Date: Fri, 13 Dec 2002 11:42:00 +0100 (CET)
Subject: Dinky Toys

Dear friend
I made the pictures of the book with flashs, and i am a collector since my childhood. I collect very few the models of our days. i hope you enjoyed the book, and i say a big hello to Argentina, a country i love since i
have been there in 1992 to meet Juan Manuel Fangio in Balcarce for a serie of interviews.
Very truly yours
Dominique Pascal









Data: Sat, 14 Dec 2002 14:14:52 +0100
Oggetto: RE: Dinky Toys

Dear Dominique Pascal
My sincerely apologize because I am not a french speaking.

Thankyou for your explanation and I realize now that the book was inpired onto your own Dinky collection which it becomes much more valuable.
I really appreciate your concepts about our country. Its very nice to know you have been here visiting and interviewing the five times Formula 1 champion
JMFangio. Best of Argentina is not on the capital but on the interland.

I will insert this letter on the visitors chapter of my site. You will see this soon. I have inserted the imagine of the First Page of your book on my site. Just in case you want to see it is at:

I would like to wish you the best on future endeavours and gratulate your contribution to the comunity of the modell collectors with such a nice craftwork.
I would be very happy to contribute in any form on a future trip again to Argentina.

Best Regards

Hector Luis Spinelli

Data: Sun, 10 Nov 2002 12:15:49 -0500
Oggetto: Restoring Dinky Toys

Dear Sir,
I have several Dinky toy cars, all well used and in need of restoring. Some have been painted but poorly.I shall appreciate learning about your methods, particularly regarding:

What paints do you use?, (Ive not had much sucess with aerosol paints).
How do you re-attached baseplates?
Do you have a method for restoring/polishing or re-creating plastic windows?
Do you have a source for obtaining original, or close to original decals.?
Your entire procedure and any pertinent advice you can offer.

Sincerely, George.


To: <>
Subject: Dinky Toys Serie 25 Caja de Varios
Date: Sat, 21 Sep 2002 20:48:29 -0300

Hola Héctor:

Buscando info acerca de cajas de Dinky Toys serie 25 di con tu sitio.
Muy buena la info que presentas. Dado que no encontré lo que busco que es una imagen de la ilustración de la tapa de esa caja te molesto para consultarte si la tienes o sabes donde buscarla. Entiendo que es similar a la de la serie 24 que se usó como cubierta para el libro Collecting Dinky Toys (que no tengo).
Te agradezco cualquier dato.


Roberto Werner
Buenos Aires



Data: Sun, 13 Oct 2002 20:18:35 +0200
A: <>
Oggetto: visite your web site

Dear sir
congratuletions whit your beautiful site , y am also a dinky collector. When you need som information from Belgium Dinky collectors will help you .
Louis Vits



Data: Tue, 24 Sep 2002 09:49:34 +0100
A: <>
Oggetto: Dinky restoration

Hi Hector
just visited your website and found it very interesting
I have just acquired 2 Dinky's that need restoring : 25h Fire engine & 157 Jaguar XK 120
your Jag looks excellent by the way you did a great job there
If you have time would you kindly let me know what equipment I might need and how you strip of the paint and break the model apart

hope you can help me

kind regards

ps I live in the U.K


Date: Tue, 17 Sep 2002 15:38:24 -0700
Subject: ?New tires?

I hope you can help as my friend has 8 cars that have no tires and was
hoping to find a source, or how to make new ones.
If you have this information , can you help???

Thank you.. Joe


Data: Fri, 19 Jul 2002 19:59:41 -0700
A: <>
cc: <>
Oggetto: collecting military models.

Hi, i,m only new at collecting , my intrest is in military diecast from around the world . at present hand painting ww2 plastic soliders ,german, australian, british and japnese. if you have any from your country for sale please let me know prices.

yours sincerely

Ken clarke.

ps. tanks ,field pieces trucks scout cars.


Data: Tue, 16 Jul 2002 09:59:13 -0700
Oggetto: Dinky Toys

Hi Hector:

Have just found your web site of Dinky Toys and am VERY impressed! They are wonderful. Do you repaint and recondition them yourself?

I live in Canada and have been collecting Dinky Toys for years and I enjoy repainting them myself for my own pleasure.

Just thought I would let you know you have a great web site.

