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Dinky Diecast

By Edited Oct 25, 2015 0 1

For those dinky diecast enthusiasts, it is important to know the long lineage behind these toys and collectibles. With many years of production and service to the general public, it's no surprise that these toys caught the attention and excitement of both children and adults alike. Dinky diecast toys were actually introduced by the Meccano Ltd Toy Company in 1934, and continued production until Dinky toys were closed in 1980.

Leading up to 1934, however, dinky diecast toys creator, Meccano Ltd Toy Company, produced railway accessories for their O Scale Homby Railways model trainsets. These trackside and railway accessories consisted of the small automobiles with rubber tires and medal bodies that ultimately served as a precursor to the launch of the Dinky Toys line in 1934. Enjoyed by all, it only made logical sense to expand the company's offerings to include a greater amount and diversification of similar dinky diecast models that the public had become so infatuated with.

In the Pre-war era, Frank Homby, who owned Meccano Ltd Toy Company, identified this expansion of his product line with a line of diecast airplanes and model ships. Shortly thereafter, in response to growing public sentiment and anticipation, Frank Homby released a line of 6 dinky diecast cars which were all branded with the number 22, followed by the type of car, which included a sports car, sports coupe, motor truck, delivery van, tractor, and tank. Needless to say, the release of the dinky diecast cars line was wekcomed with great excitement and interest: leading up to even greater public demand throughout the war years on into the post war years.

In an attempt to cut manufacturing costs, early dinky toys succumbed to a method of production that required an cheap impure zinc alloy which, years into the future, have been known to suffer from deterioration and breakdown called zinc pest. Unfortunately, for the passionate dinky diecast collectors, this deficiency in early models had a direct impact on their collections simply because early dinkys would pit, break, and even crumble. With increased public demand for both more product, as well as, a higher quality of product, manufacturing and production shifted to meet these needs. Unfortunately, however, because of the use of cheap impure zinc alloy in the early days of dinky diecast production, one's ability to find good condition survivors of this era, today, rather rare to find.

During WWII, production of dinky diecast toys were halted, however, a line of British model vehicles were launched when production was resumed in 1940. With this new line of dinky diecast toys, survivability increased drammatically and exponentially, and made for the apex of inclusion to any collector's collection. Unlike their pre-war counterparts, dinkys were now being produced with a higher, more reliable, grade of alloy that lent itself greatly to both quality and durability that has sustained decades into the future after their production. This era became notorious for producing the hallmark dinky doys that any collector was proud to display.

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Aug 19, 2010 7:24am
Yes, I've seen some of the old zinc ones, they don't last long, kind of like zinc pennies!
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