Adding to the range of specialist vehicles, Budgie produced this unusual model just a year before they ceased trading. Not only is it an interesting design but all the componants of the model are unique to it, even the wheels.
Probably based on a real Overhead Maintenance Truck in use during the early 1960's, the green body with its side cab was made in one casting. Inside, clear plastic windows were fitted and on each side circular yellow decals were attached stating 'Public Works Dept No.316'. At the back a number-plate decal, 'BUD 123' from the early Foden Dump Truck No.226 was added.
There was no need for silver trim on the model because the headlights were extensions to the base and fitted through holes in the front of the body. The silver painted base also included the rear mudguards and both axle housings. At the rear, a clip washer eliminated the need for a rivet and anchored the base onto the body and the rotating mount of the lifting boom, a fixing which Budgie only used on this model.
To ensure the yellow plastic cradle remained level at any elevation, the black painted metal lifting boom comprised twin arms with separate anchor points at both ends. On the rear platform of the vehicle, an unpainted mount held the base of the boom and a black box.
To complete the unique nature of this model, the Overhead Maintenance Truck was fitted with red plastic ridged wheels found on no other Budgie toy. These had knobbly tyres.
The model was first issued in a yellow 'Budgie Models Ltd' box (B4) and soon after in blue & white open-sided window packs (C2).
It is not a particularly hard model to find so must have been popular in its day but boxes are scarce, especially the window pack.
Budgie No.316 Overhead Maintenance Truck
GREEN body CLEAR windows BLACK metal boom YELLOW plastic cradle
SILVER base RED plastic wheels (knobbly tyres) B4 box or C2 pack
Budgie No.316 Overhead Maintenance Truck with C2 window pack and original shrink-wrap