another perfectly good motorcycle ruined.......

Friday, 15 May 2020

Tin Plate Toys

Here’s a few photos of my small collection of tin plate motorcycles that I have collected over the years. I just find them really charming, they are not well detailed like the Minichamps or Paul’s Models items but I find that this adds to the appeal for me.
    They are mostly replicas of the toys that were originally manufactured in Germany after the Second World War but I think that most of these, with the exception of the 93 racer bike which was made in India, are of Far East origin.
    The models are a combination of ‘friction’ and wind-up items, the friction models you just rub on the ground to make them move and the wind-up models are clockwork with a small detachable key, the 93 racer is quite interesting as the rider bobs up and down under the fairing screen as the model goes forward!


  1. Thanks for sharing. Most of my co-workers and friends don't get why an old guy can get so excited by toys like these. Hard to explain, but everyday life just dissolves away when I'm studying (not playing with) my collection.

  2. I agree, I find them charming and a lovely thing to own, a lot of people wouldn’t understand it I guess but each to their own, I’ve long gotten over what people think about me anyway!
    I think more of us ‘oldies’ would be more interested in them than today’s kids anyway, I suppose that calling them ‘toys’ does the models a disservice and many of the repro’s are marketed as collectibles anyway, besides, I’m not sure about letting a child play with them anyway, some of the finishing leaves a lot to be desired as the edges are razor sharp.
    Keep on collecting and enjoying your bikes OMD, regards, Tim

  3. My dad has a huge box of Dinky toys, that he'd never let me or my brother near without close supervision. I find myself doing the same when the boy starts eyeing up certain Lego models, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree as they say.

  4. Hello Jan, I’m with your dad on this one! Don’t let those pesky kids near your toys! My boy Jack is now custodian to all my old stuff, his sister Jess is more astute as she’s keeping a beady eye on my record collection. It’s really interesting, everything is available through Apple Music with the click of a button, yep, I subscribe but tend to use it as a ‘sampler’ I much prefer the whole vinyl experience, the feel, smell and actually owning something rare and real is what it’s all about for me, I love tracking down rare soul and spend many happy hours on Discogs, analogue versus digital I suppose, if you compare it to bikes it’s like the 790 Duke, brilliant electronics package, launch control, slipper clutch, quick shifter, lean sensitive blah, blah, then there’s the Gixxer, no abs, no fuel injection no nothing, just sheer riding experience and involvement, at the end of the day that’s why we are boys..........