Unusual Model- do you know what it was used for?

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Unusual Model- do you know what it was used for?

Postby grwebster » Thu Feb 25, 2010 3:49 pm

Many of these nicely made metal models have been placed in collections, but do you know how they were originally sold?
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There were sold as part of a 1950-60s {?} Japanese radio! The radio was a polished black base and this model sat loosely on top.
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Re: Unusual Model- do you know what it was used for?

Postby MichaelB » Thu Feb 25, 2010 6:28 pm

Indeed, this is one of my oldest planes (in terms of when I got it).
The base was a black rectangle which housed an AM radio. The SPAD functioned as an antenna, and by rotating the plane you might improve the reception!
It's about 1/48 scale, and quite a lovely piece! It's all metal, including the rigging, and it quite heavy - it's also durable! On my sample, there wasn't anything marked on the brass nameplate.
My notes show it was made by WACO and numbered 611.
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Re: Unusual Model- do you know what it was used for?

Postby grwebster » Thu Feb 25, 2010 9:28 pm

I see yours is attached to the base, I thought they were loose so thanks for pointing that out.
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Re: Unusual Model- do you know what it was used for?

Postby MichaelB » Thu Feb 25, 2010 9:54 pm

It is loose...that's just a metal peg sticking up. It makes contact with the metal fuselage and then you spin the plane around for the best reception! :D
In the pictures, notice that the airplane has moved!
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Re: Unusual Model- do you know what it was used for?

Postby Tone » Mon Mar 01, 2010 4:30 am

I am not sure if WACO is actually a manufacturer, it could have been a toy importer or distributor.

I have seen the name occasionally associated with tin toys like Rosko, Franconia Products, Cragstan and other importers or distributors.
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Re: Unusual Model- do you know what it was used for?

Postby grwebster » Tue Mar 09, 2010 3:23 pm

I found a boxed one buried in my collection. No makers name anywhere. Mine doesn't seem to have that 'tuning' post and I also see that the plaque attached to the base is not engraved- perhaps the idea was to use it as a trophy of some sort. Who knows.

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Re: Unusual Model- do you know what it was used for?

Postby MichaelB » Tue Mar 09, 2010 3:37 pm

Wow! What goods you must have stashed around there!
Nice "Old-Timer Bi-plane" indeed!
Nice model...terrible marketing idea...all a lot of fun.
I had sent a pic of this plane into the old MAQ asking for an id. The response (from you IIRC) called it as a "WACO", so I took that as gospel. Too bad there isn't anything at all on the plane, the base or the box.
It is a lovely piece, tough and well made. Ironic that it's all very metal, while the original SPAD was all fabric...but the different metal tones look very nice, and it weighs a bunch!
Thanks for posting!
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Re: Unusual Model- do you know what it was used for?

Postby dasimperator » Sat Mar 19, 2011 11:28 pm

I think I may have spotted a version of one of them in this framegrab from the 1960s show 'The Prisoner'...

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...on the bookshelf over the TV set - between the lions. Looks somewhat like a Ford Trimotor. Episode this was taken from appears to be "Free For All".
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Re: Unusual Model- do you know what it was used for?

Postby Aeronaut » Wed Aug 10, 2011 6:33 pm

That is a biplane bomber! I wish I had that model!

Here I found one of these SPAD XIII radio sets with an extra model.

http://cgi.ebay.com/SEARS-SPAD-XIII-FIG ... 336a4967e8
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Re: Unusual Model- do you know what it was used for?

Postby MichaelB » Wed Aug 10, 2011 6:51 pm

Make note that they say "SEARS" - the true source!
Again, a lovely piece - everyone should have one!
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