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-523 Simca 1500 (1964-1969)

This Simca saloon is an ordinary standard Dinky of the 60's. It was available under the reference 523 from october 1963 until 1969 in either blue or metallic grey with red inetrior, bare metal concave hubs, black treaded tyres and jewelled headlights. Yellow box with diamond cutting to see the colour of the model inside, three pieces of luggage were provided in a small celophane bag. A darker blue model is known but it is probably a colour sample.

Published in red in the 1963 2° edition catalogue, it has not been produced in that colour. A nice model but nothing special about it, not even a small variation

What is special about this model is that a few days ago our american friend collector Jose Heraud sent a link to a peculiar eBay item.

 

The item in question looks like a box. It is made of hard plaster and it is marked SIMCA 1500.

                                               

 

In fact this box is something called a master copy. It has been used to make the die for the Simca 1500 saloon. It is not a mold as advertised on eBay.

The master copy was over moulded on the wooden master model to obtain a negativ shape of the future toys. It was placed on a copying milling machine which cut in the mould the cavity in which the Dinky would be cast.

 

Making a master model at Binns Road, two elements of a master copy are visible at the rear of the picture.

 

a mould been cut. The master copy is on the right and the die been cut on the left.

The December 1938 Meccano Magazine shows such milling machine at the Binns Road factory,

This is the only master copy known for a Dinky Toys. A couple have been preserved for some Solido models.

 


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Re : -523 Simca 1500 (1964-1969)

Jacques. Thank you very much for your instructive explanation of this tool and how it is used in practice. I have become a lot wiser again how a miniature is made in practice.

Jose often finds very special and interesting items on Ebay or auctions or has some other interesting questions or findings. It's a pity that he is no longer a member of the DTCA and can participate in our forum. Then we can communicate with him directly and with each other in a larger context. I know that Jose mostly reads the forum contributions, so Jose when you read this: Please become again a member of our forum. That makes our forum even more lively.

Kind regards, Jan Oldenhuis