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loads of fun A yet further variant, seen here, Dinky inky Toys Ford D800 Snow Plough and Tipper Truck ck [No. 439] features light metallic blue cab, lightt blue back and grey snow plough blade.

When Dinky Toys started selling its Ford D800 Snow Plough and Tipper Truck [No. 439] in blister packs, the most commonly seen version is finished as seen here, with orange cab and back and a chrome yellow snow plough blade.

Another variant of the blister packed ke Dinky Toys Ford D800 Snow Plough and Tipper Truck [No.439] comes with metallic blue cab, light blue back and yellow snow plough blade.

Dinky Toys Aveling-Barford Cen Centaur C enntau t r Dump Truck [No. 924]. To operate the simulated hydraulic tippingg action, you press a silver handle on the near side of the cab; this releases the spring i loaded l d d mechani mechanism h ism andd tips i the h body. b d

“Dinky issued a caution against this, including a note in the box that warned: “Do not put face close to model when operating spring tipping mechanism. Code No.151924” plastic interior. The back was in orange and the chassis and wheels in silver. Fitted to the front of the cab was a yellow snow plough blade which could be raised and lowered. The snow plough blade was the one that had originally been used on the earlier Guy Warrior Snow Plough [No. 958]. Some issues came with white plastic wheels and were sold in the later illustrated white and yellow card end-flap boxes. The next releases came in the blister packs that had

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been introduced during 1973; Dinky changed the colour fi nish for these models and they are most commonly seen with an orange cab and back with a chrome yellow snow plough blade. There are, however, variations to be found, too. One comes with a metallic blue cab, light blue back and a lemon yellow snow plough blade; another features a light metallic blue cab, light blue back and a grey snow plough blade. All retained the silver chassis and wheels.

The model was fi nally deleted from the range in 1978.

Aveling-Barford Centaur Dump Truck The Aveling-Barford Centaur Dump Truck [No. 924] was fi rst seen in the 1973 Dinky Toys catalogue and the April 1973 Meccano Magazine and it has to be one of the biggest Dinky Toys ever produced. It has red front body work with a left hand drive cab fitted with a white plastic interior and windows. The dumper body is

in yellow and it has ‘AvelingBarford’ labels on each side. There is a silver chassis, which is fitted with red plastic wheels and large treaded tyres that are double for the rear wheels. The box for the model describes a “simulated HYDRAULIC TIPPING action”. To operate the dumper body, therefore, you press a silver handle on the near side of the cab. This releases the spring loaded mechanism and tips the body, which happens at great speed, I must add. In

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