I have some puzzles regarding the Dinky model of R.M.S Queen Mary.
This one is no problem, it is the 2nd casting (â€˜534â€™ + Queen Mary underneath) in the first box. I need not show the interior card support, because it just isnâ€™t there.
But this one is far from clear to me.
It has brass rollers, which are said to be post-war (the underside of the 2nd casting example shown as well).
But the inside of the box with this model shows the indication â€˜150 varietiesâ€™ which cannot be later than ca. 1936. What is wrong here: is my dating of the box (150 varieties) incorrect? Is my dating of the model (brass rollers) incorrect? Or do box and model not match and have they probably been combined much later?
And what is the dating of this model and/or box then:
Straight model without fatigue, Eiffeltower comparison in the lidâ€™s inside, nice panorama on the boxâ€™s internal cardboard and â€˜R.M.S. Queen Maryâ€™ below the modelâ€™s display only. As far as I am aware I have not seen this mentioned in Nelson Twellsâ€™ section in DT&MM. Is this the â€˜presentation boxâ€™ as mentioned in the July 1936 catalogue, or is any of these QM boxes considered to be a presentation box? Or the post-war appearance?
And finally this mysterious one (for me, that is). It seems to have roller axles protruding through the model sides. I have seen no reference to that, do others?
I hope somebody can help me with the dating and/or explaining of the items shown!
Kind regards, Jan Werner