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Restore Dinky 23D

by Mike Foote, a regular contributor to diecast.plus.com.

Restoration of Dinky 23d Auto Union

This is the restoration of a model that I had as a child of about 12 years old, in about 1954. It was one of a few that I used for the game of “playground racing”, at school, where we used to push the car as hard as possible with the thumb, to see how far it would go! I modified it to have stabiliser bars to prevent it turning over, hence the notches in the body, most of the base plate was missing and the paintwork was in a bad state. There was no driver, although the slot for mounting one, was in the casting. I think this was an early post-war model, as it had ridged hub wheels. From information that I have read, it seems unclear if post-war model had a driver or not. To try to make it authentic, I manufactured a driver from aluminium and also fabricated the base plate using the small remaining original piece and manufacturing the sump/gearbox/axle details, again from aluminium, bonded to a steel plate, soldered to the original piece, which had the “Dinky Toys” marking.

Dinky 25A
The original model.
Dinky 25A
The original model.
Dinky 25A
The components after stripping and priming.
Dinky 25A
The components after final painting
Dinky 25A
The new baseplate and driver.
Dinky 25A
This is the finished model.
Dinky 25A
This is the finished model.

Thanks to Mike Foote for contributing this article. Feb 2014.