I thought it might be a good idea to do a little fun comparison between the two, just to see what inspiration Vivid took and how the Dinky holds up after all this time.
When it comes to packaging Dinky's original colourful display plinth and box would take some beating, but later when they decided to put their models in bubblepacks, the Vivid pakage looks marginally better in this case.
The two models together, with the Vivid on the left.
Both do look very similar, however, the position of the wheels looks much better on the Dinky.
What about the cockpit?
In the Dinky we have a painted figure of Joe at the wheel.
In the Vivid we have plain red plastic Mac and Joe at the controls.
As they both look good I'm going to call that round a draw.
Vivid's Turbines with red engine tips.
Dinky is all chrome (or in rare cases all red)
I like the added detail on the Vivid so that wins this round.
What about the Jet exhaust and the rear.
Vivid sticks to more red plastic detail.
but Dinky has a light for that exhaust effect!
Dinky obviously wins this one!
Now what about the wings?
Dinky has flick out wings that stick out at the wrong angle but the rear stabilisers spring back too. The wheels stay put. A nice gimmick for it's time, but...
While the Vivid looked wrong in normal driving mode, in flying mode it really looks the part. The front wheels fold into the base and the rear wheels flick up.
This round clearly goes to Vivid.
So how did each model fare?
Well to be honest, they are both nice models with good points and not-so-good points.
To my mind the main difference between the two is the Dinky looks better in road driving mode and the Vivid looks good in flying mode.