brown, metallic gold, pale grey or a very dark-brown (which was almost black). The coupling hook became a conventional 'L-shape'. 

 

All three TV Series boxes were used for the Stage Coach as well as the Mighty Midget one and it must have been a popular toy as it is not hard to find. The early issue green model is perhaps the most scarce but the later metallic green coach is also difficult, as are the pale grey and dark-brown horses. However, easily the hardest item to get is the tiny driver figure which can so easily be lost. 

Benbros TV Series No.4 Stage Coach orange

Variation 1

Benbros TV Series No.4 Stage Coach yellow

Variation 2

Benbros TV Series No.4 Stage Coach green

Variation 5

Benbros TV Series No.4 Stage Coach red

Variation 6

(front & rear views)

TV3 box

Benbros TV Series No.4 Stage Coach red

Benbros No.4 Stage Coach

Variations

(1) ORANGE            BLACK pmw   BROWN horses & shaft (no id.)     BROWN driver   TV1 box

 

(2) YELLOW            BLACK pmw   BROWN horses & shaft (no.id.)     BROWN driver   TV1 box

 

(3) GREEN              BLACK pmw   BROWN horses & shaft (no.id.)     BROWN driver   TV1 box

 

(4) YELLOW            BLACK pmw   BROWN horses & shaft (with id.)   BROWN driver   TV2 box

 

(5) GREEN              BLACK pmw   BROWN horses & shaft (with id.)   BROWN driver   TV2 box

 

(6) RED                   BLACK pmw   BROWN horses & shaft (with id.)   BROWN driver   TV2/TV3 box

 

(7) MET. BLUE        RED pmw       MET. BROWN horses (with id.)      NO driver            MM box

(8) MET.BLUE         RED pmw       DARK-BROWN horses (with id.)    NO driver            MM box

(9) MET.BLUE         RED pmw       GREY horses (with id.)                   NO driver            MM box

 

(10) MET. GREEN   RED pmw       MET. GOLD horses (with id.)         NO driver            MM box 

 

Estimated Price Guide

(MINT models in MINT boxes)

All variations £20-40

Benbros Mighty Midget No.4 Stage Coach
Benbros Mighty Midget No.4 Stage Coach
Benbros Mighty Midget No.4 Stage Coach

Variation 7 : Metallic blue with metallic brown horses

Benbros Mighty Midget No.4 Stage Coach

Variation 8 : Metallic blue with dark-brown horses

Benbros Mighty Midget No.4 Stage Coach
Benbros Mighty Midget No.4 Stage Coach

Variation 10 : metallic green coach, metallic gold horses

Benbros TV Series & Mighty Midgets No.4 Stage Coach colours

Colour variations (from top)

Orange with chocolate brown horses

Yellow with mid-brown horses

Green with chestnut-brown horses

Red with chestnut-brown horses & top id.

Metallic blue with metallic brown horses

Benbros TV Series & Mighty Midgets No.4 Stage Coach hooks

First & last versions

Comparison of types of hook

Benbros TV Series & Mighty Midgets No.4 Stage Coach horses & shafts

Brown horses & shafts - colour and id. variations

Chocolate-brown without id. (top)

Mid-brown & chestnut-brown with id. beneath shaft (centre)

Chestnut-brown with id. on top of shaft (bottom)

Benbros TV Series No.4 Stage Coach driver

Brown driver

Benbros Mighty Midget No.4 Stage Coach box

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Abbreviations used on Nicholas Martin Diecast

   

  • bpw  - black plastic wheels

  • pmw - painted metal wheels

  • pw    - plastic wheels

  • spw  - silver plastic wheels

  • um    - unpainted metal

  • umw - unpainted metal wheels

  • id.     - maker's identification

 

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