Greetings and welcome to Forty 3rd which focuses on models within the 1/43 - 1/50 scale.
The 3rd model we will be looking at is the Ford Tilt Cab with trailer by Corgi.
The Ford H Cab and Detachable Trailer (1137) was introduced in September 1965 and was an American truck to appeal to the lucrative US market and featured a forward tilting cab revealing a highly detailed engine and comes with a figurine.
It also has realistic moveable door mirrors and die-cast metal air horns and side ladders. I can’t believe this much detail is marketed to kids at that time. However except for the ladders these are the weak points of this model as both tend to break off during play.
The large box trailer featured sliding side doors, opening rear doors and was finished in the blue and silver ‘Express Services’ livery.
The leap in quality of this model proved that the Major range had entered a new era, and it continued to sell well until 1972.
When I first saw this in a catalog I was mesmerized by the detail and working features. I so much wanted this model yet never got one as a child. When I finally found this model, I managed to buy it at what I believed to be a very reasonable price as it came complete including a box and inner stand.
While the inner stand was ok, the original box was not in the best condition at that time so repairs were made.
One other feature I forgot to mention is the ‘landing gear’ wheels come down automatically when the cab is uncoupled from the trailer.
Before I got this I bought another one with a variation on the wheels and was not as good a condition as this.
I give it 4.5 out of 5 in detail, 5 out of 5 in quality control as this is still solid after so many years and 3.5 out of 5 for playable. Of course as with this kind of detail, caution in handling is required.