Benbros Mighty Midgets

No.45 Articulated Timber Lorry

Benbros Mighty Midget No.45 Articulated Timber Lorry

At first sight, Benbros Mighty Midget No.45 Articulated Timber Lorry looked much like the second version of No.44 Low Loader and there were similarities but it was in fact a new casting. It also had a load in the form of a wooden dowel which was a simple way to improve the play value. It always had a Bedford cab which could be in a variety of colours.

 

Unlike its predesessor, there were not many changes to the Timber Lorry except for variations to the trailer floor. The first version of the trailer was a one-piece casting with a smooth load-bed floor and two low cradles on which the log rested. The wheels were unpainted metal on flat-or round-head & crimped axles. As with most other Benbros articulated models, there was no identification on the trailer

 

This first variation of the trailer was issued in two colours, beige (usually with a green cab) and blue (usually with a red cab). The blue version had a dark-blue underside. With the Bedford cab, the whole model measured about 62mm in length.

 

It wasn't long before Benbros made a second casting of the trailer, this time with a ribbed load-bed floor. This was coloured blue like the first version, had metal wheels and a log dowel and it was made brighter by often being coupled to a dark-yellow cab which had unusual red trim.

 

Another variation of the ribbed trailer was coloured a rich yellow, had unpainted metal wheels, and the usual log dowel. This colour seems to have been sold with a red Bedford cab.

 

When Benbros began using black plastic wheels, the trailer of No.45 Timber Lorry was recoloured again to beige, and then to dark-red and this last colour was the most common.

 

A final version of No.45 trailer was also red but fitted with silver plastic wheels which were rare for Benbros. It came with a pale-blue Bedford cab with similar wheels.

 

No.45 Articulated Timber Lorry is not too hard to find although the first two issues with the smooth floor and the last one with silver plastic wheels are rare. 

Benbros Mighty Midget No.45 Timber Lorry
Benbros Mighty Midget No.45 Timber Lorry

Variation 2 : blue trailer with smooth floor, umw, red cab

Benbros Mighty Midget No.45 Timber Lorry
Benbros Mighty Midget No.45 Timber Lorry

Variation 3 : blue trailer with ribbed floor, umw, yellow cab with red trim

Benbros Mighty Midget No.45 Timber Lorry - blue trailer variations

Blue trailers : ribbed floor (left), smooth floor (right)

No.45 Articulated Timber Lorry

Trailer variations (with usual cab colour)

 

All models had a wooden dowel and Mighty Midget boxes

(1) BEIGE            smooth floor   umw    green cab

 

(2) BLUE             smooth floor   umw     red cab

 

(3) BLUE              ribbed floor    umw     yellow cab (red trim)

 

(4) YELLOW        ribbed floor    umw     dark-red cab

 

(5) BEIGE            ribbed floor     bpw     red cab

 

(6) DARK-RED    ribbed floor     bpw     green or cream cab

 

(7) DARK-RED    ribbed floor     spw      pale-blue cab (spw)

Estimated Price Guide

(MINT models in MINT boxes)

 

(1) (2) : £125+

(3) (6) : £50-60

(4) (5) : £60-70

(7) : £200+

Benbros Mighty Midget No.45 Timber Lorry

Variation 4 : yellow trailer, umw, dark-red cab

Benbros Mighty Midget No.45 Timber Lorry

Variation 6 : dark-red trailer, bpw, green cab

Benbros Mighty Midget No.45 Timber Lorry

Benbros No.45 : some colour variations of ribbed trailers

Benbros Mighty Midget No.45 Timber Lorry

Cab & trailer coupling system

Benbros Mighty Midget No.45 Timber Lorry - blue trailer undersides

Blue underside colours : 

smooth-floored trailer (left), ribbed trailer (right)

Benbros Mighty Midget No.45 Timber Lorry 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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