Commerce is picking up on the Straco Express layout. I recently purchased a small lumber truck to add to the display. As with the other vehicles, it was made in Japan in the 1950s’-1960’s. And like the other vehicles, it has some features that I found of interest.
The first was the quality of construction. Although the metal chassis isn’t painted, it still completely encloses the body. It has a friction drive and rubber wheels, so this is a higher-end “penny toy.”
|The TN logo indicates this is a Nomura product|
(click on image to enlarge)
This is the same logo that appears on my super-cheap bare-bones police car (see The Flat Arm of the Law). So I now know that Nomura offered penny toys at different levels of quality (and I'm assuming for different price points).
The third interesting feature is the location of the friction drive – it’s in the cab. The reason it’s there is that this truck is part of a series of vehicles of similar design.
|This version of the truck body explains |
why the friction motor's located in th
This lumber truck a nice little piece, and it’s helped me piece together a little more background on the Nomura company.
What’s next for the project? If traffic gets any thicker, we might have to do some more paving.
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
- Haji three-wheel sedan $3.00
- Namura lumber truck $3.48