Benbros Qualitoys

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 Armoured 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. The gun, which rotated, was perhaps the most detailed part. 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, which were held on by the base, were also cast metal and similar to those used on a number of other Qualitoy models. These were fitted with black treaded tyres.

 

The Field Gun variation used in this set was a different casting from the earlier model and had a more open frame with a single chevron 'spacer' but 'Benbros' and 'Made in England' was still cast on the inside of the shield. The illustration on the box depicts small wheels for the gun in this set but it seems that the original variation with carriage wheels was used, at least to start with, and is the most common.

 

The Armoured Car and Field Gun was issued in two colours with both models matching, either dark army-green or glossy olive-green. The models were painted entirely without trim except for the tyres and the black wheels on the Gun.

 

As with all the Army Series, 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 stamped, or sometimes written, on a panel at one end.

 

Because it was only issued in this set, the Armoured Car is quite scarce but the Field Gun is easier to find.

Benbros Qualitoys Armoured Car & Field Gun

Benbros Qualitoys A105 Armoured Car & Field Gun

Variations

 

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    

Benbros Qualitoy A105 Armoured Car & Field Gun
Benbros Qualitoy Armoured Car & Field Gun

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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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