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  • Mini Dinky and Dinky Dublo, Gibbs and Lit'l Toy (Mercury) model lists

    Dinky Dublo model list:

    061 Ford Prefect

    062 Singer Roadster

    063 Commer Van

    064 Austin Lorry

    065 Commer Pickup

    066 Bedford Flat Truck

    067 Austin Taxi

    068 Morris Minor Royal Mail Van

    069 Massey-Harris-Ferguson Tractor

    070 A.E.C. Mercury Tanker

    071 Volkswagen Delivery Van

    072 Bedford Articulated Truck

    073 Land Rover and Horse Trailer with Horse

    074 planned for Land Rover (073) to be sold as a single but not used

    075 planned for Horse Trailer with Horse (073) to be sold as a single but not used

    076 Lansing Bagnall Tractor and Trailer (diesel railway station baggage-transfer vehicle)

    077 A.L.C. Bulk Cement Transporter (not made)

    078 Lansing Bagnall trailer

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    Mini Dinky model list

    First posted by Cam.
    Amended as new finds become available


    #10 Ford Corsair
    - yellow - confirmed
    - metallic gold - confirmed - rarer


    #11 Jaguar 2+2
    - bright red - confirmed
    - metallic maroon - confirmed - rarer


    #12 Corvette Stingray
    - mid blue - spoked wheels - confirmed
    - metallic darker blue - spoked wheels - confirmed
    - metallic darker blue - solid wheels - confirmed


    #13 Ferrari 250LM
    - bright red - confirmed
    - metallic maroon - confirmed


    #14 Chevrolet Chevy II
    - metallic maroon - confirmed
    - yellow - confirmed
    - light blue - confirmed, thought to be prepro


    #15 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow
    - blue - confirmed - very rare


    #16 Ford Mustang
    - white - confirmed
    - cream - confirmed
    - metallic blue - confirmed - rarer


    #17 Aston Martin DB6
    - white - confirmed - very rare


    #18 Mercedes Benz 230SL
    - bright white, black roof - confirmed
    - matte white, black roof - confirmed


    #19 MGB Roadster
    - pale blue, black interior - confirmed
    - pale blue, red interior - confirmed - rarer
    - red, red interior - confirmed - rarer
    - green, white interior - confirmed - very rare


    #20 Cadillac Coupe DeVille
    - white - confirmed
    - metallic silver - confirmed
    - metallic gold - confirmed


    #21 Fiat 2300 Station Wagon
    - yellow, white roof - confirmed
    - blue - confirmed


    #22 Oldsmobile Toronado
    - metallic mid blue - confirmed


    #23 Rover 2000
    - no data - unconfirmed


    #24 Ferrari Superfast
    - red - confirmed - very rare
    - unpainted, prepro


    #25 Ford Zephyr 6
    - no data - unconfirmed


    #26 Mercedes Benz 250SE
    - bronze - confirmed - very rare


    #27 Buick Riviera
    - no data - unconfirmed


    #28 Ferrari Formula 1
    - red - confirmed - very rare


    #29 Ford GT40
    - confirmed by an unpainted prepro model


    #30 Volvo P1800
    - no data - unconfirmed


    #31 VW 1600 TL
    - blue - confirmed - very rare
    - green - confirmed - very rare


    #32 Vauxhall Cresta
    - dark brown/black - confirmed - very rare


    #33 Jaguar Mark X
    - confirmed by an unpainted prepro model


    #35 Rambler Ambassador
    - confirmed by an unpainted prepro model


    #36 1967 Ford Thunderbird
    - proposed, confirmed only by a technical drawing


    #37 1968 Chevrolet Camaro
    - confirmed by two unpainted prepro models


    #60 Cooper Formula 1
    - blue - confirmed, contracted Best Box of Holland model


    #61 Lotus Formula 1
    - green - confirmed, contracted Best Box of Holland model


