Time for the first Lesney Matchbox review of 2020. Today we examine something a little different. This is Matchbox 74a, the Mobile Canteen. This casting entered the range in 1959, staying in the range until 1966, and is a model of a vehicle not often seen in the diecast world:

With so many entries in the Matchbox line having tow hooks, accessory castings were a natural addition to the line, and there were a few trailered vehicles during the Regular Wheels. This food service trailer is something not often seen in the scale model world, and it is a charmer, popular to this day. I suspect scale is likely around 1:64 or so - similar to most of the castings of the era, as it was made to be paired with them. This model features excellent detail and proportion, with realistic tampos (they haven't aged perfectly on this example, but still look presentable), and the interior is an exercise in small scale casting accuracy. From all angles, one can imagine walking up and getting some chips:

Front and rear have similar quality detail, as this is a rectangular vehicle, not much to see on those ends, but the door is a nice touch:

The service window cover is hinged, and stays open on its own:

The fun really begins when one looks inside the service window. Cast-in detail includes kitchen components and a cash register, and quite well done for something of this scale:

The flash reveals a lot:

The base is basic, usual for the time, and contains identifying data. Brightly colored bases are a hallmark of models produced in the early 60s:

This example is fortunate to live in its original Type D box. With this box and the silver wheels, one can make a guess of production around 1962-64:

I am happy to have this model in my collection, it is a blast from the past and a well-liked casting. I have a few of these, including a loose one for what passes for a diorama in my hoard:

A somewhat similar 1:1 image from directequip.com - I couldn't find anything identical, as these no doubt had minuscule survival rates:

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