Triang Minic 3101 Friction Log Lorry - plastic

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This model is the Triang Minic 3101 Log Lorry in red and grey. This item is plastic and has a flywheel friction drive.

The model has a diecast plastic body. It has been shaped with very rudimentary representations of the body lines. The cab and chassis are red plastic. The rear is grey plastic. There is no glazing.

The original wheels are still on the model - one piece plastic or rubber hub and tyre style, mounted on a steel axle. The rear driving wheels are identical to the front wheels and the steel axle passes through the friction drive motor to power the vehicle, the flywheel being mounted inside the rear body.

There is no base plate. The underside of the casting carries no markings and the friction drive has been press fitted to the body and the plastic body pins melted to hold it to the body.

I do not know exactly when this item was issued but believe it to be between the 1950s and late 1960s as it appears in the 1957 Trade Catalogue.

Item: 4526