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EUCLID TRANSFERS I would like to oﬀer some comments and additional information on the No. 965 Euclid Rear Dump Truck in Michael Driver’s article Tipping and Dumping Dinky Toys in the August issue. The plain Euclid insignia was an incorrect assumption by Meccano, as, too, was the manner of application of this transfer. It should have been applied on both sides, with the outstretched arm pointing forward, not
above The ‘STONE-ORE_EARTH’ transfers were still applied to later glazed window versions of Dinky Supertoys Euclid Rear Dump Truck, but random factory error examples omitting them can be also be found, Bruce Hoy advises.
PUTTING PEDAL TO METAL On the Letters pages of the May edition you showed photos of, and the story behind, an Army Jeep pedal car, and you closed by asking if any other readers had pedal cars as children? I am, therefore, sending you a photo of me with my blue Cyclops (made in Australia) pedal car, which Father Christmas so kindly brought me December 1948. We travelled many miles together before I grew too big for it. I am also sending you a photo of a more recent pedal car/truck (50s-60s), which is an adjunct to my collection of Hot Wheels 1:43 and 1:18 scale models. It is in excellent
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backwards, denoting Euclid was a progressive and forward-thinking company. It would seem those on the factory ﬂoor were not given explicit instructions on how the transfer was to have been applied; although this information may have been incorporated into drawings disposed of prior to the changes made to represent the new owners, Terex, a division of General Motors. The background was corrected to red, with a notation on the drawing dated October 14, 1955. This can be conﬁ rmed by examining the quality inspection stamps, and both models with the plain and the red background insignia can be found checked in October 1955. The plain transfer was used in the weeks leading up to the release of the Euclid in early October and for the next two weeks or so, with the red insignia used from the middle of that month and onwards, with perhaps the occasional plain insignia applied to use up existing stock, Meccano, as always, being mindful of economics.
unrestored condition. Unfortunately, it is not branded, although I suspect it may be American. On another matter, pages 66-67 of the same edition show several excellent die-cast conversions by Chris Batten. His BBC van reminded me of a Dinky Toys Horsebox (No. 581/979) that I've modiﬁed using the Bedford
above John’s clever Lotus Racing Team transporter conversion pictured together with Corgi Toys' Lotus Climax.
above The plain background of the insignia transfers first applied to the Euclid was a design error on Meccano’s part and, what’s more, these transfers should have been applied to both sides of the model, with the outstretched arm pointing forward, not backwards, denoting Euclid was a progressive and forward-thinking company.
The side transfers on the vehicle’s back were originally intended to read ‘STONESAND-GRAVEL’ but this was changed on March 24, 1955 to ‘STONE-ORE-EARTH’. These transfers remained constant until the arrival of the Terex model in black or very dark blue. Michael’s mention of these wordings being deleted when the model gained glazed windows is unfortunately not correct. However, it is true that random issues can be found without the transfers on the back due to unintentional omissions by the factory.
above John Comber in the blue Cyclops (made in Australia) pedal car Father Christmas delivered on December 25, 1948.
above John’s three-in-one conversion (shown right), created by using a Jada cabin, (from its '41 Ford), an long obsolete Australian Micro van body, Dinky wheels for that period look and Dunlop decals for Dinky Toys Trojan van.
above By mid-October 1955, models with transfers correctly featuring the correct red background to the insignia began appearing.
Blackwood Hodge was the UK agent for the Euclid products and on mentioning the chrome issue to retirees of BH no one in the reunion organisation has any recollection of this version, but some do conﬁ rm that workers were presented with a normal issue of the Dinky Euclid model just before it went on sale. BRUCE HOY QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA Thanks, Bruce. I look forward to featuring the fascinating Euclid focused feature you’ve sent me in a future issue of MC. Ed.
above John today with a 1950s/60s pedal car (or, more accurately, truck) recently added to his collection. We believe this was probably manufactured by either Gearbox or the Burns Novelty Co. (USA).
front from Dinky Toys Turntable Fire Escape (No. 956), converting the whole van to simulate the Lotus Racing Team transporter. The other photos show my three-in-one conversion using