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Meccano Ltd was founded by Frank Hornby in 1900. Their original factory was located on Binns Road in Liverpool, England. They also eventually had factories in Bobigny (1930 to 1970s) and briefly in Calais, France (1970s). Production also occured in other countries. (?)

Frank Hornby left school to work for his father's business. By 1899, he was making steel toys for his own children from spare sheet metal in the form of trucks, cranes, and bridges. Around 1903, he was selling construction play sets with instructions on how to build 12 different toys from the 16 included pieces. Production evolved into train sets. And by the 1930's, tin plate and other metal car kits like its Morgan and BSA three-wheelers had been added to their toy catalog offerings.

In 1933, After decades of on going success and growth around the world they debuted their line of 1:43 scale diecast cars. Hornby passed away just three years later in 1936. He was inducted into the inaugural class of the 1:43 Diecast Scale Model Hall of Fame in 2007.

As is noted above, Meccano's first diecast line was called "Hornby Modelled Miniatures" and were first issued in 1933. In the April 1934 issue of Meccano Magazine though, the referenced name was changed to "Meccano Dinky Toys". By August 1935, the Meccano name was deleted and the brand became "Dinky Toys" until 1971. Dinky Toys - in England - were made from 1935 to 1979.

In November 1958, Dinky Dublo toys were issued as accessories to go with their Hornby Dublo train sets. They were cast in 1:76 (OO) scale. A few of these castings remained in the Dinky line up until the 1960s. They had a one piece body, a seperate base plate and sometimes windows with plastic wheels. There were a total 15 Dublo models made, with upgrades and modifications there are up to 42 variations (not including box variations) made. All models came boxed. There were no color changes during the short life of Dublo.

In 1968, the Mini-Dinky line was created to compete with Matchbox. Unfortunately, the unnamed Hong Kong based manufacturer - used inferior Zamac alloys and these castings developed zinc pest. Made in 1:60 scale, most models were also available in alternate colors. The Cooper and Lotus F1 racers were made by Best Box (EFSI).

Line Bros Ltd. (Tri-ang Toys) bought Meccano in 1964 and changed their name to Meccano-Tri-ang in 1970.

In 1980, Dinky merged with the also struggling Airfix brand and produced a range of 1:64 scale cars to compete with Hotwheels & Matchbox, but they were bankrupt by 1981.

Following Meccano's bankruptcy, the Dinky Toys name was bought by Kenner Parker. They marketed some small-scale diecast models that were made by Universal of Hong Kong and issued under the Dinky Toys name in the early 1980s.

In 1985, Universal Group produced the same castings for British distribution that were also available in the USA, as Kidco products. They also most likely produced a line of construction equipment for Dinky that had originally been made by Mercury of Italy, then Mercury of Canada and most recently by Gibbs in the USA.

Universal ended up buying Dinky from Kenner Parker in the 1980s.

In 1987, Matchbox purchased the rights to the Dinky name. At the time they were owned by
, and issued the "Dinky Collection".

In 1988, Matchbox produced 6 castings under the Dinky name to keep their trademark ownership of the Dinky name. These were a series of 1/43 scale models issued from 1988 onward. This series eventually became the "Matchbox Collectibles" series in 1991. After Mattel bought Matchbox in 1996, the Dinky name was used only sporadically thereafter.

In 2008, Mattel licensed the Dinky Toys name to Editions Atlas. They have used it for a series of vintage French Dinky Toys recreations.

As of 2013, the Meccano brand name still existed in the from of Erector by Meccano which is owned by Spin Master.

Known Dinky Series

Dinky Airplanes
Dinky Cars England
Dinky Cars France
Dinky Convoy -trucks
Dinky Ships
Dinky Supertoys England
Dinky Supertoys France - construction
Dinky Toys Farm and Garden
Dinky Toys South Africa
Kidco Mini-Dinky
Mini Dinky



Sourced references -

HobbyTalk members - @Bristol
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dinky_Toys
Encyclopedia of Small-Scale Diecast Motor Vehicle Manufacturers - Sahakangas, Foster & Weber (2006)
https://www.hobbydb.com/subjects/dinky-toys-brand
https://www.hobbydb.com/subjects/airfix-dinky-brand
 

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Series 30 (1933 to ?)

30a - Chrysler Airflow Saloon (originally no. 32)
30b - Rolls-Royce
30c - Daimler
30d - Vauxhall
30e - Breakdown car
30f - Ambulance
 

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Series 36 Models (1938)

Rover Saloon

Bentley 2 seat sports coupe

Armstrong-Siddeley limousine

British Salmson 4 seater convertible
British Salmson 2 seat convertible

Humber Vogue coupe
 

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Military Series - 1937 and 1939 to 1941, a medium and a light tank, an Austin 7 military car, a six-wheeled truck, a reconnaissance car, a searchlight lorry, an anti aircraft gun, a light Dragon tractor with limber (sic), a 19 pdr gun, trailers, including: amler, cooker trailer and water tank trailer. Some of the trailers – were also made again in 1946–1955 after the war

151a - medium tank, also made again in 1946 to 1955
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161b - Anti-Aircraft Gun, also made again in 1946 to 1955
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Aeroplane Models
60a - Imperial Airways Liner (Armstrong Whitworth Atalanta) (1934)
60c - Percival Gull (1934)
60d - Sikorsky S58 Helicopter
60f - Cierva C.30A autogiro
60g - de Havilland Comet
60h - Short Singapore
60h - Short "Singapore III" flying boat
60r - Short S 23 Empire flying boat
60s - Fairey "Battle" bomber (1940–41)
60w - Clipper III Flying Boat
60w - Sikorsky S-42, (zinc pest)


