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    • Matchbox - I don't think this version has been shown yet...but I could always be wrong.
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      • This was sold to me as a Marx playset vehicle...but there are no markings to verify that, and the seller told me it was from a "Desert Storm" playset. I've seen the Desert Storm playset by Marx (google) and there's no Crash Truck in it. The Marx airport playsets appear to all be older, tinplate toys, and no plastic crash truck to be seen, so all I really know is that it says "Crash Truck" on both sides and came from some unknown playset, possibly an obscure one by Marx.
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          • Found this one at a flea market, I think. Didn't know there was a red variation until finding this one. Had this for years before I found the source, and purchased it on ebay.
            arffs n flowers by Jefferson Young, on Flickr

            With it's 'yellow-bellied' brothers:
            arffs n flowers by Jefferson Young, on Flickr

            And, it's the pointy one, too:
            arffs n flowers by Jefferson Young, on Flickr
            It's part of a 9-pack....which also includes a full set of yellow Lifeguard rigs...when I find the photo of the entire set I'll try to add it here.

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            • A pride of Panthers...
              Panthers on the Prowl by Jefferson Young, on Flickr
              Kaidwai on right; another Chinese issue (yellow with 'sound and lights'), and then the three sizes of Transformers (the big one was very complex and expensive when new...) (And, oh yeah, the Transformers are Sentinel Prime* from Transformers: Dark of the Moon. "He" appears in about a 5-second flash on screen responding to an emergency...I do not remember ever seeing 'him' in Panther-mode again in the movie. Seems odd they made 3 different sizes of a vehicle that barely registers on screen...but I'm glad they did!)

              *Sentinel Prime is usually portrayed as a semi-tractor in the toy aisle, IIRC.

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              • arffs n flowers by Jefferson Young, on Flickr
                One of my favorite Majorette fire engines...the Zetros pumper/tanker, which is suitable for wildland fire suppression (AWD, etc), but also apparently for runway rescues.

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                • Originally posted by b2young View Post
                  Found this one at a flea market, I think. Didn't know there was a red variation until finding this one. Had this for years before I found the source, and purchased it on ebay.
                  arffs n flowers by Jefferson Young, on Flickr

                  With it's 'yellow-bellied' brothers:
                  arffs n flowers by Jefferson Young, on Flickr

                  And, it's the pointy one, too:
                  arffs n flowers by Jefferson Young, on Flickr
                  It's part of a 9-pack....which also includes a full set of yellow Lifeguard rigs...when I find the photo of the entire set I'll try to add it here.
                  I've never seen that version before, that awesome!

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                  • For those that think the mission chopper might not be friendly for firefighting, think again. Several of the old AH-1 Huey Cobras have found a second life in aerial firefighting.
                    U.S. Forest Service


                    Florida Forestry

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                      • Originally posted by Brian49 View Post

                        I've never seen that version before, that awesome!
                        Here's how it came:
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                        Of course, I wouldn't have known it existed if I hadn't found the broken one at that show or mall or wherever I did find it. When I found this 10 pack on ebay, it didn't matter what it cost. Cost is no object for a set like this. (I paid $19.99 shipped for it.)

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                        • From RMM (Reinhard Merlau Modellbau), in resin, is this nice Oshkosh P-23 ARFF in HO scale
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                          I bought it ready built, from the builder. It was missing the roof monitor, so I looked up photos of 1:1 P-23s to see what was up on the rooftop and then fabricated the nearest I could to the actual monitor, including the twin floodlights mounted above the nozzle. Mine doesn't rotate...but I'm sure the 1:1 must have some mobility.

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                          I had to make some repairs around the rest of it too, but all in all the builder did a great job on it. (I have a few unbuilt RMM fire apparatus models. They are "expert" level kits, and I'm out of practice...want to attempt a couple, but last year I found one of the kits I have in a ready-built package, so that kills that particular project...)

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                          • arffs n flowers by Jefferson Young, on Flickr
                            Conrad 1/43; missing a Hose/equipment box and maybe another item from the top. Oh, and about 2 more ladders.

                            arffs n flowers by Jefferson Young, on Flickr

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                            • arffs n flowers by Jefferson Young, on Flickr
                              VIM = "Foam making vehicle" (haven't found the literal translation, but here's a guess: V=vehicle (spelled in French); M=Mousse (the foam); I=?.)
                              This one's for Aeroport Pau Pyrenees.

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                              • Originally posted by b2young View Post

                                Here's how it came:
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                                Of course, I wouldn't have known it existed if I hadn't found the broken one at that show or mall or wherever I did find it. When I found this 10 pack on ebay, it didn't matter what it cost. Cost is no object for a set like this. (I paid $19.99 shipped for it.)
                                Great set, and you even get Airport points for the two choppers and the Airport Police car!

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