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Frank Hornby

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Frank Hornby left school to work in his father's business and, by 1899, he was making steel toys for his children from spare sheet metal including trucks, cranes, and bridges. By 1903 he was selling sets with 16 parts that included instrucitons on building 12 different toys. Decades of success and growth into other continents peaked in 1933 with the debut of Dinky toys, the first appearance of 1:43 scale diecast cars. Hornby died three years later. 

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Frank Hornby left school to work in his father's business and, by 1899, he was making steel toys for his children from spare sheet metal including trucks, cranes, and bridges. By 1903 he was selling sets with 16 parts that included instrucitons on building 12 different toys. Decades of success and growth into other continents peaked in 1933 with the debut of Dinky toys, the first appearance of 1:43 scale diecast cars. Hornby died three years later. 

Hornby was inducted into the inaugural 2007 class of the 1:43 Diecast Scale Model Hall of Fame. 

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