|Q: Where can I find Del Prado
"World Fire Engines?"
A: See this list of frequently
Q: Where can I find the A. Smith Super Pumper
A: These are hand-built models from England,
produced in very small runs, available as kits or assembled, and, at
least in the United States, sold only by a handful of dealers.
The Super Pumper set, three models ranging in price from $850 to
$1000, was produced some years ago. A second "run"
was done more recently. I purchased mine through Hiram
Construction, later known as Dave's Model Toys, and now
know as DHS Die-Cast.
Q: Where can I find Conrad crash trucks?
A: The German company Conrad has produced precious
few fire trucks over the years and maybe only a handful of airport
rigs: 4x4 E-One Titan in lime, no lettering; 4x4 E-One Titan
in red, 4x4 Rosenbauer Falcon in red, no lettering (same is actually
a foam pumper); DeKalb County, GA; 6x6 Volvo in yellow,
generic lettering; 8x8 Oshkosh-Rosenbauer Viper in lime green, no
lettering; 8x8 Oshkosh-Rosenbauer Viper in yellow, no
lettering. The Volvo and Titans are easiest to find, the
Falcon harder, and the Viper hardest of all.
Q: Where can I find Cursor crash trucks?
A: The German company Cursor has produced even
fewer fire trucks than Conrad and, I believe, all of three
large-scale airport crash trucks, all red with various
lettering: 8x8 Rosenbauer Panther, 6x6 Rosenbauer Panther, 6x6
Rosenbauer Panther (newer, harsher angled style). Cursor also
produced a smaller, 1:87 scale version of the 8x8 Panther. All
are hard to find.
Q: Where can I find a Siku Metz/Faun crash truck?
A: The German company Siku produced two
versions of a 1:60 scale, 8x8 Metz/Faun crash truck. Same
lettering, different tires: earlier had rubber, later had
plastic. Read this
story for more information.
Q: Do you have any tips for collectors?
A: See this page.
Last updated: 02DEC04