Friday, June 13, 2014

Linemar TWA 707 Airliner #N731TW

I've gotta take a break from the Civil War and I imagine a lot of you are tiring of it too. But there's so much to cover I'll re-engage next week - sometime. Today though we're featuring a really gorgeous Hunk O' Tin from most likely the mid-1960s, the Linemar TWA 707, tail #N731TW. This is a big sucker measuring 16 3/4" (42.5cm) L x 18" (45.7cm) wingspan x 5 1/2" (14cm) H and has several unusual features about it. First, the wings fold in the middle. Normally tin toy airliners of the day had one piece wings which detached from the fuselage for easier packaging into a box. Secondly, this plane has four sets of landing gear: small wheels at the front and rear of the fuselage, and two sets of main landing gear on the wings. Thirdly, the main landing gear are located unprototypically outward on the wings, between the two engine nacelles, instead of more inboard just outside of the fuselage. In any case it's still a terrific toy from The Age of Tin. Enjoy! Bettina & Fritz Berg :-)


The wings halves latched together when assembled on the fuselage


  1. Pretty cool, Ed, thanks for posting. That was a great toy in its day. Come to think of it, it was a great airline in it's day, too. . . .

    1. Many Thanx Paul! I love the old tin-litho airliner's and remember having at least one big one as a kid (Just wish I could remember which one it was !)