From South America the Thorneycroft Mighty Antar was made by Juguetes Alni from Argentina during the 1970's, which measures about 15 inches (39 cm) and made of plastic moulding, I think. Just imaging the weight if it was die-cast! They also made a troop carrier with troops mounted in the rear or mounted missiles take your pick and a covered tarpaulin on the back.
Comes with 8 wheel armored tank complete with missiles and radar. Although the Semi Trailer float carrier isn't anything like the Joseph Sankey Ltd who designed and built the popular English version that Dinky and Matchbox included in there die-cast model, although, the Argentina version has a flat top trailer with ramps.
By the way these are not cheap to buy but if you are into these Antar's then you would love one of them. I just hope you have a spare $75 bucks US and that doesn't include shipping costs either.
So happy hunting my friends.
Some years ago. I decided with some inspiration in mind to fix up a battered and well loved to death 56 pickup Ford, that I found amongst some toys at the Sunday Market or Flea Market. So on closer examination the axles were bent not much paint and so forth with the window in reasonable good condition.
Then my eyes gleamed onto a Matchbox Peterbilt cement mixer, where the barrel had rolled off many moons ago, somewhere, somehow. So out came the hacksaw and bingo it was cut in halve. and the pickup as well. So with some super glue the metal bearing stuff and it was glued back together again. Next thing was what to put on it and amongst the junk box there was this Yatming tanker with no wheels. So the tank came off and onto the Ford 6 wheeler and bingo it fitted perfectly.
Then with a quick paint job, which is a bit rough and I might get around to finishing it one day or just a bit of a wash to get the dust off it maybe a good idea. Oh well that is life I suppose it will do as it is. By the looks of it I wont get any rewards for paint nor will I get any for taking pictures. Oh well life is not meant to be easy is it.
Have to take some better pictures.
The Mighty Antar by Thornycroft, was for its time one of the biggest truck or tractor prime mover 6 x 4 having a 5th wheel in the world in 1950's. The tractor was conceived as an oilfield vehicle for carrying long lengths of pipe over rough terrain in Iraq and Syria, where load restrictions were not heard of. It could also be used as a trailer train, that became so popular in Australia in later years. The Antar could move a gross laden weight of 100 tons. The tractor power plant had a 250 hp Rover meteorite V8 petrol engine for military purposes, which could be converted to diesel with some modifications for civilian use. This power plant was reduced structurally from the Meteor tank engine, which itself was a de-rated Merlin aircraft engine by Rolls Royce . There was a special need for a large cooling system, hence the need for a large radiator and circulating pump to allow operations in very hot areas like the Middle East. The vehical was designed and built in nine months, then after the prototype was tested late 1949 in Iraq. The first batch was dispatched in 1952 to Iraq for the transport and stringing out the oil pipes along the 560 mile pipeline being built by ESSO.
The construction company in-charge of the Snowy Mountain Hydro Electric Authority in Australia, ordered three Antar's for the transportation of the large hydro generating plants to the site in the 1950's. Alas, like most equipment of those days they ended up as scrap when superseded by modern trucks.
In 1952 the British Army needed to up grade their tank transportation from the World War Two American Diamond T tractor, used for tank transportation with the multi-wheel draw-bar trailer. Because the 65 ton Conqueror tank was a lot heavier then then the 49 ton Centurion. The army road tested the Mighty Antar Mk2 as a interim vehicle, so as to carry the Conqueror. A special 60 ton semi-trailer was designed and built by Joseph Sankey Ltd. While some of the Antars were adapted to use this type of Kingpin trailer system, the rest of the Antar's were built with ballast bodies to tow the existing 50 tone trailers used to carry the smaller Centurion by the Diamond T at a top speed of 25 miles an hour, or 50 k in Australia. The Mk 3 had more of a rounded cab then the early model and a Rolls Royce supercharged diesel engine giving 333bhp at 2100 rpm was added. These military work horses remained in service until the 1980's and were replaced by the Scemmell Commander.
length 8.46 m or (27 ft, 9 inches)
Width 3.20 m ( 10 ft 6 inches)
Height 3.15 m ( 10 ft 4 inches)
Weight 43.240 tons
As we can see that the two are nearly the same mould the top is Kemlows and the other is when the mould was sold to Israel, Grada model.
Matchbox Majors like with a new paint job.
This massive vehicle of its day must have inspired Dinky Toys to replicate this vehicle into its fine collection of die-cast toys. Not to be out done, Matchbox followed suit with their small version, while Airfix came out with the plastic version. All these did really resemble the Mighty Antar, while Kemlows must have had a different view of how the truck must have looked but retained the moveable rear ramps. So it would be interesting to know, just how many of these toys were sold during that period from the 1950's to the 1970's. Another maker Juguetes Alni who made the troop transport truck in the 1970's was being auction on Ebay.com.my. I found one of these in my Google search on the Mighty Antar. The buy now price was 29.99 US dollars.
One day I will add the Airfix Antar to my collection and might see if I can get one of those troop transporters. If anyone knows of other toy manufactures then let us know.
Edit: I have just picked up the Airfix Polly Antar only it was missing the front wheels (generic ones added by me in white.) and the rear ramps. Looks like some creative work needed to this type of prime mover. I keep on getting out bidder-ed on the Antar complete in box for some unknown reason they sell like hot cakes going out of fashion on eBay UK and the US.
Edit: I found this information on diecast.plus.com The Dinky Mighty Antar Tank Transporter came out in 1956 in the yellow box and was replaced with the blue striped and white box in November of that same year. Windows were added to the tractor in 1960 and the last production ceased in 1964.
These two bottom photos were sent to me by DinkyDi, a long time member of Planet Diecast showing the only Mighty Antar to come to Australia contracted to cart heavy equipment and plant to the Snow Mountain Hydro Electric scheme in 1954. After many years service in haulage contracting business here in Australia, this sad old warrior met its end in the scrap yard.