|That police car looks pretty good in this shot. |
But looks can be deceiving.
Police cars are a fairly common form for these small Japanese tin cars to come in. Often these “penny toys” (as they’re sometimes referred to) were sold in packs. The cars were identical with different liveries – usually police, fire chief, taxi and ambulance markings. Now that traffic’s picking up on the layout, I thought a police presence might be in order.
|Less than 1/2" in height. This car's almost 2-dimensional!|
There’s a wide variety in the construction of these vehicles. Some are fairly sophisticated with friction drives and rubber wheels, while others are free-wheeling made with a bare minimum of materials. This car is an excellent example of the latter. Most of the vehicles on the layout are between 3/4" and 1" tall. The car is less than 1/2” tall –- which makes this a real low rider.
It’s an odd-looking piece, but an interesting example of the low end of the penny toy spectrum. Strangely enough, this car is also one of the few I have with a trademark, the letters "TN." So I might not know where the other vehicles I have came from, but the cheapest of the cheap was made by Nomura!
Total cost for the project:
- Pegboard: $4.95
- Flathead Screws: $0.40
- Molding: $2.49
- SilClear: borrowed from a friend
- Green Paint: left over from another project
- Wood Screws: $3.60
- Felt Pads: $1.99
Small Houses: $3.00
Testor's Gray Paint for road: $1.29
Bandai Areo Station: $8.99
- Two Japanese toy cars: $2.00
- A.W. Livestock truck: $4.99
- Taxi: $2.99
- Ambulance: $2.99
- Two Japanese patriotic cars: $6.99
- Namura Police Car $2.52