English Electric (BAC) Canberra - Large 1:72 scale Cast Aluminium Model Aircraft by DP Carter - Rare


A first generation British jet-powered medium bomber, the Canberra was designed by W. E. W. 'Teddy' Petter. It could fly at a higher altitude than any other bomber throughout the 1950’s and set a world's altitude record of 70,310 ft in 1957.

It entered full service with 101 Squadron RAF on 21st May 1951.

The success and adaptability of the design was such that it was built in 27 versions which equipped 35 RAF squadrons and it was exported to more than 15 countries including Australia, Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Ethiopia, France, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, Peru, Rhodesia, South Africa, Sweden, Venezuela and West Germany. Additionally, 403 'Canberras' were manufactured under licence by Martin (Glen L Martin Company) as the B-57 Canberra, again in several versions.

The Canberra was retired by its first operator (the RAF) in June 2006, 57 years after its first flight. Meanwhile 3 of the Martin B-57 variant remain in service, performing meteorological work for NASA.

This superb Handmade Aluminium Canberra was made some years ago in England by D.P.Carter, one of his rarer large 1:72 scale models.

The Models made by Carter have become a watchword for neatness and accuracy, although little is know for sure about the creator. His models have become quite scarce and harder to find with the passage of time...the flying control surfaces, cockpit frames etc all carefully etched. The Airframe is perfect, the stand is original.

The wingspan is around 11 inches (28cms)

Exactly when he started producing these models is unknown, but some sources say he initially made them during RAF service, the original models being all made from Aircraft Grade aluminium........after this, he continued to make them in a small forge on Halfpenny Lane in Pontefract, West Yorkshire in the 1980's to the early 1990's.

They were only produced in small numbers to sell at various Air Shows including Farnborough. All the models were skilfully hand carved by Carter and then cast in alloy, the process, quality and small numbers produced making them very rare.He also made a small range of animals, which are equally collectable and turn up occasionally at Antique sales.

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Avro 696 Shackleton M.R.1 c.1952 - V.Rare & Large Ex-RAF Display model in aluminium – 31 inch Span......6 Kgs + !

A real show stopper ! These models rarely come up for sale, and although over the years I have had the Meteor, Hastings, Hunter and Victor, I have never before seen the early Shackleton.

These huge models were produced in the early to mid 1950's to an Air Ministry / War Department contract, and indeed both the aircraft and it's dedicated stand bear the original Contract serial numbers.

The models were used for Display purposes in RAF Recruiting offices, Battle of Britain Airshows....and also at other shows where the RAF participated with trade stands. I do remember seeing these in the 50's and early 60's on the RAF Stand at the Farnborough Air Show.

I am honestly unsure if the paintwork is original....if so....it's remarkably good. If not......it's a refinish that has been done quite some considerable time ago because the paint shows sign of discolouration in places.

The aircraft is solid aluminium, and both the aircraft and stand carry the Air Min/War Dept. contract numbers..

The first production aircraft flew on 28 March 1950 and the variant entered service with 120 Squadron at RAF Kinloss in March 1951, complete initially with a dorsal turret with two 20 mm cannon, only 29-built.

By January 1953 however, the M.R.2 was entering service with 42 Sqn at RAF St.Eval

It is highly unlikely that a Ministry contract for a small numbers of new models would have been made AFTER the real aircraft had been superseded.........This MR1 model can therefore be accurately dated to the period 1951 – Jan 1953

Scale is 1:48.

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Lockheed L1049 Super Constellation Lufthansa – 1950's Peter V. Nelson Aluminium model – 21 inch wingspan, just over 4Kgs!


A stunning solid aluminium model of the Lockheed Super Constellation, in early Lufthansa livery. This beautiful and classic giant displays well, and is mounted on a stand with an inscribed plaque (dated 28.9.1953) in German commemorating the opening of a new aircraft maintenance building ( I think ! If any of my German friends can correct me, feel free!)

Wingspan is a little over 21 inches (54cms) and it weighs just over 4Kgs.....so shipping is expensive ! The serial no 771 is stamped underneath.

The Lockheed factory itself, built early in-house concept and promotional models at its’ facilities in Burbank CA. These models were big (usually around 1/43rd scale or larger), and made of wood. Lockheed also commissioned smaller models to promote the Constellation.

While the smaller models were not made by Lockheed “in house”, they were still “factory issued”. These smaller models were made in by others who did metal casting.

One such manufacturer was Peter Nelson.

Peter V. Nelson models, in England, made many Super Connie and 1649 Connie models in the 1950's. One recognizable feature that all Peter V. Nelson Constellation models had in common was that the front of the engines were always left “flat”. Nelson never “machined out” the engine intakes as did other model makers. Never the less, Peter V. Nelson models are highly sought out by collectors, and bring premium prices today.

Beautifully finished, please see all photos.

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Sopwith Camel F.1 - Large 19 inch Span - 28 Sqn. RAF – Pacific Aircraft Wooden model 

The Sopwith Camel was a British First World War single-seat biplane fighter aircraft that was introduced on the Western Front in 1917. It was developed by the Sopwith Aviation Company as a successor to the earlier Sopwith Pup and became one of the best known fighter aircraft of the Great War. The type entered squadron service in June 1917 with No. 4 Squadron of the Royal Naval Air Service, near Dunkirk. The following month, it became operational with No. 70 Squadron of the Royal Flying Corps. By February 1918, 13 squadrons were fully equipped with the Camel. Approximately 5,500 were ultimately produced. The Camel was finally withdrawn from RAF service in 1920.

A solid wooden model, not new, manufactured by Pacific Aircraft Models and about15 years old, with a little in grained dust in places but complete and displays impressively. It's one of the mahogany models produced in the Philippines, of which there is currently one are on eBay, at £184.50 + £60 shipping, and that's for the smaller 12 inch span, this one is 19 inches....so this one represents good value !

The model is finished in the colours of the 28 Squadron RAF, which was formed at Gosport on November 7th, 1915. For eighteen months it was a training unit before moving to Yatesbury in July 1917 where it was re-equipped with Sopwith Camels before moving to France in October. The Squadron had barely settled when it was moved to Italy, along with the British Expeditionary Force. 28 Squadron remained in Italy until February 1919 before returning home to be disbanded on January 20th, 1920.

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