Monday, September 5, 2016

Japan - Yonezawa Lockheed F-94C Starfire

Well, I managed to carve out some time today to take pics. For the first time in probably a year, I was able to set up my gear outside and take shots of some large toys in the collection. Up 'til now I've been using the MyStudio set-up in The Cave, which is great but isn't made for large items.

First up is this cool tin-litho Lockheed F-94C Starfire from Yonezawa of Japan. A first generation jet fighter, the F-94 Starfire was an offshoot of the T-33 Shooting Star trainer and became operational in 1950. The first Air Force jet to carry an afterburner it was also the USAF's first all-weather jet fighter. After seeing service in the Korean War it was eventually replaced by the F-86 Sabre and F-89 Scorpion. Yonezawa's version is a nicely done, though stylized version of the real plane. The biggest differences are the engine viewing panels in the fuselage and the addition of a rear wheel making sure this toy won't be dragging it's butt on any toy runway! I like that it even has the "FA-" designation on the nose of the plane same as on the real planes. The friction motor has a sparkling mechanism, but the little nub that rubs up against the flint wheel is worn down. The friction motor works fine. To me it appears as if the paint is slightly faded on my sample as the color of toys from this era would normally be more vibrant. However, I may be wrong. The plane measures 12 1/2" (31.75cm) L x 12 3/4" (32.38cm) wingspan x 4 3/4" (12.06cm) H. Enjoy! Opa Fritz and Oma Bettina

Courtesy of Wikipedia

Courtesy of Wikipedia

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