    #94 International Bulldozer
    - yellow - confirmed


    #95 Drott Skid Shovel
    - yellow - confirmed


    #96 Hough Payloader
    - white - confirmed


    #97 Euclid Dump Truck
    - yellow - confirmed


    #98 Michigan Scraper
    - yellow - confirmed


    #99 Caterpillar Motor Grader
    - orange - confirmed

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    Of note, the Mini Dinky heavy equipment line is composed of castings formerly used by Mercury - Italy, and then Gibbs / Lit'l Toy / Mercury - USA, and in turn were used later by Universal. Since Gibbs / Lit'l Toy manufactured in the US, and Universal manufactured in Hong Kong, and Mini Dinky *usually* were manufactured in Hong Kong, the business arrangement behind this part of the Mini Dinky lineup is left somewhat to question. It would appear that Lines Brothers (Mini Dinky) gained control of the tools from Gibbs / Lit'l Toy and transferred them to Hong Kong to produce the Mini Dinky line of models. Considering that Lines Brothers pretty clearly contracted from Best Box for their two open wheel racecars, the notion of contracting the equipment from another vendor, or even having the entire rest of the line contracted, remains within the realm of possibility. After Lines Brothers went out of business, Universal acquired the tools and began making and selling as their own. Perhaps Universal used the same manufacturing facilities, or even were the contracted manufacturer, but the details of the business arrangement and progression of ownership of the tools remains in question.


    Casting list from the original line of heavy equipment by Mercury of Italy, sold in the early 1960's:

    #501 Michigan Payloader 375

    #502 Michigan Bulldozer 380

    #503 Michigan Scraper 313

    #504 Caterpillar Small Motor Grader

    #505 Caterpillar Large Motor Grader

    #506 Euclid Heavy Dump / Tipper

    #507 Lima Steam Shovel

    #508 Autocar Heavy Dump / Tipper AP40

    #508A Autocar Medium Dump / Tipper AP25

    #509 Lorraine Crane

    #513 Euclid Twin Power Scraper

    #514 Drott Skid Shovel

    #514A International Bulldozer

    #515 Blaw Knox Cement Mixer

    #517 Allis Chalmers Bulldozer

    #518 Austin Western Road Roller

    #519 Euclid Bulldozer

    #520 Euclid Skid Shovel L30

    #521 Warner-Swasey Gradall

    #522 Austin Western Motor Grader

    #523 Landini Farm Tractor

    This list was compiled from a package back.


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    Many of these models were later transferred to Gibbs (Metal Miniatures) and from there to Lit'l Toy, between the two lines more models were added, particularly a small line of Chevrolet work trucks. These models are also sometimes marked Mercury USA on the base as well.

    #1 Autocar Heavy Dump

    #2 Caterpillar Motor Grader

    #3 Drott Skid Shovel

    #4 International Bulldozer

    #5 Hough Payloader

    #6 Euclid Twin Power Scraper

    #7 Euclid Dump Truck

    #8 Michigan Scraper

    #10 Lima Steam Shovel

    #11 Warner-Swasey Gradall

    #15 Chevy pickup truck

    #16 Chevy Medium Dump Truck

    #19 Schramm Compressor (Chevrolet utility body truck)

    #20 GMC Cabover Semi and Trailer

    #21 Chevy Cabover semi with expandable flatbed trailer


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    From there six models migrated to Lines Brothers / Mini Dinky as noted above, and those six models then moved to Universal where they were sold as Kidco, Champ of the Road and Minibox, and possibly other brands and trade names.

    #8101 Michigan Scraper

    #8102 Caterpillar Motor Grader

    #8103 Drott Skid Shovel

    #8104 International Bulldozer

    #8105 Hough Payloader

    #8106 Euclid Dump Truck


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    Additional entries

    Dinky #35 Austins

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    Dinky (Larger scale)

    1980 Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTV (1/43 scale) #1405 (made by Solido)
    1968 Alfa Romeo Osi Scarabeo concept
    1948 Austin A40 Van
    1961 Citroen Ami 6 3cv
    Daimler Ferret Scout Car
    De Tomaso Mangusta #187
    Jeep (Willys 'MB')
    Lamborghini Marzal Concept
    Land Rover SWB Police
    Land Rover 109 LWB Pickup
    Matra 630
    Morris C8 Quad Field Artillary Tractor #688
    VW Porsche 914 #208
    Last edited by Motorcade; 09-19-2020, 12:40 AM.
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    The image file limits have been reset. We have over-limit warnings for the past 3 months and I've had to lower the image file limits. Upper limits now are 100,000 when we have some images that exceed 5,000,000. I know I've mentioned many times before, but it is very important to downsize images - doesn't matter if they are hosted elsewhere or here. I've set the pixels for no more than 1000 across the longest side, so if you resize to that all should be well. (The new limits are larger than what I typically use, and my images turn out just fine, so I know it shouldn't be a problem)

