Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Banner U.S. Army Steam Roller

I'm pooped - after a month solid of projects, picture takin', and postin' I needed a break. Okay, I say that but in reality while I'm not actually posting on the blog I've been busy working on a revision to my 'Pictorial Guide To Marx Plastic Accessories' - a little tome' I assembled many years ago to catalog as many Marx plastic 3-rail O-gauge train accessories as possible. I've been wanting to work on it for a long time but the 'corporate will' was lacking - I just didn't have the interest. Anywho it's back on so that means the blog will take a back seat from time-to-time.

In the meantime, there for quite a while we were looking at plastic Army vehicles made by Pyro, Ideal, Auburn, Marx and others.  Then Halloween came around and the thread unraveled leaving the end to dangle haplessly, so let's pick up that loose end and get back in the swing of things. When Pyro released their set of U.S. Army Service Trucks back in the early '50s they included a nicely done steam roller. However. It was BIG! - way out of proportion to the rest of the vehicles it was teamed with. Fortunately for our junior civil engineers, the road crew had a more viable option - this nice little piece of machinery from Banner, listed officially as a "U.S. Army Steam Roller", it measures 3 3/4"  (9.52cm) L x 1 5/8" W & 1 5/8" H (4.12cm) and was released around the same time as the Pyro pieces (it's funny but we still sometimes refer to this type of vehicle as a 'steam' roller when in fact these thing haven't been run by steam for a l-o-n-g time - even this toy represents a diesel engined roller). As you can see by the comparison shots at the end, it does really look well alongside other small scale plastic Army trucks. Enjoy! Opa Fritz and Oma Bettina.

Pyro, Thomas Toys, Banner

Banner, Thomas Toys, Pyro

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