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Atlas Dinky Trucks 514 Guy Van Slumberland

By Maz Woolley

The latest in the Dinky Trucks series has arrived. This is a reproduction of the 514 Guy Van already seen in this series. This time it is seen in Slumberland livery.

The model comes in a reproduction of the original box which changed later to having blue and white stripes. The model was sold between 1949 and 1952 and was the first of several liveries on this casting including the Lyons Swiss Rolls one already seen in this range.

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The model is based upon the Guy Otter chassis which appeared shortly before the Second World War and gained a diesel engine when relaunched after the war. They were widely used by the nationalised British Road Services though Dinky never produced them in that livery.

Play value was added to the model with the opening rear doors.

The livery is beautifully printed. Slumberland are a UK firm producing mattresses and are a well known brand name even today.

The model had several different types of hubs over time but here Atlas have had the classic simple early type fitted.

To the front the lights and grill are neatly printed and the Slumberland logo is nicely reproduced on the raised van section.

This is another model from Atlas that I am sure will please many collectors and again it is a UK Dinky model which means that this series at least is meeting the original expectations set.


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Atlas Dinky Trucks – 512 Guy Flat Truck

By Maz Woolley

 

The latest Atlas Dinky to arrive is #512 Guy Flat Truck. The flat truck is just one of several variants Dinky made using this chassis units. Others included a flatbed with tail board and a version with “wooden sides” round the rear platform. Each of the versions was made in multiple colour combinations as well so the original toys are fairly common at toyfairs though not cheap.

From 1954 the toy was sold in the Supertoy striped box that Atlas have had replicated and the blue and red combination with mid blue wheels was sold from 1955 onward. The model was renumbered over time to 912 in 1956 and 432 in 1958 when it was also updated with a newer Guy cab.

I believe that the Guy modelled by Dinky was the Vixen Four Ton Chassis.

The Atlas model is to the usual standards with crisp casting and detailing. It replicates the original well and has a lustre to the paint that few originals now share.

This is another classic Binns Road Supertoy which will be welcomed by collectors.


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Atlas Dinky Trucks 917 Guy Van Spratts

By Maz Woolley

 

A second outing for the Guy van but in this case it is as 917 and not 514 which has previously been seen bearing Lyons Livery. The Spratts livery was introduced on 514 in 1953  and this appears to be the only livery carried forward in 1954 renumbered as 917. Some adverse collector comments have been posted elsewhere as all the Atlas paperwork and your account details on the websites states that this should be  a Guy Vixen Roberston’s Golden Shred Lorry which would have been a popular choice.

The replica has been produced to the same standard as the Lyons model and is very nice. Although on inspection the cab appears to be twisted at the bottom of the driver’s door area behind the fornt wheel and it seem to me that this can only have happened when the casting was removed still warm.

The rear doors operate as the originals would have done. The Spratt’s logo and text are printed crisply and it gives the van a very period feel.

At present Atlas expect this range to run to 30 releases so there is scope for the Robertson’s to appear yet!


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Happy New Year 2017… With a Dinky Snow Plough

By Chris Sweetman

Dinky Toys Supertoys 958 Guy Warrior Snow Plough 

Dinky Toys released their Guy Warrior Snow Plough in January 1961 under their Supertoys brand, and it remained in their range until 1966. In the July 1964 catalogue it was in the M Group price category and retailed at 13/- in the UK. Price categories were introduced by Lines Brothers after their take-over of the Meccano Group on Valentine’s Day 1964 to simplify price structure and make it easy for both dealers and customers alike. M could be short for miscellaneous as all models in this group were different prices.

What one got for 13/- was an impressive model complete with windows, an elevating plough unit which raised and lowered by means of two ‘hydraulic’ units and a drop down tailgate on the low-sided rear bed. To provide an indication that this was an emergency or safety vehicle, the model was provided with a blue plastic roof mounted ‘light’ and came in a spectacular colourway of yellow and black, the standard colours of natural warning worn by wasps! The plough unit was available in either black/yellow or silver grey. The former is more the likely version that you can find. Although no scale is quoted in any Dinky Toys catalogues it is likely to be 1:48th scale as this was a popular one for the Supertoys range. Marked on the baseplate: dinky supertoys snow plough made in england meccano ltd.

 

History of the Real Deal

In 1954 Guy entered the heavy vehicle market with the “Invincible” and the “Warrior” appeared in 1957. 1958 saw the introduction of the of the Mark II versions of these vehicles. The “Warrior” was available in either 8 or 10 ton chassis and was suitable for use as a truck, tipper, pantechnicon, and a tractor unit. The cab was a Motor Panels design and the top part could be removed to allow access to the engine and other mechanical units for easier servicing. This cab design was still available on the Otter chassis in 1966 but had been replaced by a modern design for the “Warrior” which featured a wraparound windscreen also made by Motor Panels.

Despite searching the internet and looking at my books, I still haven’t found any images of a Guy Snow Plough.

www.historywebsite.co.uk/Museum/Transport/commercial/Guy/Warrior.htm


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Atlas Dinky Trucks – 432 Guy flatbed

By Maz Woolley

 

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The latest release from Atlas in this series is a Guy Warrior flatbed truck originally issued in 1958  and withdrawn in 1964. The model is glazed so replicates a model issued from 1960 onward. This should not be confused with an earlier Dinky issued as 432 which used the earlier flatter Guy cab.

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The original colour scheme is well replicated and features like the spare wheel and tow hook are all incorporated. Although a simple model it had considerable play value with the flatbed easily loaded by the owner.

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The cab glazing is nicely done though I suspect it is clearer than the original models would have been. The spray masking on the cab is an accurate reflection of the original model.

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The wheels are the Supertoy type fitted to this model originally and the hook is painted body colour which is authentic.

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This model keeps up the standard of this Trucks series. At the moment it has largely featured models which came from Binns Road with just a few French Dinky’s included.

Further observations on Atlas Customer service. They state that they will respond to web contacts within two days but in my experience they do not meet these targets. I suspect that their systems and staffing are simply not up to the levels needed to provide proper customer service.


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Atlas Dinky Trucks Collection 514 Guy Van

By Maz Woolley

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Atlas Dinky Supertoys – Guy Warrior “Heinz”

By Maz Woolley

The Atlas Dinky Trucks series has finally been launched after the test launch some time ago. The Leyland Octopus Tanker also posted on MAR Online, after it was test launched, has been sent out to subscribers and has been followed by the second model.

#920 Dinky Guy Warrior Box Van – Heinz 57 Varieties.

The original Dinky model upon which this replica is based is extremely rare only being in production from 1959 to 1960 and is only affordable in original and mint condition by those able to spend thousands of pounds at auction.  It is an attractive Dinky toy with added play value from the opening doors to the rear of the vehicle.

The Atlas model is housed in a simple blue and white striped box, as was the original, replica box shown below:

Atlas Dinky 920 Box

The model itself is a nice replica of the original in the vibrant colours of the original.

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For those subscribing to the series a “free gift” was shipped with the Guy. It is the French Dinky Toys #592 Panneaux de Signalisation Routiere.

Atlas state that the next part is a Bedford TK Tipper which looks like a nice replica in the publicity material.


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