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About the DTCA - Dinky Toy Collectors Association

Dinky Toys Collectors' Association

Founded 2002 by David Cooke and David Dawson

Lifelong Honorary President: David Cooke

Chairman: Michael Driver

Patrons: Cala Hopkinson (Granddaughter of Frank Hornby)

Who we are:

The Dinky Toys Collectors' Association was founded to stimulate interest and facilitate communication among collectors of Dinky Toys, Hornby Series Modelled Miniatures and accessories, as manufactured by Meccano Ltd. in its British and overseas factories up to 1979.

WHAT WE DO: The Association is a non profit-making organisation and all officers serve in a voluntary capacity. It does not generally trade in Dinky Toys or any other product, except for its own publications or authorised copies of original material and club memorabilia.

JOURNAL: Our principal activity is the production of a Journal, "The Journal", which is edited and published by the Committee. This relies on members for contributions of both technical and historical interest and provides a platform for exchange of views, ideas and experiences of collecting and restoring Dinky Toys.

See below to access some sample pages from The Journal.

Benefits of Membership:

  • Four quarterly printed Journals per annum
  • Reduction in the printed catalogue prices from a major toy auction house
  • Copies of many original Meccano Ltd drawings available for research or reproduction of parts.
  • Auction sales for members
  • Access to members’ area of this website: Forum, Dinky Wiki, Articles and new research into Dinky Toys and their production. Journal Indices and Detailed Diary Dates
  • Discounted  insurance for specialist collections
  • Commemorative Model Issues
  • Access to a wealth of archive information and recent research

Summary of the Aims and Objectives of the Association

Aims

To form an Association of like-minded Dinky Toy collectors throughout the UK and overseas.

To publish a quarterly Journal featuring member’s articles, with 16 pages of editorial.

The DTCA is a non-profit making organisation. Excess funds are used to improve communications between members or for other members’ benefits.

All Committee members stand for re-election at the Annual General Meeting

The Committee consists of President, Chairman, Vice Chairman,Treasurer, Editor, Secretary, Membership Secretary, Technical Officer

Readers' letters and articles continue to unearth and explain previously unknown facts and details about Dinky Toys and their production.

If you have the slightest interest in Dinky Toys then DTCA membership and the Journal is for you.

DTCA Constitution

The DTCA operates under an agreed constitution, this can be read by accessing the following link, this will open in a new window:

DTCA Constitution

Objectives of the DTCA

  • To stimulate interest among, to seek knowledge from and to exchange information between, collectors of Dinky Toys and Hornby Modelled Miniatures as manufactured by Meccano Ltd in its British and overseas factories up to and including the year 1979;
  • To promote and hold, either alone, or jointly with other associations, clubs, or persons such meetings, exhibitions and other functions as the executive committee may decide;
  • To increase the interest and knowledge of the members and to encourage members to support the association financially for the general wellbeing of the association;
  • To publish and circulate a regular “Journal” and other information of interest to the members;
  • To encourage members to produce and commission spare and replacement parts and to undertake repairs and restorations;
  • To support and organise any other activity which in the opinion of the executive committee is likely to further any or all of the above objectives.