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Atlas Dinky Collection – Studebaker Coupe, Renault 4 and Bedford CA

By Maz Woolley

This article was originally written for the first MAR Online site in September 2015. It is one of the items which we have collected from the old site before it is eventually turned off. It has been adapted to the new site. 

39F Studebaker Coupe

Again taking full advantage of castings that Norev made for the Continental series where this model appeared in an almost metallic blue.

Here in the UK series it is issued in a solid dark blue. Originally introduced in 1939 the model more closely resembles a post war issue with ridged hubs.

The model was phased out in 1950. It is based upon a Studebaker State Commander Coupe. The post war colours offered in the UK were grey, green, blue, red, brown and yellow.

518 Renault 4L

This is a French Dinky model which was sold in the UK for a short time from 1962 to 1963 and only ever in mid-brown.

Here we have the model in pale blue a French colour. This model is of course to 1:43 scale and several details show how much better products from France were at this time.

The nicely moulded interior with the seat rails even reproduced was way ahead of the generally vague interior details. When originally issued in France this model was offered in brown, blue, light blue and red.

A Renault 4L is dark blue was the last model issued in the original French Atlas Dinky series. Although numbered 518 this features an updated casting with the later full width Renault 4 grille.

481 Bedford 10 cwt Van Ovaltine

Introduced by Dinky in 1955 the model was deleted in 1960 by which time the CA had been significantly restyled.

The model was made in three liveries “Dinky Toys”, which has already appeared in the Atlas Dinky Collection, Ovaltine and Kodak.

The model replicates the original Dinky well capturing the shade of blue used originally well.

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Atlas Dinky Trucks Collection – 434 Bedford TK Crash Truck

By Maz Woolley



The latest model in the Atlas Dinky Trucks series here in the UK is this replica of Dinky 434 Bedford TK Crash  Truck which comes with a nicely reproduced box with its period art work and wording neatly incorporating the information that this is a new model from Atlas under license from Mattel.


Atlas have chosen to reproduce the model in Top Rank livery which was more common than the red version in Auto Services livery. Top Rank were major operators of the new Motorway Service Stations in the 1960’s  which used to have garage facilities as well as filling stations. The model was sold from 1964 until 1972 and was one of many uses of the Bedford TK cab casting. Although the Dinky cab is not a particularly good replica of the original it has lovely period feel to it.


Dinky made much of the fully operating winch shown in the photograph above which added a considerable amount of play value. The model was featured in the April 1954 Meccano Magazine as shown below.


The original decals have been replaced by printing on this new version but the print is heavy and gives a good feel of the original livery especially the stylised Rank symbol on the cab doors.


This series is proving to be much more satisfying than the Dinky collection, maybe because my pocket money seldom stretched to these more expensive models when they were originally made.

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Atlas Dinky Trucks – 435 Bedford TK Tipper

By Maz Woolley

Atlas Dinky Trucks 435 Bedford TK Tipper

Atlas Dinky Trucks 435 Bedford TK Tipper

The Bedford TK is the third model in this series. And is a nicely made replica of the original model. The box image is perhaps not as crisp as one would hope but a good model for those of us who cannot afford to collect the originals. This model was launched in 1964 and withdrawn in 1971. The Cab was used on another two models: a Bedford tow truck and a Coal truck.  I would not be surprised if one, or both of these, appears in this collection at a later date.

Atlas Dinky Trucks 435 Bedford TK Tipper

The model is presented in the colours used when the model was first launched and all the features operate as expected.

Atlas Dinky Trucks 435 Bedford TK Tipper Atlas Dinky Trucks 435 Bedford TK Tipper

All in all rather good value for money as it is little dearer than the small Citroen 2CV from Atlas.

Atlas Dinky Trucks 435 Bedford TK Tipper

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Oxford Diecast’s Latest Walls Ice Cream Van

By Maz Woolley

Oxford Diecast have produced a number of ice cream vans in scales from 1:43 to 1:144. This article looks at the Bedford CA in Walls livery recently released to 1:76 scale.

Walls were a major player in the ice cream market place in the UK. Originally known for their sausages, it is said that they diversified into ice cream to keep the factories busy across the summer months when sausage sales traditionally declined.  Walls is now part of Unilever which has bought up local ice cream companies across Europe. Their livery will be familiar to many collectors since it was featured on the Corgi Ford Thames Ice Cream Van which sold huge numbers in the 1960s.

The Bedford CA was launched in 1952 and was made with a split screen until 1956 making the Oxford model with its split screen one of the earlier CAs. The CA was sold as a chassis with a bonnet and precious little else to Coachbuilders who added bodies. The CA was very popular with ice cream sellers since it was cheaper to buy and maintain than larger vans.

Oxford already have a range of Walls liveries vehicles in 1:76 scale including  a Ford Thames van with three different body styles.

The Oxford model shown below is diecast to 1:76 scale in Oxford’s Chinese factory. The quality of the printing is exceptionally good given the small scale. Though again the Quality Control gremlins have struck:  the silver printed hubcaps are decidedly off-centre on my model. I am sure that this model will re-appear in other ice cream firms liveries.

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