Jim Coulthard



Data: Tue, 16 Jul 2002 10:04:27 +0200
A: <>
Oggetto: dinky toys

Dear sir,

We have several Dinky toys which we want to sell. Can you give us a price which these Dinky toys are worth. Several people did an offer but we don’t know how much we can ask for these toys. We also put a list of the toys we have in this mail.

Dinky Toys, Made in England, Meccano Ltd.

- 1 Tank

- 1 Jaguar (157)

- 1 aveling-barford

- 1 truck (foden)

- 1 Four-Berth caravan

- 1 Army Truck 10 ton (622)

- 1 Leyland Octopus (Dinky Supertoys)

- 1 Commer

- 2 aanhangers

- 1 truck guy (513, Dinky Supertoys)

- 1 Big Bedford (Dinky Supertoys)

- 1 truck (number 420)

- 1 landrover

- 1 fire engine (955, Dinky Supertoys)

- 1 Thornycroft Mighty Antar (Dinky Supertoys) & 1 Tank Transporter (Dinky Supertoys)

- 1 Guy Warrior car transporter ‘Matchbox series King Size K-8

- 1 Tekno transporter ‘PHILIPS’, Made in Denmark

If possible we want a price in Euro’s.

Waiting your reaction,

Kind regards,

Fam. M. Kraan



Data: Thu, 1 Nov 2001 16:30:25 -0800
A: <>
Oggetto: RE: Inquery for info

Thanks very much, Hector.
I have corrected the faulty link. I should mention that the vintage Dinky
offered to us cannot be found on our website because it comes in so rarely.
If you have a wants list I would be happy to refer to it whenever pieces are offered to us.

Jason Hamilton
Wilkinson's Automobilia


From: []
Sent: 11 December 2001 23:23
To: David Kerr
Subject: RE: DINKY

Hello DAvid
We?ve just inserted your site on our links. Visit my site and verify it.
would you please insert mine into yours ?
Do not forget to insert photos. They are deeply and strong reccommended.
Best regards
Hector Luis Spinelli
Buenos Aires

Data: Thu, 13 Dec 2001 13:13:54 -0000
A: "''" <>
Oggetto: RE: DINKY


David Kerr
David Kerr Toys





Date: Wed, 8 Jan 2003 13:14:45 +0000

Hello Hector,

I have just had a look at you great site.

Please add to your links page.

Best regards.


Alan Latham Ltd
Canterbury Collectables
166 Ashford Road
Kent CT1 3XT
Tel 44 1227 787967
fax 44 1227 780843
Data: Wed, 8 Jan 2003 18:00:00 +0100
Oggetto: RE:

Dear Alan
Thankyou very much for your concepts.

We will include your address within the links list of my site.

By the way would be interested to buy from me two dinkys.
One is Triumph 1800 Saloon 40D
other is Morris Oxford 40G
price would be U$ 20 each plus aipost parcel to your charge.

Please advise

Best regards

Hector Luis Spinelli
Dinky Mania
Buenos Aires- Argentina


To: <>
Subject: Dinky surgery
Date: Sun, 19 Jan 2003 14:08:42 +0100

Holà Hector!
I am fond of old metal toys especially Dinky Toys. I used to play for hours with my fathers and uncles Dinkys when we visited our grandmother, but sadly she threw them away one day when she moved in a flat. But i still love her...
Now I have the project to search exactly the same models and built them up again. My idea is to buy objects in optical bad condition so that I can spend hours again with restauring them. My question to the expert; does a market of old battered models of late 40s to late 50s (especially camions out of the Swiss or English catalogues) exist, and if, on which sites.
Thanks alot!
Daniel Bianchi



Data: Mon, 20 Jan 2003 23:09:31 +0100
Oggetto: RE: Dinky surgery

Hola Daniel:
Gracias for your mail.

In fact all of us who loves Dinky really enjoy when watching catalogues, Internet, swaping, shopes and/or buying from somebody.

There are available excellent and professional restorers, spare parts, catalogues and accesories. Prices of chipped units in a good shape can be perfectly restored. ( See on my site) Later on the models can be lefted on the shelves
for permanent fun when seeing them.

Let me know if I can be anything to help you.

Best regards

Hector Luis Spinelli
Buenos Aires




Subject: nr 972
Date: Tue, 21 Jan 2003 18:20:29 +0000

Hello Hector!

