Corgi 1145; Mercedes-Benz Unimog 406 with Gooseneck Dumper

 

This has to be a favourite. It is a fine piece of modelling mixed with some good engineering and topped off with superb detail. The point of the real Unimog is that it is unstoppable, it is the ultimate off road vehicle, part light lorry, part farm tractor, it's amazing wheel articulation is modelled here with real coil sprung suspension. Back in 1969 my lovely old Land Rovers were still on leaf springs.

Look at the chassis though on the tractor unit, all that detail on the drive shafts and transfer and gear boxes, excellent. In addition to all that it has jewelled lights and big mirrors. Wonderful, and proof that though beginning their terminal decline Corgi could still produce models of real quality.

The Mercedes-Benz Unimog Goose-Neck dumper was added to the range in October 1969 and remained in production until 1976. Early releases were beautifully modelled and detailed in yellow with burgundy and charcoal chassis. In the mid seventies all of the Corgi Unimogs had a simplification of the design with a reduction in detail and a change to more robust plastic wheels. These later models are a brighter yellow with a pale blue chassis and red wheels.

 

 
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