By Maz Woolley
The latest release in this series returns to the UK Dinky Supertoys range for inspiration. 514 Guy Van was produced in several liveries: Slumberland (red); Lyons (blue); Weetabix (yellow); and, Spratts (red and cream). All of them attractive in their own way.
Here Atlas has chosen to replicate the Lyons version. Lyons were a leader in the UK food industry in the days before the consolidation of food companies into huge multi-national giants. Indeed the Swiss Rolls advertised on the side of the Van are still available today but now made by another firm as Lyons was broken up from the end of the 1970s with the business broken up and scattered across new owners.
The Lyons version of this model was released in 1952 and looked splendid with the beautifully printed livery. Although the reproduction has captured the original shade well it is clearly a modern acrylic paint on this model as can be seen quite clearly on the overspray areas where it is very thin like the back of the cab, see photograph below for an example.
Models in fine condition of this Guy sell for many hundreds of UK pounds so fro collectors who could not afford that this a nice replica.
As the photograph above shows the rear doors are modelled in the same way as those on the original model and open hinged on a captured steel rod.
All in all a very nice replica.
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