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My  name  is  Kenneth  Gray,  aka Ken or Kenny.    I am located in Aberdeenshire, in Scotland's north-east corner.   Despite  the  impression  generally  held  about the climate in this neck of the woods, our weather  on  the whole is milder than elsewhere in these northern climes.    At any time of the year, the UK's  daily  weather  charts  can  forecast  heavy  rain  and  (brrrr!)   gale  force  winds  in  the  west  of Scotland  but  calm  weather  and  sunshine  in  glorious  little  corner  lying  to  the  east  of  the Moray Firth.   What remains of the warm gulf stream seems to lap our beaches once it has swung southwards from the Pentland Firth.

I  come  from  an  engineering  background and have been retired for the past eleven years.    Yeah,  I  am  an  old  git  of  seventy-six  summers.     In  childhood I adored my Dinky Toys and the enthusiasm which had never really left me resurfaced when nostalgia kicked in some fifteen or more years ago.    I then  began  reconstructing my long-lost childhood collection, and once I had the first few duplicates of those beloved childhood toys in my hands I was bitten by the 'bug'.    They  felt  wonderful and I simply could not resist adding a few more.   Then some more.

My  main  memories  of  my  childhood  toybox  come from the 1948-50 period (before a lot of you guys were  born),  and  the  first  few  Dinkies I acquired in building my current collection naturally came from that  period.    The  ubiquitous  29c  double-decker  bus,  the  Daimler ambulance,  27f  Woody,  and  a Hudson  Commodore  sedan,  along  with  a  30d  Vauxhall.      The  collection  grew  with  the  addition of  some  regular-size  25-series  lorries  and a few  Supertoys;  an eight-wheeled Foden,  Slumberland van,  and a flatbed Guy.

That led me to adding Dinkies from the 1950s, which I hadn't owned as a child, but were still in the true Dinky spirit  -  no plastic windows and no opening doors.    I  had  passed  my  driving test in 1955 in an Austin A40 Devon, so I naturally had to have a Dinky 40d.     Having  satisfied  myself  in that direction, I began  looking for the earliest examples of a particular model.     E.g. a 1948 Standard Vanguard with its clipped-on rear axle  in place of the modified 1949 version with axle tabs, and a 1948 Triumph 1800 with the rear axle held on cast  pillars  in  place  of  the  axle-tabbed  1949  version.     I  was  extending my expanding collection backwards in time. 

I  had   always  had  a love  for the little 153a military Jeep, and eventually  located  a  first-issue  version  dating  from  between its  launch  date  in  April-1946  and  October / November-1946, when   the  road  wheels   and  steering  wheel  were  modified.  Needlessly, I  now  have  five  of those in my collection because it's such an adorable  little  model.      My  lonely  little  first 153a jeep   was  soon   joined   by   other  military   Dinkies  from  the immediate  postwar   period.      And   this   led   me   to  search for prewar examples of Dinky Toys, both military and civilian.

That  in  turn  brought  me  to  things  like the 1932-34 Goods Train cast in lead, type-1 25-series trucks with  their  flat  tinplate  radiators,  and  the  tinplate  RAC  and  AA telephone boxes.   And  we  mustn't forget the Hornby-series figures and their post-1934 Dinky counterparts.    Then French Dinkies caught my fancy.  The  joy  of  expanding  one's  collection  seems  endless.   I now have most of the Dinkies I would ever want, but there are still one or two elusive models I'd like to add.

Sadly, I very much doubt whether my family and heirs will really appreciate these 'old toys'.   They may well be destined for the rubbish bin once I've gone.     But in the meantime I enjoy discussing the merits of these Dinky Toys with cyber friends from all corners of the globe.

 

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