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The Great Book of Dinky Toys Hardcover – 1 Jan 1999
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The name 'Dinky Toys' belongs to the world famous range of toy cars produced by one of the world's most famous toy manufacturers, Meccano Ltd. The factory in Binns Road, Liverpool, made high quality metal construction sets, model railways in 0 and 00 gauges, clockwork boats, chemistry sets and many other educational toys. the toy cares were first produced as lineside effects for the Hornby Trains and were added to the Modelled Miniatures' range of figure sets. By 1934 the vehicles had taken over and the range was renamed to reflect this. Dinky Toys were the most prolific and diversified range of toy vehicles ever made, so much that the name 'Dinky' has been taken into common usage to denote any small toy car much as we often refer to the vacuum cleaner as a 'Hoover'. Dinky Toys have the greatest number of aficionados of any make of toy and are collected throughout the world. In 1981, Mike and Sue Richardson's world-renowned book on the subject of Dinky Toys and Modelled Miniatures was published by New Cavendish Books in 1981 as part of the unique nine-part Hornby Companion Series.Since that time, however, more and more fascinating casting variations and colour combinations have come to light, as well as archive information and original factory drawings. Rarity and condition have had a significant effect on prices, and the original boxes have become an important part of the picture. Rather than update the original book, it was decided that a new approach was needed to codify all the significant and accurate information about Dinky Toys to enable collectors, whether novice or expert, to enjoy their hobby in the twenty-first century.
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In short a superb book with great photos.
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interest in collecting more,I needed some books on Dinky toys.
I read some very positive reviews on "The Great Book of Dinky Toys" and placed an order
for one from Amazon. This choice turned out to be a winner. Its a beautiful,heavy book of nearly 300
pages,very well laid out with great photography,model numbers,release years and a wonderful
section on the history of Dinky,with original ads of the company,through the years.
You will be very happy with this Dinky "masterpiece",and as a companion to it,I also
recommend a smaller,but very interesting book by Edward Force,"Dinky Toys" 7th edition
for over 40 years and experts on die cast toys.
This book represents the summary of all their knowledge on Dinky Toys, having met with production officers and workers from the factory in Liverpool.
A comprehensive guide to British Dinky Toys from 1933 to 1980.
Contains tables of all models by issue number with color variations and issue and deletion dates; including most photos of all models ever produced. Information is based on official records from the Meccano factory, in Liverpool, England.
It also has a large appendix with definitions and miscellaneous information, such as factory display photos, model plans, catalogs, etc.
The quintessential book for the passionate collector of these precise and beautiful die cast toys.
Very easy to use and helpful to identify any English model.
Has no price estimates as these parameters are irrelevant.
Beautiful printing and photography.
Large heavy volume in hardback printing only.
Highly recommended for research and model identification.
This book fills the gap to a large extend, providing a lot of information. The illustrations/lay out are/is sometimes what eratic, and one example of a factory drawing would be nice, but so many eats up a lot of space, which might have been used for other purposes. However, the provides an excellent overview of all aspects of Dinky, and it is well worth its money.
A must for all Dinky Toys Collectors