Morestone Compressor, Drill & Man

Issued 1950    Length (including towbar) 118mm


During the decades after World War 2 a large amount of infrastructure repairs and road building took place and pneumatic drills were used extensively in this work. They were noisy and noticeable so it was not a surprise that Morestone decided to produce the Compressor model.


The Compressor with Drill & Man comprised six components: the main compressor itself; four painted metal wheels; the detachable tow-bar; a two-piece pneumatic drill; the connecting pipe; and the man operator.


The compressor was made in a single casting with two large hollow rectangles inside to reduce the bulk but it was still quite a substantial item. There was no identification on the model. The metal wheels, which were painted with the compressor, were on crimped axles which ran through fairly solid holders on the body.


At the front a tow-bar fitted into two holes on the wheel supports.  It was painted the same colour as the compressor but being readily detachable, it was easily lost.


There were five colours chosen for the Compressor, orange, green, yellow, blue, and red, and it was painted all over including the underside and the wheels and towbar. 


At the back of the Compressor was a short spike onto which the blue, green or yellow pipe connecting the drill was attached. The drill itself was a fairly detailed unpainted model of a pneumatic drill. A nail was used to form the drill-bit. The man who operated it wore dark-brown trousers and cap, a blue shirt with a red neck-tie, and his arms and face were given creamy-pink trim.


Whether or not the compressor was sold in its own box is unknown. It was primarily sold wholesale to toy shops in trade packs for sale unboxed, which was probably the only way that it was issued.


The Compressor is not hard to find for collectors and the man is even more frequently seen at auction. The drill and pipe are more scarce and the towbar is rare but this is one of the easier Morestone models to acquire although some colours are scarce.

Morestone Compressor, Drill & Man

Variation 1: Orange with green pipe (missing towbar)

Morestone Compressor with Drill & Man



1)  ORANGE incl.towbar & pmw    blue or green pipe        unpainted drill     man


2)  GREEN incl.towbar & pmw       green or yellow pipe     unpainted drill     man


3)  YELLOW incl.towbar & pmw     blue or red pipe            unpainted drill     man


4)  BLUE incl.towbar & pmw           blue or yellow pipe       unpainted drill     man


5)  RED incl.towbar & pmw            blue or green pipe         unpainted drill     man

Morestone Compressor, Drill & Man
Morestone Compressor, Drill & Man

Variation 2: Green with green pipe (missing towbar)

Morestone Compressor, Drill & Man

Variation 3: Yellow with blue pipe

Morestone Compressor, Drill & Man

Variation 3: Yellow with red pipe

Morestone Compressor, Drill & Man
Morestone Compressor, Drill & Man

Variation 4: Blue with yellow pipe

Morestone Compressor, Dtill & Man

Variation 5: Red with green pipe (missing towbar)

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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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