I'm very interested in the publication and production of the first Dinky Toys after the war. Meccano Magazine, the ultimate gazette of Meccano Ltd., announced in October 1945 that the plant was still on "war production". In November 1945 it was announced that the production of "familiar products" could be resumed and in December 1945 a limited supply of the smaller Meccano Outfits and a first instalment of Dinky Toys will be ready during December.
In April 1946 MM announced the introduction of the first two new DT models: Lagonda Sports Coupe. No. 38c and Jeep. No. 153a. Until January 1947 it was extended by a further six new models: "Viking" Air Liner. No. 70c; "Meteor" Twin Jet Fighter. No. 70e; "Tempest" II Fighter. No. 70b; Avro "York" Air Liner. No.70a; Jaguar Sports Car. No. 38f and Armstrong Siddeley Coupé. No. 38e. In MM of January 1947, these eight new models were presented as "Now available!".
According to Mike and Sue Richardson was the first known post-war Dinky Toys catalogue a Canadian, dated November 1945 with ref.no. 16/1145/20. I don't know if there were already new models in this catalogue, because I've never seen this catalogue. Given the print code I suspect not, but maybe there are members who have this catalogue and are willing to add an image of this catalogue.
According to Ramsay, however, there was also a simultaneous UK Meccano leaflet ref. no. 16/1145/75 list the models to be reintroduced after the War and features pictures of 23e Speed of the Wind racing car, Double Decker bus 29c, 39a Packard Super 8 Touring car, 62s Hawker Hurricane Fighter and 62p Armstrong Whitworth Air Liner. Sepia print on cream paper. These are all pre-war models who were reintroduced. We must keep in mind that it was customary for Meccano Ltd, that already before the war, Dinky Toys were included in the general Meccano product catalogues. That is sometimes forgotten. The first double-sided Meccano product leaflet after the war with Dinky Toys that I have is from May 1946 ref.no. 16/546/30, but according Vectis there is also a double-sided leaflet with Meccano Dinky Toys from March 1946 ref. no. 16/346/25. I have not yet seen this one. The popular Jeep 153a is mentioned, but is not earlier displayed in the Meccano leaflet than March 1947. I add pictures of the Meccano leaflets with new DT models that I have. I hope that others can add pictures of the missing leaflets.
Jan Oldenhuis (703)