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Action Diarama with the LFB.
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No: 1280   Contributor: Pete Matten   Scale: 1/76   Year: 2010   Manufacturer: Oxford Diecast   Country: United Kingdom
Action Diarama with the LFB.

Here's a typical trip back down memory lane to those roaring early 1960's in the City of London,the era of the Boys Clubs,coffee bars,the bikini-remember the hits of the time,itzy bitzy teeny weeny yellow pocker dot bikini by Brian Hyland,what about Roy Orbison-Only the Lonely and of course the Everley Brothers-Wake up little Susie,Cathys Clown,etc.And of course we must'nt forget the Mods and Rockers,which one were you?.
Getting back to the picture,and this shows 2 AEC/Merryweather pumps and a Leyland/Metz TL of the London Fire Brigade at a major exercise.These models in 1.76 scale are by Oxford Diecast.
The civilian figures in this scene are by Dapol, whilst the firemen(2 sets-pump crew/ladder crew in attendence)are from FBM(Fire Brigade Models).
I do hope you all enjoyed this little trip back down memory lane to the early 1960's.
Picture added on 05 December 2010 at 03:29
add commentComments:
Hi Pete. Many thanks for your excellent diorama. Yes, it does bring back memories. Pitching the wheeled escape, rubber boots, wool uniforms and cork helmets. Not to mention the bulky and cumbersome BA gear. I assume the buildings in the diorama are all your work? Well done, mate.

Added by Furio Micheli on 05 December 2010.
Yet another brilliant diorama, Pete. I was living in London in the early 60s, so I remember those appliances well. Are the buildings part of something else or particularly for this diorama? I suspect the people are on a day trip from Lewes? George

Added by George Illingworth on 05 December 2010.
Thanks very much for your kind and welcome comments gentlemen, really most appreciated.
The buildings used in this picture are of my scratch built fire stations(sides).The building in the centre and on the left is of the York City Fire Station I made afew months ago(picture #1134), and the building to the right of the picture is the side view of the Lancing Fire Station (picture #1276) I've just featured on the site now.
I don't make models of buildings other then fire stations, but next year I do want to make a street scene which will include various buildings and an old fire station from the 1800's.I do have though another couple I want to do first in the new year, one is of the old Horsham fire station from the war(NFS)period, and then a present day station.
I'm certainly going to be busy I think over the next few months but once these models are complete, I think I would have covered most era's in British firefighting history and will then be able to display them all together at next years local open days/rallies/fire shows.

Added by Pete Matten on 05 December 2010.
Super model Pete, are the FBM figures on sale yet ?

Added by Bristol Bob on 05 December 2010.
Hi Bob, I've kept on to Paul for many years about making figures for us modellers, and considering now he's doing his own 1.76th scale model fire appliances he's taken the chance on having these sets done.If these, and the WW11 set sell well then next year he will go ahead and also get a set of up-to-date firefighters produced.Its all really down to costs, etc.
Paul got the present finished sets through from the manufacturers last week and phoned me and straight away sent me my order (one set of each) but these weren't boxed.If and when anyone orders, they should come I understand in a presentation box which Paul was having done at this time.
I'm sure Paul would appreciate some orders now that I've started advertising the figures, I also recommend the WW11 set, they are brilliant.

Added by Pete Matten on 05 December 2010.
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