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-502 and 902 Foden Flat Truck (1947-59) (cont...)

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Dug up two pictures from my image files a moment ago, featuring the Foden Flat Truck both in a 1940s and a 1950s rush hour scene:

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Jan—-Wonderful & lovely scenes......thanks for sharing with us!
Best regards, Terry

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That scene is indeed beautiful, and I really like the way each item has been carefully updated to reflect the changing Dinky Toys range.  For me the double-decker bus is a step too far out of scale with the others, but in a way that is part of the Dinky charm.

I really like diorama scenes, and that was one of my favourite things in the old Meccano Magazines.  Unfortunately space is an issue for me.  I do have a dedicated diorama display case, but it's got Spot-On models in it at the moment (with Dinky pavements fulfilling a useful purpose, as they are much more manageable than Spot-On road sections in a smallish space!).

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I made the display table in the mid-1990s, for occasional exhibits. The mid-1930s display, as shown in the Dinky bibles, served as an example. I found a picture with a better scale compatible scene, shown below:

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At the risk of getting scolded for being off the Foden topic -- I have always loved your wonderfully done display table, Jan. It is so very evocative of the displays produced by Meccano Ltd. itself.

I always wondered why you made the roadways red, however. Is this color a common thing in your country?

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Not as bright as Jan’s maybe but we do have some red roads in the U.K.

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Hi Jonathan, I painted the roads red because the entire display was made of scrap material and I simply happened to have some remaining tins of red and grey and green paint at my loft. Although it’s all fantasy (only having the b/w picture available as a model), in my country – and I presume in Britain too – the far majority of the roads within built-up areas were brick roads before WWII. The result is brighter than brick red indeed, but that happened to be the colour the tin contained, a kind of ‘naive’, ‘gay’ brick red. By the way, I only did not cut the pieces of glass of the cover myself, because it is too thick for amateur manually cutting and polishing. Kind regards, Jan 

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Jan, your display looks beautifully made and very professional - it makes my attempts feel very amatuer!  Bright red roads give a lovely bright look lovely bright look which is in keeping with the diorama's simple charm.

I don't know about brick, but wooden blocks were used to pave many London streets before WWII.

I see that Meccano were happy to carry the mix of scales to extremes, including the tiny tram and AEC Q bus, and some aeroplanes!  I see from the book "Dinky Toys & Modelled Minatures" that the original board was offered for retail as well as shop display use - are any survivors known?

Sorry that this is distracting from the original Foden topic - what is the best way to handle discussions which go off at a tangent?

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