Thursday, December 18, 2014

Marx Friction Drive Plane

The Gee Bee racer and Brewster Buffalo were great examples of short, stubby prop driven aircraft while the North American FJ-1 Fury and McDonnell XF-85 Goblin are good examples of jet propelled shorty's as seen below:

Gee Bee Racer 1932

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Brewster F2A-3 Buffalo ca1939

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North American FJ-1 Fury ca1946

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McDonnell XF-85 Goblin ca1948

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Marx made many toy planes through the decades including some of the most recognized aircraft in the world. For some odd reason, they also made toys based on real planes that didn't made it into production, having never made it past the prototype stage. But today's toy from Marx has no known prototype that I could find anywhere and it is one odd looking plane. But I have a feeling that this toy - made probably in the early post-war years - wasn't produced to highlight new developments in the aircraft industry, but rather was a vehicle to introduce their new friction motor. Prior to WWII toy cars and planes had big, clunky spring wound mechanisms like the one shown below in their U.S. Army Bomber No. 6:

After the war, friction drives took the place of spring wounds and Marx took this new device and played it up in their packaging highlighting it in big letters on all sides of the box and made it a point to say "Will also work in reverse." The plane measures 5 1/2" (14cm) L x 4 1/2" (11.4cm) wingspan x 2 1/4" (5.7cm) H. Enjoy! Opa Fritz and Oma Bettina

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