Budgie Toys No.314

Trackdozer

Issued 1965-66    Length 81mm

 

Following on from the Tractor with Fork-Lift Shovel (No.306), a second model based on a Fiat tractor was created but this time it was upgraded to include a driver's cab and carried a dozer blade on the front.

 

The engine casting was the same as the earlier model but a new section to include the cab was devised for the rear. As usual with Fiat tractors, it was all painted orange after the two halves were riveted together. The model number was cast direct onto the chassis with 'A Budgie Model' inside the engine. Despite the additional cab, there was still a steering wheel added to the Trackdozer but this time it was grey plastic instead of white.

 

The mechanism for the blade on this model operated without hydraulic cylinders. Instead the angle of the blade was made adjustable by the two arms being seperately attached to the blade. The upper arm, fixed to the top of the engine with lugs on each side in front of the cab, ran down to the top of the blade whilst the lower shorter arm, fixed to the bottom of the engine, connected to the lower part of the blade. As they were lifted, the blade altered angle. Both arms and blade were painted metallic dark blue.

 

As with the earlier tractor, large black plastic wheels were used at the rear for the Trackdozer and to start with small solid black plastic wheels were put on the front. Later silver plastic wheels with knobbly tyres were used for the front.

 

The Trackdozer appeared at first in a yellow Budgie box without descriptive panel (B4) but this is a very rare box. Later it was sold in blue & white open-sided window packs (C2). 

 

Despite being included in late Gift Sets, the Trackdozer is scarce and very rare in any box or pack.

Budgie No.314 Trackdozer
Budgie No.314 Trackdozer

Variation 2: front spw with knobbly tyres

Budgie No.314 Trackdozer

Variations

 

1)  ORANGE   METALLIC BLUE blade    black plastic wheels (front & rear)              B4 box/C2 pack

 

2)  ORANGE   METALLIC BLUE blade    spw/knobbly tyres (front)/black pw (rear)   C2 pack

Budgie No.314 Trackdozer
Budgie No.314 Trackdozer window box

Variation 2 in original sealed C2 window pack

Nicholas Martin Diecast

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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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