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Fun Ho! diecasts were made by Underwood Engineering Co Ltd in New Zealand. Founded by Jack Underwood in the 1930s, the first production models were made of lead.

In the 1950s, they were making their car, farm equipment and commercial buses and truck castings from aluminium. Early castings were reissued Streamlux models. Their vehicle selection was similar to Matchbox's list of casting, but in a slightly smaller scale. It also included Austrailian cars not commonly found elsewhere. Model bodies were painted with bare metal bases. The bases have the model name, a casting number and 'Made in New Zealand' on them. A 'copper plating' finish was also given to some models. Wheels sets were also similiar to Matchbox's regular wheels sets.

The Fun Ho! "Midget Scale Model Series" was introduced in 1962. The series line up eventually totaled 72 casting models though some were repeated with different liveries. Their "Might Movers Series" was also offered at this same time. This line up also had 72 different models with many done in Army green and packaged as "Army Movers".

Packaging was either a simple box with the casting wrapped in a single flyer sheet showing 40 of the available castings, blistercards or multi car sets.

In 1982, diecast production stopped and the factory closed its doors in 1987. For a few years afterwards some Zee models were distributed with the Fun Ho! label.

In 1990, Barry Young, the former Purchasing Officer for Underwood Engineering opened the Fun Ho! Toy Museum in Inglewood, New Zealand.

In the mid 1990s, some models (?) from the Fun Ho! lines were issued again with translucent window pieces. These are noted to not have the same original finish and polish of the original line. They did use exact reproductions of the previous box packages.

Known Fun Ho! Series

Midget Scale Model
Recovery Services - a line of tow trucks

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