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.

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Moko Lesney Matchbox 24a Weatherill hydraulic excavator



The 24a Weatherill hydraulic excavator was introduced in 1956 and was 58mm long. Weatherill were not the manufacturers of the vehicle, they just made the shovel and the hydraulic equipment that powered it,
I believe the tractor modelled by Lesney was actually a fordson major but I could be wrong here as the hudraulic equipment could be fitted to other makes as well.
The Lesney model can be found painted in either orange or in yellow, the orange version is quite common, the yellow version is far less common but it does not carry much of a premium,
To add to play value it was fitted with a die cast shovel assembly which was hinged to the body so it can be raised & lowered.
It was enhanced by the application of silver trim to the exhaust pipe and to the hydraulic rams found on either side of the drivers cab.
It was also fitted with a black & white 'Weatherill hydraulic' decal to the rear end, The decal was also used on the next model of this vehicle, the scaled up 24b Weatherill excavator.

Apart from the previously mentioned colours used the only other variation concerned which kind of axles were used, early issues had flat head axles with crimped ends and later issues were fitted with dome head axles, also with crimped ends.
The 24a was the first model to have its number cast into the wheels and it was the first model to have its number cast on the underneath of the model, So the underneath is marked as 'No24' but both the front and rear wheels are marked with a tiny 'No23', Supposedly the model was renumbered from '23' to '24' after the dies had been made .
The Weatherill was perhaps not one of Lesneys best sellers but it was later scaled up to become the next weatherill the 24b which was the exact same model but larger so it must have had some success as between the two models the weatherill was in the 1-75 range for eleven years.
It was packaged in 'B' type boxes and the box can display two different illustrations of the model, The excavator was replaced by the larger version, the 67mm long 24b in 1959.

above: yellow and orange weatherills

above: the yellow version

above: the orange version

above: whoops!, the shovel got mounted the wrong way up


Most collectors are familiar with the Japanese AHI copies of Lesney toys but
few have seen the Jadali "Minivoiture Jadanette" (Mini Toy Cars) which were
made in France. Although they are very similar to the Lesney models there are
variations that help us tell them apart, Most obvious is the red paint but also
note the wheel sides and treads which are nothing like the Lesney wheels.
photo: courtesy Manuel G

code number general front wheel type rear wheel type axle type
code 1 orange body, silver trim, weatherill hydraulic decal 9 x 18 metal 14 x 18 metal flat head crimped
code 2 orange body, silver trim, weatherill hydraulic decal 9 x 18 metal 14 x 18 metal flat head rounded
code 3 yellow body, silver trim, weatherill hydraulic decal 9 x 18 metal 14 x 18 metal flat head crimped
code 4 yellow body, silver trim, weatherill hydraulic decal 9 x 18 metal 14 x 18 metal flat head rounded

box types notes
B1 blurred picture
B1 sharp picture
B2 small picture
B2 large picture
B3 none

values

in orange 20

in yellow 30

values are for mint models in mint boxes

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