Thank you for your e-mail. I went surfing in the internet and I already found one Item, the nr 972 "coles 20ton crane" from a british collector.

This one doesnt need any restoration but there are many other models which are verry nice and need repaint!
By the way, what is the best way to remove the old (chipped) paint from the carbody in your opinion? I thaught of sand-based abrasion, but I am afraid that this could affect the carbody.

Best regards,






Data: Wed, 22 Jan 2003 13:04:10 +0100
Oggetto: RE: nr 972

Hello DAniel
I strong reccomend you to visit the following sites for restoration

this the one which describes perfectly how to do it

this other offer the service with other description about the steps

I do not recomend the sand process.
It can destroy the surface unable to be restored later on. Prefered the chemical submerged process.

Let me know about your steps

By the way from where you are coming on ?



Subject: Publication
Date: Fri, 24 Jan 2003 14:10:39 +0000 (WET)

Viva Hector

No seu site vi uma referencia à publicação "auto miniatura"
sobre Dinky Models. Gostava que me informasse o nome da
publicação, autor e editor para ver se consigo encontar e se
tem fotografias dos modelos ou só texto. :-)
Carlos M. da Gama











Data: Sat, 25 Jan 2003 00:30:02 +0100
Oggetto: RE: Publication-Resposta

Caro Senhor DA Gama
Muito obrigado pela sua carta e os seus conceitos contidos nela.

Com muito prazer detalho-lhe o nome do livro. O mesmo foi escrito em Italiano e Frances. AUTO IN MINIATURA.O nome do autor e DOMINIQUE PASCAL. Ele tambem
foi editado em frances e seu nome ¨LA FOLIE DES AUTOS MINIATURES¨.
Si voce da uma olhada nas referecas postais do meu site voce podera ver que eu tive um intercambio parabenizando-lhe ao mesmo Dominique.
O libro tem muitas fotografias muito boas. Mas o que chamou a minha atencao foi que a colecao e propria do Dominique.
Meu filho mora na Italia e me trouxe o libro comprado na Italia.

Eu tive o grande prazer de morar no Brasil 6 anos e por isto que posó-me arranjar um poquinho em portunhol.

Favor nao duvide em me escriver assim que ter alguma duvida ou precisar de mim para alguma coisa. Eu terei muito prazer em ajuda-lho Eu fico as suas ordens.

saludo-lhe atenciosamente enviando-lhe um abraco da America do Sul.

Hector Luis Spinelli
BUenos Aires

Subject: model of green godess fire engine
Date: Mon, 03 Feb 2003 15:17:05 +0100

hello, my name is mike and i am a keen model car collector and after speanding hours on the internet look i can not find a modle of the british bedford fire engine used by the army aka 'green godess' maybe you have one or there is a chance that you know where i can buy one to? please mail me back waiting in antisapation







Data: Thu, 6 Feb 2003 02:40:52 +0100
Oggetto: RE: model of green godess fire engine

Hello MIke
Thankyou very much for your mail!!
I have checked on the catalogues.
I believe you mean the code number 259 Fire engine with letters FIRE BRIGADE on both sides.
See attached picture. You can buy one at Keith Harvie U$S 85.-
There is another number 412H Bedford AA Fire Engine. I cant find it.

Have fun collecting Dinky Toys !!

Best Regards

Hector Luis Spinelli

Date: Tue, 04 Feb 2003 13:41:06 -0800
Subject: Dinky Toys

Hola' Hector:

Greetings from the West Coast of Canada.
What a pleasure it was to find your site and see another's passion for the toys. I restore mine as well as that is the most satisfying part of it.
to see the toy on the shelf and looking at the before and after pictures.
If I can get good condition toys at a fair price I do so, but I love to restore them. You can see my toys at my site and follow the links to Dinky Toys. I also have some Corgi and collect ambulances and Mini Coopers
as well.
After dis-assembling the toy I use a low air pressure glass bead cabinet for stripping as I found chemical too messy. I then putty in any cracks with JB Weld epoxy steel and rebuild any missing window uprights or body damage with extra material I have from totally junked toys. I have a local source for replacement parts and I use Model Master paints with a Testor air brush sprayer. I have to mix the paints to get as close to original as I can and that is the biggest challenge. To re-attach the base plates I tap out the stem to 4-40 thread and use a 1/4 round head hex drive screw to fasten it back on. Looks not bad. Recently I have been experimenting with using JB Weld epoxy to form rivet heads and shape them after hardening. both methods are cheap and easy. I hope to get a picture directory of step by step instructions on my site soon. However I am always willing to try new methods developed by other collector / restorers.

