I have already griten about Joal’s “series 200”. In two consecutive entries, I described the Leyland Dumper (Rer. 200) and the Camión Grúa Taylor “Canguro” (Ref. 201). I will now show three more references from this line, and I have all three of them boxed, so there will be a lot of pictures today.
We start with “Remolque Tractor Repartidor de Abonos” (Nr. 204) which roughly translates for: “Tractor Trailer – Manure distributor?” I am not sure if distributor is the right word, but this machine is basically a manure container, that deposits it on the ground evenly. The toy is a nice piece, done with great detail. Note that the wheels move the two grey devices by means of a transmission belt, which is made of metal (looks like a spring). This way, the mechanism works today as if it was new, and it is almost 50 years old!
The Pulverizador (Nr. 205) is a similar machine, only this time it pulverizes liquid fertilizer. The cast is simpler than the previous machine, and consist of a blue body with wheels and a couple of chromed parts. This model has no mechanism.
The Massey-Harris tractor is presented in 2 different versions. The yellow one seems to be the oldest version, while the green is probably a reedition from around 1974. There is another tractor, which is basically the same cast, only without the shovel at the front (Nr. 203), but I do not have it.
The box belongs to the second version, although the first one should have had a similar box. The weak points of this toy are the rear wheels, which are made of plastic, and they tend to deform themselves. Note that the green model has this problem: the plastic compound has stuck to the box, so when I removed the tractor from the box, it took on the wheel some cardboard with it. The yellow model has some cracks on the wheels, and another model I had, had directly broken wheels.
The shovel can be lifted by means of a lever, and then dropped by pushing another lever.
The front wheel is slightly different in both models, being these of the green model slightly more realistic. The original pilot is the blue one, the other figure is actually a Corgi figure from Nr. 67 Ford 5000 Super Major Tractor (which is very similar to this one made by Joal, especially the wheels).
Interesting that the box was manufactured by another company (not Joal). This company left its seal in one of the lashes of the box: Suñer from Alcira (Valencia)
FACTS AND FIGURES:
- Name: REMOLQUE TRACTOR (Nr. 204), PULVERIZADOR (Nr. 205) and TRACTOR MASSEY-FERGUSON CON PALA CARGADORA (Nr. 206)
- Scale: Unknown
- Year: Around 1968/ 1974
- Company: Joal (Spain)
- Size: 11 cm (tractor)