Aircraft Recognition Models & Books Page 2


Blackburn B.24 Skua – Rare WW2 Cruver Recognition / Spotter model August 1942 – 1:72 scale

A rare 1:72 scale model manufactured during WW2 by the US firm Cruver of Chicago.

The Blackburn B-24 Skua was a carrier-based low-wing, two-seater, single-radial engine aircraft operated by the British Fleet Air Arm which combined the functions of a dive bomber and fighter.

These Cruver models were made of black cellulose acetate, and were prone to warping and general deterioration, this one is in remarkably good condition apart from a repair at some time to the port tail plane. The model is complete with the tailwheel.......usually missing !......and the rest of the airframe is straight. A comparatively rare model.

Marked underneath with the usual Cruver logo and dated August 1942.

At 1:72 scale, the wingspan is around 7.5 inches (19cms)


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Fairey Firefly – RAF Recognition model – Rare Wooden 1:90 scale with stores labels 

One of the rarer “oddball” British Recognition models that were made in small numbers in scales other than 1:72 !

The Fairey Firefly was a rugged, two-seat carrier-borne aircraft ordered by the British Air Ministry, with the first prototype trials in December 1941. Designed as a long-range anti-submarine reconnaissance-fighter, it was based on the Fairey Fulmar but was greatly improved with a more powerful engine and heavy weapons for strike operations.

The Firefly went into production in August 1942 and after acceptance trials in 1943, was assigned to the RN Fleet Air Arm’s 1770 Squadron – which in 1944 joined the attack on the German battleship Tirpitz.

By 1955 over 1,700 Fireflies had been built. They served with distinction in WW2 and Korea before finally being replaced by the Fairey Gannet in the mid-1950s.

At a scale of 1:90, this very rare model has a wingspan of a little over 6 inches ( 16cms) The Airframe is wooden, good and undamaged apart from a repair to the starboard stabiliser......and the stores labels are present and clear.

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Short S.25 Sunderland – 1:72 Wooden WW2 RAF Aircraft Recognition/Spotter Model

An original and unrestored Short Sunderland Flying Boat RAF Recognition model. A British manufactured model in solid wood, a rare model to find in wood these days, particularly when it still has it's floats !

The RAF received its first Sunderland Mark I in June 1938 when the second production aircraft L2159 was flown to 230 Squadron at RAF Seletar, Singapore. By the outbreak of war in Europe, in September 1939, RAF Coastal Command was operating 40 Sunderlands.

At the end of the Second World War, a number of new Sunderlands built at Belfast were simply taken out to sea and scuttled as there was nothing else to do with them. In Europe the type was removed from service relatively quickly but in the Far East, where well developed runways were less common and large land based maritime patrol aircraft like the new Avro Shackleton could not be used so easily, there was still a need for it, and it remained in service with RAF Far East at Singapore until 1959, and with the Royal New Zealand Air Force's No.5 Sqn until 1967.

The airframe is in remarkably good shape and the floats are present. The paintwork has a few small dents and scratches as you would expect from a 75 year old service model, and the tail fin appears to have been re-attached at some time.

At the standard British ID model scale of 1:72 scale, the wingspan measures 18.5 inches (47cms)

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Short Sunderland - Wiking / Dr.Grope Flugzeug Luftwaffe Recognition Model 1:200

A rare Short Sunderland Flying Boat, with a story !

During WW2 a range of 1:200 Aircraft Recognition models were produced for the Luftwaffe (& other German Forces) by Wiking. The models were usually marked "Wiking Modell" (WM) on their bases. and the so-called Wehrmachtsmodelle (1937–38) of military vehicles and artillery, were also issued in 1:200 scale.

Wiking was founded in Berlin in 1931 by Friedrich Karl Peltzer, and for the duration of WW2 the company also produced Ships and AVF's, used for Recognition, plotting etc.

Indeed the models were considered to be so valuable, that early during WW2, the Wiking Business was declared as an Ordnance Factory.

After the war, Wiking continued to produce some of the models, and during the 1950's it was still possible to buy aircraft such as the He.111, Ju87 & FW200 but moulded in a silver plastic.

After Mr. Peltzer's death in 1981, Wiking was sold to Schuco. In the inventory were many of the old wartime moulds, and a Dr. Wolf-Dietrich Grope negotiated a deal with the new company, and footed the bill for having the moulds refurbished as well as for having reproductions injection molded in styrene. Grope paid a hefty license fee to Schabak, and then began offering batches of replica models. The reissued models are generally indistinguishable from the originals, but are moulded in a distinctive forest green colour. The clear prop discs are stamped from thicker material. The spinners are all plastic.

Unfortunately the project was a terrible financial disaster. It was hoped that it would popularize Wikings among a whole new generation of collectors. However, what really happened, was that the models never seemed to become known outside of then current collectors, and the latter naturally enough bought 1-2 of each type, plus perhaps a few of the most rare types for future reference or swapping.

We see this today, in that the types that are extremely rare as wartime ID models ….are the most common among Grope reissues, conversely….the slightly more common types, such as the Fulmar, P-38, Halifax & 109 are hard to find.

This Sunderland falls into this category, it displays beautifully, and at 1:200 scale, the wingspan is almost 7 inches (17cms) It is marked, as the original, underneath with the WM ( WIKING-Modellbau) logo and “E13” (English model no.13) Condition is excellent.

For more information on WIKING-Modellbau, go to :

https://www.wiking.de/en/wiking/10/1931-1945.html

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Martin 167 Maryland - WW2 Wiking Flugzeug Luftwaffe Recognition Model

The Martin Model 167 was an American-designed medium bomber that first flew in 1939. It saw action in World War II with France and the United Kingdom, where the latter named it the Maryland.

A genuine and rare WW2 vintage Luftwaffe ( & other German Forces) Aircraft Recognition Model, manufactured in hard plastic by WIKING-Modellbau.

Airframe is good and complete, complete with national markings. This Maryland displays beautifully, at 1:200 scale, the wingspan is around 3.5 inches. and marked underneath with the WM ( WIKING-Modellbau) logo and “USA 4” (United Staes model no.4)

The models were usually marked "Wiking Modell" (WM) on their bases. and the so-called Wehrmachtsmodelle (1937–38) of military vehicles and artillery, were also issued in 1:200 scale.

Indeed the models were considered to be so valuable, that early during WW2, the Wiking Business was declared as an Ordnance Factory

1:200 has since become a standard and popular scale for current model collectors.

For more information on WIKING-Modellbau, go to :

https://www.wiking.de/en/wiking/10/1931-1945.html

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