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I now code all my Matchbox Regular Series 1-75 models against the Stannard's Collectors Catalogue [ISBN 0-9510367-O-X] which covers the years 1953 to 1969 and is based on Stannard's extensive knowledge of the 1-75 series, contributions from Ray Bush, Phillip Bowdidge, Robert Newson and Paul Carr, and the access, granted to him by Matchbox, to Matchbox Toys Limited's archives and production collection. Wherever possible I will also include the relevant reference obtained from Schiffer's Matchbox Toys [ISBN 0-916838-74-9] and other major reference publications. I also use Nick Jones' excellent site to further refine the codings – these codes are identified by the use of [NJ] alongside them.
This is the Lesney produced Matchbox MB48-a-2 Meteor Sportsman Mk2 boat & Trailer in light tan and mid blue.
|Nick Jones Code:||[NJ]48-a-5|
|Body Colour:||Light Tan and Mid Blue|
|Base Type:||technically none, boat base is blue metal and trailer is black metal|
|Base Details:||No casting variations to the boat. The underside of the hull is marked on 2 lines either side of the keel: Meteor, Sportsman Mk II AND on 4 lines, at right angles parallel with the rear of the boat: Made in, England, By Lesney, No 48. The trailer has no markings but has 3 braces on the underside, one on each of the "chassis" rails.|
|Base Fitting:||None - the two halves of the boat are press-fitted together and the trailer is a one piece casting.|
|Wheels:||Grey metal 7.5mm x 18 tread, dome head and crimped axles|
|Interior:||None - the deck and seating are a cast metal component|
|Issued:||1958 to 1961 in Regular series|