Britains Lilliput Vehicle Series

LV/612 Army 1.5-Ton Truck

Issued 1956-1960    Length 70mm    'OO/HO' scale (1:76)

 

Britains made several Ford models and the 1.5-Ton Truck was another in the series based on a Fordson Thames lorry. Two Army versions were issued, one without a canopy or tilt and one with (LV/613). Both models were identical in other respects. The model was also issued in a 'Farm' livery without canopy (LV/616).

Constructed in a fairly conventional way, the 1.5-Ton Truck had a cab & chassis casting, a body which included a rear towhook, and an unmarked base. The chassis and body were fitted together before being painted a glossy Army green with silver trim on the headlights and bumper. Under the chassis the usual 'Britains Ltd' and 'England' were included in the casting. 

Having a separate base enabled Britains to include a seated driver on the upper side, a feature which was missing from the larger Bedford models. Painted green with the base, the figure had pale tan or pink trim added to his face and a black cap on his head.

Like all the military models, the wheels were green plastic with black tyres which usually carried the Britains name on the sides. There was a spare wheel which push-fitted behind the cab.

LV/613 was sold in the standard design open fronted boxes with a pictorial packing insert to which the model was secured. The model name and number were printed on one of the end-flaps.

The Army 1.5-Ton Truck is not hard to find but is more scarce that the larger Army trucks. The box is quite rare.

Britains Lilliput Vehicle Series LV/612 Army 1.5-Ton Truck
Britains Lilliput Vehicle Series LV/612 Army 1.5-Ton Truck

LV/612 Army 1.5-Ton Truck

Army-Green cab, chassis & base

Green driver with tan or pink face trim

Silver trim on headlights & front bumper

Green plastic hubs with black tyres

Rear Towhook

Spare wheel behind cab

Britains Lilliput Vehicle Series LV/612 Army 1.5-Ton 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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