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Moko Lesney Matchbox 18c Caterpillar bulldozer



The Lesney model of the 18c Caterpillar bulldozer joined the Matchbox 1-75 series in 1961,
It replaced the almost identical 18b but was made to a slightly larger scale and the new model measured 58mm in length.

Like the previous model it was painted yellow all over with no silver trim, The dozer blade still attached by the same method as the previous issue which was by pins cast onto the sides of the jockey wheel covers and by the front axle.
The rollers were slightly larger measuring 9.5mm but on this model not only were grey metal rollers but also 9.5mm silver plastic and 9.5mm black plastic were used and these were all fitted to dome head axles with rounded ends and the tracks were 25 tread green rubber,

Some silver and some black rollered issues had two small triangular braces cast in each side of where the lettering 'Lesney England is found,
Like the previous issue the casings used for the 8c were sometimes used in error so the model can be found with either number cast,
Lesney decided that to avoid confusion the numbers from both models would be removed but the job was only partly done as indecipherable parts of a number could still be found on some baseplates,

Later the number was properly erased and at the same time the large round crossmember next to the number was enlarged,
The 18c was sold in 'B', 'C' and 'D' type boxes and was deleted in 1964 when it was replaced by the larger 18d Caterpillar 'D8' bulldozer.

code number general tracks rollers triangular braces number
code 1 yellow body & dozer blade, 25 tread green 9.5mm grey metal without No 8
code 2 yellow body & dozer blade 25 tread green 9.5mm grey metal without No 18
code 3 yellow body & dozer blade 25 tread green 9.5mm grey metal without part
code 4 yellow body & dozer blade 25 tread green 9.5mm grey metal without none
code 5 yellow body & dozer blade 25 tread green 9.5mm silver plastic without No 8
code 6 yellow body & dozer blade 25 tread green 9.5mm silver plastic without No 18
code 7 yellow body & dozer blade 25 tread green 9.5mm silver plastic without part
code 8 yellow body & dozer blade 25 tread green 9.5mm silver plastic without none
code 9 yellow body & dozer blade 25 tread green 9.5mm silver plastic with No 8
code 10 yellow body & dozer blade 25 tread green 9.5mm silver plastic with No 18
code 11 yellow body & dozer blade 25 tread green 9.5mm silver plastic with part
code 12 yellow body & dozer blade 25 tread green 9.5mm silver plastic with none
code 13 yellow body & dozer blade 25 tread green 9.5mm black plastic without No 8
code 14 yellow body & dozer blade 25 tread green 9.5mm black plastic without No 18
code 15 yellow body & dozer blade 25 tread green 9.5mm black plastic without part
code 16 yellow body & dozer blade 25 tread green 9.5mm black plastic without none
code 17 yellow body & dozer blade 25 tread green 9.5mm black plastic with No 8
code 18 yellow body & dozer blade 25 tread green 9.5mm black plastic with No 18
code 19 yellow body & dozer blade 25 tread green 9.5mm black plastic with part
code 20 yellow body & dozer blade 25 tread green 9.5mm black plastic with none

box types notes
B5 dark blade
B5 light blade
C side view
C elevated view
D1 one black side one blue
D2 one black side one blue

values

metal rollers 30

silver rollers 100

black rollers 30

values are for mint models in mint boxes

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