By Maz Woolley
Here are the two latest models shipped by Atlas in their UK Atlas Dinky toys range. Again they are models of French Dinky toys and not UK products from Binns Road. Diecast for Atlas by Norev in China these models are to roughly 1:43 scale as were most French Dinky models.
24Z Simca Versailles
This model was introduced in 1956 and was available in yellow with a black roof and blue with a black roof. The casting as later modified to produce the Ariane Taxi. The model was made until 1959 by which time 24K SImca Chambord was available with fitted glazing.
This model is very nicely painted with good yellow paint which covers the model without filling the shut lines. The roof is black and shiny with neat masking.
Although still clearly a toy with no glazing or opening features this is a well mastered model capturing the US influenced model very well.
552 Chevrolet Corvair
This model has now been released in the Atlas Dinky series here in the UK. It has been previously been available in green on eBay at various times and the green version can be seen elsewhere on this site at http://www.maronline.org.uk/atlas-dinky-chevrolet-corvair/.
The pale blue shown above is thought to be a colour used fro the French edition of the model which was made from 1961 to 1966 when the moulds were shipped to South Africa. The French made model came in blue, grey, red and turquoise.
The casting again shows how good the French mould makers were at creating a scale model with a high level of detail for the period. Again a white interior is supplied.
The model captures the original car very well and though lacking the Corgi models opening parts it is a really good model of its time.
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