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Dinky Toys Aircraft 1934-1979

The first edition of a new and essential reference book for airplane toy collectors, especially vintage toy collectors and Dinky Toy collectors is now available covering every aircraft toy produced between 1934-1979 with well over 500 photographs. 

Written by ‘GR’ Webster with contributors John Beugels and Sir George Cox. The introduction is by Mike Richardson,
The Book is dedicated to Sue Richardson.
‘GR’ Webster set out to continue to build on and share new information on these aircraft toys in the fine tradition of Mike and Sue Richardson, and the other pioneers such as Leslie Jackson, John Marshall, Alan Dimmock, John Beugels, Derek Barratt, Patrick Trench, Jean-Michel Roulet, and Jacques Dujardin.
The book covers all the Dinky Toys aircraft produced in Great Britain and France starting in 1934, continuing during the prewar period, reissued during the early postwar period until 1948, the 1950s releases, and finally through launch of the ‘Big Planes’ range in the 1960s until the demise of the firm in 1979.
Each aircraft is described in a monograph consolidating all the details of the aircraft toy in one section with photographs of the toy, a full description, reference number, scale, production dates, casting details, many of the variations produced, other named toys using the same principal casting, along with a brief review of the actual aircraft selected by the Dinky designers.
You can preview the book and order your First Edition copy at:
http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/2117254

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I have been asked how this work differs from others, mainly Mike and Sue Richardson's and I offer the following as an explanation:

When I started collecting Dinky Toys I amassed at least 10 reference works that I tried to use in addition to many websites including DTCA. Lots of good but dated information, lots of errors too, and nothing new in years. It was almost impossible to use and very hard to compile and follow - an altogether frustrating experience that I set out to rectify with this book.

Incidentally, I have met Sue Richardson and have enormous respect for all her work.

In fact I dedicated the book to Sue and her husband, Mike, wrote about her background and also introduced the book. She was very thorough but there were errors made and newer additional information has come to light. These details needed to be corrected and communicated.

The format of the book is all new in that each and every aircraft made by Dinky Toys in France or Great Britain assigned with a reference number is described in a monograph along with photos of it, a description, all casting markings on the undersides, newly confirmed production dates, all references using the same casting. Some of the early toys also have a period photo of the actual airplane Dinky designers used and the coverage includes coverage of the many different variants. As you may know there are some toys that have over 30 variants and many of these variants are shown in photographs.

Here is the Table of Contents of the book.
PART ONE
The Dinky Toys Aircraft Collectors Guide
1. A Short History of Dinky Toys
2. Principal Castings and Variations
3. The Gliding Game
4. Catalog Reference Numbers
5. Scales
6. Materials Used and ‘Metal Fatigue’
7. Directors' Models, Prototypes, and Mock Ups
8. Copies, Counterfeits, and Repaints
9. The Dinky Toys ‘Jinx’
10. Gift Sets and Trade Distribution Boxes
11. Souvenir and Individually Boxed Aircraft Toys
12. Two Key Considerations

PART TWO
The British Aircraft Produced at Binns Road Factory, Liverpool
1. The First British Aircraft, 1934-1936
2. Seaplanes and Flying Boats, 1936-1941
3. Civilian and Commercial Aircraft, 1938-1941
4. Dinky Toys Prepare for War, The Military Aircraft 1937-1941
5. Early Postwar Reissued Aircraft, 1946-1948
6. New Postwar Aircraft, 1946-48
7. The 1950s and 1960s Aircraft, 1952-1965
8. The ‘Big Planes’ Range, 1965-1979

PART THREE
The French Aircraft Produced at the Bobigny Factory, France
1. The First French Aircraft, 1935-1936
2. Civilian and Commercial Aircraft, 1937-1940
3. French Dinky Toys Prepare For War, 1938-1940
4. Seaplanes and Flying Boats, 1940
5. Early Postwar Reissued Aircraft, 1946-1948
6. The Last French Aircraft, 1956-1961

PART FOUR
Curiosities and Items of Interest for the Dinky Toys Aircraft Collector
1. Toy Museum Commemorative Models
2. John Alcott’s Dinky Toys Conversions
3. Other Items That Compliment A Dinky Collection
4. India’s Nicky Toys
5. Argentine ‘Dinky Toys’

REFERENCES
AIRCRAFT INDEX {by Dinky Toys reference number}

When you compare this to any other Dinky Toy reference work which may cover aircraft in some fashion, it should be clear that this work is much broader in scope, covers areas that have not been reviewed before in depth, and has a huge selection of never before published photographs of just about everything.

