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  • Matchbox Ford F-350 KME Fire Pumper

    These are one of my favorite castings from matchbox. These trucks came out in 2000 special editions👍 They are extremely detailed and have moving parts. The front hoods on these open up and you can see the detail on the engines. However one of the engines is not painted so it’s hard to see. There is another variation I do not have, and it’s the red and white version that say’s “Elizaville” so I am always on the hunt😊👍😊👍
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  • #2
    Indeed those are beautiful fire trucks. Lots of nice details!

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    • #3
      Awesome fire engines. I think many collectors seem to be missing the Elizaville version - I know I am. Also for some reason never got the 50th anniversary one in burgundy.

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      • #4
        This is one of those models that I wish they would have kept making more variations of, just like the Seagrave Meantstick.

        Here's a couple of pictures of the Elizaville version...

        Engineer's side -



        Captain's side -



        and the tailboard -






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        • #5
          The Elizaville variation is a tough one to find. I have never seen it for sale on EBay, train shows, flea markets etc. But I am always looking for it. I’m sure if it ever popped up it would go for a very hefty price tag😬

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          • #6
            Here's a picture of the real Elizaville pumper that I found on their FB page. Looks like MB did a pretty good job capturing the likeness of the real thing -



            Here's a PrePro of the Elizaville rig that I picked up a few years ago at the MB Gathering in ABQ -



            and a side by side shot -



            I've fought a few fires in type 6 engines before, I'd assume that Blair has seen quite a few more during his time in the black. Our type 6 is currently out on assignment as Fire Season seems to be getting a late start around here -





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            • #7
              Very nice- one of my all time favorite MBX models (even though it's too small for 64) at one point i had a bunch of the Trucksville versions courtesy of a KayBee clearance sale. eventually sold them all off as extras. Never seen that Elizaville before. would love to get a hold of one of those.
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              • #8
                The Ford/KME was a great model and like Sammy said I agree that this is a model that could have had many more variations issued.

                the prepro is a great score Sammy!

                also safest wishes to the SLO brothers as well as all the other FF’s deployed at California Wildfires.

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                • #9
                  While I remember these were pretty pricey back in the day, I'd like to see Matchbox tackle this level of detail; in any scale. The Jurassic Park 1/18 Wrangler proved MBX could do so. Yes, these have plastic bases, but the detail and metal body more than makes up for it. The rubber tires look proper. Vs. ugly Ultra Max.

                  The KME Mini Pumper is one of my favorites. Unfortunately, in the hands of a five-year-old me, it didn't last. Think within the first week, I broke the mirrors off. Now, a replacement can be on the high end. I mean to add at least the Meanstick and another KME. The Elizaville issue I like best (I had the Trucksville issue). My town sort of has a mini-pumper. It's a 2004 American LaFrance/F-550, pump panel in rear, reels in front on the top. It's basically a combined mini-pumper/light rescue.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Greco-Roman View Post
                    The Elizaville variation is a tough one to find. I have never seen it for sale on EBay, train shows, flea markets etc. But I am always looking for it. I’m sure if it ever popped up it would go for a very hefty price tag😬
                    I've never seen another for sale either. Not sure what the deal was with Elizaville and why it's so rare. Also, why haven't they used this casting for more than just 4 releases???

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Jim H View Post

                      I've never seen another for sale either. Not sure what the deal was with Elizaville and why it's so rare. Also, why haven't they used this casting for more than just 4 releases???
                      My guess is that they decided to axe those castings because A: they were expensive to produce. B: pricey and fragile; thus not too popular with kids. But honestly, we NEED something like this in the lineup again. Competition with Greenlight, at MBX 3" (not 1/64 specific) scale.

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                      • #12
                        I agree, I wish they would reintroduce this casting and come out with different colors👍👍👍Like for example, flat military green, camo military green, white, yellow, metallic green just some ideas. If they did that I think these would sell like crazy!!! 😁😁😁

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                        • #13
                          I was too young for the whole Matchbox collectibles era, but when an opportunity came up to add the Trucksville version to my collection, I jumped on it. As expected, the mirrors aren't there but to me no big deal.
                          Reissuing this casting would be really nice - I just wonder where it is. Apparently they re-released the Mini Cooper S from 2003 so it would not surprise me that they have the casting somewhere. Imagine this being in a premium line, wouldn't that be something.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Stampede View Post
                            I was too young for the whole Matchbox collectibles era, but when an opportunity came up to add the Trucksville version to my collection, I jumped on it. As expected, the mirrors aren't there but to me no big deal.
                            Reissuing this casting would be really nice - I just wonder where it is. Apparently they re-released the Mini Cooper S from 2003 so it would not surprise me that they have the casting somewhere. Imagine this being in a premium line, wouldn't that be something.
                            So Mattel is 3D printing their prepro models now, so I would guess that given the dimensions of a casting, they should be able to generate just about any long lost model!
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