I was at a Dinky fair and picked up a couple of old Matchbox Crash Tenders similar to ones used in airport scenes on Thunderbirds and other G.A. series.
While I wouldn’t describe myself as a collector of old Matchbox toys, certain ones do peak my nostalgic interest. The Hendrickson ‘Cooper-Jarrett’ truck and the BP Autotanker are a couple of favourites and both of course feature as ‘extras’ in several Anderson shows.
The Crash Tender, which, as I’ve no doubt you’re aware can be seen sharing a scene or two with Fire Flash at London Airport, or parked at Glenn Field during the assembly of Zero X. It was produced by Matchbox in 1964 and early versions had a silver foam cannon and suspension. Latter versions had a gold cannon and no suspension. The plastic ladder, hose and lettering were supplied on a separate sprue ready to be fitted by the buyer .
The die cast toy was pretty much identical in design to the Century 21 version ( apart from size and features, of course) which came a year or two later.
I though maybe some of the readers might like to see a few shots I took of them.