A106 Army Covered Truck
When Benbros acquired the collection of model dies from Timpo Toys in 1952, one of the best models was the AEC lorry and in the Army Series this was used to create No.A106 Army Covered Truck.
The 'Sunderland' casting on each side of the cab related to the original Timpo model which promoted the Vaux Brewery based in the town of Sunderland. Benbros re-issued the AEC cab/chassis without change although 'Benbros', 'Qualitoy' and 'Made in England' were added to the underside of the chassis to eliminate the Timpo name.
For some reason Benbros did not use the Timpo die for the body but created a new multi-model casting which was used on all the AEC models. It was secured onto the cab/chassis unit with a tab at the back of the cab and a single rivet at the rear of the chassis. For the Army Truck the dropside version was utilised and a cloth canopy or tilt added which was supported by three metal wire hoops fitting into holes in the sides.
A106 Army Covered Truck was painted either dark-green or olive-green and this included the opening tailgate at the back and the '6-bolt' metal wheels which had lightly treaded tyres. Silver trim was added to the front grille, headlights and number-plate on dark-green versions but seems to have been less used on the olive-green variation.
The cloth tilt was made to fit the model with a closed front end and an opening at the rear. It was either pale or dark green and was stitched onto the hoop at the back.
As with all the Army Series, No.A106 shared a multi-model box with illustrations of the models on all four sides. The Benbros emblem was on both end-flaps and the model inside was identified by having number and/or name stamped or written on a panel at one end.
A106 Army Covered Truck is quite scarce and the little drop-down tailgate at the back is often missing.
Benbros Qualitoys A106 Covered Truck
1) DARK-GREEN truck silver trim pmw/black tyres GREEN cloth tilt Multi-model box
2) OLIVE-GREEN truck no silver trim pmw/black tyres GREEN cloth tilt Multi-model box
Variation 2: Olive-green, no silver trim, dark-green tilt
A106 with rear tailgate closed and open