This newly tooled and highly detailed model is based on the heavy duty fork lift truck that Shelvoke & Drewry were asked to produce in 1952 especially for the London Brick Company. The design was intended as a UK alternative to the American Hyster forklift, which was subject to UK import restrictions. LBC went on to buy over 170 of the vehicles, some of which were still in use 21 years later, Moreover, the Freightlifter proved equally in demand from other sources, notably all three Armed Forces as well as the railway companies.
The trucks could lift between 12,000 and 18,000 lbs with a lift height of up to 29 feet. Production models included the Model 82 with 7 ft 10 ins wheel base, Model 100 with an 8’4” wheelbase and a smaller Model 72 for indoor use. In 1962, the entire range was re-designed and re-named Defiant and production continued until 1974.
To launch our 1:76 scale replica, we’ve selected the vehicle as used by British Railways (Western) in the popular brown and cream colour scheme long associated with the GWR. The vehicle bodywork is printed with British Railways WR lettering in cream with the addition of the S & D freightlifter marque applied in red and white. Registered 729 AAR, the model features the optional Dualdrive cab component for this first release which takes on the main body colours. The mudguards, chassis, interior, spotlight, hydraulic cylinder gaiter, mast chains and cab window frames are all black.
Orders can be placed online, by phone or by post. The UK Postal address for orders is: Oxford Diecast Ltd, PO Box 363, Southampton S014 0TJ
As well as accepting sterling cheques we accept Euro cheques (over 50 euros) and US$ cheques (over 50 dollars).
The postage charges for non members are:
Order Value: £0.00 - £19.99UK: £2.95
Rest of the World: £6.45
Order Value: £20.00 & OverUK: £4.95
Rest of the World: £6.95
Orders are dispatched within 3 working days and can take between 3-5 working days for UK mainland.
If you choose to join the club you will receive any multi-purchase discounts at the time of ordering, by selecting the membership level you want and adding it to your order.
We can ship to virtually any address in the world. Note that there are restrictions on some products, and some products cannot be shipped to international destinations. Please click here to learn more about our international postage.
You may return most new, unopened items within 30 days of delivery for a full refund. We'll also pay the return shipping costs if the return is a result of our error (you received an incorrect or defective item, etc.).
You should expect to receive your refund within four weeks of giving your package to the return shipper, however, in many cases you will receive a refund more quickly. This time period includes the transit time for us to receive your return from the shipper (5 to 10 business days), the time it takes us to process your return once we receive it (3 to 5 business days), and the time it takes your bank to process our refund request (5 to 10 business days).
If you need to return an item, please contact our customer services team on 023 8024 8850