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Nice Standard Atlas Ambulance - Nicky Toys, or a repainted Dinky?


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This is the Nicky ambulance ...


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I thought so, ironically they are far more rare and valuable than the original, despite the lower quality. A good find indeed!


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That’s what I call a very nice mixed lot of Dinky Toys.....there is a little bit of almost everything there: old, new, commercial, military, cars, trucks...... you covered a lot of ground collecting wise! Nicely done and now the need is even greater for expanding your display area.....
Best regards, Terry


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And what about my mixed lot of Dinky Toys? wink

Not the first time that a friendly former colleague of mine thought of me with old Dinky Toys. I collected these over thirty Dinky Toys (one Lion Toys included) this morning. Unfortunately they will not fit in my collection, as he was aware and as you may understand, but it's a very friendly gesture after the many years we shared as old books specialists. I have all freedom to use them for the benefit of my collection: sell, swap, restore etc. Kind regards, Jan 


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Jan. It is certainly a friendly and collegial gesture. He was aware of the playworn condition and therefore very thoughtful of him to give you also a few jars of paint to restore the models wink . After all, every worn-out Dinky Toys is entitled to a new life and some have the ability to restore them as new. You have proven that you can. I expect to see them back as new again.

Kind regards, Jan O


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Speaking of newer Dinky Toys, I forgot to include this one. I had the set it came in already but could not resist adding another at a low price, since this version can't be common.

As for the Nicky Toys, I have collected what I can -- mostly acquired prior to the drastically ascending prices -- since they have a certain charm despite the horrible quality.


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Well Jan, you have quite a collection there! This is how I like to buy my Dinkys - played with but (as far as I can see) essentially sound examples. I don't recognise the blue car with the white roof, next to the paint tins. Is it a Vedette?


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Hello, it is the French no. 24Z Simca Versailles, issued in 1956. I must admit that the one on the right must have experienced a much more exciting life than its counterpart on the left.


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Thanks for your response Jan.

What nice friends you have!  It's a lovely model that I had not really noticed before and one I shall look out for.

I recently bought a repainted Chambord but that's obviously later than this. Yours is in very good condition considering how fragile the quarterlight frames appear. 

You mentioned you were an "old book specialist". From that I understand that you were an antiquarian book dealer (correct me if I'm wrong). For many years I have been associated with an antiquarian book dealer here in Folkestone who attends among others the fair at Mechelen. ☺


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The provenance of both is very different. I bought the excellent one from a collector in Bangkok, of all places ... I visited him there exactly one year ago and I bought about ten lovely models from him, all as far as I could afford, of course. He hoped to sell many more to me.

And the play-worn example, yes, I got so many for free in the course of time from colleagues and friends. On the one hand my colleagues thought I was mad, playing with Dinky Toys (as I am indeed), but on the other hand they admired my perseverance with this odd subject. This man was the head of the manuscripts department, the same as I was the head of the early maps and atlases department. We often called ourselves with some self-mockery 'waste-paper specialists'.

Interesting to know your related profession and interest (that is, besides Dinky Toys!).

Kind regards, Jan 


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Greetings all,

It has been almost 5 months since I made a contribution to the New Arrivals topic.

So here they are:

1) 943 Leyland Octopus Tanker "ESSO" - the final version with plastic hubs and paper side transfers.  I would like to say the model is totally mint, except unfortunately, it has four minute chips, three on the tank and one on the edge of a rear mudguard - but one has to look very closely to see them, fortunately. The box displays very little damage, and it still has the small cardboard retainer to stop the model rubbing on the box lid.

2) Pathe News Camera Car - another example in new mint condition with camera, tripod, attachment, and cameraman with brown trousers. (To go with my other example with black trousers.) This is a modified 172 Fiat 2300 Station Wagon.

I am delighted with both these new arrivals!

Both of these as well as another lot came from the Parodi Family Dinky Toys Collection Part 2 sale held by C and T Auctions in Kent on 14 February 2018.  This is "the other lot":

This lot contained  four Dinky Toys mounted on a wooden plinth that according to the auctioneer was used by salesmen from the Parodi Family who were the Meccano agents in Italy.

The 198 is not in good shape, with some of its sliding windows missing, and the seats and drivers are loose inside. The wooden base has also seen better days. This item appears to be an ashtray, or as a receptacle for the family car keys.

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Bruce H.   (150)

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Hi Bruce.

I like very much the Pathe news camera car.

I have this one with the cameraman in  brown trousers and I am looking for the one dressed in grey !laugh

For my part, I got this Citroën 2cv very hard to find . (it's only the second one I see)

It's the first version with smooth ceiling and only one rear light but the hubs are not in cream colour but in "mastic grey" as the Ford Vedette ref.24Q.

With the car, was join a commercial leaflet in Dutch.  (hi Jan)

Kind regards

Richard


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Yes Richard. That's a very nice color leaflet (CL) that you got with the model. Most referring to the last page of the Meccano Magazine or images from MM. There are a total of 32 publications with reference DT / CL / 1 to DT / CL / 32 in different languages. I only have the Dutch versions and I only miss a few.

Indeed, the 1st version of the Citroen 2CV with grey hubs is very difficult to find, especially in such a good condition. Congratulations on this beautiful addition, complete with color leaflet. I show the last Dutch CL of this series with ref. DT / CL/ 32.

Kind regards, Jan O.

 


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Hello Richard

Thanks for your comments on the 281 Pathe News Camera Car.. The model "sort of grows on one" after a while! It goes to show how Meccano was always on the lookout to get the best value out of the making of a model's mould and they certainly did it with this model.

