A105 Armoured Car & Field Gun
For the next model in the Army Series Benbros created an Armoured Car and added the existing Field Gun to it. Oddly the Armoured Car was never issued on its own.
Three separate castings were made for the Car; the main body, the gun turret, and a base. The design appears to have been taken from an old-style vehicle and is fairly simple in conception. On the flat base, 'Benbros Qualitoy' and 'Made in England' were cast and at the rear a large hook was included. There was no number on the model.
The wheels were also cast metal and similar to those used on a number of other Qualitoy models. They were fitted with black treaded tyres. The axles were secured within the base.
There were two gun variations used in this set, the first with carriage wheels and the second with small cast wheels and rubber tyres. There was also a small re-casting of the gun frame giving it a more open structure and a single chevron 'spacer.' On the guns with carriage wheels, 'Benbros' and 'Made in England' were cast on the inside of the shield but this was dropped on later variations.
The Armoured Car set was issued in two colours with both car and gun matching, either glossy olive-green or dark army-green. The carriage wheels were always gloss-black. All models were painted without trim but army-green variations sometimes had red & yellow regimental decals on the front of the Car
As with the other Army Series models, No.A105 Armoured Car & Field Gun shared a multi-model box with illustrations on all sides and the Benbros Qualitoy emblem on the red end-flaps. To distinguish what model was inside the number and name was normally stamped, or sometimes written, on a panel at one end.
Because it was only issued in this set, the Armoured Car model is quite scarce but the two guns are easier to find.
Variation 1: Olive green Car & Gun, black carriage wheels
Benbros Qualitoys A105 Armoured Car & Field Gun
1) OLIVE-GREEN Car & Gun pmw black carriage pmw on Gun Multi-model box
2) DARK-GREEN Car & Gun pmw black carriage pmw on Gun Multi-model box
3) DARK-GREEN Car & Gun pmw small pmw with tyres on Gun Multi-model box
Variation 3: Dark army-green with decal, gun with cast wheels & black tyres
Armoured Car colours: olive-green and dark-green