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    Posted 3 years ago

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    This is made from some altered Hubley #495 molds. Hubley made the #495 as a Navy Fighter/Bomber from '56 to '65. Gabriel bought Hubley in '66 and marketed the 495 with new numbers and color combos as the American Eagle, Flying Circus, etc. Then Gabriel sold out their toy division to CBS(?)(the history gets murky here) around 1980. Sometime in the 80's some of the original Hubley molds(the better detailed Ford Tractors, the #495, maybe some others) were sold to Ertl. And lo' thus it was that Ertl begat the molds to their Scale Models subsidiary. I know these were around into the early 90's during the diecast craze of vehicles/planes with manufacturers names in them.
    I said I wouldn't buy one these unless I could get it for the maximum I thought they were worth. I got this for $20.00 less than my arbitrary price.
    OMG what Ertl did to my precious childhood favorite plane, the venerable indestructible #495! It's made just for display, but geez! The wing and landing gear springs are anemic, plastic prop replaced the original metal one and it's pimped out with a tinted canopy. No machine guns or bombs. To sum it up, it sucks. I was hoping to use the cockpit and canopy(sources drying up), but they tinted it.

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    1. fortapache fortapache, 3 years ago
      The wimps demilled it
    2. buckethead, 3 years ago
      Hmmmm....I concur with your summation....
    3. Toyrebel Toyrebel, 3 years ago
      Those Ertl Commie peaceniks, notice they painted it red also.
    4. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 3 years ago
      Israeli owned, so whatever is cheaper & makes max profit.
    5. buckethead, 3 years ago
      Nope....Quality says so on the box.... :)
    6. Toyrebel Toyrebel, 3 years ago
      Also the landing gear wheels are so big that hit on the detent pins in the wheel wells and won't retract but about half way. That's real engineering design and quality control to overlook that. The screws on the bottom aren't flush. Can you "untint" plastic? I'd at least like to save the canopy before I use it for target practice.

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