Category:Hornby Modelled Miniatures

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Hornby Modelled Miniatures

1932 - 1934

The Hornby Modelled Miniatures range existed in 1932-34 as a slightly random-looking mixture of cast lead gauge 0 trackside accessories and figures, and small cars, ships and other small-scale vehicles, including small push-along toy trains. The range also absorbed the occasional other "quirky" Hornby cast metal piece, such as the the Hornby Series "Halls Distemper" advert.

Arrival

The first set (No.1, Station Staff) had had appeared briefly in Meccano Magazine "Hornby Accessories" adverts towards the end of 1931, but had stuttered in and out of the ads, presumably as Meccano Ltd. tried to decide on a wider strategy for how to place the brand. Lead-cast, the set No.2 (Farm Animals) seems to have had some issues, as the set pictured in the HMM adverts is distinctively different from the Set No2 that later showed up in the Dinky Toys adverts.

Whether this initial faltering start (at least, as far as the advertising was concerned) was down to production problems, or whether some pieces were initially being made for Meccano by another company such as Britains, or whether Meccano Ltd were simply holding off until they had a wider range to advertise under the Modelled Miniatures range isn't clear, but by mid-1935 the range was experiencing explosive growth under the new name Dinky Toys (1934), with a lot of the new pieces being 1:43-scale cars.

External links and references

  • Mike and Sue Richardson, Dinky Toys and Modelled Miniatures (The Hornby Companion Series Vol.4) (New Cavendish Books, 1986) ISBN 0904568334

Subcategories

This category has the following 2 subcategories, out of 2 total.