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New Constellation Found

Postby MichaelB » Wed Aug 12, 2015 7:55 pm

The Lockheed Constellation has been issued as a "give-away" since it's first introduction into service by TWA. It's not hard to find the short body Constellation most likely produced by Hawk Plastics in Chicago. They came in a variety of airline flavors as well as cereal premiums.
Additionally the Super Constellation is also fairly common, coming in a variety of airline liveries including TWA, TCA and more.
Finally the 1249 "Jet Stream" is also a commonly produced item, but due to it's short term in service, a rare item.
That said I was surprised to find another - previously unknown to me - Super Constellation. This is a different cast than all the others I have, being different in a number of "spotting" features.
First off...it has the "radar" nose; the other have the non-radar nose.
Detail features are raised. All the others feature depressions for windows, but on this one they are raised.
The size is similar - but not identical - to the more common Constellation.
So...here then we have a different sort of bird. For me, finding this one was exciting! It's not too often that I find something different!
I appeal to my fellow collectors to enlighten me if this is also new to them!
Thanks
Michael
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New Constellation Found

Postby Tone » Mon Aug 17, 2015 1:46 am

Michael
Even though your Constellation is small, it appears to be very nicely modeled.
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Re: New Constellation Found

Postby planepaul » Mon Aug 17, 2015 6:28 am

Nice find, Michael! I don't know that I have seen this one before. You probably know of the TCA Connie with the lapel pin stuck through a post on the bottom, and the Bonux with tip tanks.
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Re: New Constellation Found

Postby MichaelB » Mon Aug 31, 2015 8:09 pm

Yeah...this one is all new to me.
Thanks to you I have a Bonux Constellation and now that I've held that in my hands, it makes the prior one - that I had assigned to Bonux - another "guess".
I don't have the TCA. Is it their "regular" Super Constellation with a pin?
I have added a photo showing the not Bonus Constellation.
I will be posting a Bonux "article" pretty soon.
Thanks!
Michael
PS: Will I see you at the Houston Collectibles show or Wings Over Houston this year?
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Re: New Constellation Found

Postby planepaul » Wed Sep 09, 2015 12:01 am

Here are the two pin-back TCA giveaways I have. The group shot has those, plus a shiny white CV-880, a chrome TCA Super Connie, and a "house" Super Connie, with inset lettering.
Sadly, I will miss the Houston Collectibles show, as well as WOH 2015. Oshkosh was a budget-buster< but worth it.
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