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      The image file limits have been reset. We have over-limit warnings for the past 3 months and I've had to lower the image file limits. Upper limits now are 100,000 when we have some images that exceed 5,000,000. I know I've mentioned many times before, but it is very important to downsize images - doesn't matter if they are hosted elsewhere or here. I've set the pixels for no more than 1000 across the longest side, so if you resize to that all should be well. (The new limits are larger than what I typically use, and my images turn out just fine, so I know it shouldn't be a problem)

      Thank you for your understanding.

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      • #4

        Dinky / Meccano footnotes

        *The Dinky trade-name changed hands many times before ending up as part of Matchbox International Ltd in the late 1980s*

        ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dinky_Toys

        **French production ceased as of 1972, though the Spanish firm of Pilen manufactures some French Dinky Toys later in the Seventies and Solido made an effort to do the same in 1981. The British branch struggled on until 1980, farming out some production to Polistil in Italy as well as the Universal firm of Hong Kong.

        Since then the name of Dinky Toys has changed hands at least two more times, and now and then Hong Kong Products have appeared with the Dinky Toys name on theirs bubblepacks. In 1987 the Kenner-Parker firm, whose branches include Tonka Toys, sold the Dinky Toys name to Universal International of Hong Kong, already the owner of another time-honored and originally British trade name: Matchbox. Soon afterward, Kenner-Parker took over Polistil and acquired some of the last old Dinky Toys dies. Other dies had previously been sold to a firm in India, which markets them as Nicky Toys, and for a time some models were produces in South America as well.

        Late in 1987 Universal brought the Dinky Toys name back to some semblance of life by applying it to new color variations of six Matchbox cars. The firm subsequently announced that the name would be used for a new series of cars in the Fifties, with further details to follow.

        This is where the history of Dinky Toys stands as of the summer of 1988.

        -and-

        The Swiss-French Atlas publishing house launched a new edition of various French Dinky Toys models in the 2008. The selling takes place at subscribers in French-speaking countries (France and Belgium).

        It concerns rather accurate copies of the French models out of the 50's and 60's-years. They are manufactured in China. The models can easily differentiated. The base of the new models are marked with: "Made in China" "Edition ATLAS, © Mattel".

        ref: http://www.dinkytoys.ch/history.htm

        (So there is a late connection to Mattel for Dinky at the end of all of this!, -jt3)

        ***In August 1985 French accountant Marc Rebibo bought Miro-Meccano from General Mills, reverted the French company name to Meccano S.A. and reintroduced some of the discontinued Meccano sets. In 1989 Rebibo was bought out by Finamec (Financière de Serbie), who continued the manufacture of Meccano in France. In 1990 Meccano France purchased the "Erector" trademark in the U.S.A. and started selling Meccano sets marked "Erector Meccano" in the U.S.A.

        By 2000 Meccano France was faltering and was bought out in May 2000 by the Japanese toy company Nikko, who continue to manufacture Meccano sets in France and China, although very different from the Meccano originally manufactured by the Binns Road factory.

        In 2013 Meccano was acquired by Spin Master.

        ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meccano_Ltd


        ****Mini Dinky (1968-1971?) of note, the 1:65 scale cars are Lines Bros ltd originals, but the heavy equipment models had their beginnings elsewhere and were in turn used down the line by others...the tooling was used and sold as Mercury of Italy, Mercury USA, Gibbs Metal Miniatures, Lit'l Toy, and Universal, including Champ of the Road, Kidco, and possibly others.

        The two open wheel race cars were supplied by Best Box of Holland
        The image file limits have been reset. We have over-limit warnings for the past 3 months and I've had to lower the image file limits. Upper limits now are 100,000 when we have some images that exceed 5,000,000. I know I've mentioned many times before, but it is very important to downsize images - doesn't matter if they are hosted elsewhere or here. I've set the pixels for no more than 1000 across the longest side, so if you resize to that all should be well. (The new limits are larger than what I typically use, and my images turn out just fine, so I know it shouldn't be a problem)

        Thank you for your understanding.

