Dinky Bedford TK, From Dustcart to Police Recovery Truck.
This actually started out as just an experiment, but looked so good I felt, I went on and built it. I am not sure as to how steeped in reality it is, as I have not found any pictures of 1970's recovery lorries, but it looks the part and sits well beside other Dinky Police Vehicles.
This lorry started out as a standard 1960's Dinky Bedford TK Dustcart, later issue (with the plastic roof rack). The refuse parts were removed, and a replacement back was fitted, which is actually a slightly converted Dinky Leyland Comet Cement back. This part I had done before as I've built and sold a few Blue Circle ones on eBay, and very popular they have been. The lights were from a Dinky Police Zodiac, which has since been converted to an Army Staff car, the crane is a cut down cherry picker from a Corgi C 150 Jeep, and the hook is a replacement from a Commer Wrecker.
The conversion is not a tricky one but does make for I think an interesting vehicle. It is finished in Old English White, and the decals are copies of those used on the Dinky Police Sets, other than the door crests which are from Police Logo Sheets.
Dinky Bedford TK, From Dustcart to Police Recovery
Extraodrinary good work
In my opinion this is a very good, not to say extraordinary good work. The details and the coloring is perfect. If I would see this car in a model car shop I think I would not resist...
Nice New Use of and older truck.
Very well done, Mr.Blunden, as Usual. I like the way you have the cherry picker done up. Very good work. Your detailing and decaling are great.