Budgie Miniatures

No.22a Mobile Crane

Budgie Miniatures No.22a Mobile Crane

Second of the Budgie Miniatures based on a Bedford TK truck was No.22a Mobile Crane. In fact there was probably never a real vehicle like the model because the basic TK chassis was unable to carry a heavy crane without adaptation or conversion, but it made a nice toy!


The Bedford cab, chassis and base of No.22a Mobile Crane were painted dark glossy green and this did not change. There was no silver trim added except for one run which had trim on the grille, front bumper and headlights, and this version is quite rare.


The first variation of the Mobile Crane differed in several ways from later models. The cross-brace on the chassis just behind the cab was narrow and the rear extension on the base was short. This meant that the crane platform was fixed only to the chassis. Also, the lettering 'A Budgie Model' and 'Made in England' were cast 'off-centre' on the base.


Later this was improved with a wider cross-brace on the chassis and a longer extension to the cab base enabling the platform to be securely rivetted to the chassis and base together. Benbros introduced the improvement to the base first so 'transition' versions exist with type 1 chassis and type 2 base. At first the lettering remained 'off-centre' but later this was revised and centralised on the type 2 base.


Another feature of the first models was the casting of the platform which included an extended axle grip or loop to secure the platform to the rear axle. This was removed when the revised chassis and base were introduced.


The Crane part of the model was cast in two separate sections, the platform and the jib, which were rivetted together prior to the platform being fitted onto the chassis & base. The jib could swivel in a complete circle which improved the play value. 


The hook on the jib was seperately added and was either a flat casting painted orange with the jib on early models or an unpainted rounded hook on later ones.


The jib was always painted orange but the platform could be either orange (more common on early versions) or dark green. Under the platform 'No.22' was cast.


No.22a always had black plastic wheels. The axles on the first issue were flat-head and crimped but all later models used rivetted axles.


The Mobile Crane must have been a popular toy as there are still plenty around although the first version is not easy to find. Measuring 56mm long, it was in production from 1963-66 and was sold in a variety of boxes and packs.

Budgie Miniatures No.22a Mobile Crane
Budgie Miniatures No.22a Mobile Crane

Variation 1 : Orange platform, orange painted metal hook

MODERN Vehicle Series (type 2) box

No.22a Mobile Crane

Model Variations


  • (1) GREEN cab   no silver trim    type 1 chassis   short(type 1) base    ORANGE platform with axle grip  ORANGE jib   orange hook         bpw


  • (2) GREEN cab   no silver trim   type 1 chassis    long (type 2) base    ORANGE platform without grip     ORANGE jib  orange hook          bpw


  • (3) GREEN cab   silver trim         type 2 chassis   long (type 2) base     ORANGE platform without grip     ORANGE jib   orange hook         bpw


  • (4) GREEN cab   no silver trim   type 2 chassis   long (type 2) base     ORANGE platform without grip     ORANGE jib   unpainted hook   bpw


  • (5) GREEN cab   no silver trim   type 2 chassis   long (type 2) base     GREEN platform without grip        ORANGE jib   unpainted hook   bpw

Budgie Miniatures No.22a Mobile Crane

Variation 3 : Orange platform and hook, silver trim

Budgie Miniatures No.22a Mobile Crane
Budgie Miniatures No.22a Mobile Crane

Variation 5 : Green platform, unpainted metal hook

Budgie Miniatures No.22a Mobile Crane

Variation 1 (type 1 chassis, short base, axle loop)       Variation 3 (type 2 chassis, long base, no loop) 

Budgie Miniatures No.22a Mobile Crane

Hook variations : painted & unpainted metal

Budgie Miniatures No.22a Mobile Crane

Mobile Crane : with and without silver trim

No.22a Mobile Crane

Boxes and Packs


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


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


  • 1964-65  Budgie 'Collectors Models' Set (US)


  • 1964-66  Budgie blue blister-packs (Guiterman)


  • 1965-66  Budgie No.97A Truck Set triple blister-pack

Budgie Miniatures No.22a Mobile Crane - yellow blister-pack
Budgie Miniatures No.22a Mobile Crane - blue blister-pack

Yellow and blue blister-packs

Budgie Miniatures 'Collectors Models' Set (US)

Budgie 'Collectors Models' Set (US)

Budgie Miniatures No.97A Truck Set

Triple blister-pack No.97A Truck Set

The real Bedford TK Mobile Crane on a 6-wheel conversion

Nicholas Martin Diecast

Morestone, Budgie, Benbros Vintage Toys

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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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