I shall be checking back with your site from time to time. Best wishes to you and your family. I remain:
Cameron Bailey

Data: Thu, 6 Feb 2003 02:57:07 +0100
Oggetto: RE: Dinky Toys++Reply x Dinky Toys

Hello Cameron !!!

Thankyou very much for your nice concepts.

I have visited and enjoyed very much your site. I can imagine How much you will enjoy restoring YOURSELF Dinkys. I have restored most of them but not with my proper hands. I really feel I wont how to do. I like to have them in good conditions. I am only a collector and the restoring have been performed by third parties.
The Master from Holland has performed five units at excellent final product.
I strong recomend his work. You can see by yourself on my site. Others with local restores (Dinky lovers)
Mind this. I have played when I was 8. I have played,painted, put my feets over them..submerged on the water, burned and other tortures.
I visited very nice shops in UK !! ( with high prices in GBP) but Mint conditions.

You make me think to have a DAta bank with Dinky pieces for anybody who wants to restore as you are. Other good is Aaron Recoveries.

I see the Foden you bought for 15 dollars. There are here any but you must pay between 30 or 40 dollars. Only for restoring.

Keep contacted: let me know about your progress in restoring and other events.
In Australia for $20. yearly they send you a Newsletter in paper about activities meetings, swaping etc.

Have Fun collecting Dinky Toys !!

Best Regards

Hector Luis Spinelli
BUenos Aires ARgentina

P.S. I forget to tell you I agree with you the base plate is the worst.
Anyway the Maestro from HOlland explain carefully on his site how to do it. I remark the ones he restored become perfect. I can send you a down picture if you want.


To: <>
Subject: Restoration
Date: Mon, 3 Feb 2003 21:48:01 +0100

Hi Hector,

Nice cars at your website.

Tell me, how did you solve the problem with the restoration of the axes, how did you get the ends in the original way?
best regards,

Klaas Knies
The Netherlands






Data: Fri, 7 Feb 2003 02:24:21 +0100
Oggetto: RE: Restoration

Dear Nicolaas:
Thankyou very much indeed for your kind mail.

I am really sorry I cant help you in this way. All the restorations I made were performed by third parties.

Several I sent to Amstelveen to the trustable hands or Peter Van der Krajt or the Maestro. You can find his address at my site.
Other nice people are from Aaeron Dinky Recoveries.
Other restorations were made for local restores Dinky lovers too.

Please dont hesitate to contact me in any other way.

Best Regards

Hector LUis Spinelli

To: <>
Subject: Dinky Toys restoration...
Date: Sat, 8 Feb 2003 12:12:07 +0100

Hello Hector,

I'm a Dinky collector from Belgium, I buy a lot of old Dinky on EBay UK & USA... wrecks to restore...>

I'm mainly interested by the post war english ones...
I've restored since now :
the 6 models of the 39 range
the 6 models of the 38 range
I finish the 40 range too... I'm waiting for the Triumph 1800 & the Taxi...
I've some american cars from the early fifties to the early sixties too...

Take a look at my Dinky site (new)...

I have two other sites :
this one is dedicated to my diecasts collection, Citroën cars, Minicars & big american cruisers...

The last one is dedicated to my blues band where I sing & play guitar...

Sorry for my ''poor'' english, and thank you for your interest...






Data: Sat, 8 Feb 2003 18:38:05 +0100
Oggetto: RE: Dinky Toys restoration...

Hi Teddy Maricq
Thankyou very much for your message.

I visited all your three sites.

I have deeeply enjoyed your Dinky Toys site. As you see I lek DT. Specially to those who retore and revive the old toy feeling from the 50s.

I just keep my toys from the 50s. I have destroyed them, put my feet over them. When 8 years old I tryed in a very poor manner to paint them with disastrous results. You can see some units before restoration. Those ones were originals. Some models would be worth to be in your gallery of horrors as you very original denominated it.

I enjoyed your fine restoration art. Congratulations. Its difficult today to find DToys. There are very few in my country. The Mints are in England.
Of course a very high prices. The wrecks are here. I bought sone week ago the 40a Riley I paid 18 euros.
Some times I use to buy someone. I like very much the trucks. I am looking for Guys 513 Flat and flat with tailboard. I you see any in good price let me know.

