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Double Deck Bus - 29c/290/291

 

This double-decker bus was a mainstay of the Dinky range from 1938 right through to the 1960s. During that time it went through a lot of changes while retaining the same basic casting. The main difference you will notice to the casting is the radiator grille. There are three types, two AECs and a Leyland. I will use the same definitions as the Ramsay price guide in that the Type 1 was an AEC with a central divider to the grille, a large badge and cut-away front wings. This one ran from 1938 to 1947. The Type 2 was also an AEC with a central divider, this time with a smaller triangular badge and wings cut straight across at the front, this casting was used 1949-53 and 1957-59. Type 3 is a Leyland Titan grille which has no divider and no badge but again has the straight across wings. This one was used 1948-49 and 1954-1963.

Wheels started as black smooth painted hubs, moved on to ridged painted hubs picking up the colour of the lower bodywork and the last releases had either spun hubs or plastic hubs. The colours are mostly cream upper decks over red or green lower deck -  but there are variations and advertising - where there is any is generally for Dunlop Tyres.

There are about 40 variations listed in Ramsay which cover none of the ones I had my hands on, which leads me to believe that there are many more, especially when promotional models and code 2s are taken into account. Most of them are sought after and fairly well priced - but it is hard to pick one out that stands above the others. 

Green lower deck, cream upper deck, green ridged hubs,

DUNLOP The World's Master Tyre (290), Type 3 grille

 

Red lower deck, cream upper deck, red ridged hubs, (290) Type 3 grille

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Green lower deck, grey upper deck, black ridged hubs, no adverts, Type 1 grille (29c) (1947)

 

Red lower deck, grey upper deck, black ridged hubs, no adverts, Type 1 grille (29c) (1947)

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