Matchbox Yesteryear: Y13-3-A-8 Crossley RAF Tender (1918)

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This model is the Matchbox Yesteryear Y-13-3-A-8 Crossley RAF Tender (1918) in RAF Blue with roundels on the rear tray sides and a red cross on a white background on the rear canopy. It has a had the chassis replaced with a black chassis from a later issue and is packed in the wood-grain style box. It was sold as a "genuine factory error" but was an obvious fake when it arrived - I got my money refunded and refused to return the item as I suspected the vendor would resell it - I heard nothing further about the transaction although I suspect he has blacklisted me!

The model has no opening parts. The cab tilt, rear canopy and radiator grille are all tan. The seats are milky white. There is no glazing.

Coded to the 2002 Yesteryear Book

Body Colour: RAF Blue body & black chassis (tampered rivets)
Cab Roof: Tan plastic, lightly textured
Rear Canopy: Tan plastic, textured & with molded features
Radiator: Tan plastic grille with die cast, plated surround
Seats: Milky white plastic
Steering Wheel: Black plastic
Wheel Hubs: chromed, 24 spoke
Tyres: Black
Plated Parts: Gold/Brass colour
Box Type: H - blue "woodgrain" box
Other Comments/Identifying Features: The model has the "B" type body with two cleats and raised edges to the top and two sides of the rear body tray, type "B" front springs (additional strengthening web has been added), and the type "B" baseplate with the "Ltd" deleted from "Lesney Products & Co. Ltd" and held in place with two rivets.

Issued 1975 to 1979 approximately, with a stated scale of 1:47.

Item: 3486