The aircraft are noted in their presumed order of appearance based on ads in Meccano Magazine and other sources, not just by reference numbered order. All aircraft are discussed from each time frame.

So it doesn't duplicate the Richardson's work or Barratt's or Jacques Dujardin's or Jean-Michel Roulet’s, or any other of the early Dinky Toy experts, it improves upon their work and provides a one-source reference in an easy to use format that concentrates and logically presents all the information.

Also three major collections are covered in the book along with collecting guides and information never before published: photos and discussions of some rare never-before published director's models, examples of the differences in boxes, roundels, props, camouflage, finishes, parts modifications, scales used, differences in packaging systems, counterfeit toys, finish variations, gift sets, souvenir issues, trade distribution boxes, etc., and all are explained along with a profusion of photographs.

Additionally, the book covers the India Nicky Toys with photographs of every variant they produced from Dinky tooling. The long-lived rumor of Argentine Dinky Toys is also discussed and a photograph of one example is included.

I spent a year doing this because I found all the prior information lacking and not available in one, coherent reference work just covering aircraft toys. For the collector of Dinky Toys aircraft, this will be the reference to use for a long time or until the second edition with even newer information is published.

I wrote and designed this book for the careful and thorough serious collectors who seek depth and detail about the toys in their collections.

I also made a point to consult with several experts to insure that what was stated was correct and the manuscript has been reviewed by several of them.
To preview the book go to
http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/2117254

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Very pleasant and exciting to hear that this book is available now! I am eagerly looking forward to it. A beautiful gesture to dedicate this work to the late Sue Richardson.
Mind you, the book title, as advertised on the bookstore's site, is Dinky Toy Aircraft, whereas the title on the cover is plural: Dinky Toys Aircraft. I think the bookstore should correct this as soon as possible.
As I have 'loads' of book tokens left to spend, I would like to order this book via the 'regular' book store. Is that possible and, if so, what is the ISBN?
Thanks, and kind regards, Jan Werner

john45
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Hello Jan and collectors of Dinky Toys aircraft.
Well title of the book on the cover is Dinky Toys Aircraft 1934-1979, so this is correct. Inside the book is a explanation when Dinky Toys or Dinky Toy is used.
I only can recommend the book as for a long time no new publication was available.
In this book many new details, numerous pictures from our collections and most im portant: you can spend many hours reading on your favourite collection passion.
For me it was a very nice job to do, advise on the text and making pictures.
Do not hesitate to order the book at Blurb.
John Beugels.

grwebster
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John, many thanks again for all you did to make this book worthy of adding to the Richardsons superb efforts. Both your contributions and Sir George Cox's made it very special and allowed the presentation of every major basic aircraft casting Dinky Toys produced in Britain and France from 1934-1979.

Jan, this book is only available on order from the internet. Its the new way as the classic neighboorhood book stores can't compete with Amazon. In this case Amazon can't carry the book as it is in a very large landscape, cofeee table type format that they won't accept. So it is only available on order and is printed just for you when you order. No stocks are maintained.

You should go to
www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/2117254
You can preview it and order if you like.
Let me know how you like the book.
best regards, GR Webster

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THERE MAY BE A DISCOUNT PROMO CODE WHEN YOU ORDER THE BOOK
If you are ordering in euros try this code
NEWBOOKSMARTRIAL
In Pounds try CHEER4 or CHEER1

THE ADBLURB PROMO HAS EXPIRED.

grwebster
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Phillip Jarrett has reviewed Dinky Toys Aircraft in the July issue of Aeroplane Monthly and selected it as the book of the month!
To see a preview on line and/or order your copy of the latest version go to:
http://www.blurb.com/books/2211070

DFKaun (not verified)

I purchased the book and get regular enjoyment out of it.

I have quite a few Dinky Toys aircraft but still a very long way to go to get a collection like Mr. Websters!