The reason for this is not clear and it may have been that these were not true representations of particular aircraft types, but there were rumours that some models of aircraft and ships were disguised so that enemy agents would not be able to recognise allied aircraft and shipping from the Dinky Toys models.
This was of particular importance in the production of French Dinky models due to the political friction in Europe before the war and the fact that France was occupied by the Axis forces during hostilities.
About this same time, several models were also made and marketed in France.
Liveries of well known companies began to decorate the commercial vehicles.
Dinky Toys was the brand name for die-cast Mazak zinc alloy miniature vehicles produced by Meccano Ltd. These accessories were first called "Hornby Modelled Miniatures", but in the April 1934 issue of Meccano Magazine they were given the name "Meccano Dinky Toys" for the first time (Meccano Magazine 1934 p.
They were made in England from 1934 to 1979, at a factory in Binns Road in Liverpool. The company later moved into model railroading with their first O gauge clockwork trains appearing in 1920 (Ellis 2009, p. In the early 1930s, Meccano had made many types of tin plate and other metal cars, like its Morgan and BSA three-wheelers, mostly in kit form (Interesting 1934, pp. In 1933 Meccano Ltd issued a series of railway and trackside accessories to complement their O scale (1/45) Hornby Trains model train sets (Force 1988, p. 332) in August 1935, the name Meccano was dropped and the marque became DINKY TOYS until 1971 (Encyclopédie Dinky Toys).
Series 30 included: In 1938, a new Series 36 was introduced.
Most of these models were also made after World War II up to 1948.
Mirroring the aircraft range, both civilian and military ships were issued, and again, some were disguised.
Another version is when one of Frank's daughters-in-law first saw the models, she called them "dinky", a Scottish word meaning neat or fine.
In the mid-1930s, then, six vehicles were introduced (designated 22a through f), including a sports car, a sports coupe, a truck, a delivery van, a farm tractor, and a tank. Soon after, the first Dinky model car available individually was numbered 23 – a sports car based on the MG Magic Midget. Some smaller vehicles were also produced alongside model track workers, passengers, station staff and other O scale track side accessories (Meccano Dinky 1934 p. All of these early cars were inaccurate representations and had die-cast metal bodies, chassis and wheels with rubber tyres.
Both civilian and military aircraft were subjects for the Dinky Toys modellers, and the model of the Spitfire was also sold in a special presentation box between 19 as part of The Spitfire Fund in order to raise money for the supply of a real Spitfire to the Royal Air Force.
Some models were clearly identified whereas others re-issued in 1945 had generic names such as Heavy Bomber (66a) and Two Seater Fighter (66c).