Updated: 10 Aug 2016;
[Page created 12 Feb 2004; converted 27 May 2014
original AT&T Worldnet Website begun 30 May 1996.]
[was at "home.att.net/~Berliner-Ultrasonics/mecdink1.html"]
S. Berliner, III
Consultant in Ultrasonic Processing
"changing materials with high-intensity sound"
[consultation is on a fee basis]
Technical and Historical Writer, Oral Historian
Popularizer of Science and Technology
Rail, Auto, Air, Ordnance, and Model Enthusiast
Light-weight Linguist, Lay Minister, and Putative Philosopher
- The vast bulk of my massive Web presence (over 485 pages) had been hosted by AT&T's WorldNet service since 30 May 1996;
they dropped WorldNet effective 31 Mar 2010 and I have been scrambling to transfer everything. Everything's saved but all the links have to be changed,
mostly by hand. See my sbiii.com Transfer Page for any updates on this tedious process.
S. Berliner, III's
Continuation Page 1
This page is primarily concerned with my own collection of Dinky Toys from Meccano Ltd. of England; it will also delve into the former A. C. Gilbert ERECTOR SET* line, apparently since bought out by Meccano, Meccano's own line of mechanical building sets, and Hornby trains. It would appear that Meccano was first brought out by Hornby.
* - Erector sets are now covered on their own page (27 May 2014).
On the main Meccano Dinky
Ca. 1950 Dinky Toys Catalogs.
Drawerful of Dinky Toys.
On this Meccano Dinky Continuation Page 1:
Dinky Meccano Aircraft Models (moved from Aviation cont. page 4 on 12 Feb 04)
Motorized Dinky Airplanes? (21 Mar 08)
On the Military Miniatures Page:
(10 Aug 2016)
Unindexed so far except for:
AHM Special Modeler's Catalog [Minitanks, Minimen, Minimovers (and Minianimals)].
Emperor Franz Josef at 54mm (07 Feb 2016).
On separate pages:
TRACKS (for tanks and artillery tractors) - does anyone out there know where a correspondent can get replacement chain-link tracks (not the later rubber tracks)?
From the main Aviation page, here are the images of the Armstrong Whitworth Ensign and other models of the WWII era, from old Dinky Meccano catalogs, as supplied by the Dutch correspondent:
Just for comparison, here's the Dinky Meccano model of the Avro York; quite different, with a rectangular fuselage and a triple vertical stabilizer (tail) empennage:
This is ALL wrong! The model in the box has broad, rounded horizontal planes and the Ensign has high-aspect-ratio trapzoidal planes and a single tail fin! ???
[Dec 99 - Corgi makes an Avro York in a slightly larger scale (1/72? - my old Dinky was probably 1/144) and now has an executive version@.]
@ - from Corgi: "Corgi 47204 - AVRO YORK - RAF Kings Flight - Avro York LV633 "Ascalon" was built for use by King George VI and Winston Churchill. It began service in May 1943 and was mainly used by the Prime Minister. After the war it served in the Far East for three years and was scrapped in 1954. (Available April) - Wingspan 216mm."
The Dutch gentleman kindly sent this cutaway of the Ensign (artistic license makes it look like a civilian British version of our giant Boeing B-15):
At an NMRA national show ca. 2003, Horby unveiled a live-steam loco in OO scale by running it along a seam clean across the convention center floor, whistling stunned
conventioneers out of the way. No track; just one set of wheels in the crack and the other on the concrete!
(10 Aug 2016)
Britains, Ltd. (or William Britain) really is unrelated to Dinky/Meccano but I'll mention it here and have added it to my Military Miniatures
Other than the olive drab wheels with white rubber t(i)(y)res (noted on the previous page) from old Britains vehicles, I didn't recall that I had ANY surviving Britains, Ltd. (or William Britain) pieces (other than late-model RCMP and London Guards figures) until it dawned on me that there was a modified cannon in my "Fourth of July" box. Sure enough, there it was (I was sure that I'd just written this up elsewhere - it turned up on my Military Miniatures page - more there, with pix). (10 Aug 2016)
MAJOR REFERENCE LINK!
Keith Harvie's MECCANO DINKY TOYS
& HORNBY TRAINS site, especially his
DINKY TOYS IDENTIFICATION INDEX - MILITARY. Keith also has a
For Sale Index which shows many cars, trucks, planes, and such, but that is
dependent on what he has available at the moment. Harvie also sells
spare tires, tracks, and some parts.
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