Sunday, November 3, 2013

Renwal No. 161 Jet

I haven't posted an airplane in a couple of weeks so now's as good a time as any to look at yet another nifty '50s vintage toy, the Renwal No.161 Jet. This jet isn't marked for Air Force or Navy but to me it looks an awful lot like the USAF F-84 Thunderstreak. Toy designers are a talented lot and Renwal's gang may have just taken elements from various planes of the time and turned them into a generic jet but for me  personally, it will be their version of the Thunderstreak. The plane is rubber-stamped under the starboard wing:


Renwal, Pyro, Tudor Rose, and others offered a series of planes or spaceships which were attached to some kind of tower. Sometimes a flexible tube was force-fit onto the guide pin sticking up from the fuselage which in turn connected to an arm jutting from the tower. The aircraft then revolved around the tower through crank or battery operated action. Other times a metal rod simply got stuck into the edge of the wing. The plane measures 9 1/4" (23.5cm) L x 8" (20.3cm) wingspan 1 7/8" (4.8cm) H and is a silver-gray hard plastic. Enjoy!

Photo courtesy Wikipedia

The Marx large sized Cutlass in comparison to the No. 161