Miniatures news, February 1963

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A more than usually interesting Dinky Toys miniature is No. 146 of the new 2½-litre V8 Daimler, using that Jaguar shell with fluted radiator, that caused controversy at Earls Court. It is 3 13/16 in. long costs 3s. 9d. and has the usual Dinky features. Meccano Ltd., have also brought out an 8¾ in.-long modern Continental touring coach, No. 953 in the Dinky Supertoys range, selling for 13s. 6d.

Corgi’s contribution covers two realistic VWs, a van and a Kombi, the latter with side windows and passenger seats, both 3 3/8 in. long and costing 4s. 3d. each. These are Nos. 433 and 434, respectively. Corgi also offer an open Mercedes-Benz 300 SL in competition finish, with removable driver (No. 303S, 3¾ in.-long, 4s. 4d.) and a fine Oldsmobile Super 88 (No. 235, 4¼ in.-long, 4s. 4d.) All these will be avidly bought by collectors and owners of the real vehicles. Corgi have another set of motoring figures, standing on average 1¾ in. high at 2s. 6d. a set.

Playcraft Toys have three more of their superbly-detailed Old Timer plastic-kit models in the Playcraft “Aurora” series, each model being 9½ in. long when assembled. These are a Stanley steamer, Mercer race-about and Stutz Bearcat. Each kit costs 21s. This month Corgi will market a 3 5/8 in.-long F.1 V6 Ferrari, with part of the engine cowling cut away to show details of the famous 120° power unit. The six individual carburetters are visible through twin apertures behind the cockpit and such details as transparent wrap-round screen, megaphone exhausts, roll-bar and Scuderia Ferrari transfers should make this a very good model. The price is 4s. 3d. Corgi also have a 5s. model, 4¼ in. long of a Chevrolet-Firechief car with all its fire-priority appendages—W.B.