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Re: Unknown French diecast pre-war plane

Postby grwebster » Fri Dec 20, 2013 5:54 am

super buy
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Re: Unknown French diecast pre-war plane

Postby Flyingtiger10 » Fri Dec 20, 2013 6:28 am

Congratulations on a very nice purchase!
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Re: Unknown French diecast pre-war plane

Postby hovermd » Fri Dec 20, 2013 8:40 pm

You'll have to post how the mechanism works - like I said earlier, I'm pretty certain both the rotor and propeller are driven at the same time as the wheels.

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Re: Unknown French diecast pre-war plane

Postby 24C » Mon Jul 28, 2014 11:02 pm

Sorry it took me a while to get back to this thread. Yes, the mechanism works not only the main wing/prop but the front prop AND the wheels!
The motor is the same windup that propels other A.R. toys, including their 1/43-scale Peugeot promotional cars and their "Delahaye" tin and lead trucks (please see http://i74.servimg.com/u/f74/14/81/78/56/p1130317.jpg).

The difference with the autogiro motor is that there is an added horizontal driveshaft and a pair of crown gears that power the front prop, while a vertical shaft on which an added pinion drives both crown gears also powers the wing/prop.

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The mechanism must have been a pain to assemble and might explain the rarity of the beast, that now commands quite hefty prices when one comes up.
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Re: Unknown French diecast pre-war plane

Postby hovermd » Sat Aug 23, 2014 4:02 pm

A beautiful autogiro toy!
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Re: Unknown French diecast pre-war plane

Postby 24C » Wed Apr 29, 2015 2:04 pm

I placed a Tootsietoy Pitcairn next to the A.R. toy (that represents no specific autogyro since it is made from a Spirit of St Louis aircraft fuselage) to give its size:

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Re: Unknown French diecast pre-war plane

Postby Vintagediecast.co.uk » Sat Feb 11, 2017 2:09 pm

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Several photos of the 2 versions with clockwork motor, early one with AR FRANCE to one side and lead propeller, the latter one has large lettering missing and a pressed steel propeller, both have A R cast within circle detail to lower side, clockwork motor propels both rotor & propeller and also the wheels.
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