Friday, August 22, 2014

Japan - UNK - USAF North American YF-93A - Maybe

Today we have a terrific little Hunk O' Tin from an unknown Japanese maker, a plane I'll designate a North American YF-93A until such time a better match can be found (I don't have a library of airplane books and simply don't have the time to spend hours and hours on the Web searching for things). The real YF-93A program never made it past having two prototypes made in competition with other aircraft and that competition was lost to the XF-88 Voodoo. The profile of the toy is a very good match for the real aircraft with two obvious differences: the horizontal stabilizer on the toy is too far down on the fuselage; and while they both have tricycle landing gear, the real airplane's smaller wheel assembly was in front, not to the rear of the fuselage. It measures 5 1/2" (14cm) L x 4 3/4" (12.1cm) wingspan x 2 3/4" (7cm) H. Toy companies were not adverse to either producing aircraft that never made it to the production stage, or making planes that had a generic look to them. It's a cool addition to your tinplate flightline - Enjoy! Fritz and Bettina Berg

National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

National Museum of the U.S. Air Force


  1. Bit too tinplate for me, Ed. And I'm not to sure about the giant friction drive wheels. I'm still keeping my eyes open for a Marx Hustler, though, but you were dead right about the prices of them : - (

    1. Scoop my new mission in life is to bring you over to the Dark Side, I mean the Tin Side LOL BTW a Marx Hustler just ended on FleaBay and I believe it went for just under $100 but it did have a couple of issues. Still, that was a good price.