Fun Ho! #8 Austin Tip Truck

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This model is of the Fun Ho! #8 Austin Tip Truck in chrome.

There are no opening parts on this model although the rear tipper works. All features are cast into the metal of the model. The model appears to be based on an Austin Loadstar such as this Austin, also modeled by Fun Ho! as #3 and done in a Chrome/Bronze finish. Although unusual with the addition of the quarry style rear tipper (I have never seen a photo of a real Austin truck with this type of rear tipper), this is not the only manufacturer to have used this style of tipper on an Austin, as shown by the second photo of Polar Plastics 1:28 scale Austin Loadstar Quarry Truck (a more modern version of the item we are discussing here).

Austin Loadstar light truck 1953 ca 4000cc

At the front of the Fun Ho! Austin there is a cast representation of the front bumper, headlights and grille. Both sides carry cast body lines and representation of the cab doors. The rear is cast to show a large quarry style tipper unit that is fixed to the body/chassis via press-fit pins on the chassis casting and corresponding holes in the tipper frame.

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.

There is no base plate as such - the underside is also chromed and shaped to represent the crude chassis outline and the fuel tank. There are no markings to denote model number or manufacturer. The area between the chassis rails is filled in but this may just be flash over-run as other examples of the Austin cab and chassis I have are open between the rails or have been modified as in the case of the #18 to accommodate the articulated trailer's coupling pin.

This is likely to have been an early issue due to the chrome finish, issued between 1964 and 1966. During its lifetime 84,300 Austin Tip Trucks were manufactured, in Chrome initially and later with a paint finish.

The scale is unknown but thought to be around 1:76. My reasoning is that the normal chassis length for the Austin Loadstar was 134 inches and the model has a chassis of 1.75 inches (134/1.75 = 1:76). [notwithstanding the fact we all know these models were not made to a precise scale but usually to fit a set box size].

Item: 2830