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Classic Road Vehicles – Scammell Scarab Milk Float
The mechanical horse first appeared during the 1930s, as a replacement for the horse drawn local parcel delivery service operated by the big four railway companies (LMS, GWR, LNER, SR).
Although initially produced for British Railways, the versatility and capability of the Scarab meant that it became widely used across many other industries and businesses, both large national organisations and small private works and factories. The Scarab undertook many familiar local delivery roles, and was a common sight in towns and cities.
The Scarab consists of a three wheel tractor unit with a very tight turning circle and load towing capacity of 3 or 6 tons (designated MH3 or MH6 respectively). Many trailer variants were produced according to the required use. By employing a standard single action coupling mechanism trailers could be moved around with minimum delay.
This is a model of the milk float variant used as the early morning doorstep milk delivery service operated throughout every city, town and village across the land.
The model consists of a tractor unit, trailer and one figure. The trailer includes a selection of milk crates colour coded according to the fat /cream content (red, blue, yellow and green) and a number of empty crates stacked at the back. Crates may be removed or added as required, and the trailer detached from the tractor to stand alone using the drop down support (in a similar manner to the real thing).
This model could complement the current Lego City range of delivery vehicles introducing a play experience of simulating a milk round dropping off whole crates or individual bottles, and picking up the empties according to a schedule.
Although supplied with a milkman figure constructed from individual bricks, replacement with a Lego mini figure milkman could be an option.
The overall aim of this kit is to produce a model of the Scammell Scarab milk float that is sufficiently accurate to appeal to both the older collector and young builder. The kit is constructed mainly from the general bricks and plates within the Lego range, there are some bricks which have a more specific use such as the wheel arches, but specific use bricks have been kept to a minimum as far as possible. An advantage of this approach is that if the model is broken down the individual bricks may be re-used to support other projects (this should appeal to the young builder).