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Mobile Home
Debut Series Matchbox 1-75
Produced 1980 -
Number 54
Scale 1:114
Mobile Home - 7489cf

Command and Tracking Vehicle Bases 20120525 JSCC

Comparison of bases of Command Vehicle (top) and NASA Tracking Vehicle (bottom). The NASA Tracking Vehicle has retained the opening side door, operated by turning the red semicircle seen near the bottom of the picture. The Command Vehicle does not feature an opening door, but nevertheless has the opening in the base where the door would go. Silver marks are artifactual. Josiah Carberry Collection. Click to enlarge.

Evolution of Casting Edit

The Mobile Home, in its original form, is a motorized camper. The casting was adapted at least twice, first by adding a radar/communications dish to the rear roof (NASA Tracking Vehicle), and later by adding emergency lights, sirens, and either a radar/communications dish or a cannon to the forward roof (Command Vehicle). The cannon was variously styled as a foam cannon (for fire suppression), a water cannon (for fire suppression or crowd dispersal), or a gun (for military use).

The Mobile Home casting has a plastic door in the right side, operated by rotating a small wheel in the base. This door was retained when the casting was adapted for the Tracking Vehicle, but although the Command Vehicle's base still has the cut-outs to allow for it, the door itself was replaced with a cast-in-place metal door when the body casting was reworked. At the same time, many of the side windows were eliminated, the skylights were eliminated, a heavy gutter was added around the roof, and heavy fenderettes appeared above the wheels.

Versions Edit

The Mobile Home has come out in the following 1/114 scale versions:

As Mobile HomeEdit

Col # Year Series Color Tampo Base Color / Type Window Color Interior Color Wheel Type Country Notes Photo
MB54 1980 Matchbox 1-75 Tan No tampos Black painted / Metal Clear Red M004f England Opening side door (brown) Mobile Home - 7073df
MB54 1981 Matchbox 1-75 Tan No tampos Black painted / Metal Amber Red M004f England Opening side door (brown) 8054 Mobile Home
MB54 1981 Matchbox 1-75 White Brown side stripes Gray/ Metal Smoke Orange M004f England Opening side door (brown) Mobile Home (1981)

As NASA Tracking VehicleEdit

Col # Year Series Color Tampo Base Color / Type Window Color Interior Color Wheel Type Country Notes Photo
MB54 1982 1983 1984 Matchbox 1-75 White Red "NASA" tampo on roof, blue space shuttle tracking center on sides and roof Black painted / Metal Clear Red M004f England Opening side door (red), revolving radar/communications dish on roof (chrome) MB-54

As Command VehicleEdit

The Command Vehicle version of this casting lacks an interior, and has the side door molded in place. Two round emergency lights are on the forward roof, as part of the window casting. Two sirens are also on the forward roof, as is a cannon or a radar/communications dish.

Col # Year Series Color Tampo Base Color / Type Window Color Wheel Type Country Notes Photo
MB54 1985 1-75 Red & white FOAM UNIT Black/ Metal Pale blue Eight dot rims Chrome sirens, red cannon, not open doors Command Vehicle (1985 Fire)
MB54
1986

1987
1988 [1]

1-75 Red Yellow Graphics: "Foam Unit 3", "Metro Airport" and striping Black-painted metal, later black plastic Pale Blue Eight dot rims Chrome sirens, red cannon. COMMAND VEHICLE on base. Command Vehicle (MB143, red & yellow)
MB54 1989 1-75 Yellow Red & White graphics: "Foam Unit 3", "Metro Airport" and striping Black Plastic Pale Blue Eight dot rims Grey sirens, red cannon Foam Unit 3 20120525 JSCC
N/A 1989 Commando Set Olive Green 9, Red and white stripes Black/ Plastic Pale Blue Eight dot rims Black Macau Black radar, Black sirens Command Vehicle (1989 Commando Set)
1992 Orange Blue & White graphics: "Foam Unit", "City Airport", "Emergency Rescue" and striping Black Plastic Pale Blue Eight dot rims Chrome sirens, black cannon
N/A 1995 Gift Pack Red Black, White and Gold graphics: "Fire Rescue", "F.D. #1" and striping Black Plastic Pale Blue Eight dot rims Chrome sirens, chrome cannon
N/A 1997 Five-Pack Blue White graphics: Police lettering and striping Black Plastic Pale Blue Eight dot rims Chrome sirens, chrome cannon Command Vehicle 20120720 JSCC

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. www.mbxforum.com Retrieved 24 October 2016

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