Budgie Miniatures

No.11 Royal Mail Van

Budgie Miniatures No.11 Royal Mail Van

No.11 Royal Mail Van was based on a Morris LC5 vehicle and was first issued as Esso Series No.11 Royal Mail Van in 1956. Later it was re-issued by Budgie and appeared in both Mobile and Modern Vehicle Series boxes.

 

The casting was interesting because the base included narrow rear mudguards and to accomodate this it was fixed high inside the body and secured by a clip-fix method into holes in the side doors. One this base, which was matt black, 'Royal Mail', 'Made in England' and 'No.11' were cast. The wheels were unpainted metal.

 

Initially the Esso Petrol Pump models had two open windows at the back but it was not long before this was recast with closed windows.

 

The real Royal Mail vans were - and still are - red so the van was only issued in this colour. It had silver trim on the front grille, headlights, front bumper and on the 'EIIR Royal Mail' lettering cast on each side.

 

Around 1963 the Royal Mail Van underwent the only changes in its life. First, improvements were made to the base providing strengthening to the rear mudguards. Then the wheels were changed to black plastic. Next, the matt base became glossy black, and finally there was a reduction to the silver trim which was now only applied to the grille.

 

When yellow blister-packs were started, the Royal Mail Van was among the first to get one. The maker was listed as Morris & Stone, pre-dating the Guiterman takeover in 1961. It was also sold in 'Mobile' Vehicle Series boxes and included in both Budgie Gift Sets, Nos.8 and 12.

 

With the model upgrade to black plastic wheels, the packing changed to blue blister-packs and 'Modern' Vehicle Series (type 1) boxes.

 

No.11 Royal Mail Van was withdrawn in 1965.

Morestone Esso Petrol Pump Series No.11 Royal Mail Van - rear windows

First 'Esso' issue with rear windows and umw

Budgie Miniatures No.11 Royal Mail Van - umw, Mobile box
Budgie Miniatures No.11 Royal Mail Van - umw, closed rear windows, Mobile box

Variation 2 : closed rear windows & unpainted metal wheels

MOBILE Vehicle Series box

No.11 Royal Mail Van

Model Variations

 

  • (1) RED body,  open rear windows,      full silver trim,         matt BLACK base,    unpainted metal wheels

 

  • (2) RED body,  closed rear windows,   full silver trim,         matt BLACK base,     unpainted metal wheels

   

  • (3) RED body,  closed rear windows,   trim on grille only,  glossy BLACK base,   black plastic wheels

Budgie Miniatures No.11 Royal Mail Van - bpw, Modern (type 1) box
Budgie Miniatures No.11 Royal Mail Van - bpw, Modern (type 1) box

Variation 3 : reduced silver trim & black plastic wheels

MODERN Vehicle Series (type 1) box

No.11 Royal Mail Van

Boxes & Packs

 

1956-59   Esso Petrol Pump Series boxes

 

1960-62   Yellow 'Budgie Toys' blister-packs (Morris & Stone)

 

1961-64   Budgie Gift Sets Nos.8 and 12

 

1962-63   MOBILE Vehicle Series boxes

 

1963-65   Blue 'Budgie' blister-packs (Guiterman)

 

1964-65   MODERN Vehicle Series (type 1) boxes

Budgie Miniatures No.11 Royal Mail Van - yellow blister-pack

Yellow Morris & Stone blister-pack

Budgie Miniatures No.11 Royal Mail Van - blue blister-pack

Blue Guiterman blister-pack

Budgie Miniatures No.11 Royal mail Van - type 2 base

strengtheners (type 2 base)

Budgie Miniatures No.11 Royal Mail Van - trim variations

The real Morris-Commercial LC5 Royal Mail Van

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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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