It is hard to believe that there are no prior postings for this somewhat famous, ill-fated airliner, so thought I would start one. The Comet was originally developed back in 1949, but did not actually fly until a few years later. As many have doubtless heard, it had a very unfortunate, tragic record, at least in its early life, with several of the planes coming apart mid-air due to structural failures. I won't recount all of those here, but because of it, many advances and cautions in future jet airliner design resulted, including the subsequent design of the Boeing 707, which came out right after the Comet.
Meccano released this model in October, 1954 and the attached image shows the announcement in the 1954 U.S. catalog. The registration number used, G-ALYV, was originally assigned to one of the planes, but this aircraft crashed in Calcutta, India, in 1953, so Dinky subsequently, and belatedly, changed the tail number to G-ALYX, which later models reflected. Somewhat later, the tail color was also changed from white to blue. This was a very long lived model, being in production from late 1954 through 1965.
When this was introduced in late 1954, it was listed as a Dinky Toy, and not as a Supertoy, even thought the first box was the familiar white and blue striped Supertoys box. Sometime in 1955, the model was elevated to Supertoys status, and also renumbered, along with the whole Dinky range. The number changed from 702 to 999, so the box was changed to show that new number, and the underside of the plane changed also; raised areas were added so Supertoys could be added and the number changed.
My only example of this very nice looking airliner is a very early version, with the inside box lid showing November, 1954, so I believe I received this in 1955, when I was 10 years old. Thus it shows the early numbering and lack of Supertoys labeling. I will leave it to others to supply later examples.