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 MB42-c Iron Fairy Crane



The #42 Iron Fairy crane was one of the very last regular wheel models to be converted to Superfast wheels during the spring of 1971.
Its plastic baseplate was modified to accept a pair of standard long black axle clips to retain the standard 12.5x4mm thick 4 slot truck wheels.
As these clips enable wheels on axles to easily be exchanged reasonable proof such a sealed blisterpack is still required before the handful of thin wheeled examples which exist today can truly be judged genuine Lesney production.
The body castings are the same pair as the previous regular wheels issues, indeed the first SuperFast run included a large number of bodies painted in the standard regular wheels red with yellow crane boom.
Lesney brightened up the colour specs for the SF issue, with the crane being recoloured metallic lime as applied to the #58 DAF Girder truck bodies. Initially the #42 body was bright orange because a yellow primer was used but the bulk were painted the same orange colour without any primer so are much duller although still lighter than the standard regular wheels issue bodies.

Crossover models with red bodies and metallic lime crane booms and also dull orange bodies paired up with yellow booms have been reported but not seen so we have been unable to include these in the price guide as yet.
Hooks can be found in lemon or yellow orange , exactly the same pair of shades found on the #30 Crane truck. Hooks of any other colour are likely to be collector re-assignments as these hooks can easily be swapped over.
The Iron Fairy was always packaged in G boxes or blisterpacks with copyright dates between 1970-72.


Above: The red body and yellow boom usually found on the regular wheel model and the dull orange and metallic lime superfast colours. Both with the correct G type boxes.

Above: The red and yellow model is quite hard to find.


Above: Left, the hard to find bright orange Iron Fairy with a yellow plastic hook and the most common version in dull orange with a lemon plastic hook.

Above: This slightly over exposed photo shows the dull orange Iron Fairy fitted with the thinner 12.5x2mm wheels.

code
number
body colour
boom colour
wheels
hook colour
code 6
red
yellow
12.5x4mm 4 slot
yellow
code 7
red
metallic lime
12.5x4mm 4 slot
yellow
code 8
dark orange-red
yellow
12.5x4mm 4 slot
yellow
code 9
dark orange-red
metallic lime
12.5x4mm 4 slot
yellow
code 10
dark orange-red
metallic lime
12.5x4mm 4 slot
lemon
code 11
dark orange-red
metallic lime
12.5x2mm 4 slot
yellow
code 12
dark orange-red
metallic lime
12.5x2mm 4 slot
lemon
code 13
light orange-red
metallic lime
12.5x2mm 4 slot
yellow
code 14
light orange-red
metallic lime
12.5x4mm 4 slot
yellow

Values based on Vectis actual selling prices.
red body, yellow crane boom - 60-80
dull orange body, met lime boom, 4mm wide wheels - 20-30
dull orange body, met lime boom, 2mm wide wheels - 40-50
bright orange body, met lime boom - 50-60