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        • #5
          I do not agree with some of the facts in the post above so here is what I think is correct but this can be argued.


          Originally posted by jt3 View Post
          Dinky / Meccano footnotes

          *The Dinky Toys trade-name was owned by Meccano Ltd until the company was taken over by Airfix who did not buy the marque and registered the new marque of Dinky® which changed hands many times before ending up as part of Matel*

          ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dinky_Toys

          **French production ceased as of 1971 in Bobigny but some models were made in Calais for a short unknown period, though the Spanish firm of Auto Pilen manufactured some French Dinky® later in the Seventies and some Solido were sold in England as Dinkys in 1981. The British branch struggled on until November 30, 1979, farming out some production to Polistil in Italy as well as the Universal firm of Hong-Kong. The conditions and dates of production of the two models made by Polistil are not known. The same applies to the Big Cat Jaguar ref. 219 made in Hong-Kong.

          Since then the name of Dinky® has changed hands at least two more times, and now and then Hong-Kong products have appeared with the Dinky® name on theirs bubblepacks. In 1987 the Kenner-Parker firm, whose branches include Tonka Toys, sold the Dinky® name to Universal International of Hong-Kong, already the owner of another time-honored and originally British trade name : Matchbox. Soon afterward, Kenner-Parker took over Polistil and acquired the last two Dinky® dies. Other dies had previously been sold to S. Kumar and Co. Ltd. of Calcuta in India (1963 - 1969), which marketed them as Nicky Toys, and for a time some models were finished in Spain by Joal, in South Africa by Arthur E. Harris (Pty.) Ltd. and in Chile by Grubner.

          Late in 1987 Universal brought the Dinky® name back to some semblance of life by applying it to new color variations of six small scale Matchbox cars. The firm subsequently announced that the name would be used for a new series of cars of the Fifties, with further details to follow. The aim of this series was to retain the rights to the Dinky® marque. Matchbox models made in Bulgaria and in Thailand were sold in Matchbox blisters with the marque DINKY® cast or printed on the baseplates.

          This is where the history of Dinky Toys and Dinky® stands as of the summer of 1988.

          -and-

          The badly run Italian owned Swiss-French Atlas publishing house launched a new edition / counterfeits of various French Dinky Toys models in 2008. The selling takes place at subscribers in French-speaking countries (France and Belgium). Subscriptions for other Dinky Toys models could be obtained in England and in the Nordic Countries.

          It concerns rather accurate copies of the French models out of the 50's and 60's-years. They were manufactured in China by two different companies under licence from Mattel. The models can easily be differentiated. The base of the remakes are marked with: "Made in China" "Edition ATLAS, © Mattel". The quality was from good to unacceptable.

          ref: http://www.dinkytoys.ch/history.htm

          (So there is a late connection to Mattel for Dinky at the end of all of this!, -jt3)

          ***In August 1985 French accountant Marc Rebibo bought Miro-Meccano from General Mills, reverted the French company name to Meccano S.A. and reintroduced some of the discontinued Meccano sets. In 1989 Rebibo was bought out by Finamec (Financière de Serbie), who continued the manufacture of Meccano in France. In 1990 Meccano France purchased the "Erector" trademark in the U.S.A. and started selling Meccano sets marked "Erector Meccano" in the U.S.A.

          In 2006 four 1/43 Matchbox models were issued, they were made in China by or for Mattel and packed with yellow Dinky like card boxes. The aim of this series was to retain the rights to the Dinky® marque. The models were : Porsche 356, Citroën 2cv, Mercedes-Benz 300 SL and Jaguar XK 150.



          In 2013 Meccano was acquired by Spin Master a large Canadian toy compagny.

          ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meccano_Ltd


          ****Mini Dinky (1968-1971?) of note, the 1:65 scale cars are Lines Bros Ltd originals, but the heavy equipment models had their beginnings elsewhere and were in turn used down the line by others...the tooling was used and sold as Mercury of Italy, Mercury USA, Gibbs Metal Miniatures, Lit'l Toy, and Universal, including Champ of the Road, Kidco, and possibly others.

          The two open wheel race cars Cooper and Lotus F1 were supplied by Best Box of Holland. Best box is the trade mark of EFSI which is a Dutch government organisation employing handicapped persons.
          Last edited by dinkycollect; 08-19-2020, 04:54 PM.

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