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Monday, May 9, 2011

An OO Scale 1940 Ford

Recently in some items from Bill Gilbert I received a number of great OO scale size cars and trucks. Many of these he had modified, and among the best examples were a group of 1940 Ford cars.

I hate to cite eBay as a source but I was able to find a listing for this car which describes it as a “1970-77 Tootsietoy 40 Ford Die Cast Car”. I am sure there are books on Tootsietoy that have considerably more detail on this model and its production, but the listing seems to ring true to what it is, a die cast toy from the 1970s.

Using a scale ruler and prototype dimensions I found online this car does appear to be scaled for 1/76 (if just a bit toy like). What Bill did was remove the hitch at the back and repaint the models nicely. Also note that one car he made into a convertible with an interior from another model.

This model does not seem to show up on eBay often. It would be one to keep your eyes peeled for, and I will certainly be making use of these great models on the layout. For information on some other road vehicles suited to American OO by IHC see this article.

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