|Nomura Sedan, ca. 1959|
I hadn't intended to add another vehicle to the layout, but this one looked particularly nice (and was available at a particularly right price).
The toy is in great shape, and although it's almost a half-century old, the lithographed colors are still bright and crisp.
And there are a couple of details that make this an interesting piece.
|Two men in the front, two women in the back. Got to be|
two old married couples.
Second, the frame has a secret. If you look carefully at the photo at left, you can see that the hidden surface of the metal has a design on it.
Nomura recycled a previously used piece of tin for the frame. The underside of the car is plain, the majority of the lithographed surface is hidden by the car body.
|Note the lithography on the|
frame inside the bumper.
The chassis started out life
as part of something else.
Nomura was one of the few Japanese toy companies of the postwar era to put trademarks on their low-end toys. Their brand, the letters "TN" in a circle is plainly visible on the back of the car.
There isn't a lot of information available on these Japanese penny toys. So getting one that merits careful study is a welcome bonus.
|The Nomura logo is visible in the lower right side.|
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
|The back of the police badge. Recycling is good!|
- 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
- LineMar Pepco Truck $8.50
- Namura Red Sedan $5.00
|The front of the police badge. Who knew|
it started out as a peaches can?