AVIATION COLLECTABLES - Rare Historic Aviation items not in other Categories


Hunting (BAC) Jet Provost T.3 - Vintage RAF Careers Office wooden model c.1960's - large 19 inch wingspan

An original wooden Display model of the Jet Provost T.Mk.3, constructed for use in RAF Careers Offices and Promotional Displays.

Constructed from solid wood, and built to a high standard it's quite a large model with a wingspan of around 19 inches, it seems to be a peculiar scale of 1:23.

The model is original and shows the of signs wear and tear and a little “patching up” but at 50+ years of age, it still displays impressively, I have tried to show this in the photographs.


The T3 entered service with No. 2 FTS, now relocated to RAF Syerston, during June 1959 when deliveries commenced from the Hunting Aircraft factory at Luton Airport. The T3 was also operated by Central Flying School at RAF Little Rissington and the Royal Air Force College at Cranwell.



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Grumman F-9F-8 Cougar – Large 1:40 Scale Original Vintage Topping Contractor model c.1956

The Grumman F9F/F-9 Cougar is a carrier-based fighter aircraft for the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps. Based on Grumman's earlier F9F Panther, the Cougar replaced the Panther's straight wing with a more modern swept wing.

With a wingspan of 10.3 inches (26.5cms) this 60 year old model is in good condition, with only a few very minor scratches. Complete with it's original Grumman Company corporate stand, it displays beautifully.


Topping started producing models in 1950. The company initially produced aircraft models for military and civilian customers and later made contractor sales miniatures for a wider range of American industries, including such large companies as Convair, Douglas, Boeing, Grumman, Hughes, Lockheed, Martin, McDonnell, and General Electric. Topping, Inc. also produced desk models for the aircraft industry to serve as gifts to pilots, private and military buyers and for other promotional purposes. Because they were manufactured in hard plastic, they have become increasingly hard to find in complete condition, and therefore more collectable.


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Folland (Hawker Siddeley) Gnat c.1970 Red Arrows – Rare Period 1:48 scale Solid Resin Model, possibly by AGM

A wonderful solid model of “Teddy” Petters beautiful Folland (later Hawker Siddeley) Gnat.


The Gnat was developed and produced as an affordable light fighter in contrast to the rising cost and size of typical combat aircraft, it was procured for the RAF as well as by export customers, who used the Gnat in both combat and training capacities.


Although never used as a fighter by the RAF, the Gnat T.1 jet trainer variant was adopted and operated for some time.


In the United Kingdom, the Gnat found fame with its participation in aerobatics - first with the Yellowjacks team who displayed during the 1964 season, and then with the Red Arrows, formed later that year and making their first public appearances in 1965. 10 aircraft were permanently assigned to the Reds - seven to fly with three spares (later to be increased to eight, then nine flyers with just the one spare). While initially based at RAF Little Rissington, they would soon move to RAF Fairford and then, in 1966, from there to RAF Kemble which would be their home for the next 13 years or so. The Gnat was considered to be an excellent aerobatic type by the Reds they soon became the RAF's premier display team and a firm favourite with the public.


This beautifully presented model is, I am almost 100% sure, is the AGM contractor model produced during the period 1970 – 1972. The airframe is solid resin, and the display stand is metal. The only fault I can find, is that the red centre of the starboard side fuselage roundel is missing......an easy replacement, but as usual, I have left the model 100% as found.


At 1:48 scale, this stunning model measures 9.5 inches in length to the tip of the pitot tube.


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BAC 167 Strikemaster – Rare Period 1:48 scale Solid Promo Resin Model

The BAC 167 Strikemaster is a British jet-powered training and light attack aircraft. It was a development of the Hunting Jet Provost trainer, itself a jet engined version of the Percival Provost, which originally flew in 1950 with a radial piston engine.....anyone who knows me also knows it's an aircraft dear to my heart !

Wingspan measures around 9 inches (23 cms)

Airframe is excellent, underwing stores are present....there's just a little chipping underneath around the hole for the stand as can be seen in the photos.


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BAe Systems Hawk – Royal Air Force promo model – 1:48 scale – Rare old AGM model in solid resin 

A very nice promo Desk Display model of a Royal Air Force BAe Hawk.

Manufactured by the old AGM Company. Aeronautical and General Model Makers LTD (AGM Ltd) were a London based company in business for some 50 years making high quality models for advertising, TV and films, museums, industrial prototyping and the aviation industry. Their aircraft model can be seen all over the world in many famous collections such as The Smithsonian Institute in Washington, The Science Museum in London, National Aviation Museum in Ottawa and The Canadian War museum. They now trade as Mastermodels.

The model is complete and displays well, with just a little paint missing from the joint around the moulding where the Stand fits.

The high quality AGM models are becoming harder to find now..........most similar models seen are the newer Space Models, and generally now in Saudi Air Force colours...... This one displays beautifully, and a rare model to see in RAF finish.

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Fiat G.91 of Frecce Tricolori – Rare period Aluminium 1/48 Corporate model made in Italy

The Fiat G.91 was designed in the mid-1950s to meet NATO requirements for a tactical fighter and ground support aircraft. Several features, especially the swept wings, tail, and fuselage structure, bear a great resemblance to the North American F-86 Sabre jet fighter. As recently as the mid-1990s, G.91s were still flying with the air forces of Italy and other European countries.

By appropriately modifying the G.91 pre-series already used by the 103rd Group, Fiat developed the G.91 PAN (Pattuglia Aerobatica Nazionale) expressly conceived to satisfy the needs of the 313st Acrobatic Training Group, better known as the “ Frecce Tricolori ” (Three Colored Arrows) Italy's national aerobatic team, who operated the aircraft from 1963 to 1981.

With the delivery, in 1981, of the Macchi MB.339 PAN, the still efficient G.91 PAN and R / PAN were transferred to the 2nd Wing which continued to use them until the end of their very long operational life.

The model is an original Italian made Promo/Contractor model, in beautiful original condition, with just a little paint “cracking” on the underside wing roots. Complete with original “multi pose” Aluminium stand, the wingspan is just over 7 inches (19cms) and it weighs just over half a Kilo.


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