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Saturday, 27 October 2018 21:25


Frank Hornby established Meccano Ltd. in 1908 to make metal construction sets and model railroads. In the early 1930s, Meccano made many types of tin plate and other metal cars and in 1934 the name "Meccano Dinky Toys" was used for the first time. The name Meccano was dropped and the brand became DINKY TOYS until 1971. DINKY TOYS was the brand name for die-cast zinc alloy miniature vehicles. Th...

Published in DINKY TOYS
Saturday, 23 September 2017 22:27


The HERCULES VW Bus V2 was a detailed two section, top and bottom, plastic body with cut out windows. Inside were seats, a driver, passenger and a dog. Plastic wheels with metal axles attached to the lower section chassis. It was a copy of the German WIKING VW BUS Large Scale V1.

Published in HERCULES BS
Friday, 08 September 2017 21:24


Very detailed clear plastic body with cut out windows. Plastic chassis contained separate parts to include spare tire, gas tank, seats, steering wheel, engine/transmission. Plastic wheels attached to the chassis with hubcaps. This was a constructional kit.

This HERCULES Split VW came in a box with printed instructions (in Portugese) for assembling the car; this seems ...

Published in HERCULES
Wednesday, 09 August 2017 20:35


Rafael Paya Pico, a local tinsmith, started in the year 1902 a factory in Ibi, Alicante, for sheet products, metal foundry and repair of music instruments. In 1906, his sons Pascual, Emilio and Vicente started producing metal toys. In 1905 they founded the company Paya Hermanos (PH). During the Spanish Civil War the company Paya Hermanos was collectivized and made fuse and ammunition. Pro...

Published in PAYA OW Small Scale
Monday, 24 July 2017 03:29


In 1946, the PRÄMETA company, located in Cologne, Germany, was founded by Dr. von Soiron and his wife. In the beginning, they mainly produced hinges and pharmaceutical aids, but also bicycle parts! The company acquired the forms of the Eckert & Ziegler Split VW model in 1947. PRÄMETA assigned a company named Postel Spritzguss (founded in 1925 by Kurt Postel i...

Published in PRÄMETA
Monday, 09 January 2017 03:20


Giuseppe Conti founded his company Giuseppe Conti & Co. in 1889 in Bollate, near Milan, Italy. He specialized in the production of wooden rocking horses and dolls (known for sparkling eyes of fake diamonds).

In 1946 the cousins Parretti, three railwaymen of the Italian Railways FS (Ferrovie dello Stato), built for themselves a scale model of a locomotive. After showing it to friends...

Published in CONTI
Friday, 30 January 2015 00:53

WIKING VW BUS Large Scale V2

A detailed plastic Barndoor VW Pickup Bus. The engine compartment does not open, but the side cargo door (or treasure chest door) does open. Wheels are light grey, driver is affixed to the front seat behind the plastic steering wheel.  The bed cover (or Tilt) is removable as is the cargo. Notice the side gates are smooth and there is no rear bumper. This is typical of a '52...

Published in WIKING BS
Friday, 30 January 2015 00:49

WIKING VW BUS Large Scale V1

A clear top seven passenger VW Kombi made of plastic. The clear top has solid windows or some of the windows are cut out. This model has two tail lights and only one reflector. The barn door engine lid has a center brake light. Inside the opening rear lid is the engine and spare tire. The roof, luggage and all passengers are made to be removed. The driver is fixed to his seat. T...

Published in WIKING BS
Saturday, 12 July 2014 22:38


Founded in 1951, the MANSEI Toy Company often used the trademark ‘HAJI’ lettering within an oval. MANSEI was a relatively small Japanese toy maker and was based in Kotobuki, Taito-ku, Tokyo and concentrated its production output on tinplate vehicles but occasionally produced other metal and plastic toys as well. MANSEI is not known to have produced toys after 1970.

Published in HAJI - MANSEI
Monday, 26 May 2014 20:26


There has been a debate about this HWN (Heinrich Wimmer Nürnberg) bus toy for many years. People collect it as a VW Bus as it has the typical ‘nose’ look. However if you look at the doors (reverse) and the cargo doors in the back – there are two that open in the middle and that go all the way down. None of these HWN toys have a VW logo so like all of the little cheap penny toys –...

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