Category:Dinky Toys Air Show, rotating motorised retail display

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Dinky Toys Air Show, rotating motorised retail display

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Arch Two , Area 72
Arch Two, Overhead

A motorised retail display unit dating from the late 1960s or 1970s, designed to show off the then-current Dinky Toys aircraft range.

The display holds twelve diecast Dinky Toys, and has them “flying” in formation, along two circular paths.


The display unit has a large motor housed in a box fabricated from yellow Meccano plates edged with silver Meccano strips, fixed to a large dark-painted (black?) baseboard for stability). Protruding from the top of the box in one vertical central vertical rod (to hold a display card), and twelve angled rods, as two sets of six, at two levels, each of which has an angled threaded end, onto which a Dinky plane has been crewed, tightened with a square Meccano nut.

Attached aircraft

Top level

  • Messerschmitt BF109E (Dinky Toys 726)
  • Jump Jet (Dinky Toys 722)
  • Hawker Siddeley 125 Jet (Dinky Toys 723), yellow and white
  • Boeing 737 (Dinky Toys 717)
  • Battle of Britain Spitfire MkII, AIA (Dinky Toys 719)
  • Jump Jet #2

Bottom level

  • Spitfire A1A
  • Junkers Ju.87b Stuka (Dinky Toys 721)
  • Hawker Hurricane Mk2 (Dinky Toys 718)
  • Hawker Siddeley 125 Military Passenger Jet, XG172 (Dinky Toys 723)
  • Sea King Helicopter, 66 (Dinky Toys 724)
  • Beechcraft C55 Baron, N555C (Dinky Toys 715) yellow

Two of the aircraft are duplicated: There are two Hawker Harrier Jump-Jets and two Spitfires.