Boys' Vintage Toys

Beautiful toys from yesteryear

Hornby boats from the great city and port of Liverpool.



Beautifully built Hornby boats are very well constructed and I think it is fair to say technically superior to Sutcliffe boats. Made at the famous Binns road factory in Liverpool which also made Hornby trains, Dinky cars and Meccano. Hornby boats have beautiful lines and were more suited and priced for the older boy whose mum or dad had a bit of money to splash on expensive toys. I have only a few Hornby boats especially when compared to the number of Sutcliffe boats I have.

Hornby Venture Red

The Racer III at just uner 16 inches long is one larger Hornby boats. Pre-war and in beautiful condition.
It has the original instruction leaflet which states ,'During the summer months every active boy wants to be out in the open air as much as possible and when he is out he wants to be something not just loafing about.' Indeed.

Hornby Racer 1. Beautifully made at the Binns Road factory. Pre-war. Clockwork powered and just under 9 inches long. Generally better quality than my personal favourites Sutcliffes, especially in the construction of the motor.

Hornby Viking
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Hornby Venture Green
Hornby Gleam 001

The Hornby Gleam (what an odd name for a boat).
A post war 9 inched hulled boat. I have heard rumours that Sutcliffe made the hulls for Hornby. I am not so sure , as although the hulls are of a similar length and shape to the smaller Sutcliffe boats , they are slightly slimmer.

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Hornby RAFlaunch