Benbros Mighty Midgets

No.48 Articulated Flat Truck with Chains

Benbros Mighty Midget No.48 Articulated Flat Truck with Chains

The last of the six articulated models in the Benbros Mighty Midget Series was No.48 Flat Truck with Chains and it is the most sought after. 

 

The first version of the trailer was a smooth-floored casting as with several of the articulated models. The 'chains' on each side were metal bars on posts and were cast with the trailer. It was fitted with unpainted metal wheels on round-head & crimped axles and had the usual Bedford coupling arrangement. There was no identification on the trailer.

 

This first issue with the smooth floor was painted beige with the chains being picked out in red trim. It was coupled to a green cab. 

 

Benbros re-cast the trailer after a short run and gave it a ribbed floor but otherwise it was much the same. The beige colour continued with a new blue version being added, both with red trim and metal wheels.

 

With the appearance of black plastic wheels, No.48 continued to be produced in beige and mid-blue but the trim changed to silver.  Some of the beige trailers were just painted on the upper surfaces leaving them with a cream or off-white undercoat underneath.

 

Finally, two new colours were added, a darker or mid-blue and dark-red, both with silver trim and black plastic wheels.

 

The Mighty Midget box for No.48 called the model 'Articulated Flat Truck' and in the picture there was no sign of the chains, but there is no doubt that the model was improved by having them added.

 

Despite not having many variations, No.48 Articulated Flat Truck is scarce and the first issue with smooth floor is rare. 

Benbros Mighty Midget No.48 Flat Truck with Chains
Benbros Mighty Midget No.48 Flat Truck with Chains

Variation 1 : beige, smooth floor, red trim, umw, green cab

No.48 Articulated Flat Truck with Chains

Trailer variations (with usual cab colour)

 

All models had Mighty Midget boxes

 

(1) BEIGE           smooth floor    RED trim         UMW      green cab

 

(2) BEIGE          ribbed floor       RED trim         UMW      green or red cab

 

(3) BLUE            ribbed floor       RED trim         UMW      red cab

 

(4) BEIGE          ribbed floor       SILVER trim     BPW       red cab

 

(5) MID-BLUE    ribbed floor       SILVER trim     BPW       red cab

 

(6) DARK-RED   ribbed floor       SILVER trim    BPW      beige cab 

Estimated Price Guide

(MINT models in MINT boxes)

All variations : £80-120+

Benbros Mighty Midget No.48 Flat Truck with Chains
Benbros Mighty Midget No.48 Flat Truck with Chains

Variation 3 : blue trailer, red trim, umw, red cab 

Benbros Mighty Midget No.48 Flat Truck with Chains

Variation 4 : beige, silver trim, cream underside, bpw

red cab with gold trim

Benbros Mighty Midget No.48 Flat Truck with Chains

Variation 5 : mid-blue, bpw, red cab

Benbros Mighty Midget No.48 Flat Truck with Chains

Variation 6 : dark-red, bpw, beige cab

Benbros Mighty Midget No.48 Flat Truck with Chains

Beige trailers - beige & cream undersides

metal and black plastic wheels

Benbros Mighty Midget No.48 Articulated Flat Truck with Chains

Trailers : smooth (left) & ribbed (right)

Benbros Mighty Midget No.48 Flat Truck with Chains 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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