AVIATION COLLECTABLES - Rare Historic Aviation items not in other Categories


Avro Shackleton A.E.W.2 – Stunning “One off” Commission Model in solid brass with stand. Robert Tuck Model - 19” wingspan, over 5 Kgs !

A really beautiful vintage solid brass model of the Avro Shackleton A.E.W 2....a “one-off” commissioned sculpture some years ago by Robert Tuck.

Not made in any quantity, the sculptor Robert Tuck mainly worked on individual commissions/orders back in the 1980's. His workmanship in brass was outstanding, and only comparable to the Aluminium models of D.P.Carter.......but rarer to find.

This Shackleton is from my own collection.

The Avro Shackleton is a British long-range maritime patrol aircraft used by the Royal Air Force and the South African Air Force. Used by the RAF for 40 years...from 1951 to 1991.

It was developed by Avro from the Avro Lincoln bomber, which itself had been a development of the famous wartime Avro Lancaster bomber.........all the brainchild's of Roy Chadwick of Avro.

In 1969, a jet-powered replacement patrol aircraft, the Hawker Siddeley Nimrod began to enter RAF service, which was to spell the end for the Shackleton in most roles. While radically differing in external appearance, the Shackleton and the initial version of the Nimrod shared many sensor systems and onboard equipment.

The intention to retire the Shackleton was thwarted by the need to provide AEW coverage in the North Sea and northern Atlantic following the withdrawal of the Fleet Air Arm's Fairey Gannet aircraft used in the AEW role in the 1970s. As an interim replacement, the existing AN/APS-20 radar was installed in modified Shackleton MR 2s, re-designated the AEW2 as an interim measure from 1972. These were operated by No.8 Sqn based at RAF Lossiemouth .... the last Shackletons were eventually retired in 1991.


This stunning model has a wingspan of a little over 19 inches (49 cms) and weighs in at 5.35Kgs. The accuracy of the shape / outline is precisely as you would expect from a Robert Tuck Commission.

The price also reflects the insured shipping cost for this large and heavy model.


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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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ENGLISH ELECTRIC (BAC) LIGHTNING – Solid brass model by Robert Tuck – almost 1Kg ! - see photos


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Plenty of photographs of this one ! The sheer weight and feel of this model somehow seems to sum up the power and presence of this iconic aircraft.

Not made in any quantity, the sculptor Robert Tuck mainly worked on individual commissions/orders back in the 1980's. His workmanship in brass was outstanding, and only comparable to the Aluminium models of D.P.Carter.......but rarer to find. In my own collection, I have a 1:72 brass Shackleton which is simply breathtaking!

This Lightning is a stunner. In brass, it is common to find, even in the best of models, that “thinner” items such as wings and tail surfaces are rather on the thick or heavy side.....not so with these models. Take a good look at the photographs and see the clean precise lines on the tail surfaces. The 2 aerofoil sections on the belly tank are separate castings and are a push on fit, as can be seen in the photos, and will be removed for shipping. At some point they have been lightly glued in place, and the new owner may wish to do the same.



I have NOT polished or cleaned the model...it is “as found” but it would undoubtedly polish up well.



This impressive model weighs in at almost 1 Kg and measures around 8 inches in length.

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ENGLISH ELECTRIC (BAC) LIGHTNING – Space Models resin model 1:72 scale & stand

A superb vintage Space Models resin promo model of the RAF's iconic Lightning.The Lightning was the only all-British Mach 2 fighter aircraft.

A period Model, with the Space Models logo underneath.

The model is beautifully professionally refinished in camo scheme, and at 1/72 scale, the aircraft measures 9 inches (23cms) in length, with a wingspan of 6 inches (15cms)

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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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Balloon air mail from the Franco - Prussian war 1870 – Unused Rare

A very rare survivor from the very early days of aviation, and undoubtedly the oldest item of Aero Memorabilia listed ! In incredible un-used condition.

The most famous French communication during the Franco-Prussian War, were the balloon posts of 1870 and 1871. The connection between Paris and unoccupied France could only be maintained by a skilful interaction between balloon mail and carrier pigeons. In addition to 2,500,000 letters and postcards, the balloons from Paris were given a total of 363 carrier pigeons so that they could later return with answers or other news.


The Franco-Prussian War or Franco-German War, often referred to in France as the War of 1870 or in Germany as 70/71, was a conflict between the Second French Empire of Napoleon III and the German states of the North German Confederation led by the Kingdom of Prussia.


Similar attempts were made in Metz during the Franco-Prussian War to send messages with balloons to allies. However, the Metzer balloon mail did not reach the extent and the fame of the Paris balloon mail.


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