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Thanks Newfld. I am always happy to share history.
I was asked to write a tutorial a few years back for eBay. The issue is that all items may be dropped up to 6' from one conveyor to another. If the item is not immobilised and enough packing so that t...
Thanks for LOVES everyone! Tom
Thanks Scott, Yes, thanks to another collector friend and client, I now have a copy of the ad. It was published in some old sero mags so the hunt is on to track one down. Tom
I'm qualified to assist you with this model. This was probably a corporate model on display at the Curtiss plant and depicts the unpainted prototype. I restored a similar but smaller corporate model o...
Nice sample. These were promo models and were factory produced at Boeing's Wichita, KS plant. They came in three versions. This ashtray was one. Technically, two types were made as ashtrays; either wi...
Nice Shots. If you ever go back to take more pictures, please post a shot of the port side (left) of the nose. That will be the navigator's desk. Another would be tunnel crawl from the nose to the pi...
I have been to the crash site at Lakehurst. It is an interesting phenomenon that the shape of the Hindenburg is still visible during Spring and Summer. The grass grows significantly greener where the ...
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Thanks Toyrebel and FortApache!!
Thanks fortapache and all others for viewing!
Scott, Sorry I am late to view this entry but I have to say, an impressive collection. I agree that the Bombers are few and far between and, with up to 4 engines, lots of work to create. The craftsma...
Thanks for your note. But, actually, no. The blue original model had a piece Pastushin letterhead dated 1944 that was used to wedge the cowling onto the fuselage. Apparently lessoned learned as the pr...
Thanks Toyrebel, My hope was to be more educational for others having similar item issues. Tom
Ah yes, the great "Iron Works" of Grumman. Their WW2 airplanes were referred to as being produced by the Grumman Iron Works because of their survivability. Lots of great aircraft companies in the NE. ...
Thanks blunderbuss2 et al, Those original plastic props were awful. They are pointy, odd blade shapes, incorrect diameter, etc. I am laser-cutting new steel units that will be the right shape and dia...
Thanks Toyrebel and Manikin! This will end up with a member of the 4th Fighter Group Association in the future.
Thanks All. I can correct the prop tips as the props can still be removed at this point.
Thanks All. Yes, the Connie was a wonderful Art Deco design based on a dolphin's body shape. The three fins were a compromise to allow the airplane to fit into smaller hangers. That distinctive featur...
Thanks all. I have been trying to figure out what his son is holding? Probably some innocuous item like the tube of glue but back in the 50's kids had easy access to fireworks and blowing up model air...
Very Nice. Impressed with the canopy design. That took extra time to make those parts fit cohesively and tricky to solder without the other parts dropping off. The artisian was an expert in these asse...
Scott, Yes, an item made from spent shells requires artistic talent. After seeing a sand-casting process this year which replicates field casting used during WW2, I witnessed how any finished al...
Thanks all! Enjoy your long weekend (looking for collectibles!) Tom
Thanks, Will Do. First coats need to cure before intricate masking and a second shoot. I will show an update shortly. Tom
Thanks. Amazing that this was sold as a toy airplane.
Blunderbuss2... I once helped in an overhaul of a Jacobs engine but that hardly qualifies me as an A & P. Actually, my "real" job is in marketing. Sandman Overhaul is a side operation and an expressi...
Thanks. The photography was an attempt at styling the images like the 1940-50 postwar full-scale truck photos. I appreciate the compliment
If you mean the bump in the orange stripe on top of the fuselage? That was the location of the navigator's dome for using his sextant. Tom
I'm jealous. The U.K. and your classic airfields are on my bucket list to visit. Thanks for sharing!!
Thank-you all for the positive responses. It always feels good to have a vintage model come back to glory.
Thanks! Actually, I am one for the underdog toy. We all know one that was beat-up and sorry looking after all those years. "These are the toys that deserve a better place."- from the writers of TOY ST...
It is a Japanese Tin Litho toy airplane by Yonezawa and is a B-50. As it sits probably worth around $200. See past auction below- http://www.ebay.com/itm/Antique-Tin-Toy-ETCO-Yonezawa-B50-USAF-Airp...
The downside (downslide!) is that these are banned for public use and have been by the Consumer Products Safety Commision (CPSC) since 1990. The issue here even though they may be privately owned, is ...
Okay, here is my take on this... The "49th" is the 49th Armored Infantry Battalion of the 8th Armored Division who fought in Europe during WW2. The airplane's design features can be described as a Gra...
These may all be MARX but the ones that have 4-wheel "trucks" or wheel assemblies will draw the best ROI. Is there a MARX Boz and transformer (throttle control)? The easiest route would be eBay or ...
I can at least help with the airplane. This is a Boeing YF7B-1. This prototype was created in 1933 and most likely given by Boeing to some dignitaries in attempts to gain favors. Due to the relative c...
Scott is probably correct in describing this as something cast as a free item for dignitaries (government inspectors, politicians, military officers, etc.) Chances are strong that this was cast using ...
Thanks. I am on the Education Committee for the AMA and National Supervisor for Aeronautics in Science Olympiad so understand the flying model applications and cross-over in techniques.
Thanks for your comment. I am not familiar with DB Weld but am familiar with JB Weld which is too weak and soft for this application. The process used here is very effective. Think of a broken hollow ...
No... this model is on display in a private museum in Georgia.
Thank-you. I appreciate the compliment.
Thanks. So are you for your nice comment. Tom
Thanks. A Labor of Love to get this one right.
Scott, Thanks for your reply. Trench Art is usually something manufactured by military personnel. Manufacturers such as Douglas regularly made in-house cast models especially of the DC-4, 6 and 7. Th...
I can help you locate the rear stabilizer (rear missing wing). In fact, I can even polish one to better match the wing and complete the airplane. I believe these lamps were produced in Canada and they...
These models were meant as ashtrays or coin trays and actually cast at the Boeing Wichita Plant during and after WW2 from scrap aluminum used in B-29 production and none are trench-art. Most of these ...