PLEASE NOTE: I will no longer be altering the variation codes. All new discoveries will be inserted in to their correct place in the timeline and given a suffix.
So a new variation that would be nearest to variation 4 would become the new 4a, etc.

Matchbox Superfast MB28-d Mack Dump Truck



The Mack Dump truck was fitted with SuperFast wheels in 1970 and can be found packed in G or I boxes as well as any blisterpacks with 1969 to 1973 copyright dates.
A new design of spiro hub patterned balloon tyres were designed for this model and the #49 Mercedes Unimog, the largest SuperFast wheels fitted to any 1-75 series before the Mod Tractor came along!
After the first production run new square section spiro hub wheels became standard.
The body casting was modified midway through the SF life to close up the previously open steps on both sides of the cab. At about the same time the spike on the underside of the dumper was shortened and the hole in the baseplate intended for the original length spike was later cast closed up.
The construction green paint shade darkened and became less yellowy during the 3 years that the SF Mack was in the 1-75 series. This casting was also assembled in Brazil during the early 1970s painted yellow. However no orange regular wheels bodies were ever fitted with SuperFast baseplates and no green bodies ever came with 1968 baseplates and pre-1970 hub and tyres.
In 1976 this tooling was revived for use as an Army truck in the two pack series. The body and baseplate castings were modified to better secure the rear axle and to rivit the front axle plastic clip.
This casting appeared initially in the first run very dark olive colour which is hard to find today before being produced in very large numbers in standard olive green.
Windows were not fitted to these military issues.
Large hollow dot-dash pattern wheels were fitted to all military issues which were all were black without having chrome plate to the center.


Above: The Mack Dump truck with it's G and H boxes. Note the earlier model on the right is lemon-yellow while the other is more of a lime-yellow shade.

Above: The earliest version has wheels with a rounded profile to both the inner and outer face. The cab steps were cast open.

Above: The second version had wheels with a rounded profile to the outside face only.

Above: Later versions had the cab steps cast closed.


Above: The two different shades of green that can be found in the TP-16 two packs. On the left is olive green and on the right is olive drab.

Above: The olive drab is the toughest one to find. I don't think it would have come packaged in this box though.

Above: The olive green is more common, Being a military issue the wheels don't usually have the chrome foil finish to the centers. The TP-16 two pack Macks were never fitted with windows.

Above: right to left. the regular wheel baseplate, second is the first superfast issue with rounded 'balloon' wheels and hole in the base between the rear wheels. third is the later superfast issue with square section wheels and filled in baseplate hole, and finally the olive green issue with the newer type baseplate.
photo courtesy Mick Bruce.

Above: The TP-16 military dump truck and bulldozer two pack.

Above: This set was only available in the USA.

code
number
baseplate
number
colour
wheels
cab steps
windows
baseplate
hole
code 4
28
lemon yellow
14x4.5mm balloon
open
green tinted
yes
code 5
28
lime yellow
14x4.5mm balloon
open
green tinted
yes
code 6
28
lime yellow
14x4.5mm spiro
open
green tinted
yes
code 7
28
lime yellow
14x4.5mm spiro
closed
green tinted
yes
code 8
28
lime yellow
14x4.5mm spiro
closed
green tinted
no
code 9
no TP-16
olive drab
14x4.5mm dot dash
closed
none
no
code 10
no TP-16
olive green
14x4.5mm dot dash
closed
none
no

Values based on Vectis actual selling prices.
lemon yellow - 40-50
lime yellow - 25-35
olive drab - 80-100
olive green - 20-30