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Bonsoir Jacques.
C'est effectivement ce dont je me doutais !

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The Ford looks very small !

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1957 USA CATALOGUE, PAGE 2

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A 1284 Crescent Mercedes-Benz W196 racing car and the 237 Dinky Toys version of the same car.

The Crescent version is slightly longer than the Dinky version and is better detailed. More importantly it is in the correct colour of Silver rather than the Dinky in White. The 1950s Mercedes-Benz racers were known as the 'Silver Arrows' this was because they did not paint them in order to save weight and the colouring comes from the plain, polished, aluminium body.

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Mercedes W 25 1934. Engine 8 cylindres, capacity 3.3 litres, double compressor, 350 cv 175 mph.
David,

The story does not go quite like this.

As all the racing Mercedes, this car with an aluminium body was painted white. Before a race, it was one kilo to heavy. to reduce the weight, it was decided to strip the paint overnight. The first Silver Arrow was born, it won the race and this colour became the national coulour of Germany.

Photographed at the Mercedes Benz Museum at Untertürkheim near Stuttgart on January 30, 2008.

This is the prototype for the Dinky Toys 23 c.

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Dave--Thanks for showing the Crescent Mercedes Benz. When I was a young collector back in 1959, I bought several of the Crescent models, including the Mercedes, the D-Type Jaguar, and the Aston Martin. I thought all of them were very well done and as you pointed out, they were also done in the correct colors. The Crescent D-Type Jaguar is not only a much better, more accurate model, but they also wisely painted it in the factory racing color of British Racing Green, which reflected the Le Mans winning car of 1955. The Dinky Jaguar is not very well done and I have never, ever seen a D-Type painted that color..........marketing aside, it would have seemed appropriate to model that seminal, very famous British race car as most would remember it.
Terry

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According to our dear president who is a Jaguar expert, the green colour of the Dinky Toys D type is the colour used by the factory for delivery of the cars to the customers who then repainted them in their own colour.
I do agree, a nice British racing green and racing number would have been nicer.

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Thanks for you contributions Dirk and welcome to the site.

I have to go to an AGM today so I will try to add some bits either tonoight or tomorrow morning.

Dave

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Jacques--
I beg to differ with you and our president...I have a copy of a definitive book on competition Jaguar's, "Jaguar Sports Racing & Works Competition Cars from 1954", by Andrew Whyte (1987). In it, he not only gives a very comprehensive history of the development of the D-Type, but also an individual history of each of the cars produced, including the factory "works" models. In each individual history, he lists the original Jaguar serial number and the British registration number, along with the original color the car was delivered with. In looking over the listing, the overwhelming use of color is BRG, or British Racing Green....this for both factory racing cars and those purchased. Also used are cream, ivory, red, French blue, blue, battleship grey, pastel green, black, primer, and unfinished. There is no mention of them only coming in one color and finished by the customer. Also, as a lifelong Jaguar and D-type fan, I have looked at hundreds of color pictures of D-Types and also seen them in racing here in the states in the 1950's and I have never, ever seen one the same color as Dinky produced. My best guess is that was purely a marketing decision, made by the same folks who decided to make the Mercedes W-196 Streamliner in white, instead of the well-known and correct silver.

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Whatever the correct colour, I like the turquoise finish the way it is. So I'll just continue with this D-type photography special:

By the way, looking at this company, Meccano may have thought it would have become too (British Racing) green here!

Kind regards, Jan

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DINKY FRANCE 35A/582 CAMIONNETTE DEPANNAGE CITROEN U23
SIDE AND FRONT VIEWS

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BEETLES BY NIGHT

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The large scale planes.

Dinky Super G Constellation in 1/43 scale.

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That's too big to go into the box for the Simca Chambord!!!

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For the regular Dinky on the 1/190 scale the box measures 18 x 18 cms.
So a 1/43 Constellation will need a 80 x 80 cms box! Regards, Jan

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At the scale of 1/43, the Connie would have a wing span of 87 cm. and look just about the size of the one that I am holding. The box would be 80 x 80 or a bit smaller as the plane fits in diagonally.

David,

The box for the Chambord is real, if you remember it was exhibited in Derby but the Constellation has been blown up with photoshop and the guy who holds it is not virtual.

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I well remember seeing the Chambord box at Derby.

I thought you had swallowed a whole box of slimming tablets LOL

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The two wonderful Foden tankers in their handsome liveries............
Terry

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I have always loved the Foden tankers and these two are superb.

Dave

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Dave....thanks! Those two tankers are pretty much the pride and joy of my Foden collection, along with the Type 1 Flat Truck with chains. I think that the Mobilgas version is the iconic Dinky Supertoy of the Golden Era....so recognizable and just looks so nice. Sure wish that Meccano would have made a companion trailer for it!
Terry

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Here is the 651 Centurion with its big brother and its little brother.

The big one is made by Britains and the little one is by Matchbox, the same sized one is a Dinky copy by Premier of Japan.

Dave

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One heck of a big lift

Dave

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With a little help of his friend ...
Did the driver leave the unfortunate vehicle?

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He should have retired with a pension.

Unfortunately it was Photoshop that that did the dastardly deed so now he does not even have the pension.

Dave

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Foden closeups.....I think the cab of the 2nd version of the Foden is just striking and very good looking.....here are some closeup images showing the amazing detail and proportions. What a wonderful model Dinky made of these!
Terry

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A handsome example Terry!

Now for a little photographic scale demonstration:

COMET 1:48

DODGE 1:60

COMET 1:48 AND DODGE 1:60

COMET AND DODGE ON THE SAME SCALE

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Great close up pictures.Love The Dinky Fodens, can never get enough of them. :)

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MORRIS J COMPARED

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Hi gents! Is there anybody who can tell me about the real Trojan van
which have been miniaturized by Dinky? I need mainly news about
engine capacity and years of production.
I'm sorry, but it seems very difficult to find thiese data here, in Italy...
Thanks for your help, Gianni

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Hello Giani,

The info you are looking for is on page 120 of the March 1947 English Meccano Magazine. I can send you the complete article by email if you let me have your address, the page is too large for this forum.

Ciao.

Jacques.

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