I will insert your address on the links area of my site. Would you mind to insert mine in your site ? My site was prepared for a good italian friend Giancarlo who is a great Dinky collector too !!

Keep in touch. Let me know from time to time once you prepared any new or restored one more.

Best Regards to you from

Hector LUis Spinelli

Data: Sat, 8 Feb 2003 21:07:08 +0100
Oggetto: DinkyMania

Hello there !
Another ¨¨Dinkyaddict¨¨ give me your address.

Its very important to know´pleaces like yours. I use to receive severals
requierements for addresses who sells pieces and parts for Dinkys.

Restoring of Dinky is becoming a sort of fever !!

Take a look on my site.

I would like to insert your address on the links area of my site if you

Please advise.

Best Regards

Hector Luis Spinelli

To: <>
Subject: Re: DinkyMania
Date: Sun, 9 Feb 2003 11:01:11 +0100

Nice site. Yes, you can add my address to your links .












Subject: Coleccion Dinky Toys
Date: Sat, 08 Feb 2003 21:39:43 -0500

Buenas Hector:

Soy un coleccionista peruano radicado en USA. Vi su coleccion en el internet y me parece que ha hecho un buen trabjo reparando sus modelos. Yo colecciono tambien Dinkys, pero la mayoria tienen el acabado original, aunque sea con la pintura imperfecta. Tengo una pregunta: Se que en Argentina hubo una oficina de Meccano que distribuia juguetes en sudamerica. Desde cuando se empezo la distribucion de Dinky toys? Usted recuerda si habia modelos de la pre-guerra en venta en Bs. As.?
Le deseo exito en su sitio virtual.
Muchos saludos y espero su pronta respuesta.
Jose Heraud.










Data: Sun, 9 Feb 2003 12:48:17 +0100
Oggetto: RE: Coleccion Dinky Toys

Estimado Jose
Muchas gracias por su carta.

No puedo responderle exactamente la fecha en que Meccano Ltd comenzo a distribuir en Argentina.

Pero si fue muy fuerte despues de la guerra. Argentina exportaba fuertemente y en particular durante la guerra. Este hecho permitió un enorme ingreso de manufacturas no solo de juguetes sino de toda índole. La caravana de colleccionistas de todo el mundo en particular de Europa que han venido incesantemente a la Argentina en los ultimos tiempos en enorme. En particular ahora despues de la devaluación del peso.

Volviendo a nuestro hobby los Dinky Toys se consiguen aunque muy pero muy pocos de preguerra. Esto quiere decir que anteriormente a la misma ya entraban.
TEngo como averiguarlo mas en profundidad si le interesa saberlo. Mis Dinkys los tengo desde que tenia 8 años. Jugue con ellos y los conserve durante 40 años hasta que vi el enorme entusiasmo mundial que tenian a comienzos de los 90. Como usted vera en Internet es muy creciente. Le recomiendo ir a e-bay si quiere ver cientos de Dinkys a la venta.

un gran saludo y no dude en escribirme cuando necesite alguna indicación u orientación.

Have fun collecting Dinky !!

Hector Luis Spinelli

Subject: Coleccion Dinky Toys
Date: Sat, 08 Feb 2003 21:39:43 -0500

Buenas Hector:

Soy un coleccionista peruano radicado en USA. Vi su coleccion en el internet y me parece que ha hecho un buen trabjo reparando sus modelos. Yo colecciono tambien Dinkys, pero la mayoria tienen el acabado original, aunque sea con la pintura imperfecta.

Tengo una pregunta: Se que en Argentina hubo una oficina de Meccano que distribuia juguetes en sudamerica. Desde cuando se empezo la distribucion de Dinky toys? Usted recuerda si habia modelos de la pre-guerra en venta en Bs. As.?
Le deseo exito en su sitio virtual.
Muchos saludos y espero su pronta respuesta.
Jose Heraud



Data: Mon, 10 Feb 2003 13:01:36 +0100
Oggetto: RE: Coleccion Dinky Toys++Segunda respuesta

Hola Jose
Bueno he averiguado acerca del taller de Meccano.
Hubo solamente un importador de los productos Meccano. Pero la onda importante de los productos de Meccano viene despues de la guerra. O sean los trenes Hornby Dublo a cuerda y electricos ( al final), Dinky Toys estos hasta despues de los 60s.
Una de las grandes tiendas que los vendia hoy cerrada fue Harrods. El resto otras grandes jugueterias que no querrian perderse el margen.
Con respecto a los valores usted tiene razon. NO eran baratos. No estaban al alcance de cualquiera. Era como una especie de elite por llamarlo de alguna manera.

