11/10/08 199 W, 1 I - + 14 - 17 Matchbox Pierce Fire Engine


Now available on eBay and perhaps soon at local stores is this wee Pierce pumper lettered for Engine 31 in El Segundo, CA. Matchbox model #75. The scale is 1/123 and the thing measures 2.95 inches long, 0.94 inches wide, and 1.02 inches high. Buy at a store and pay around a dollar. Buy on eBay and pay more and perhaps much more.
 

 

For over 50 years, the Matchbox series has accurately reproduced American and British fire apparatus. Specific castings of actual pumpers, ladders, rescues, and airport crash trucks are listed below. Chief's cars, ambulances, fire-themed vehicles, and fantasy vehicles excluded. For pictures of those below, here's an excellent web site.
 

#8 - Reynolds/Broughton airport crash tender (1992)
#9 - Dennis pump escape (1955)
#9 - Merryweather Marquis Series III pumper (1959)
#13 - GMC snorkel (1977)
#18 - Oshkosh/LTI aerial ladder (1984)
#29 - Maxim pumper (1966)
#35 - Merryweather pumper (1970)
#57 - Land Rover/Carmichael pumper (1966)

     

#57 - Mack/Salisbury (?) heavy rescue (1991)
#57 - Range Rover/Carmichael Commando pumper (1982)
#61 - Dennis Sabre aerial ladder (2003)
#63 - Alvis Salamander/Foamite airport crash tender (1964)
#68 - Dennis Sabre pumper (1999)
#76 - International/Navistar (?) pumper (1999)
Special - Ford F-350/KME mini-pumper (2000)
Special - Seagrave Meanstick aerial ladder (2002).







  
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