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Moko Lesney Matchbox 26b Foden cement mixer



In 1961 the Lesney model of the Foden cement mixer replaced the smaller 26A ERF mixer in the Matchbox 1-75 series,
It kept the earlier versions colour of orange but the first issues had a grey or dark grey plastic mixer barrel, These are quite rare and are very sought after,
The mixer barrel was soon changed to orange plastic which it kept until the model was deleted,
Silver trim was applied to the grille and front bumper on the early issues but not to the later ones.
The baseplate was also painted orange and was held on by a tongue at the front and a rivet to the rear, The baseplate was modified by slight lengthening, The early issues had a baseplate that stopped level with the end of the fuel tank, Later ones had the end of the baseplate level with the front of the mud guards,
At the same time the baseplate was lengthened it was reinforced with 4 triangular braces.

There was one other casting variation to the ejector ring on the left side of the box between the mixer drum and the cab,
Early issues had a 3.5mm ejector ring, This was later enlarged to a 4mm ring and later it was anlarged again to 4.5mm.
Another slight casting variation may be found on top of the box where there is a raised round panel with a ring of rivets around the rim, Later issues have the ring of rivets removed but it is difficult to decide if these were intentionally removed or if they went due to wear on the dies.
A variety of grey, Silver and black plastic wheels were fitted on dome head rounded axles, The silver wheeled variant is particularly hard to find and the grey or dark grey barrel variations are pretty scarce as well.
The foden was sold in 'C', 'D' and 'E' type boxes,
It was deleted in 1968 to make way for the 26c GMC tipper truck.

above: rare grey barrel variation

code number general mixer barrel wheel type baseplate ejector ring silver trim
code 1 orange body dark grey 9 x 20 grey plastic short, no braces 3.5mm with trim
code 2 orange body grey 9.5 x 20 grey plastic short, no braces 3.5mm with trim
code 3 orange body orange 9.5 x 20 grey plastic short, no braces 3.5mm with trim
code 4 orange body orange 9.5 x 20 grey plastic long with braces 4mm with trim
code 5 orange body orange 9.5 x 20 silver plastic short, no braces 3.5mm with trim
code 6 orange body orange 9.5 x 20 silver plastic long with braces 4mm with trim
code 7 orange body orange 9.5 x 20 black plastic short, no braces 3.5mm with trim
code 8 orange body orange 9.5 x 20 black plastic short, no braces 4mm with trim
code 9 orange body orange 9.5 x 20 black plastic long with braces 4mm none
code 10 orange body orange 9.5 x 20 black plastic long with braces 4mm with trim
code 11 orange body orange 10 x 24 black plastic short, no braces 3.5mm with trim
code 12 orange body orange 10 x 24 black plastic long with braces 4mm none
code 13 orange body orange 10 x 36 grey plastic long with braces 4mm with trim
code 14 orange body orange 10 x 36 grey plastic long with braces 4mm none
code 15 orange body orange 10 x 36 grey plastic long with braces 4.5mm none
code 16 orange body orange 10 x 36 black plastic long with braces 4mm with trim
code 17 orange body orange 10 x 36 black plastic long with braces 4mm none
code 18 orange body orange 9 x 36 black plastic long with braces 4mm none
code 19 orange body orange 10 x 36 black plastic long with braces 4.5mm none

box types notes
C "new model"
C without "new model"
D1 one black side one blue
D2 one black side one blue
D2 two blue sides
D2 light blue sides
E3 light blue sides

values

grey wheels, grey mixer barrel 1000

grey wheels, orange mixer barrel 30

black wheels, orange mixer barrel 30

silver wheels orange mixer barrel 2000+

values are for mint models in mint boxes

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