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So a new variation that would be nearest to variation 4 would become the new 4a, etc.

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Moko Lesney Matchbox 7a Horsedrawn milk float



The Lesney model of the 7a milkfloat joined the Matchbox 1-75 series in 1954 and it was a unique model as it was the only horsedrawn model to appear in the entire 1-75 range.
It was always painted orange and usually had the driver, milk crates and lettering picked out in white,
It first appeared with metal spoked wheels of a type which were only found on this model, later grey plastic wheels were fitted.
It could have flat or dome head axles with crimped or rounded ends.
The first casting of the horse had a groove between the front legs giving the appearance of longer front legs when compared to the later issues. the horse was painted brown or chocolate brown and it had a white mane, tail and socks. It's harness was picked out in gold but the amount of trim detail was reduced as time went on.
Very early issues of the float were a different casting to the later, on the early float the left rear crate was cast very close to the back of the roof and the braces above the rear axle were large, The milkman was wide and his footrest was small, The horse shaft base was 6mm wide
On the next issue the crate was moved forwards, the axle braces were smaller, the milkman was narrower and the footrest was made larger. This one had the horse shaft base reduced to 5mm

A very short run were made with silver crates and silver trim to the top half of the driver, It is believed that these were trial pieces for the newly introduced system of mask spray painting because this is variation is the only example of a spray masked milkman, The mask sprayed silver did not give the milkman a good coverage of paint so the next issue had just the milkmans hat painted white by spray mask. The horse shafts were modified with the addition of a brace to the left side horseshaft and on the final issue a brace was added to the right horseshaft.
It was the last model to be issued in the type 'A' or moko 'script' box and is more usually found in the 'B' type box.
After a very long seven year stay in the range in it was deleted in 1961 to be replaced by the 7b ford anglia.

Updated: 15-12-12,
The grey plastic wheel size has been corrected to 8x18

above: rare silver crates variation (paired up with the wrong type horse)

above: left, early and, right later floats

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above: left, Showing the early 6mm and later 5mm horse shaft bases

above: left, early float with large brackets. right, later float with small brackets.

above: left, first type with no braces to the horse shafts. center,
braces to the left side. right, last issue with braces on both sides.

code
number
general wheel type axle type lettering left rear crate horse shafts shaft base
width
horse
code 1 brown horse, orange float
white milkman & crates
8.5 x 15 grey metal flat head crimped white to the rear no braces 6mm long front legs
code 2 chocolate brown horse, orange float
white milkman & crates
8.5 x 15 grey metal flat head crimped white to the rear no braces 6mm long front legs
code 3 chocolate brown horse, orange float
white milkman & crates
8.5 x 15 grey metal flat head crimped white forwards no braces 5mm short front legs
code 4 chocolate brown horse, orange float
white milkman & crates
8.5 x 15 grey metal flat head crimped white forwards left side brace 5mm short front legs
code 5 chocolate brown horse, orange float
white milkman & crates
8.5 x 15 grey metal dome head crimped white forwards left side brace 5mm short front legs
code 6 chocolate brown horse, orange float
white milkman & crates
8.5 x 15 grey metal dome head crimped white forwards left side brace 6mm short front legs
code 7 chocolate brown horse, pale orange float
white milkman & crates
8.5 x 15 grey metal dome head crimped white forwards left side brace 5mm short front legs
code 8 chocolate brown horse, orange float
white milkman & crates
8 x 18 grey plastic dome head crimped white forwards left side brace 5mm short front legs
code 9 chocolate brown horse, pale orange float
silver milkman & crates
8 x 18 grey plastic dome head crimped orange forwards left side brace 5mm short front legs
code 10 chocolate brown horse, pale orange float
white hat & crates
8 x 18 grey plastic dome head crimped orange forwards left side brace 5mm short front legs
code 11 chocolate brown horse, pale orange float
white hat & crates
8 x 18 grey plastic dome head rounded orange forwards left side brace 5mm short front legs
code 12 chocolate brown horse, pale orange float
white hat & crates
8 x 18 grey plastic dome head rounded orange forwards braces on both sides 5mm short front legs

box types notes
A none
B1 none
B2 thick black tyres without spokes
B2 yellow tyres with spokes
B2 thin black tyres with spokes
B2 thin black tyres without spokes
B3 none
B4 none
B5 with dots in wheel hubs
B5 without dots in wheel hubs

values

grey plastic wheels 60

silver crates and driver 600+

all other models 45

values are for mint models in mint boxes

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