Dinky Guns and Artillery Tractors.

Posted by: GunnerJim in Member Blogs

Dinky toy guns and towing tractors.

The Dinky Anti aircraft gun and trailer No 162 B was first produced in  1939 and continued until number changed number to 690  post war for US export. Was this gun designed for the Dinky range had its origin with the 3 inch gun of 1914.

History:  The need for air defence resulted with the AA gun the Quick Fire (QF) 3 inch 20 CWT entered  service in 1914 by the British Ordnance and made a good reputation for itself during WW-I.   This Anti Aircraft gun  stayed in service until the 1940's. The gun was used statically and on a mobile gun platform in most cases. The British Expeditionary Force used these guns at the beginning of WW-ll in 1939  where most of these guns were captured at Dunkirk by the Germans and were renamed the 75 mm Flak Vickers.  These QF 3 inch AA guns were replaced by the 3.7 inch gun at a later stage during WW II.

Dinky 6 wheeled covered wagon No 151 B was first produced by Dinky in 1937 and those that were manufactured suffer from the dreaded metal  fatigue and often crumble away before ones eyes.  The post war production toys re numbered 620 are a lot more stabled as the quality of Zalmac had improved.

History: The design of the 6 wheeled wagon could have come from a number of manufactures although the front bonnet and cab area is so similar to the the Leyland.  Although the 6x4 didn't develop until the late 1920's and into the 1930's when improvement to road surfaces enable the heaver vehicles travelling capabilities.

History:  This Layland 3 ton gasoline combustion engine initiated by the War Office subsidised scheme of 1912 were produced by their thousands during the later part of the First World War. Other British makers also added their vehicles at the outbreak of WWI, thus improving their automated production techniques. Layland took the unique step of buying back a great many of the subversion vehicles it had made and reconditioning them in their factory for re-sale to the public after WW-l.

In 1920's Leyland increased the load capacity to Q type 4 tons and in 1925 to 7 tons which was the SQ2 semi-forward control and experimented with diesel engines . Then they developed the SWQ2 which was the 6x4 in 1927. Although I cannot say the Leyland produced the SWQ2 in the bonneted version similar to the design of the Dinky version of the same vehicle.

Dinky introduced the 5.5 inch BL gun number 692 into its catalogue in 1955 until 1974 when the Leopard tank took its place.

History: The British 5.5 inch gun came into being in 1942  after the British Ordinance Department had experimented with the 4.5 inch gun during WW-ll.  I remember seeing one of these 4.5 inch gun at Monegeetta, army testing facility in 1965, when the army was towing it behind the prototype International Tractors MK-V that were replacing the old 1942 Mack 10 ton GS vehicle. The 5.5 Inch gun was phased out in 1983 in Australia and replaced with the M198 155 mm gun.

Dinky introduced the 25 pdr howitzer gun  in 1957 number 686 and sold separately to the limber and Morris Quad. The set number 697 and was released the same year.

History: The 25 pounder Quick Fire (QF) breach loader had its inspiration for a field gun and howitzer  combination during the 1920's. Britain suffering financial constraints after WWI stalled such a proposal. The Ordnance experimented with the old surplus 18 pounder gun carriages converted to pneumatic tyres and placing the newly designed heavier guns on them resulting in the development of the Mark I. The even had some with split trails as well as the box enclosed trails familiar with the Mark II gun carriage.

The 25 pounder Mark I went into combat with the British Expeditionary Forces in France during the start of WW II only to be lost during the evacuation of Dunkirk.  The 25 pounder Mark II QF with nearly designed gun carriage was deployed with the Commonwealth Forces and made a name of one of the best field guns in WW II against Germany's Amour in 1940 during the North Africa campaign.  These guns were still in use until 1966 in the Australian Armed Forces and were replace with the M2A2 105 mm Gun/howitzer.

The Dinky 6 pounder Anti Tank Gun No 625 was introduced into the Dinky range in 1975 in a bubble pack containing plastic shells on 2 sprues.

History: Designed during the early part of WW II the QF breach loader 6 pounder gun replaced the 2 pounder Anti Tank Gun thus giving the British gun crews something to hit back at the superior German Armour. Suffering delays this gun entered service in 1941.

Dinky Number 617 was introduced in 1967 and came in either colour picture box or bubble pack versions containing the Volkswagen KDF and the 50 mm Pak 38 gun.

History: In early 1925 German Rheinmetall researches had begun working on an anti tank gun similar in size to the British 2 pounder.  By 1936 the Pak 35/36 was developed with pneumatic tyres and these weapons were used in combat for the first time during the Spanish Civil War.  The more powerful 50 mm Pak  38 entered combat service in 1940 although only a few were sent with the invasion of the Soviet Union they preform well against the T 34.  Another gun which followed the Pak 38 was the Pak 40 could use the same AP 40 ammunition. These guns stayed in production until the end of the war and those who operated them said they were really a good gun to handle.

Dinky 7.2 inch Howitzer Gun Number 69s production started in 1958.

History:  In 1940 British Army realised they were short on heavy mobile artillery and decided to re-bore some of the obsolete 8 inch guns to accept the nearly designed ammunition. Some of these gun carriages were unstable and steel ramps were used behind the wheels.  Six versions of the 7.2 inch howitzer until the adoption of the American MI carriage was used.

Above is a 7.2 inch howitzer being brought into action and notice on the right hand side the steel ramps for the recoil system.

The above is the 5.5 inch BL gun being towed by the Dinky Number 623 and the 7.2 inch Howitzer being towed by the Medium Field Gun Tractor Number 689.

The Dinky Battle lines American 105 mm gun number 609

I have finally worked it out I think. The above picture is of the Dinky 88 mm gun that was used not only for Anti Aircraft defence but as a attacking against opponents positions and defence weapon against tanks during the Second World War.




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