Benbros Mighty Midgets

No.43 Articulated Box Van

Benbros Mighty Midget No.43 Articulated Box Van

At the end of the Mighty Midget series, Benbros produced a range of Bedford articulated models starting with No.43 Articulated Box Van. This must have been a popular toy as there were at least nine variations made.

 

Using the Bedford Cab as the tractor unit, Benbros designed a simple box van trailer cast in one piece without rear doors. On the sides were simulated 'up-and-over' sliding doors and on most models 'Dunlop' decals were added. Unusually, Benbros did not put any identification under the trailer.

 

The wheels, on a single axle, were attached directly to the trailer. The cab-trailer coupling was a simple peg with fore & aft lugs which slotted laterally into a hole on the Bedford Cab. Overall when connected the model measured 62mm in length.

 

No.43 Box Van was not a particularly exciting model so Benbros enhanced it by painting it in a variety of colours. Usually these were different from the cab but the first issues had matching cab and trailer, either all yellow, or red, or pale blue. These had unpainted metal wheels but no decals.

 

Within a short time, Benbros brightened No.43 Box Van models with contrasting colours for cab and trailer and with 'Dunlop' decals on each side. Trailer colours were beige or pale-blue (some with dark-blue undersides), both usually with red cab, or a red trailer and yellow cab with red trim, all with metal wheels. 

 

Next, Benbros switched to black plastic wheels which were fitted to yellow, green, pale-blue or dark-blue trailers. These seem to have been paired with blue, beige, or red cabs. In all models, the wheels on the cab and trailer were matching, all metal or all plastic.

 

Benbros used two different 'Dunlop' decals for the Articulated Box Van. These always had a 'leaning' shape which on early ones could be leaning 'left' or 'right'. On the first type 'Dunlop' was printed in black on a yellow or orange-yellow backgound using an upright font without a logo added. Both 'left' & 'right' decals seem to have been used together so that some models had just one type on both sides whilst others had both, one on each side.

 

The second type of decal had the font in italics on a yellow background and included the Dunlop logo at the left end. These were always leaning to the right and were the same on both sides of the model.

 

The last version of No.43 Box Van was painted mid-blue and carried the second type 'Dunlop' decals with logo. These models had black plastic wheels and were issued with beige or red Bedford cabs.

 

Several versions of No.43 Articulated Box Van are scarce and mint boxed models rare. The last blue issue with 'Dunlop' logo decals is the most common. 

Benbros Mighty Midget No.43 Articulated Box Van
Benbros Mighty Midget No.43 Articulated Van

Variation 1 : yellow trailer & cab, no decals, umw

Benbros No.43 Articulated Box Van

Trailer variations (with usual cab colour)

 

All models had Mighty Midget boxes

 

(1) YELLOW       No decals                           UMW         matching YELLOW cab

 

(2) RED              No decals                           UMW         matching RED cab

 

(3) PALE-BLUE  No decals                           UMW         matching BLUE cab

 

(4) RED              Dunlop decals w/o logo      UMW        YELLOW cab (red trim)

 

(5) BEIGE           Dunlop decals w/o logo      UMW        RED cab

 

(6) PALE-BLUE   Dunlop decals w/o logo      UMW        RED cab

 

(7) YELLOW       Dunlop decals w/o logo      BPW         BLUE cab

 

(8) GREEN         Dunlop decals w/o logo      BPW         BEIGE or RED cab

 

(9) PALE-BLUE   Dunlop decals w/o logo      BPW         BEIGE cab

 

(10) MID-BLUE   Dunlop decals with logo     BPW         BEIGE or RED cab

Estimated Price Guide

(MINT models in MINT boxes)

 

(1) to (9) : £80-120+

(10) : £40-50

Benbros Mighty Midget No.43 Articulated Van

Variation 2 : red trailer & cab, no decals, umw

Benbros Mighty Midget No.43 Articulated Van
Benbros Mighty Midget No.43 Articulated Box Van

Variation 5 : beige trailer with both 'left' and 'right' decals without logo, umw, red cab

Benbros Mighty Midget No.43 Articulated Box Van
Benbros Mighty Midget No.43 Articulated Box Van

Variation 6 : pale-blue trailer with both 'left' & 'right' decals without logo, umw, red cab

Benbros Mighty Midget No.43 Articulated Box Van
Benbros Mighty Midget No.43 Articulated Box Van

Variation 7 : Yellow trailer with 'left' decals without logo, bpw, blue cab

Benbros Mighty Midget No.43.Articulated Van
Benbros Mighty Midget No.43 Articulated Box Van

Variation 8 : green trailer with 'right' decals without logo, bpw, beige cab

Benbros Mighty Midget No.43 Articulated Box Van

Variation 10 : mid-blue, decals with logo, bpw, beige cab

Benbros Mighty Midget No.43 Articulated Van

No decals and 'Dunlop' decals with/without logo

Benbros Mighty Midget No.43 Articulated Box Van - decal variations

Left & right leaning decals and font variations 

Variation 6 : Trailers with pale-blue and dark-blue undersides

Benbros Mighty Midget No.43 Articulated Van - coupling

Trailer underside & coupling detail

Benbros Mighty Midget No.43 Articulated Van 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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