Welcome to another Forty 3rd series where we look at models within the 1/43 and lower. Here is a vintage Dinky model based on a British truck called Austin.

This is the Army Water Tanker #643 by Dinky. It was introduced between 1958 - 1964 and was issued both with and without windows. This model is an earlier released and also comes with a driver.

The Austin Motor Company Limited was an English manufacturer of motor vehicles, founded in 1905 by Herbert Austin. In 1952 it was merged with Morris Motors Limited in the new holding company British Motor Corporation (BMC) Limited, keeping its separate identity.

This model was introduced during Dinky’s growing range of military models.

Ok let’s check what this guy is capable of.

There are no opening parts. It rolls nicely but not as smooth as a Hot Wheels car. The model is mostly made with metal. It does come with a removal spare so you can pretend to be changing a tire. Of course this is where most models being sold in auction sites may have this piece missing.

I would rate this as 4.25 out of 5 for play value as it does not have any added features except the removal spare but could probably withstand rough handling. The detail is nice for a toy so it gets 4.5.

Here is a Meccano magazine with the picture of the Water Tanker.

photo borrowed from internet
photo borrowed from internet

Here’s a 1:1.