Mini Dinky Cadillac Coupe de Ville
In 1968, Mini Dinky models were introduced by Meccano to compete with the successful Matchbox products. They were produced in Hong Kong.
The models were issued in approximately 1:65 scale. The detail in the tooling was excellent, but the paint coatings were not of good quality although offered with various paint schemes.
The major defect however was the use of poor-quality metal alloys to cast the bodies. Some of these collectibles have disintegrated over time due to metal fatigue.
Some of you will know that Dinky intended to produce a model of the DH Flamingo but it never went into production. David Austin produced a limited number of very convincing replicas a while back under the name of The Aerodrome.
George Burton has been looking for one for some time and eventually decided to make his own by converting a Dinky seaplane. Here it is:
In autumn 2008, a range of French Dinky Toys replicas, made of diecast and manufactured in China, was introduced by the publishing house Editions Atlas, under the name of "Dinky Toys de mon enfance" ("Dinky Toys from my childhood"). By August 2009, 12 models have been released in this range.
Editions Atlas is based in Lausanne, Switzerland, but distributes partworks for collectors in various European markets, especially in France. The Dinky Toys reproductions are only available by direct subscription in France and other French-speaking countries.
Early Dinky Toys have become very rare, especially in good condition. Of course, these products were made as toys and were used as toys. Furthermore the quality of the diecast alloys used by Dinky Toys before World War II was not the best, many surviving pre-war Dinky Toys are now suffering from metal fatigue. As a consequence, if you come across a pre-war Dinky Toy that still displays well you will notice that it is very expensive.
French Dinky Toy manufacture started again after the war in 1946. Most of the production was of pre-war design with the exception of the 24M Jeep Militaire. It was not until 1948 that the French factory announced the introduction of a brand new series of trucks based on the current Ford chassis which were issued in early 1949.