Thursday, August 3, 2017

Hong Kong - Everlast Toys No. 501 Air Force Wind-up Helicopter

Well, I did it again. This makes like the sixth time this year I got on fleaBay, saw something I liked, was okay with the price and the shipping and bought it. Then I waited. And waited. Then I think, "Where the heck is this thing coming from? Why is it taking so long?" I look at the listing - Jeruselem! hahahaha alrighty then, that explains it :-) Yup. Just recently got toys from Israel, the Czech Republic, England, the Ukraine, Argentina, Russia. Truly toy collecting has become international. 

What attracted me to this toy was it was a blue Air Force helicopter - simple. It resembles the much larger Marx Huey but is a bit more of a caricature in its form - more Huey-ish than straight up Huey. The blades, which detach from the rotor hub, are kind of a funky color but when they're spinning it's quite a nice effect. The wind-up key is integral to the body and cannot be removed. One side of the key is just a tad longer so that as the plane rolls along on the ground as the longer edge of the key comes in contact with the surface it lifts the copter just ever so slightly causing it to make a 90 degree turn. In so doing the copter will continue to traverse a square pattern as it rolls around. Nice! The fuselage measures  7" (17.78cm) L x 1 3/4" (4.44cm) W. It is 3" (7.62cm) High to the top of the rotor and the rotor span is 5" (12.7cm). Enjoy! Opa Fritz and Oma Bettina

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