Britains Lilliput Vehicle Series

LV/618 Army Ambulance

Issued 1956-1960    Length 75mm    'OO/HO' scale (1:76)

 

The second of the Lilliput Ambulances using the Fordson Thames van was an Army version. It was identical in construction to LV/617 Ambulance and more details are on that page.

For the Army version, Britains painted the whole model in Army-green including the base and the driver. Silver trim was added to the headlights and bumper, and pink or pale-tan face trim given to the driver.

To identify it as an ambulance, circular red cross decals were put on each side of the body and for one variation on the roof as well. Three different types of decals seem to have been used, small, medium and large. The models with three decals used the middle size and possibly this was the first variation which Britains issued.

The wheels of the Army Ambulance were green or olive-green plastic with black tyres which had 'Britains Ltd England' embossed on each side.

The usual open fronted box was used for LV/618 with an inner diorama packing piece to which the model was secured with elastic bands. One of the end-flaps carried the model name and number.

Of the two ambulance models, the Army version is more common but the box is rare.

Britains Lilliput Vehicle Series LV/618 Army Ambulance
Britains Lilliput Vehicle Series LV/618 Army Ambulance

LV/618 Variation 1: Mid-size decals on sides & roof

LV/618 Army Ambulance

Army-green including base

Silver trim on headlights and bumper

Army-green driver with pink or pale tan-face trim

 

Red Cross decal variations

1) 3 mid-size decals (sides and roof)

2) 2 large-size decals (sides)

3) 2 small-size decals (sides)

Britains Lilliput Vehicle Series LV/618 Army Ambulance

LV/618 variation 2: Large decals on sides

Britains Lilliput Vehicle Series LV/618 Army Ambulance

LV/618 variation 3: Small decals on sides

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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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