Sunday, October 9, 2016

Some Nice Dinkytoy Airplanes

October 11, 2016
Cloudy with sun
18 Celcius / 64 Fahrenheit


Some Nice Dinky Toy Airplanes


 I was fortunate to find Mr. Tim Humphrey's ebay store, and get his approval to write about him and his fine store. He has very nice photography, as well as detailed information on his Dinky toy airplanes that are listed for sale. Tim purchased the store several years ago, and kept the name "McCormick's Hobby". He sells other toys besides Dinky Toys . Examples of other toys are vintage (1950's) Revell model kits, and other types of toys, such as pressed steel. However, I selected his fine Dinky airplanes to write about for today. Tim has an excellent reputation on ebay.


Some History
Dinky Toys are die-cast Zamac** miniature toysthat were produced by Meccano Ltd. They were made in England from 1935 to 1979, at a factory in Binns Road in Liverpool. Dinky Toys were among the most popular diecast vehicles ever made predating other popular diecast marques, including Corgi, Matchbox, and Mattel's Hot Wheels (Ralston 2009, 7; Richardson 1999, 128).*

**Zamac is an alloy with its' base made of zinc.The other metals are aluminum, magnesium, and copper.
Frank Hornby established Meccano Ltd. in 1901 to make metal erector construction sets (Wainwright 2015). The company soon moved into trains with the first O gauge clockwork train appearing in 1920 (Ellis 2009, p. 15; Wainwright 2013).
In the early 1930s, Meccano had made many types of tin plate and other metal cars, like its Morgan and BSA three-wheelers, mostly in kit form (Interesting 1934, pp. 306–307). In 1933 Meccano Ltd issued a series of railway and trackside accessories to complement their O scale(1/45) Hornby model train sets (Force 1988, p. 6; Ramsay 1933, p. 88). These accessories were first called "Hornby Modelled Miniatures", but in the April 1934 issue of Meccano Magazine they were given the name "Meccano Dinky Toys" for the first time (Meccano Magazine 1934 p. 332) in August 1935, the name Meccano was dropped and the marque became DINKY TOYS until 1971 (Encyclop├ędie Dinky Toys). By December 1934 the Dinky name was also used for the "Dinky Builder" sets where coloured flat metal pieces could be hinged together to make buildings and vehicles (Esplen 2013).
One story is that the "Dinky" name came from a nickname that a friend gave to one of Frank Hornby's daughters. The word could have been derived from the Scottish "dink" meaning neat or fine (Simpson 2008).*
Courtesy Wikipedia*


Pre-war Dinky No. 60B - A De Havilland Leopard Moth in Green Paintwork.
Only made in 1939 - shortest production run because of  the Second World War.
Tinplate wings -absolutely no metal fatigue, very rare.



Dinky Toys No.62w Imperial Airways Liner Frobisher Class Circa 1939
This is a lovely pre-war (WWII) dinky model of the Imperial Airways Liner "Frobisher".The model is silver, with four red tinplate propellers. Gliding game hole needs a cotter pin.It has the letters "G-A, F D I" on the wings and"Frobisher" to the front.To the underside of the plane "Dinky Toys,Frobisher Class Air Liner", 
Made in England by Meccano Ltd.

Dimensions:
The  plane has a wingspan of 5 3/4"(14.5 cm) and is 4" (10 cm) from nose to tail.
Weight:  44 grams
Condition:
The model is in as found played with condition with wear to the silver paint.
The original colour is somewhat faded. There is a sticker on the front and a pen price mark.

~  DINKY TOYS MODEL No.62D BRISTOL BLENHEIM BOMBER "CAMOUFLAGE VERSION " ~ 
PRODUCED BY DINKY IN ENGLAND  1940-41
This is the issue of the camouflage version which is found in the rare Dinky Toys #62D aircraft set. 

 FINISHED In CAMOUFLAGE TOP SIDE & HALF & HALF BLACK & WHITE UNDERSIDE, STILL RETAINING THE ORIGINAL  SILVER COCKPIT WINDOWS,  
BLUE & RED  WING ROUNDEL'S  2 x 3 RED BLADE PROPELLERS,  IN ORIGINAL AS FOUND, PLAYED WITH CONDITION, NAME "BLEMHEIM BOMBER"  CAST UNDERNEATH WING SPAN 3.125" ( 8 cms ) APPROX
Dinky 62T Pre-War Armstrong Whitworth "Whitley" Bomber
A pre-war produced Armstrong Whitworth Bomber, produced from 1939 to 1941.
The plane, which is camouflaged, has the RAF roundels on both wings and on the fuselage.
The plane has a wingspan of 4.5 inches (11.5 cm), a length of 4 inches (10.0 cm) and a height of 0.5 inches (1.2 cm).
The airplane is in mostly good order with minor wear and paint chips. There are metal fatigue cracks concentrated around the cockpit area.





Dinky toys No.62s Hurricane Fighter (aluminium finish) issued only in prewar 1939 Single Seater Fighter (wheels up model), Airplane is silver with RAF roundels on one wing & both sides of fuselage, some light wear with propeller intact, generally this plane is in Good Plus condition 
ABSOLUTELY NO METAL FATIGUE - VERY RARE
This listing is for a rare Dinky Toys # 60s Fairey Battle Bomber  aeroplane model from 1940/41
This example is in dark camouflage and the model is in overall in good condition with blistering fatigue on the wings,but no breaks or repairs,and the original finish is good, with minimal play wear chipping.
This version was cast with the undercarriage down with its' wheels.


Thanks for dropping buy,
and as always,
have a great part of the day or night,
wherever you may be.

Stacey Bindman

toysearcher@gmail.com









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