the Hubley DOX

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Re: the Hubley DOX

Postby bstewart9 » Mon Jan 31, 2011 3:09 am

Yes, I noticed the difference in the rotor as well.

What are the dimensions of the blue one?

Mine is 4" long with a wing span of 3.5".
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Re: the Hubley DOX

Postby alas » Mon Jan 31, 2011 7:57 am

the source was ebay, most likely...
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Re: the Hubley DOX

Postby grwebster » Wed Feb 02, 2011 7:48 am

another classic auttogiro toy is the British Dinky Toy from 1934 It came first in a boxed set no.60.
the french Dinky toy firm also made them.
Here is an excerpt from my book due out soon

The Cierva Autogiro C.30 aircraft was the most successful version of many earlier autogiro designs by Juan de la Cierva. It was considered a technological marvel providing extremely short takeoff and landing performance. 78 examples were built in Great Britain under license by Avro and used both as a private aircraft before the War and in RAF service.
Cierva Autogiro No. 60f. Scale 1/122. 1934-1941 {See Autogire, No. 60F.}
The Autogiro was announced in the Meccano Magazine June 1934. The casting is a fairly good representation of the actual aircraft. It was modified after 1936 to include a pilot figure. Inexplicably, a similar casting of the same aircraft was issued by the French Dinky Toy firm as No. 60F Autogire De La Cierva. Due to its small size no details were added to the castings and there is no way to confirm which factory produced the toys. Differences can be noted in the size of the cockpit openings, tail wheel, and engine cowl length but Dinky Toy expert Sue Richardson dismisses this as the result of tooling maintenance over the years. She believed that the British autogiros were all gold with blue trim and rotor. Others are not so sure. John Beugels, who has studied this issue with original castings with unquestioned provenance, and has come to three main conclusions: 1- the British variants all used the common flat headed British household pin for the main rotor until 1938 while the French always used a different, larger diameter domed type, and this might be the only way to differentiate between the two; 2- Based on this he is able to confirm that many other colorful Autogiros besides the gold and blue variant were issued from the Binns Road, Liverpool factory; 3- John now believes there were two different molds used by this factory and points to the differences in the tooling’s injection ports as proof. This could well explain the differences with the cockpit openings, tail wheels, and engine cowl lengths found on these Autogiros.
It was not issued after the war.
Army Cooperation Autogiro No. 66f. Scale 1/122. 1940-1941. In 1940 the only the British casting of the Autogiro was finished in silver grey with RAF roundels. Unfortunately it did not receive a camouflage finish.
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