02/06/10 93 W, 3 I - + 6 - 10 Tomica Tokyu Crash Truck


Now for some collector's minutia. Many folks have one of these toys in their collection. Made by Tomy/Tomica in 1975, it's a 1:130 scale, die-cast crash truck. Though it's tempting to think that it replicas an American Lafrance USAF O-11A apparatus (bottom photo), it really replicas a truck made by a company called Tokyu (middle photo). Perhaps the latter was based on the former? Below are a pair of photos that demonstrate the differences. The second picture was scanned from a Japanese-language fire apparatus book.
  






Wikipedia photo





Probably a design based upon the O-11, since it debuted in the early 50s. I actually got to drive and operate one of these in 1992. Way cool.
DJ - 02/07/10 - 09:47



  
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