04/24/09 125 W, 1 I - + 14 - 17 1927 American LaFrance Type 75 by Yat Ming

If you've always wanted to own an early-century American LaFrance pumper, here's a 1:24-scale, die-cast version recently released by Yat Ming . Lettered for Roseland, New Jersey, this exceptionally detailed and reasonably priced ($50) replica includes extensive "chrome" detailing, working steering, and opening hood. You'll have to make your siren sounds, however, to imitate its hand-cranked warning device. Several small pieces are detachable, including wee extinguishers. See photos on the Yat Ming site. See a photo of the real rig. Same is available from your favorite die-cast retailers, such as Jeff's Collectibles and Diecast Direct, Looks even better in person, versus photographed in a man cave with harsh lights and bounced flash. Click once or twice to enlarge.

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