We are in May 1983 ...
The English brand Crescent Toys has now almost disappeared, although some very rough models were sold by Lone Star, owner's name. However, the firm has experienced in the mid-1950s, an extraordinary reputation, putting on the market a remarkable series of ten race cars from 1953 to 1956. Unfortunately this awareness does not exceed the circle of connoisseurs, and these miniatures which appeared as the direct rival of Dinky Toys were produced only for two years. They are now relatively difficult to find in mint condition because they were produced in small quantities (known 50 000 copies of each model) and their price is higher than that of their rivals.
The ten models are all reproduced at a scale closer than 1/41 of 1/43, probably to follow the same path
as used by Dinky GB who had not hesitated to grow its Grand Prix cars. The best example is provided by comparing the Talbot Lago 4.5L produced in England and its counterpart produced in Bobigny.
Each has a molded frame carrying the zamak use directions, cast wheels with engraved and shod black rubber tires rays, the molded bodies into a single element without insert (windscreen, exhaust tube, etc ...). A driver is installed in the cockpit. The decal numbers are black in a white circle.
Out of the ten models, two are sports cars and eight Grand Prix cars.
JAGUAR TYPE D LE MANS
This glory of the British car industry was the subject of numerous reproductions and the Crescent Toys is quite satisfactory in terms of its lines. In terms of detail, we regret that the windshield, very visible and very enveloping was not made of plastic "crystal". Similarly the presence of spoke wheels an error. The model is decorated in English green.
ASTON MARTIN DB 3 S
This Aston Martin's 2.9-liter is curiously decorated in white with two blue stripes, perhaps to remind that a car of this type was used in 1954 by Carroll Shelby. Unlike other models, chassis and driver are painted in light blue. Again, the metal windscreen comes a little alter the line.
CAR GRAND PRIX
Decorated in bright green, the car seems to be the 1954 version, sixteen cylinders. This is an interesting miniature BRM because the windows do not invade.
CONNAUGHT 2 LITRES
Another rare model and round lines of this car are made. The very dark green color corresponds to that of the Connaught Type A of 1952.
The model is faithful, and for many collectors, better than the one that was produced by Dinky Toys. Although very much like a miniature F2, the cubic capacity of 2.5 liters suppose that it is a 625 Crescent has desired breed.
MERCEDES BENZ W196
Crescent could not ignore the famous "silver arrow" and it is the streamlined version that was chosen. The W196 is decorated in metallic gray with white and black wheels driver. It was floor, as did the other models in the series, sometimes slicks, sometimes ribbed tires.
Copy of the "2 liter" driven Haw Thorn in 1952, with a snorkel down almost to the front grille, the miniature is correct, except for its blue color is entirely fanciful.
The cars created in the Boulevard Victor workshop are sufficiently rare scale model for it to be popular with collectors. It is of course painted in light blue.
MASERATI 2,5 LITRES
The fierce enemy of Ferrari is part of the Crescent line. It is a 5.5-liter 1954 that defends the honor of the brand trident. It is painted in red.
The success was not to go for these miniatures at the time of their release. Yet the presence of spoked wheels, a driver reported (not molded with the body), and an illustrated cardboard box, which was a convenient package, were not enough to their rivals Liverpool. Crescent envisaged the production of thirty different model: only ten were sold ...
If today the thick steering wheel right in zamak or molded windscreen with the body can appear as defects, they still were not in the 1950 Should we then simply believe that the slight difference prices helped Dinky-Toys maintain the advantage? It is a hypothesis.
Still today it is not very easy to find a complete set in mint condition. Often the models were painted and the drivers have been customized. As for the tires, they were sometimes changed ... for the benefit of Dinky tires because young lovers could, using tires of this brand bigger at the back than the front, giving a more realistic look to their cars.
Source: magazine mensuel Minis Plastic Metal n°86 de mai 1983
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