Budgie Miniatures

Nos.50-55 Road Tanker Series

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Budgie Miniatures No.56 Shell BP Tanker

In 1963 Budgie introduced the Road Tanker Series with a new range of numbers from 50 to 55 with an 'R.T.' prefix. These were a unified group using the same castings but painted in the different colours and liveries of oil companies.

 

The cab and chassis of the Tankers was a one-piece casting which included a contol box and pipe unit on one side. There was no base and the wheel axles fitted directly onto the chassis. 'A Budgie Model', 'Made in England' and 'Tanker Series' was the lettering cast underneath. 

 

The tank was a separate casting which slotted onto the chassis using either a simple clip-fit system with two lugs near the rear on each side, or a rivet through the centre of the chassis between the rear wheels. There was a tab at the front which slotted into the base of the cab.

 

The chassis had two castings, one with clip-fit holes on the sides, one without, but interestingly both had a central hole for a rivet. The wheels were black plastic.

 

Although withdrawn in 1966, the Tankers must have been popular as several versions are still easy to find. The rare ones are the Shell and Shell BP variations including the Modern boxes. 

Budgie Miniatures Nos.50-55 Roat Tankers - underside
Budgie Miniatures Nos.50-55 Road Tankers - with and without clip-fit holes
Budgie Miniatures Nos.50-55 Road Tankers -with and without rivet

 

Boxes & Packs

 

The Road Tankers were sold in Modern Vehicle Series (type 2) boxes with each version having its own illustrated box and an 'R.T.' number.

 

Numbers 50 to 55 were also issued in both yellow and blue Budgie blister-packs but often the cards carried random numbers not in line with the box numbers. Surprisingly the Road Tankers did not have their own Budgie triple blister-pack. The exception was No.55 Mobil Tanker which was included in 98A Utility Vehicle Set.

 

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

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

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

Budgie Miniatures Nos.50-55 Road Tankers - yellow blister-pack
Budgie Miniatures Nos.50-55 Road Tankers - blue blister-pack
 

No.50 BP Racing Service Tanker

 

Cab & chassis : GREEN

Tank : WHITE

Side decals : red 'Racing Service', 'BP' logo above chequered flag at front

Rear decal : none

Budgie Miniatures No.50 BP Racing Service Tanker
Budgie Miniatures No.50 BP Racing Service Tanker
 

No.51 Shell Tanker

 

Cab & chassis : YELLOW

Tank : YELLOW

Side decals : red 'Shell' with logo always at front

Rear decal : Shell logo

Budgie Miniatures No.51 Shell Tanker
Budgie Miniatures No.51 Shell Tanker
 

No.52 Shell BP Tanker

 

Cab & chassis : YELLOW

Tank : WHITE

Side decals : large Shell & BP logos at front of tank

Rear decal : small Shell & BP logos

Budgie Miniatures No.52 Shell BP Tanker
Budgie Miniatures No.52 Shell BP Tanker
 

No.53 National Tanker

 

Cab & chassis : BLUE

Tank : YELLOW

Side decals : blue 'National', large logo always at front

Rear decal : small National logo

Budgie Miniatures No.53 National Tanker
Budgie Miniatures No.53 National Tanker
 

No.54 BP Tanker

 

Cab & chassis : GREEN

Tank : WHITE

Side decals : BP logo at front of tanl

Rear decal : BP logo

Budgie Miniatures No.54 BP Tanker
Budgie Miniatures No.54 BP Tanker
 

No.55 Mobil Tanker

 

Cab & chassis : RED

Tank : RED

Side decals : black on white 'Mobil' (diagonals towards front)

Rear decal : none

Budgie Miniatures No.55 Mobil Tanker
Budgie Miniatures No.55 Mobil Tanker

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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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