This is a curious series released by Guiloy in the 80s (I cannot give an exact year, but I guess it was in the first half of the 80s), and represent up to 10 white Mercedes trucks with airport services.
The trucks are die-cast made in 1:124 scale, which results a miniature of around 3 inches. All trucks are the same, including the same cabin and the same chassis, but they carry different plastic loads. Some of these loads were made of chromed plastic, although with the use, this might have disappeared.
They all carry stickers with the function of the truck and also some Iberia logos, what makes it a curious collectable, not only for die-cast car and truck collectors, but also for aviation enthusiasts.
My two models are “Correo Aereo” or “Airmail”, and “Antifuego” (lit. “Anti.Fire”)
The complete list of models is:
- Camión de Gasolina
- Servicio de Limpieza
- Correo Aéreo / Carga Aérea (actually the same load only the first one in blue plastic, the second one in chromed plastic)
- Mantenimiento de Pistas
- Camión Escalera
Some models had some special feature or practicable part. In this case, the "Antifuego" has a extendable hose and the "Correo Aéreo" has a practicable compartment gate.
The were sold “loose” from a cardboard panel, as we can see in this picture. The item is for sale (or it was when I wrote this article) in todocoleccion.
|Pic: todocoleccion.net, seller: Freedom67|
Maybe these models were intended to be combined with Guiloy die-cast planes, as those made by Pilen, Play-Me or Mira.
FACTS AND FIGURES:
- Name: MERCEDES ANTIFUEGO and CORREO AÉREO “SERVICIO AEROPUERTO IBERIA"
- Scale: 1:124
- Year: Around 1982
- Company: Guiloy (Spain)
- Size: approx. 3’’ or 7 cm