K17 & K20 Ford D800's

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K17 & K20 Ford D800's

Postby SGP » Mon Jun 23, 2014 5:31 pm

I also have a soft spot for the Matchbox King Size models ... K17 Ford D800 with Dyson trailer and Case bulldozer ... and K20 Ford D800 with Tasker trailer and 3x Ford MB39 tractors.
First to appear in 1966 was the LAING regular wheels version of the Dyson 4-in-line Trailer combination with a Case Bulldozer. Apart from the
Earliest models have the Case Bulldozer sporting a tall exhaust pipe which is omitted from all later models (including later LAING versions). The yellow cab also has a slot at the front to allow fitting as these earlier models have the control pedestal joined to the bulkhead, again omitted on the later re-tool. All the LAING versions of the Bulldozer (including the re-tooled ones) have RED ROLLERS with dark green tracks.
The LAING decals are confined to just the cab sides of the red Case bulldozer and the green Ford D800 tractor unit.
This is my example in reasonable condition and with the very early version of the bulldozer. I have yet to source a yellow cab unit for the bulldozer and as I have already mentioned, the later cabs will not fit.
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Re: K17 & K20 Ford D800's

Postby SGP » Mon Jun 23, 2014 5:42 pm

The LAING version was short lived and was soon replaced by the Taylor Woodrow version. Basic livery stayed the same but the Case bulldozer now had YELLOW ROLLERS and dark green tracks.
The Taylor Woodrow "Tug of War" logo was applied to where the LAING decals had been previously but now the Taylor Woodrow name was applied to the rear of the Ford D800 cab and also to the rear of the Case bulldozer.
This is my much nicer example of this version. You will notice that by now, the long exhaust on the Case bulldozer has been omitted.
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Re: K17 & K20 Ford D800's

Postby SGP » Mon Jun 23, 2014 5:58 pm

Late in 1969, the introduction of Speedwheels and jazzy colours in my opinion spoilt this model. The colours changed to a bright red for the Ford D800 tractor unit and a lime green for the Dyson trailer. The 4-in-line wheel arrangement of the trailer was simplified omitting the inner pair of wheels and omitting the top mounted spare wheel. The Case bulldozer became a light peach / orange with the cab becoming a brighter yellow and the now BLACK ROLLERS are fitted with black tracks. All decals stayed the same as before. The tractor unit was also now permanently coupled to the trailer.
Colour variations exist on the Ford D800 tractor unit. There are some that are metallic red and there are some very late examples that are painted bright pink. Some pre-production versions exist with a lime green cab to match the trailer but these were never sold to the public and are only available now via specialist auctions if you drop lucky.
This is my quite nice example of the most common colour variation. The standard spare wheel has just been placed there ... I plan to semi-permanently fit a Speedwheel spare one day.
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Re: K17 & K20 Ford D800's

Postby SGP » Mon Jun 23, 2014 6:04 pm

I have a few spares of the K17 Dyson combination and I decided to paint one into WYNNS livery and maybe have a traction engine as a load. Whether Wynns had any Ford D800's is another matter.
This is the result and is currently awaiting the decals.
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Re: K17 & K20 Ford D800's

Postby SGP » Mon Jun 23, 2014 6:19 pm

Two years after the Dyson combination in 1968, the Ford D800 tractor unit was married to a Tasker trailer carrying three Ford MB39 tractors. Initially the tractors load were in all over blue to make them different to the standard 1-75 range model but gradually these were interchanged.
As this model only lasted around 18 months with regular wheels it is surprising that there are any variations, but there are a few. Although the regular wheels Ford D800 and its Tasker trailer was always red, the tipping fuel tank / coupling usually found painted yellow could be found in body colour red. The tractor load was usually in all over blue but could be found with the standard MB39 blue and yellow models.
This is my reasonably tidy example of the more common yellow uncoupler to which I have loaded up with blue and yellow standard MB39 tractors (one of which is the lighter shade variation). The loading clip is also the usual yellow coloured plastic.
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Re: K17 & K20 Ford D800's

Postby SGP » Mon Jun 23, 2014 6:24 pm

Now, here is my rarer version with body coloured tanks / uncoupler but loaded with the blue tractors that normally comes with the set. You will notice that the loading clip is moulded in grey and this must be very rare as I have never seen another nor seen any mention of such a variation elsewhere.
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Re: K17 & K20 Ford D800's

Postby SGP » Mon Jun 23, 2014 6:33 pm

Again, in 1969, this model was spoilt with the introduction of Speedwheels. The Ford D800 cab was now a brighter red but some rarer variations can have a metallic red cab or a bright pink cab. The Tasker trailer was now bright yellow and missing the underslung spare. The tractor load stayed the same as before.
This is my presentable example in the more common colours. The loading clip is missing and I need to source one. The tractors are my own re-paints in green and yellow just to create a bit of interest really.
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Re: K17 & K20 Ford D800's

Postby SGP » Mon Jun 23, 2014 6:47 pm

Not quite the end of the variations. The K20 Ford D800 with Tasker trailer was retooled for one final version ... the Big MX playset where the tractors could be winched onto the trailer via a ramp using a winch mechanism at the rear of the Ford D800 which for this set was finished in a metallic turquoise. The trailer was usually finished in silver but it could also be found finished in gold. The tractor load in this set were a peach / orange colour similar to the later Case bulldozer mentioned earlier. The plastic load clip was simplified and no longer secured the tractor load to the trailer and the addition of a plastic ramp and fulcrum display rather uneasily IMO.
I don't have one of these yet but below is a picture of a nice example with the more common silver trailer.
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Re: K17 & K20 Ford D800's

Postby SGP » Mon Oct 06, 2014 7:22 am

Well, have a look at this. Described as "near mint ... not often found in this condition".
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Lesney-MATCHB ... 339680549d
It is well played with in anyone's opinion and even has the wrong bulldozer (orange with black wheels).

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Re: K17 & K20 Ford D800's

Postby SGP » Mon Oct 06, 2014 7:22 am

Well, have a look at this. Described as "near mint ... not often found in this condition".
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Lesney-MATCHB ... 339680549d
It is well played with in anyone's opinion and even has the wrong bulldozer (orange with black wheels).


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