Budgie Miniatures

No.21a Tipper Truck

Budgie Miniatures No.21a Tipper Truck

In 1963 an all-new model joined the Budgie Miniatures range. This was No.21a Tipper Truck. It was the first addition after the Esso Petrol Pump Series ended and was based on a Bedford TK lorry, a common truck during the 1960's.

 

Budgie developed five models based on the Bedford using the same cab and chassis adding different bodies to create each model. Under the cab was a little base to secure the front axle which carried the 'Budgie' name for the first time on any Miniature. The wheels were always black plastic.

 

During its life the Bedford Tipper Truck had four different chassis castings and four different bases for the cab. The first chassis had a fairly narrow cross-brace strengthener behind the cab and at the rear two side holes for a hinge-pin to secure the tipper body. Beneath the cab the first little base was secured by a forward tab and a rivet into the chassis through a short rear extension. The lettering on this first base was assymetric on each side of the front axle and said 'A Budgie Model' and 'Made in England'.

The second chassis continued to have a narrow cross-brace but the rear holes for the hinge-pin were filled in to create a clip-fit link for the tipper hinge. The cab base was also changed to having a long rear extension but the lettering remained asymmetric.

 

For the third chassis Budgie strengthened and widened the cross-brace, gave the cab base larger flanges for the axle and made the lettering symetrical.

 

The final casting of the Bedford chassis had clip-fit holes added on each side behind the cab to accomodate the fourth type of base which was a completely new casting. It had an open centre to provide flexibility for the clip-fit assembly, and also had revised lettering and four nodules to hold the axle in place. 

 

In addition to these variations of the Bedford, there were also two variations of the tipper, the first being plain underneath with no identification, the second having the number '21' added. The tipper body was connected to the chassis at the rear with a metal hinge-pin on the first models and a clip-fit system on later ones. The opening tailgate was top-hinged.

 

Budgie issued the Bedford cab and chassis in four colours, yellow, red, orange and white, but the tipper was always dark green. Yellow was the most common choice and was used for all four chassis/base variations.

 

The Tipper Truck was sold in a variety of packs, sets and boxes. These are listed and illustrated below.

 

Although a successful model, production of No.21a Tipper Truck ended in 1966 when Guiterman (Budgie's owners) ceased trading. It is thought that the dies were destroyed in a fire shortly afterwards.

Budgie Miniatures No.21a Tipper Truck
Budgie Miniatures No.21a Tipper Truck

Variation 1 : yellow cab, rear hinge-pin, MODERN (Type 2) box

No.21a Tipper Truck

 

Model Variations

All had dark-green tippers and black plastic wheels

 

  • (1)  YELLOW,  chassis 1 (hinge pin),  short base (assymetric lettering),  tipper type 1

  • (2)  YELLOW,  chassis 2 (clip-fit),       long base (assymetric lettering),    tipper type 1

  • (3)  YELLOW,  chassis 3 (clip-fit),       long base (central lettering),          tipper type 1 or 2

  • (4)  ORANGE, chassis 3 (clip-fit),       long base (central lettering),          tipper type 1 or 2

  • (5)  RED,         chassis 3 (clip-fit),       long base (central lettering)           tipper type 2

  • (6)  WHITE,     chassis 3 (clip-fit),       long base (central lettering),          tipper type 2

  • (7)  YELLOW,  chassis 4 (clip-fit),       clip-fit base (revised lettering),       tipper type 2

Budgie Miniatures No.21a Tipper Truck

Variation 4: orange cab, clip-fit tipper hinge

Budgie Miniatures No.21a Tipper Truck

Variation 5 : red cab

Budgie Miniatures No.21a Tipper Truck
Budgie Miniatures No.21a Tipper Tuck

Variation 6 : white cab

No.21a Tipper Truck

Boxes and Packs

 

  • 1963-64   Yellow Budgie Toys blister-packs (Guiterman)

 

  • 1963-66   Blue Budgie blister-packs (Guiterman)​

 

  • 1963-66  MODERN Vehicle Series (type 2) boxes

 

  • 1964-65   Budgie 'Collectors Models' boxed set (USA​)

 

  • 1965-66   Budgie No.97a Truck Set​ (triple blister-pack)

Budgie Miniatures No.21a Tipper Truck colours

No.21a Tipper Truck colours

Budgie Miniatures No.21a Tipper Truck base and chassis variations

No.21a Tipper Truck cab bases & chassis types

 

Left :      short base     assymetric lettering    type 1 chassis    hinge-pin   

Centre : long base      centred lettering          type 3 chassis    clip-fit hinge

Right :   clip-fit base    revised lettering          type 4 chassis    clip-fit hinge              

Budgie Miniatures No.21a Tipper Truck chassis variations

wide cross-brace

holes for clip-fit base

hinge pin

narrow cross-brace

clip-fit hinge

No.21a Tipper Truck chassis variations

 

  • Front : type 1 chassis   narrow cross-brace   rear hinge-pin

  • Rear :  type 4 chassis   wide cross-brace      clip-fit hinge

Budgie Miniatures No.21a Tipper Truck variations

No.21a Tipper Truck : tipper variations

Type 1 without number (left), type 2 with number (right)

Budgie Miniatures No.21a Tipper Truck - yellow blister-pack
Budgie Miniatures No.21a Tipper Truck - blue blister-pack
Budgie Miniatures No.21a Tipper Truck - blue blister-pack

No.21a Tipper Truck : blister-packs

Budgie Miniatures 'Collectors Models' Set

Budgie 'Collectors Models' Set

(Distributed in the USA by Flare Industries, NY)

Budgie Miniatures No.97a Truck Set

Triple blister-pack 97a Truck Set

The real Bedford TK Tipper Truck

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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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