The Albion Van is the first model to be issued by Ruby Toys, they have chosen to make the models in the style of the old Dinky Toys of the 1950s and early 1960s but will be making vehicles which were not previously modelled by Dinky.
The Albion Van comes in eight different liveries and I chose the â€˜Silver Crossâ€™ Prams version as I used to live near Leeds and frequently went past their factory on the outskirts of Leeds as a child.
The Albion is 115mm (4.5â€) long and 60mm (2.3â€) high making it fractionally higher and slightly shorter than the Dinky Toys Guy Van (Spratts etc). It is supplied in an attractive and very substantial two-part lift-off lid box and comes with a numbered certificate of authenticity.
The casting is of a very good quality with clear details of doors etc. and very little flashing evident in the windows. On the â€˜Silver Crossâ€™ version the paint on the body is a dark blue and has a high quality gloss finish with decals on either side.
The grooved wheels are reminiscent of the old Dinky Supertoy hubs, painted in a light blue colour and fitted with smooth rubber tyres. The baseplate is of a die-cast construction, rather than tinplate and this additional weight give the model a very substantial feel.
Overall I like this model very much, with its lack of windows, suspension etc., it reminds me very of the Dinky commercial vehicles of the early 1950s and is not unreasonably priced at Â£57.50 plus p&p. I will certainly be buying more of these and look forward to further introductions.
For more information see: http://www.rubytoys.co.uk/