Below is a selection of some of the more famous and collectable books covering the history of diecast models.

Click here for a List of Matchbox Toys publications
History of British Dinky Toys 1934-1964
by Cecil Gibson
152 pages
ISBN 0904338002 / 9780904338003
The Great Book of Dinky Toys
by Mike and Sue Richardson
292 pp., Illustrated in colour and black and white
ISBN 1872727832 / 9781872727837
Ramsay's British Diecast - 14th Edition
340 pp.
ISBN-10: 1907292470 ISBN-13: 9781907292477
Collecting Matchbox Diecast Toys - The First Forty Years
Authors Stewart Orr and Kevin McGimpsey
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Major Productions Ltd (Jun 1989)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0951088513
ISBN-13: 978-0951088517
The Yesteryear Book 1956-2000 Millennium Edition

"The Bible" for Yesteryear collectors and the one to which all models and information on the website are referenced. It contains detailed descriptions of all variations and a price range plus heaps more information. See entry in bibliography. Some nice photographs. This was an updated version with new models and found variations after the print of the original - The Yesteryear Book 1956-1993.

Authors: Kevin McGimpsey and Stewart Orr
Hardcover: 528 pages
Publisher: Major Productions Ltd (September 26, 2000)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0951088599
ISBN-13: 978-0951088593
Collector's Guide to Tootsietoys
Identification & Values
Second Edition David E. Richter
Collector's Guide to Tootsietoys
Identification & Values
Third Edition David E. Richter
Tootsie Toys World's First Diecast Models
James Wieland and Edward Force
Following the very successful publication of "A History of White Metal Transport modelling", David Wright has responded to popular demand which as sought the other half of the international story - the resin world.

"A History of Resin Transport Modelling" is the companion volume, and David has sought out over 170 contributors, this time many from France, Italy, Netherlands and eastern European countries, who between them portray a colourful picture of how resin kits were first developed, and transformed into current day miniatures. Japan and Australia, Russia and Romania, together with the USA and UK make this book truly an international reference work.

A versatile medium such as resin has taken David's research into slot racing, military and armour, as well as heavy haulage, buses, land speed record and racing cars.

David has adopted a similar format to its predecessor, with chapters on each group of producers, a timeline appendix, and a focus firmly on the people behind the models. This time, Ray Strutt, ex Organiser of the ModeleX exhibitions, has written the Foreword.

The book is available direct from David, through his website or e-mail at

Click here to download flyer
A History of White Metal Transport Modelling
A Who's Who in the Industry

Authors: Ray Strutt and David Wright
Publisher: Warners Group Publications
Published: 17 November 2011
Format: Paperback 276 pages
ISBN 13: 9781907292408
ISBN 10: 1907292403
French Dinky Toys Aircraft
by Claude Wagner and Jacques Dujardin

Published August 2013

It contains descriptions of all the French Dinky Toys aircraft made or known to have been planed with their variations and all the colours which were available.

As colours can not be described accurately, colour drawings of each colour for each model are included.

Seven years of research have been necessary to produce this book, to find all the pictures and assemble all the data. One set has never been seen before and many extremely rare items are shown.

120 pages size A4, hard cover, all in colour.
Natal Diecast Model Collectors Club
Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa