Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Pushing Tin: Japan - Yonezawa Rocket Shooting Fighter

Today on Toys & Stuff we feature a really nifty, and somewhat unusual, plane from the Age of Tin. It's a USAF Rocket Shooting Fighter from the Japanese firm of Yonezawa. This particular airplane has the usual features one expects in a tin-litho aircraft of this period like bright, snazzy graphics and a friction motor. What's unusual is that on this airplane the wings are not removable! The wings are integral with the fuselage -  one stamping for the top and one for the bottom. The two stamping's are joined by rolling the seams over along the edges. Inside this shell is the friction motor and a spring release mechanism for a 'rocket' which is inserted into the nose (unfortunately my sample is missing the rocket). Another slightly unusual feature is the metal tail wheel. Normally all wheels are plastic or rubber. The jet measures 10" (25.4cm) L x 7 3/4" (19.7cm) wingspan x 2 1/2" (6.4cm) H. Another terrific entry from the Age of Tin. Enjoy!