Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Pushing Tin: Japan - 'AAA' 'Haruna Toy' Tin-Litho USAF F-105A Jet

The phrase 'Pushing Tin' was used as the title of a movie starring Billy Bob Thornton and is a term which refers to Air Traffic Controllers routing and re-routing planes as seen on their scopes - aka 'pushing tin'. I think this would make a neat title for our continuing look at toy aircraft, metal and plastic alike. Today's featured Japanese tin-litho is marked 'AAA' on the fuselage which I believe is Haruna Toy. It measures 10 1/4" (26cm) L with a 6 1/8" (15.6cm) wingspan and has the standard removable wing and friction motor with integral sparkler mechanism. It appears to have had a nose cone, probably soft plastic, which is now missing. In any case it is a terrific toy from the Age of Tin. Enjoy!