I've had this item for some time now and decided it was time to write a short article on it.
I cannot remember when I got it but I am not the builder of this fine Code 3 model. The donor model has been a Mighty Antar tractor unit from Dinky. This has been modified and enhanced in several ways.
1. The body has been stripped and repainted - this is pretty obvious as it now sports the colour scheme of Pickfords together with appropriate signage. I cannot tell if the paint has been sprayed on or if it is an exceptional job, done by hand. To my eyes there are no brush marks on the toy.
2. A fairly serious looking crane rig has been added to the rear, mounted over the original twin axles at the rear. I can't say for certain if this has come from another donor model or if it is a third party white metal kit. The rear of the vehicle has had a well deck added and some tool boxes complete the wrecker rear.
3. Enhancements have then been added to the body work - At the front and rear of the body have been added heavy-duty towing mounts complete with removable pins. In the rear well deck are a length of chain and a solid "steel" towing draw-bar for use with these towing mounts. Jewel lenses have been added to the original headlights, wing mirrors have been added on each side of the cab, the spare wheel has been mounted at the rear of the cab and an exhaust pipe fitted behind the cab. A small spotlight has been added to the rear of the cab complete with jewel lens, another has been added to the side of the crane jib, again with jewel lens. Number plates have been added front and rear. The item is finished off at the rear with realistic tail light assemblies. The towing rig has been assembled and strung using thread and finished off with a hook that is about half the size normally found on Dinky toys yet it all appears to be scaled beautifully.
Although the whole item is somewhat fragile, it managed to make it from the UK to me in one piece!