Triang Spot-On (NZ) N119 [316] Landrover - Fire Department

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This model is the Triang Spot-On (NZ) N119 [316] Landrover in red "Fire Department" livery. It was referenced as N119 in the New Zealand issued catalogues, but appears to use the UK 316 dies.

In 1968 Die-casting machines were sent from Northern Ireland to New Zealand in the hope of some form of useful life being realised from the Spot-On dies. Although 22 models were shown in the catalogues between 1968 and 1970, only 16 were actually issued before the range was withdrawn in 1971. Attempts were made to remove the model number and "Made in Northern Ireland' from the base, but no attempt was made to add "Made in New Zealand". As the dies wore a ghost image of the original marking appeared - this explains the faint "Made In" details on some New Zealand made models.

It is also important to note that the New Zealand issues had their own NZ numbering system that had no correlation with the UK numbering system.

The model features no opening parts, all features are cast into the body casting. At the front the radiator grille and headlights are picked out in silver. To the sides the doors are cast, together with hinges and handles, and carry a "Fire Dept." decal in white lettering. There may be no interior, however on this model it is hard to tell given the build up of dirt on the inside of the windows, but there is a shape that could be a bench seat or simply part of the glazing unit on this model. The front bumper and rear tow hook are cast as part of the base.

All wheels are of a shaped cast metal type - solid one piece cast metal hubs, unpainted, with a separate black "rubber" tyre, mounted on steel axles.

The base plate is unpainted cast metal and is stamped Spot-On Models by Triang at the centre top on two lines, "/42 Scale" appears in a lighter casting to the left of the word "by". Below the left side passenger door is a very faint "MA" (part of the "Made in Northern Ireland" details that has been removed). Under the right hand driver's door is cast "L.W.B. LAND ROVER". The base also carries a very rudimentary outline of the engine, gearbox, drive shafts, and differentials and is held in place by two machined rivets.

This model was issued in New Zealand between 1969 and 1971.

Item: 4497