Fun Ho! #7 BOAC Bus

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This model is of the Fun Ho! #7 BOAC Bus in chrome.

There are no opening parts on this model. All features are cast into the metal of the model. The model appears to be based on a Commer Avenger "one and a half deck" coach such as these Australian National Airways (ANA) and Ansett-ANA coaches.

At the front there is a cast representation of the front bumper, headlights and grille, with the front roof showing a small roof hatch and two roof air vents. Both sides carry cast body lines or trim but no representation of the doors. The rear is cast to show the large baggage doors, with handle, numberplate and rear bumper.

There is no interior. There is no glazing.

All wheels appear to be one piece, black plastic, typical of the Fun Ho! miniatures of the time.

The base plate is also chromed and shaped to represent the engine block, gearbox, drive shaft and rear differential, a crude chassis outline, and the rear leaf springs. The base plate is attached to the body casting by two locating lugs at the front and rear that appear to have been punched in order to hold the body and base plate together. The base plate is marked with the original die owner's marks — "Streamlux" at the top centre and "Australia" at the centre bottom.

This would have been an early issue due to the Streamlux baseplate, issued between 1964 and 1966. During its lifetime 65,300 BOAC buses were manufactured, in Chrome initially and later with a paint finish.

The scale is unknown but thought to be around 1:144. My reasoning is that the normal coachwork (body) for the Commer Avenger was 24 feet 6 inches in length - looking at the photos above I estimate the length of the coach to be around 24 feet. The model is 2 inches long giving a rough scale of 1:144, supported by the fact the wheelbase of the real bus is 17 feet 6 inches and the model has a wheelbase of 1.25 inches (210/1.25 = 1:168). [notwithstanding the fact we all know these models were not made to a precise scale but usually to fit a set box size].

Item: 2829


This model is of the Fun Ho! #7 BOAC Bus in chrome.

There are no opening parts on this model. All features are cast into the metal of the model. The model appears to be based on a Commer Avenger "one and a half deck" coach.

At the front there is a cast representation of the front bumper, headlights and grille, with the front roof showing a small roof hatch and two roof air vents. Both sides carry cast body lines or trim but no representation of the doors. The rear is cast to show the large baggage doors, with handle, numberplate and rear bumper.

There is no interior. There is no glazing.

All wheels appear to be one piece, black plastic, typical of the Fun Ho! miniatures of the time.

The base plate is painted red and shaped to represent the engine block, gearbox, drive shaft and rear differential, a crude chassis outline, and the rear leaf springs. The base plate is attached to the body casting by two locating lugs at the front and rear that appear to have been punched in order to hold the body and base plate together. The base plate is marked with the original die owner's marks — "Streamlux" at the top centre and "Australia" at the centre bottom.

This would have been an early issue due to the Streamlux baseplate, issued between 1964 and 1966. During its lifetime 65,300 BOAC buses were manufactured, in Chrome initially and later with a paint finish.

The scale is unknown but thought to be around 1:144. My reasoning is shown above.

Item: 3082

 


This model is of the Fun Ho! #7 BOAC Bus in chrome.

There are no opening parts on this model. All features are cast into the metal of the model.

At the front there is a cast representation of the front bumper, headlights and grille, with the front roof showing a small roof hatch and two roof air vents. Both sides carry cast body lines or trim but no representation of the doors. The rear is cast to show the large baggage doors, with handle, numberplate and rear bumper.

There is no interior. There is no glazing.

All wheels appear to be one piece, black plastic, typical of the Fun Ho! miniatures of the time.

The base plate is also chromed and shaped to represent the engine block, gearbox, drive shaft and rear differential, a crude chassis outline, and the rear leaf springs. The base plate is attached to the body casting by two locating lugs at the front and rear that appear to have been punched in order to hold the body and base plate together. The base plate is not marked with any reference to the manufacturer or country of origin.

This would have been a later issue due to the unmarked baseplate, but still issued between 1964 and 1966. During its lifetime 65,300 BOAC buses were manufactured, in Chrome initially and later with a paint finish.

The scale is unknown but thought to be around 1:144. My reasoning is shown above.

Item: 2837

 


This model is of the Fun Ho! #7 BOAC Bus in chrome.

There are no opening parts on this model. All features are cast into the metal of the model.

At the front there is a cast representation of the front bumper, headlights and grille, with the front roof showing a small roof hatch and two roof air vents. Both sides carry cast body lines or trim but no representation of the doors. The rear is cast to show the large baggage doors, with handle, numberplate and rear bumper.

There is no interior. There is no glazing.

All wheels appear to be one piece, black plastic, typical of the Fun Ho! miniatures of the time.

The base plate is also chromed and shaped to represent the engine block, gearbox, drive shaft and rear differential, a crude chassis outline, and the rear leaf springs. The base plate is attached to the body casting by two locating lugs at the front and rear that appear to have been punched in order to hold the body and base plate together. The base plate is not marked with any reference to the manufacturer or country of origin.

This would have been a later issue due to the unmarked baseplate, but still issued between 1964 and 1966. During its lifetime 65,300 BOAC buses were manufactured, in Chrome initially and later with a paint finish.

The scale is unknown but thought to be around 1:144. My reasoning is shown above.

Item: 2847


This model is of the Fun Ho! #7 BOAC Bus in Creamy Yellow.

There are no opening parts on this model. All features are cast into the metal of the model.

At the front there is a cast representation of the front bumper, headlights and grille, with the front roof showing a small roof hatch and two roof air vents. Both sides carry cast body lines or trim but no representation of the doors. The rear is cast to show the large baggage doors, with handle, numberplate and rear bumper.

There is no interior. There is no glazing.

All wheels appear to be one piece, black plastic, typical of the Fun Ho! miniatures of the time.

The base plate appears to be plated on one side only (not chrome plated but some other metallic finish that gives it a different finish to the unpainted surface I can see inside the model) and shaped to represent the engine block, gearbox, drive shaft and rear differential, a crude chassis outline, and the rear leaf springs. The base plate is attached to the body casting by two locating lugs at the front and rear that appear to have been punched in order to hold the body and base plate together. The base plate is not marked with any reference to the manufacturer or country of origin.

This would have been a later issue due to the unmarked baseplate, but still issued between 1964 and 1966. During its lifetime 65,300 BOAC buses were manufactured, in Chrome initially and later with a paint finish.

The scale is unknown but thought to be around 1:144. My reasoning is shown above.

Item: 3083