Friday, July 29, 2011

Reader's Digest (1999) 1948 Task Master

Today on Fire Engine and Emergency Vehicle Friday we bring yet another in Reader's Digest series of 1/64 scale die-cast fire engines, the 1948 Task Master. The neat thing about fire and emergency vehicles is that there were so many manufacturers who produced them. The uninitiated would perhaps think that only the major auto and truck firms made fire apparatus and emergency vehicle but in point of fact there were a myriad of companies like: Ahrens-Fox, American LaFrance, Ward LaFrance,  Christie, Ford, Garford, Nash, Seagrave, Studebaker, Mack, Stutz, Gramm Bernstein, Maxim, FWD, International, Task Master, Buffalo, Dodge, Packard and so on. It's a lot of fun tracing the development of these fascinating vehicles over the years and one of the neatest ways to do this is collecting miniatures. The Reader's Digest series is great because it doesn't take up a lot of shelf space. Because of its small size it may be lacking in finer detail, but is nevertheless a terrific way to build a collection. Enjoy!