Morestone Double Decker Bus

Issued 1955-1959    Length 103mm

 

Morestone was following other toymakers when it was decided to make a model of a Double Decker Bus. It was based on the Leyland Titan vehicle and was an excellent bit of casting. Not surprisingly the model proved to be a successful addition to the Morestone Series.

 

Morestone cast the Double Decker bus in two parts, the main one being the top section or body which included the windows and a number '7' cast on the destination panel at the front (the rear panel was left empty). The base section included both front mudguards, the engine and grille, and both axles, and had 'Made in England' cast lengthwise underneath. The two parts were firmly fixed together by three rivets prior to painting.

 

In the 1950's, real urban buses were usually coloured red and those on rural or country services were green so Morestone issued models in both colours to start with. Silver trim was added to the engine grille and front lights, and advertisement decals put on the sides.

 

However, perhaps because the traditional colour of London buses was red, the green models were soon discontinued.

 

In all there were four variations of the Double Decker, three red and one green. The first two shared the same advertisement decals, but the later red models had two new ones. They all promoted Esso petrol:

  • 'Finest Petrol Esso Extra in the World'

  • 'Esso For Happy Motoring Esso'

  • 'Motor Oil Esso Petrol'

 

The Double Decker was the first Morestone model to have metal wheels and rubber tyres. The wheels were painted red or green according to the version and they were held on by round-head and crimped axles which were painted with the model. The tyres were smooth on first advert models, both red and green, and then changed to treaded on later issues.

 

The red & yellow end-flap boxes, which were only just big enough for the models to fit inside, carried illustrations on both faces and 'Morestone Series Scale Model Double Decker Bus' on the sides. The end-flaps said 'Morestone Series Made in England'.

 

The Double Decker Bus was a popular model and good examples can still be found, often with a box, but the last red issue 'Motor Oil Esso Petrol' is scarce and the green version is rare in mint condition

Morestone Double Decker Bus
Morestone Double Decker Bus

Variation 1: Red, 'Finest' adverts

Morestone Double Decker Bus

Variations

 

All have 'Made in England' on the base

Morestone Series illustrated end-flap box

 

1)  RED body & base           red pmw         smooth tyres      'Finest Petrol Esso Extra in the World'

 

2)  GREEN body & base     green pmw     smooth tyres      'Finest Petrol Esso Extra in the World'

 

3)  RED body & base           red pmw         treaded tyres      'Esso for Happy Motoring Esso'

 

4)  RED body & base           red pmw         treaded tyres      'Motor Oil Esso Petrol'

Morestone Double Decker Bus
Morestone Double Decker Bus

Variation 2: Green, 'Finest' adverts

Morestone Double Decker Bus

Variation 3: Red, 'Happy' adverts

Morestone Double Decker Bus

Variation 4: Red, 'Oil' adverts

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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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