The AEC Mercury Turntable Ladder dates from the 1950s, when it was superseded by the Mercury TGM with Ergomatic cab.
From its original launch in 1957 to the end of production in the late 1960s, nearly 200 AEC Mercury TLs were built, all, apart from one with full crew cabs. Over half of those manufactured came with Merryweather 100 ft ladders.
This scale replica is painted in silver grey and red with black chassis, engine is registered 22 ML and contains a mass of artwork features. The colourful Merryweather crest is printed on the radiator grille with the Merryweather name repeated on the rear of the vehicle, whilst the London Fire Brigade crest of the time features on the sides behind the cab, along with the vehicle serial number.
The extensive 'aluminium' ladder extends along the length of the apparatus and beyond the cab at the front. Details including the searchlight are chrome, behind which is the black cable reel; and the control box is finely finished in chrome with white dials. The interior seating is red to match the body colour.