By Will Roe
All photographs are by, and copyright of, the Author except where stated.
Looking through this site I happened on Dave Turner‘s article ‘The Scooter in Miniature – Other makes‘ from July 6th 2017.
The photograph of the ‘WS’ plastic battery driven Chalmy Rider toy shown above from Hong Kong looks very similar to the Yonezawa Diapet model that I have in my collection.
I purchased my model from a swapmeet back in December 1986 so it was probably from a Coventry Toy Fair. Daipet catalogue No A3, it is certainly larger than 1:43 scale but no scale is given on the base.
This scooter is totally different to many others in as much as it is a three-wheeler. Diapet have cleverly emulated the tilt and steer action by the ‘front seat’ half’ being connected to the rear ‘engine’ half by a flexible joint. The front wheel has limited steerage movement, but when the steering is pushed to the left or right, pressure is put on the connecting joint and the vehicle leans and steers in the desired direction.
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