Bueno basta por hoy un cordial saludo de

Hector LUis Spinelli

To: "Hector Luis Dinky" <>
Subject: Streamlined bus...
Date: Tue, 11 Feb 2003 08:57:01 +0100

Hi Hector luis,

Here is a e-mail from Teddy ...
I hope you've find some Dinkies on eBay...
I've just finished to restore an old Streamlined bus (see pict.)

It was in very bad conditions, no colours on it ... but nothing broken.

Can you tell me if it's a pre or post war model ?

Thank you for infos about it.

Friendly your,

Look at my sites :

Data: Tue, 11 Feb 2003 13:28:28 +0100
Oggetto: 29b-Streamlinedbus++

Hello Teddy
Very nice your restoration !! its fine

This unit the 29b was issued in two versions
1935-1940 prewar with OPEN rear window
1948-1950 aterwar without rear window
casting in 10 different colour combinations

I hope this will serve for you.

Best regards and keep plugged



From: []
Sent: Wednesday, 12 February 2003 1:47 a.m.
Subject: Contact

Dear Gentlemen:
I got this address through e bay

In particular was amazing to discover (lately) the catalogue of Argentina you had to sell. How did you get it ? 1939 wow
Im not a merchant but a Dinky Collector you can visit my siteb
I would like to know if you have a internet site to visit or information about your shop.

Best Regards

Hector Luis Spinelli
To: <>
Subject: RE: Contact
Date: Wed, 12 Feb 2003 11:21:08 +1300

Hi Hector
Argentine catalog came for the Bruce Baxter estate collection ~ the most famous NZ Meccano historian who died some years ago. He traded with collectors around the world to gather his collection.
Sorry no shop or website. Have been selling mail order for the past dozen or so years. Used to do a catalogue, now just Internet auctions.
Plenty of interesting Dinky literature to come from the Baxter
collection soon,

Cheers Nigel Boyle
Data: Wed, 12 Feb 2003 15:53:39 +0100
Oggetto: RE: Contact+++Reply

Dear Nigel:
Thankyou very much for your kind reply.

Very interesting your story I appreciate that.

I never herd about Baxter Collection. Anyway I will be expectant for the interesting things you mention and it will inserted on the e bay soon.

Best regards

Hector Luis spinelli


To: <>
Subject: modellini
Date: Sat, 15 Feb 2003 20:16:46 +0100

Ricerco modellini scala 1/24 semirimorchio ribaltabile posteriore.
Attendo risposta cordiali saluti






Data: Sun, 16 Feb 2003 14:28:02 +0100
Oggetto: RE: modellini++risposta

Caro Vittorio
Grazie per il tuo messaggio!!

Con grande piacere posso raccogliere informazione sul mercato locale.

Comunque gradirei ampiare un puo l´informazione del modello ricercato.
Alcuna marchia in particulare ?

Rimango in atessa della tua risposta.

un saluto cordiale

Hector Luis Spinelli

Oggetto: Visit x British Dinky Toys

Hi there

I have visited your site.
I have enjoyed so much. Your site is very fine and well designed.
Very poolite.
Just in case you agree to change links take a spy into mine


Hector Luis Spinelli

The only in Argentina

Date: Sun, 16 Feb 2003 15:14:57 +0100
Subject: Re: Visit x British Dinky Toys

Dear Hector,

Your web site has been added on Toy Mania link page. Congratulation.

Philippe Aimar




Data: Mon, 17 Feb 2003 00:45:56 +0100
Oggetto: Re: Visit x British Dinky Toys

Dear Philip
Thankyou we have already included your.
Have fun
Hector Luis Spinelli


To: "''" <>
Subject: Restoring dinkies
Date: Wed, 19 Feb 2003 19:19:15 +0100

Hi Hector,

I possess a number of dinky toys, that have to be restored. Can you tell me the way you did that? My questions are
- in what way did you remove the old paint
- how did you paint the dinkies in such a way that they seems as new?

