This model was first published in the 1954 No. 7/8.
manual it is another in the series of models based on Dinky
Toys. The original Dinky Toy (shown on the left) was introduced
towards the end of
1951 without any announcement in the Meccano Magazine, this was rather
surprising as there were very few new products from Binns Road
that year because of shortages of material due to the Korean war. New
Dinky models were usually announced on the Dinky Toy
page. The Dinky model at that time came in yellow or dark blue the actual
F1 taxi on which it was based were nearly always black perhaps the
yellow was to
appeal to the American market. I built the model
using 1964 -1970 silver and yellow Meccano parts, the non matching
plates are more
recent plastic ones. The model was easy to build with no problemsI think its a rather neat model
and well proportioned.
The beautifully restored Austin F1 taxi but without the open luggage compartment is shown on the right and dates from
1955. I took this picture at Kidderminster Station at the Seven Valley
Railway 1960s Gala on February 18 2006.
The black and white scan below is from the 1954 Meccano 7/8 instruction book. At that time the parts would have been in red and green and the model could have been built from the number 7 set.
Last Revised May 04 2015