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Moko Lesney Matchbox 11c Jumbo crane



The Lesney model of the Jumbo crane was introduced into the Matchbox 1-75 series in 1964,
Initially it had a yellow body, yellow weight box and yellow jib but later issues had a red painted weight box,
The baseplate was also yellow and it was attached by a tongue at the front locating into a slot in the front panel and by a single rivet through the baseplate,
It had 16.5 x 20 wheels up front (as fitted to the 43b tractor shovel) but can be found with three different types of wheel at the back,
Firstly there was a very short run fitted with 12 x 45 black plastic wheels that had a smooth inner face, This is quite a rare type of wheel and I believe it was only used very briefly on one other vehicle which was to the front of the first issues of the 6c quarry truck, Next came another short run fitted with 11.5 x 45 which were soon replaced by 12.5 x 45 which it kept for the rest of it's life,
The axles were dome head with rounded ends,

Jumbo is usually found with red plastic hook with twin ropes but single rope red or yellow plastic hooks were also used,
The jib could be raised by hinging on a regular axle pin which was fitted through the weight box and it was held in the up position by a red plastic tubular ram which had a metal piston rod that supported the jib.
It could also swivel on a rivet cast in the weight box locating through the body giving the crane the full movement of the real vehicle.

There were some modifications to the jib, Firstly the uppermost opening was partially closed, Then the two triangular openings in the lower jib were closed, Next the upper opening was closed completely, And finally a small strengthening brace was cast in at the top inner face.
Jumbo can be found in 'E' type boxes illustrated with either the yellow or red weight box,
It is a fairly common model and except for the variation fitted with the 6c type wheels there are no real rarities,
It was deleted in 1969 to make way for the 11d Mercedes scaffolding truck.

*note the 12 x 45 black plastic wheels found on code 1 have a smooth inner face and are usually found on the very early issues of the 6c quarry truck

code number general front wheels rear wheels crane jib hook
code 1 all yellow 16.5 X 20 black plastic 12 x 45 black plastic* large opening in upper, open lower red, twin ropes
code 2 all yellow 16.5 X 20 black plastic 11.5 x 45 black plastic large opening in upper, open lower red, twin ropes
code 3 all yellow 16.5 X 20 black plastic 12.5 x 40 black plastic large opening in upper, open lower red, twin ropes
code 4 all yellow 16.5 X 20 black plastic 12.5 x 40 black plastic small opening in upper, open lower red, twin ropes
code 5 yellow, red weightbox 16.5 X 20 black plastic 12.5 x 40 black plastic large opening in upper, open lower red, twin ropes
code 6 yellow, red weightbox 16.5 X 20 black plastic 12.5 x 40 black plastic small opening in upper, open lower red, twin ropes
code 7 yellow, red weightbox 16.5 X 20 black plastic 12.5 x 40 black plastic small opening in upper, closed lower red, twin ropes
code 8 yellow, red weightbox 16.5 X 20 black plastic 12.5 x 40 black plastic small opening in upper, closed lower yellow, single rope
code 9 yellow, red weightbox 16.5 X 20 black plastic 12.5 x 40 black plastic closed upper, closed lower red, twin ropes
code 10 yellow, red weightbox 16.5 X 20 black plastic 12.5 x 40 black plastic closed upper, closed lower + brace red, twin ropes
code 11 yellow, red weightbox 16.5 X 20 black plastic 12.5 x 40 black plastic closed upper, closed lower + brace red, single rope
code 12 yellow, red weightbox 16.5 X 20 black plastic 12.5 x 40 black plastic closed upper, closed lower + brace yellow, single rope

box types notes
E2 one black side one blue
E2 two blue sides
E2 light blue sides
E3 light blue sides
E4 light blue sides

values

with 6c type wheels 100+

all other models 25

values are for mint models in mint boxes

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