I have had an example with the cameraman wearing dark grey trousers for some time now.  They are not that plentiful, although at one stage, I saw at least three on three different auction sites at the same time!

Here is mine:

For some reason, the cardboard used by the company contracted by Meccano must have been sub-standard at this time, as most boxes with end flaps in this era, always has problems with the end flaps.

I hope you will soon be able to add an example with the cameraman wearing dark grey trousers.  (Knowing you that will not take very long!!winklaugh)

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Just returned from the tropics with a harsh wintry ‘welcome’ at home, this extreme climate shock was well compensated  by a little note left by the postman urging me to pick up a parcel from the post-office. Contents: a pale cream early trade box for half-a-dozen 29g Luxury Coaches. The contents not fully coherent, original, but four of them are in my opinion, these in (near) mint condition, and two variants apparently added which were not in my LC sub-collection yet. One of them also excellent to near mint, the other one good, some chipping, but this one showing a rather uncommon wheel colour combination. The trade box sturdy, very good, but with some very rusty staples. Details to be continued in the appropriate thread, one of these days ... Kind regards, Jan W   


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Hello Jan,

Nice trade box! I think I have seen it on eBay, containing a brown LC with red wheels, which is very uncommon indeed. I am glad you bought it, it went to a good home! 

KInd regards.

Rob


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Hello Rob, you may most probably have seen it on eBay indeed. It was there end February/early March. The scarce exception was fawn with red wheels. Because it does not belong to this box and because of the chipping ('good'), I will get rid of it in the end. I will show it in due time. If you might be interested, I could sell it to you at a very friendly price. Kind regards, Jan 


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Hello Jan,

Yes, I would be very interested in buying it from you. Love these unusual varations! 

Kind regards,

Rob

 

 


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See you in Houten, Rob, next March 31! Kind regards Jan 


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This Transit van arrived today from a seller in the Netherlands -- I'm being lazy and using the seller's pictures, though this weatherbeaten model looks a little nicer "in person."

I'm wondering if anyone can shed light on this variant. I can't see any sign that the "1,000,000 Transit" stickers that would normally be on the sides are still under the V.A.B. stickers, or that they had been removed, but who knows?

Meantime, the only possibly relevant V.A.B that I can trace is a Belgian breakdown service company (similar to the AA or RAC), but I haven't been able to located photos confirming that this was their livery in the 1970s.

Also of 1,000,000 Transit interest, I'm attaching a small photo of a contemporaneous Ford Press Kit (found on a Transit Fan Club site, and sadly not available in higher resolution). As can be seen, this official Ford brochure used a variety of Dinky Toys for illustration!

 


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Hi,

V.A.B. stands for: Verenigde Automobiel Bedrijven which was the collective name for the Ford (Entam) dealers in and around Amsterdam. My father used to work there.

Regards

Ton van Ingen


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Hi,

V.A.B. stands for: Verenigde Automobiel Bedrijven which was the collective name for the Ford (Entam) dealers in and around Amsterdam. My father used to work there.

Regards

Ton van Ingen


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Thank you, Ton — that explains the model nicely!


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Nice model Jon and very uncommon.

For me, the last arrivals are as follow :

- a Simca 1100 dark grey 

- two Peugeot 204. One is in a very pale metallic colour situated between a grey and a green, very far of the traditional metallic green. Both are in the first version livery : smooth ceiling and petrol cap on the right rear wing.

Kind regards

Richard


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The Houten Fair, last Saturday 31 March, was very busy. Many of those present reported good sales and/or acquisitions. And so can I, in a modest way. I sold the 30+ play-worn Dinky Toys (see #906, above) in one batch, and several other items too, among them one to Vincent Espinasse of L'Auto Jaune in Paris. Besides, Rob definitely bought my fawn/red wheels Luxury Coach, the stranger to be replaced in my trade box - to the satisfaction of both of us.

I found an excellent French 24y Studebaker Commander. The day before a late near mint unboxed Austin Champ had arrived from France, a bargain for 28 euros, whereas this one - without driver, dark green plastic wheels, plastic steering wheel and army formation signs fore and aft as stickers - seems to be much scarcer than the regular one with driver and cast hubs.  Kind regards, Jan 


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Nice Studebaker Jan. I will add some photos soon in the right topic.

I got the following items this morning :

a military Bedford and a Ford Thunderbird green and black.

I did not try the rear light yet.

Kind regards

Richard


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Very nice adds Richard. I was able to buy that Bedford Army Truck, like new, from H.Hudson Dobson, in 1959. Not very common, especially in Europe as it was an export only item, like the companion Austin Army Truck.


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I was pleased to get this final version of the Ford Transit Accident Unit, since I only had the other two. The revised front with the longer bonnet and rectangular headlights made its debut on the Transit in August 1977, so this retooled model must be one of the most recent vehicles that Dinky lived to produce. (As many will know, the Motorway Service Transit and the horrible Customised Transit are the other two Dinky Toys that received the new front.)

Late versions of the Ford D800 (Johnston Road Sweeper) also received rectangular headlights and a grille that could be painted either silver or the more up-to-date black. I would not be surprised if it was Ford money that paid for the retooling of both models.

 


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Jonathan
Very interesting to see that, as you know, it is well outside my personal collecting era. So these were close to the end of the line for Dinky Toys.....these models seem to be well proportioned and nicely detailed, even though the clock was running out. What an interesting evolution diecast model making underwent in just a few short years!
Best regards, Terry


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