Thanks in advance for your answer

Berry Brandt
Zevenaar, Holland











Data: Thu, 20 Feb 2003 00:39:16 +0100
Oggetto: RE: Restoring dinkies++some hints

Hello Berry
Thankyou very much for your mail.

I am deeply sorry to disappoint you. I am not a restorer. I just send my units to be restorer for the experts.
Or at least the craftmanships.

Note the the great one is very close to you in Amstelbeem. HIs name is Peter Van Der Craig. The Maestro.
He restored five units outstandingly good.
I strong recomend him.

Despite this you have to ways. Submerging them in chemical product see the site I hereby detail for you.
Or other is taking out by friction with very thin abrasive paper.
The first is most professional and the unit become absolutely clean.

The paint is the original. Aaron, Keith Harvie and others sell it. The final finishing is perfect. The sound os the dinkys when you run it sounds like brand new. Its amazing.
Local restorer use brush but Peter use Aerograph. See in the pictures they become very good.
Marron Rover, REd Foden, Blue Foden, Orange Forward Control and the Double decker bus were all restored by the same local person.
The mail van, the Rover blue and cream, Petrol tank, were restored by Peter.
I hope this will serve in any way. Please ask me for further assitance.
Have fun restoring Dinky Toys.

Hector Luis Spinelli

Date: Fri, 28 Feb 2003 06:03:06 EST


Can you give me some info on military dinky recovery vehicle whate was the dinky catalogue NO i know it started with a 6 .

It was actually made in leyland lancashire england the real one i mean . obliged ken pearson.


Data: Fri, 28 Feb 2003 16:32:57 +0100

Hello Ken
thankyou very much for your mesagge.

I will reply soon with the information later on today at night !! I have the regarding information.

Best Regards
Hector Luis Spinelli
Buenos Aires Argentina


To: <>
Subject: dinky 514 lyons swiss roll
Date: Sun, 2 Mar 2003 07:14:04 -0000>

Great website, I have the dinky 514 Lyons Swiss roll van, pics attached.

I would like an idea of what it may be worth also there is some paint (white gloss I think) on the back doors,
could you tell me how to remove the paint safely

thank you

Allegato: Van 2.jpg

Allegato: Van 1.jpg







Data: Sun, 2 Mar 2003 18:46:44 +0100
Oggetto: RE: dinky 514 lyons swiss roll+Reply

Hello David
Thankyou for your mail

Your model looks very good.

If you are aking how much it can be valued I should say rounding U$S300.-
Being original and almost Mint Box condition. Take a look on the Keith Harvie, Unique Collections or Great Finds on the Internet. There are offering this models on the range up to of GBP 300 (when MBoxed. They can buy your model.

Regarding the paint you must be very carefull with it. No to use chemical remover and besides the use of abrasives should be extremely carefull in order not to destroy the original paint on the doors.
Unfortunately I am not a restorer and cant help you. The most of my Dinkys restored were performed by thirds parties. The maestro from Holland and local restoreer here in Buenos Aires.

Do not hesitate to contact me whenever you need.

Best regards
Hector Luis Spinelli

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Subject: DINKY TOY
Date: Sun, 23 Mar 2003 18:10:30 -0600>

I recently came upon a DINKY TOY at a Estate Sale.It is approximately 4inches long.
Alittle over an inch high.
No chips or anything missing. It is red in color.
It is a Gasoline Truck with the words MOBILGAS on each side of Tank.
On the rear of the tank is the emblem of MOBIL with a picture of Pecasus in red.
The tires are rubber.
All metal.The bottom of toy it states:
>DINKY TOYS Made in ENGLAND,MECCANO LTD.It appears to model after early FORD truck.
What can you tell me about it & whats its worth?Any information would be greatly appreciated.
Thank You. ....Bill...





Data: Mon, 24 Mar 2003 02:20:29 +0100
Oggetto: RE: DINKY TOY

Hello Bill
Thankyou for your mail.
The model you speak its exactly shaped as the attached image.
The CAtalogue number is 30p-440 Stubebaker Mobilgas Tanker. lenght 110 mm.
Issued between 1954-1961 . Red body blue outlined white MOBILGAS with separate letters. Price rounding U$S 200.-
PLease advise for further.
Hector Luis Spinelli
Dinkymania+Buenos Aires+ Argentina


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