62a - Supermarine Spitfire (1939)
62g - Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress (1939)
62k - The King's Aeroplane
62m - Airspeed Envoy
62p - Armstrong Whitworth Ensign
62s - Hawker Hurricane (1940)
62w - Imperial Airways Liner Frobisher Class

63 - Mayo Composite aircraft
63b - Mercury Sea Plane

64a - Amiot 370 (1939)
64b - Bloch 200 (1939)

67a - Junkers Ju 89 (1941)

70a - Avro York (1946)
70c - Vickers Viking (1954)
70d - Twin Engine Fighter
70e - Gloster Meteor (1946)
70f - Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star (1947)

701 - Short Shetland Flying Boat
702 - De Havilland Comet BOAC (1954)
703 - Handley Page Herald (1955)
704 - Avro York Airliner (1954) – re-issued from 70a
705 - Vickers Viking – re-issued from 70c
706 - Vickers Viscount Airliner (1956)
707 - Avro Vulcan – renumbered as 749 before release
708 - Vickers Viscount Airliner (BEA) (1957)
710 - Beechcraft Bonanza S35
712 - US Army T-42A – retracting undercarriage
715 - Beechcraft Baron – retracting undercarriage
716 - Westland Sikorsky S51 Helicopter
717 - Boeing 737 in Lufthansa Livery
731 - Twin Engine Fighter – re-issue of 70d
730 - Hawker Tempest II Fighter
732 - Gloster Meteor (1946) – re-issue of 70e
732 - Bell Police Helicopter – same issue number as above (Meteor) – 1974 release
733 - Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star – re-issue of 70f
734 - Supermarine Swift (1955)
735 - Gloster Javelin (1956)
736 - Hawker Hunter (1955)
737 - P.1B Lightning Fighter (1959)
738 - de Havilland Sea Vixen (1960)
715 - Bristol 173 Helicopter
718 - Hawker Hurricane Mk IIe (1972) – motorised propeller
719 - Supermarine Spitfire Mk IV (1969) – motorised propeller
721 - Junkers Ju 87 'Stuka' (1969) – motorised propeller
722 - Hawker Siddeley Harrier (1970) – retracting undercarriage
723 - Hawker Siddeley H.S.125 Executive Jet – retracting undercarriage
724 - Sea King Helicopter and Apollo Spacecraft Capsule (1971) – motorised main rotor.
726 - Messerschmitt Bf 109E (1972) – motorised propeller
730 - US Navy McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom (1972)
731 - SEPECAT Jaguar (1973) – retracting undercarriage
749 - Avro Vulcan (1955) – boxes marked "992" – "Supertoys" range
997 - SE 210 Caravelle Airliner (1962) made alternatively in France and in England – "Super toys" range
998 - Bristol Britannia Airliner (1959)
999 - Comet Airliner (1956) – re-issue of 702
 

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Dinky Ships

Models in the pre-war range include:

50a - HMS Hood
50b - Battle ship Nelson class
50c - Cruiser Effingham
50d - HMS York
50e - HMS Dehli
50f - Destroyer Brook class
50g - K class submarine
50h - Destroyer Amazon class
50 - k X class submarine
51b - Norddeutscher Lloyd Europa
51c - Italia Line Rex
51d - CPR Empress of Britain
51e - P & O Strathaird
51f - Furness Queen of Bermuda
51g - Cunard White Star Britannic
52a - Cunard/White Star Queen Mary
52c - Paquebot La Normandie made in France
52c - Battleship Dunkerque made in France
 

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Dinky Dublo Castng List

061 - Ford Prefect - March 1958 to October 1960; 3 model variations. 1 box variation
062 - Singer Roadster - March 1958 to 1960; 2 model variations, 1 box variation
063 - Commer Van - March 1958 to 1960; 3 model variations, 2 box variations
064 - Austin Lorry- December 1957 to 1962; 4 model variations, 4 box variations
065 - Morris Pick Up - December 1957 to 1960; 2 model variations, 1 box variation
066 - Bedford Flat Truck - December 1957 to 1960; 4 model variations, 2 box variations
067 - Austin Taxi March 1959 to 1966; 2 model variations, 2 box variations
068 - Royal Mail Van - April 1959 to 1964; 3 model variations, 2 box variations
069 -Massey-Ferguson Tractor - September 1959 to 1964; 5 model variations, 2 box variations. Also issued with a low sided wagon in the Hornby Dublo railway system, boxed as #6494
070 - AEC Mercury Tanker - October 1959 to 1964; 2 model variations, 2 box variations
071 - Volkswagen Delivery Van - March 1960 to 1964; 3 model variations, 2 box variations
072 - Bedford Articulated Flat Truck - June 1959 to 1964; 2 model variations, no box variations
073 - Land Rover & Horse Trailer - September 1960 to 1966; 3 model variations, 3 box variations. The horse came in light, medium and dark tan.
074 - not used, was to be the Land Rover issued seperately but was never issued
075 - not used,was to be the Horse Trailer issued sepeately but was never issued
076 - Lansing Bagnall Tractor & Trailer - June 1960 to 1964; no model variations, 2 box variations
077 - not used, was to be the AEC Transported but was never made
078 - Lansing Bagnall Trailer (Trade box of 6) - June 1960 to 1966; no model variations, 3 box variations



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