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ROSEDALE Associated manufacturers was founded in 1933 by Norman Henry Rosedale and was based in Wales, England. TUDOR ROSE was a trademark of Rosedale Plastics. Originally Rosedale/ TUDOR ROSE made novelties such as buttons, combs, plastic jewelry and toys, but by the early 1950s, plastic toys and dolls were their main output. They sold their toys at Woolworths, although all their toys were quite cheap to buy. In 1971 the company was taken over and then in 1978 they were bought by METTOY, who sold it 5 years later. By this time they had stopped producing toys.

TUDOR ROSE seemed to have used molds from or shared with various other manufactureres of cheap soft plastic toys. Identical models were, among others, sold by BRÖHM/ VIEBROPLEX, Germany (version 2) and later in the 1970's by SIMEC, Morocco (version 3).

As far as we know, TUDOR ROSE had 3 different VW Type 2 in their assortment (132mm, 172mm and 230mm in length)

Version 2 is a multi-coloured soft plastic body with cut out windows. Very much alike Version 1, except for the size. All doors and rear lid can be opened. No chassis and bumpers are moulded into the body. VW emblem at front part is snapped onto the body. The license plates are marked ERB-A 748. With an original driver figure at the wheel; the dimensions of the driver fit the smaller Version1 rather than this Version 2. Crude plastic wheels snap into the body. Please note that the bus in the pictures is missing several doors. Marked TUDOR ROSE and Made in England.

TUDOR ROSE has passed the mould onto BRÖHM / VIEBROFLEX from Germany, who has used them till the early 1970’s. See the BRÖHM listing also. Those models are either unmarked or have a sticker on them with VIEBROFLEX.

Additional Info

  • Manufacturer: TUDOR ROSE
  • Scale: 1/24
  • Length: 172mm
  • Production Era: 1960s
  • Country: England
  • Materials: Plastic
  • Color: Red, Red/Blue /Yellow, Blue/Yellow and probably other combinations

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