Georgian copies of Politoys plastic cars, most likely
using the original dies. Tbilisi definitely used dies from Norev, but
perhaps also Polistil and Mebetoys.
Panhard scan of bottom
Tintoys (Hong Kong)
Tin's Toys, below)
Abarth in box
Tins’ Toys (Hong Kong)
seens that Tintoys and Tins' Toys are the same company -- it would make
sense, since the same colors were used for the logos (but what exactly
does the "W" mean?). I've sent an email to Tins' Toys in Hong
Kong a few times, but no one has ever answered.
Once again I bow to Doug Breithaupt's site: You'll find articles written
by Kimmo Sahakangas here
Trax (China for Australia), Xenita (Australia)
Although I was advised by someone at a diecast seller
in Australia that Xenita and Trax were one and the same company, I got
some other information from Mike Pigott of the UK (thanks, Mike!):
"...Trax and Xenita were not the same company. Xenita were a short-lived
company who only ever produced one model, the Holden VL Commodore. It
a very good model (editor: It sure isn't. Very crude, without an interior),
but was acceptable by 1980's standards, and there weren't very many Aussie
cars around at the time. This casting was acquired by Trax
when Xenita went bust.
"Trax were originally a producer of Australian model railway accessories,
diversified into 1/43 scale models of Aussie cars in 1987. Their first
model was an iconic Aussie car, the 1953 FJ Holden, availble in sedan,
van and utility (pick-up) versions. These were followed by cars from the
muscle car era, such as the Ford Falcon GTHO and the Holden Monaro, which
proved to be very popular.
"Over the years Trax have made a wide range of models from the three
Australian manufacturers: GM Holden, Ford and Chrysler (marketed as
Valiant), plus a single model of the short lived British/Australian car,
Leyland P-76. Some models will appeal to US collectors, such as the 1962
Valiant, 1960 Ford Falcon, and a very nice 1962 Falcon Squire wagon with
wood panelling. At present, utilities ('utes') and flatbed trucks are
proving very popular.
"More recently, Trax diversified into model trucks and buses under
banner. These include a range of 1/87 model buses (some sourced from EFE
the UK) and 1/64 American-style semi-trailers. Most interesting is a 1/50
model of a 1940's war surplus Chevrolet fire truck."
Updating, Chuan Chai kindly advised me that Trax was indeed orginally
built in Australia:
""The very first Trax model is the Holden Commodore, made using
the Xenita cast. This is probably the only Trax model that was made in
Australia, and it even has the Xenita baseplate unmodified. The only
difference between the Trax and the Xenita Commodore is the use of
transparent window and addition of interior. Later on, this model was
in China, with a different type of packaging."
If you'd like a Xenita, you'll probably be waiting a long time on Ebay,
but they do show up. You'll also usually find several at Model
Cars of the World, although they tend to be a bit pricey. Trax is
easily found on Ebay (hint: also try Ebay Australia!), or directly from
much yet about this company which manufactured Matchbox cars in Brazil.
All the information I've been able to find is, of course, in Portugese.
And Google translations only go so far...
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