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UNUSUAL Tin Toy Airplanes

PostPosted: Sat Sep 03, 2016 12:39 am
by Tone
Here are a couple strange ones up for auction tonight. A 1930s (?) Japanese-made, Celluloid prop hi-wing monoplane with US insignia, and the trademark "I N" superimposed. ... Sw6n5XwfZb

Second, a "Hamilton C 1033" high-wing monoplane made in Japan but with the name "Aziz Toy House Calcutta" actually lithographed on the upper wing. Perhaps Japan toy makers were targeting India as an export market back then?

This seller, "sunil_arts_engg_works" has advertised several unusual 1930s Japan tin planes, most play-worn, over the years. ... SwknJXxBRv

Re: UNUSUAL Tin Toy Airplanes

PostPosted: Sat Sep 03, 2016 12:56 am
by MichaelB
Neat little planes, Tony. Are you buying both of them? :)
That "Hamilton" piece vaguely resembles the Hamilton Metalplane and could be derived from it.

UNUSUAL Tin Airplanes - Allison Convair 240 Turbo Liner

PostPosted: Tue May 09, 2017 2:24 am
by Tone
This evening I found a link to a photo of the Allison Convair with the wings attached correctly and with the original box.

Tone wrote:Despite the original owner's assembling this plane incorrectly, it is a very cool model of a Convair 240 converted to turboprop power, the very first experimental version dating all the way back to 1950. The markings are fairly accurate. Wings are copied from the B-29. Maker is ET Co Japan (Tomiyama+Yonezawa).

Also the owner noted that the tires have "SHOWA" written on them - probably a sub-contractor or parts manufacturer.

I had never dreamed a toy like this existed in all my years of collecting going back to the 80s; however, there is a Line Mar fictional version with FOUR props in TWA or United livery.

Re: UNUSUAL Tin Toy Airplanes

PostPosted: Wed May 10, 2017 3:30 am
by MichaelB
What a beautiful little toy!
It's actually quite correct for the experimental Convair - which was built for the military, first.
Thanks for the links!

UNUSUAL Tin Toy "Silver Bullet" Airplanes

PostPosted: Fri Jun 16, 2017 10:28 pm
by Tone
Here is a very unusual tin airplane called the Silver Bullet. The fuselage is shaped like that of the Tipp Co plane, which has a single prop and hangs from the ceiling. This one has props on the wings and a British union flag on the tail fin. It is marked "Foreign," no country identified. It looks as though it was made in Japan. I think at one time, toys were required to be marked "Foreign" if they were imported, but no country name was required. I have a DC-1 named "RONJIN" that is clearly marked Japan but another identical example I saw was marked just "Foreign."