About Dinky

Diecast
Nearly all Dinky Toys were diecast, although a few early models and some accessories were made of tinplate or had tinplate parts to them. A mould would be created in the shape of the model then Mazak, a zinc based alloy, was poured in.

The composition of the Mazak in early models proved to be inferior and many of these crumbled with age. Today these models are extremely rare and good examples fetch high prices.

Some models were produced in tinplate
   
Some accessories were tinplate

Prewar models suffer from fatigue

Postwar models used improved casting techniques
Pre-war models tend to suffer badly from
fatigue due to the poor diecast composition
 After the war new casting methods were  introduced which overcame the problem.

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