Saturday, September 22, 2018

Renwal XB-52

Geez folks, I'd love to hang around and talk a whole lot about this toy but it's the weekend and things are about to get busy so we'll pretty much just leave it as a photo essay. I will say that die-cast toys, like those made by Tootsietoy, have been popular for decades but it is unusual to see aircraft made in such a  large size as this one and the F-84-6 that was posted the other day. There are no maker's marks but both pieces were attributed to Renwal by different sellers. Should I find out differently I will definitely post a correction. This bird measures 6 3/4" (17.14cm) L X 8" (20.32cm) wingspan x 2 1/2" (6.35cm) H. Enjoy! Opa Fritz and Oma Bettina

Friday, September 21, 2018

Yonezawa (Japan) Tin-Litho C-124 Globemaster

Some months back i was able to score this beautiful Hunk O' Tin, the C-124 Globemaster from Yonezawa out of Japan. At 18 1/2" (46.99cm) L x 20 1/2" (52.07cm) wingspan x 6 3/4" (17.14cm) H, it's one of the biggest planes currently in my collection. When powered up the propellers spin and the front loading hatch opens, and the loading ramp deploys. The toy follows the standard practice of having detachable wings. The loading ramp is populated by a small tank and jeep. Enjoy! Opa Fritz and Oma Bettina

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Renwal F-84-6 Thunder Jet - Diecast

Hey folks, let's switch gears for a moment and take a brake from the Middle Ages. This week marked the 71st anniversary of the formation of the United States Air Force. On 18 Sep 1947, upon the signing of the National Security Act, the Army Air Forces were abolished and the newly minted United States Air Force was born. 

Long time blog readers know that among my collections is a decent complement of USAF aircraft. I've had a few aircraft waiting in the wings to be photographed and here's one that was a lucky find. Although attributed to Renwal I could find no maker's marks on it. Being diecast it is in start contrast to their plastic offerings of the era. It measures 7" (17.78cm) L x 7 1/2" (19.05cm) wingspan x 2" (5.08cm) H. The friction motor is small and unfortunately no longer works but it's a nice display piece never the less. Enjoy! Opa Fritz and Oma Bettina