A set of six Namura vehicles came up for auction on eBay, and I was fortunate enough to have the winning bid. I'm not sure whether all six were sold originally as a set, but I would not be surprised if that were the case. They all are about the same age, made the same way (more on that later), and have similar shapes. At the very least, I would guess that the three cars were sold as a set, and the three trucks as another set.
|Three Namura cars: Fire Chief, Police, and Taxi.|
|Three Namura trucks: School Bus, Lumber Truck, Mobilgas Truck|
|Truck A (bottom) appears older |
than truck B (top).
The "TN" trademark that appears on the door of truck A has been moved to a less conspicuous place on the rear of truck B. By comparing the patinas of the two vehicles, it's easy to tell which is the newer model (truck B).
|Another clue to relative age: truck B|
(left) appears newer than truck A
(right). Note also the reinforcement
of the chassis on truck B.
With this influx of traffic, the Straco Express display appears bustling with activity. And the variety of bright primary colors gives the layout the toy-like look I wanted.
What's next? I'd like to have some more buildings and/or trees -- but those will be a little harder to find. It may be a while before there's another post!
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
- 1950's sedan $2.99
- 6 Namura vehicles $16.99