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--29c and 290 Double Decker Bus (1938-63) (cont...)

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Obviously there was never a dull moment for this casting. It was involved in a continuous process of change, revision, repair and replacement. 

Thanks, John, for your comment. Happy 2020 to everyone! Kind regards, Jan 

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Thanks John,

I love this website for all these little discoveries. 

It keeps me searching for whats out there.

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Me too!

I've just noticed another little factory anomaly on my original pre-war bus. The DUNLOP TYRES on the left-hand side has been applied twice. It looks as though the first application was misaligned and they made a second application to correct it. The surface has flaked off in places and revealed the original layer. The flaking may be visible in the photos as a faint line curving at one point over the T and Y to the left of the very obvious chip over the R.

 

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On Ebay USA I came across this variant with number 29c in the baseplate that I have not yet seen in this topic. Ebay item number 352979754503.

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This 290 Double Deck Bus with its characteristic half cab and open left rear platform entrance is a masterpiece of this British icon produced by Meccano Liverpool. It were already issued from April 1938 as Double Decker Bus with advertisement “DUNLOP TYRES” and after the war reissued as Double Deck Bus, but initially without advertising that appeared on the model again after 1954. It became very popular and during its production time till 1963 it got 3 different radiator grilles and still so many other variations that it has become a beloved collector's item.

I bought it in my home country of the Netherlands, but without a box. Fortunately, an empty 290 box was for sale in France at the same time, and coincidentally also with the correct 2-tone colour spot. Both model and box are of the Leyland radiator grille issue. In this way, I was able to acquire a beautiful new 290 combination of model and box.

It has the vertical black Dunlop advertising transfers with the very nice Italic red slogan: "The World's Master Tyre" in perfect condition, which is hard to find. This Dunlop advertisement was after 1954 reinstalled and from the early 1960’s, the vertical Dunlop letters were slanted. I think my model is a 1959/1960 issue, because it has a roof box, which was re-applied from 1960, and it doesn't have a number in the base, which was deleted late 1958. It has also a recessed place in the rear body for the license plate with cavity stop lights above it.

My model had black smooth tyres of which 2 were flat and petrified. I renewed them with ribbed Dunlop tyres, because there was a tyre change from late 1957 and ribbed tyres are also depicted for this model in the 1959 till 1963 catalogue. I special like this glossy colour scheme green-cream with the light green wheel hubs together with this very nice Dunlop advertisement version, as well as the red-cream Dunlop version. This Dunlop advertisement was very appropriate for Meccano Liverpool, because so many Dinky Toys have been released with Dunlop tyres. I don't understand why after the war the advertising did not immediately reappear on the models.

I found some nice pictures of the real double deck buses AEC and Leyland which could be the prototype of the Dinky Toys 29c/290. I think that the bus has been accurately reproduced. I discovered some small details that I haven't seen discussed anywhere before. If you look closely at the model and the photos you can see on the right side of the bus/model the foot step for the driver on the left under the cabin door and the fuel filler cap in the middle of the bus. On the left side of the bus you also see a foot step at the front near the cabin. These are very small details, but they should absolutely not be overlooked and I think it's classy that Meccano Liverpool have also reproduced these small details. Enlargements of the respective Meccano drawing clearly show the relevant details.

No picture of a box has been shown here yet so I'm showing my 290 box here. Also a photo of the mask spray painting of  the Dinky Toys 29c Bus at Meccano Factory Liverpool in the 50’s should not be missing in this topic.

Note: I could only find picture boxes with an image of the Leyland grille version. Are there picture boxes known with an AEC grille version?

** Recently this hard back book (154 pages) is published: "The English Dinky Bus & Coach” by Roger Bailey, with all the details about all Dinky buses. (I don’t yet have this book)

Jan Oldenhuis, 10 September 2021.

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Jan, the 29c/290 is my absolute favourite Dinky. Thanks for sharing your beautiful example and for the excellent article.

I have been patiently anticipating the publication of Roger Bailey's book on Dinky buses but have not yet discovered how to obtain one. Perhaps Terry can enlighten me?

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Jan--Many thanks for once again hi-liting this most wonderful model that Meccano made over a period of many years.  It surely must have been one of their best sellers due to its huge popularity.  And with so many variations it is a collectors delight!  Your new one is lovely, and those Dunlop decals add so much to its appearance......I really like this version too.  My version, very similar to yours, was purchased new around 1959, from the US distributor H.Hudson Dobson, and has remained one of my favorite Dinky Toys over all these years.  Mine is a few years older, having the number on the base, and smooth tires.

   On another note, I just received my copy of Roger's new book, and was delighted with it.  Lots of very good photos, and very good focus on all those 29c/290 variations over the years.  We had heard several years ago he was working on it, so I was very glad he was able to publish it.

    Best regards,  Terry

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Hello Terry

Can you tell me how to obtain Roger Bailey's book? I've been waiting for it to appear since it was spoken of here about four years ago but I can't find any new info.

Thanks

John

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A firm and thorough contribution by Jan O indeed! Fine double decker addition, Jan!

I happened to write a review of Roger's book for Auto in Miniatuur (not yet published). As the original plan was for him to sell the books on the NEC and Sandown toy fairs, I asked him if he was already capable of taking orders by email. And so he is, and he was happy to allow, even to welcome unveiling his emailaddress for orders. So here it is: dinkybusesandcoaches@gmail.com.

Kind regards, Jan   

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John---I see that Jan has just posted Roger's contact info, so I won't bother repeating it here.  However I did want to mention that he does accept PayPal, and was very prompt on sending me my copy.  Sadly, the postage to mail it to the USA was quite expensive, but obtaining this excellent book was worth it.

    Best regards,  Terry

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Sorry, Terry, a bit too quick!blush

Kind regards, Jan 

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Thank to Jan W and Terry. I appreciate it.

John

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