We are in August 1983 ...
Military vehicles manufactured after the war by Meccano Liverpool are among the most successful of the famous British firm and if we can deplore their uniform color, the fact remains that castings are of exceptional quality, the choice of models is the most interesting and the group consisting of a complete series gives a very comprehensive overview of automotive equipment of the army of Her Majesty's during the two decades 1950 and 1960.
And for those who do not like military vehicles, it is still possible to paint the fire trucks or civilian vehicles, and leave out the armored vehicles for which the author can not imagine plausible conversion . The scale of this series is not very homogeneous and this is the main criticism that could be found against him, however, when they are placed next to each other, the models do not show disproportions too glaring. Before examining in detail each model emphasize in passing that in the mid-1960s, Politoys had put on the market a range of military vehicles directly copied on Dinky Toys; these devices were molded plastic, but their inspiration was not Italian at all, which was the least curious.
We will not leave the field of plagiarism without mentioning Austin Field produced in a heavy alloy, in Japan, the 1960 area or recent reproductions Dinky English Toys manufactured in India under the name of Dinky or Nicky Toys from 1978 1983.
In 1946 appears the first military Dinky Toys English post-war; This is of course an American Jeep painted in khaki with white US star on the hood; this model was followed some years later by a Scout because initially referenced 153B and the main force in 1954. From that time, military vehicles are numbered in the 600 series, from those previously in the series 153 benefiting, on occasion, a renumbering.
621: Truck tarpaulin Bedford RL 3 tons
Benches are molded into the small rear to transport 12 soldiers (ref: 603); the description matches that given for the 621, but studded tires are the wholesale model and the cabin is never fitted with windows. This model was sold in white and blue box Supertoys.
623: Tilt closed BEDFORD QL
This truck tarpaulin of a typical military style and therefore very interesting; description identical to that of 621, but the cab has never ice, and also lacks the source driver. Tires smooth, then medium sized studs.
It would be a Daimler ambulance reserved for the US market.
626: van ambulance:
This is a field ambulance van, made on Commer chassis, often incorrectly called Ford, this model is entirely made of zamak, the rear doors are opened, the cabin has a conductor; tires are of medium size and are equipped with the latest models of ice.
641: 1 ton truck tarpaulin HUMBER
This ultra-short vehicle is very characteristic and its cast is first rate; the aesthetic is as successful version tarpaulin that discovery; the bucket is arranged to receive 603 soldiers, cabin, with or without glass, has a conductor, and a yellow and red badge decorates the front of the vehicle which is, moreover, means shod tires.
642: Aviation tankers THOMPSON
A bit rarer than other models of military series, this reference is assigned to an aviation THOMPSON tanker painted in the colors of the RAF is to say, petrol blue, decorated with a blue rosette, white , red (curiously color available to those of France with red on the outside, which is a pretty amazing error). The ice-free cabin reveals a driver and the tires are of large diameter. Sold Supertoys box.
643: 1 ton tankers
Another great model 1 ton tanker performed on chassis Austin in 1958; the still impoverished cabin windows, has a pilot; a blue and yellow emblem is affixed to the front fender; tires are of medium size.
651: Centurion Tank
The hull and turret are zamak, floor sheet, and caterpillars black rubber; the turret rotates and this char red and yellow badges on the front and rear. Sold in various types of boxes, during his long career of nearly 20 years.
660: Mighty Antar Thornycroft Sankey trailer with 50 tons
This huge vehicle is intended to transport the Centurion tank; rear ramps are lowered and non-detachable trailer is articulated. The tires are large, this model was a Supertoys. The cab is equipped with wipers from 1960 and still has a driver. This model continued his career, redecorated in yellow, gray and red form of transport processor, once will not hurt, the English brand copying an idea of French Dinky Toys.
661: Troubleshooting Tractor-road 6X6 SCAMMEL
This beautiful machine is subsequent to those described previously, since it was introduced only in 1960. Therefore, it is always with ice but did not pilot. There are different shades of gray or green khaki green, with wheels in zamak and plastic, wholesale pavement rubber tires and nylon. Two badges, first in decals and stickers are placed on the front bumper or bottom of the front wings.
666: transport vehicle for Corporal rocket with launch platform
In its time, this vehicle had tried several manufacturers and Corgi Toys has achieved a more successful replica as the one we propose Dinky Toys in 1960. The cabin has windows and a driver. The front is adorned with a blue and red badge. Large diameter wheels are equipped with big tires kind GBO or public works vehicles.
International truck resservira for HONEST JOHN was first produced in hydraulic turret to service the rocket "Corporal". 666 as the reference, it has a blue and red escutcheon to the front, the cabin is provided with windows and has a driver. The turret arm is perforated sheet metal and plastic basket. The wheels are equipped zamak big tires. A civilian version of this model, much rarer, will be done in cream and red.
For the record, it is a universal Jeep made for the US market.
This small armored car with rotating turret is finished in khaki with medium sized tires and yellow and red insignia on the wings. The turret was reused on a model produced in 1976 in Britain.
673: Scout-car Daimler
This small car recognition, discovery is the first military craft of the series. On this picture we also see the pavement slick tires, as were the models in 1954. The interior features two holes for a pilot and a passenger. It is interesting to note that the latest versions, these two characters are molded plastic and are extremely small. (photo top right model).
674: Jeep Austin Field
The body is Zamak and sheet metal windshield. The reported driving is mobile, the car comes with a driver and holes in the other three seats to accommodate 603 soldiers. The wheels are equipped with smooth small tires, then cleats. A red and yellow badge is affixed to the front wing. (The three passengers were sold separately). A very interesting alternative, finished in white and reserved for export is also available.
675: Ford Fordor
Finite reference in military version for the US market (eg 170M).
676: Vehicle 6x6 all terrain armored car with turret
Directed Alvis chassis, this is another characteristic gear the British army in the years 1950-1960. Like many other Dinky Toys on these pages, it has also been also reproduced on a smaller scale by Matchbox Lesney in the range. The version shown here against is equipped with slick tires, but it is much more frequently with medium sized studs in tires.
The angular lines of this machine lacks windows are very impressive, and AEC armored truck has always had a fascination for children and a great success with collectors, even with more impervious to military matters. Body zamak, sheet flooring, large tires and insignia of a red rat on a black background on the front and rear, giving it its name "desert rat", not to be confused with the Marshal ROMMEL, that he was the "desert Fox".
686, 687, 688: 697 view
689: heavy artillery Leyland Truck Chassis
This truck has a driver without glass, a red and blue badge on the right front fender and a sheet metal cover on the small rear bucket. Holes allow soldiers sit out in the compartment, which also molded shells. Sold Supertoys box, the truck is equipped with large tires and is designed to pull the gun No. 693.
692: Canon through 5.5
The howitzer has a fork which opens as the French model ABS 155. It is equipped with normal wheels DT and large knobby tires.
693: 7.2 caliber Canon
This gun has a molded base of one piece, the barrel swivels up and down, and is worn by large wheels with all-terrain tires, as Corporal truck.
695: Gift box
Artillery gift box containing the references 689 and 693.
697: Field Artillery Train
698: Gift box "transport tanks"
699: Gift Box military vehicle
In a long rectangular box Supertoys type, there is end-to-end: an Austin field 614, a cannon Humber 641, an armored car and a gun Alvis 676 Bedford RL No. 621.
Source: Monthly magazine Minis Plastic Metal No. 89 of August 1983
Jean-Michel Roulet Editor