Blaw-Knox Heavy Tractor (Dinky Supertoys 563)
Blaw-Knox Heavy Tractor (Dinky Supertoys 563)(i)
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Classic Dinky Toys (John Durrant Collection)
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A Dinky Supertoys model 563 "Blaw-Knox Heavy Tractor", with original box.
A chunky red open station tractor with green treads and a yellow driver, based on a tractor made by Blaw Knox.
This model was introduced in 1948, and cancelled over a decade later in 1959.
Description from Meccano Magazine, August 1948:
- " The third new product illustrated in this page is the Heavy Tractor, Dinky Supertoys No. 563. Real heavy tractors are designed for hard work, often on rough or muddy ground on which their creeper tracks give the necessary grip. They are largely used for haulage in excavation work, or when land is being cleared, as well as in large scale mechanised farming. The Dinky Supertoys miniature is a very imposing model, with a large bonnet that suggests a powerful engine, and here again a miniature driver is in position, with his control levers in front of him. There is no steering wheel, for the model is duly provided with creeper tracks, and steering is effected by speeding up or slowing down one or other of these, just as was done with tanks during the war. The creeper track system of this impressive model consists of rubber bands, with which realistic movement is attained. The bands rotate freely and grip practically all types of surface well with only the weight of the model to give the necessary adhesion, so that the Tractor can easily be manoeuvred. A great advantage is that they do not scratch polished surfaces or otherwise damage them. "