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that a Ministry contract for a small numbers of new models would have been made AFTER the real aircraft had been superseded.........This MR1 model can therefore be accurately dated to the period 1951 – Jan 1953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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Britannia Airways Boeing 737- 200 G-BGYJ c.1980 – by Fratelli Cesana 1:100 scale

This is a period hard plastic model c.1980. Made by Fratelli Cesana of Italy, presumably for Britannia Airways. Complete with it's original stand.

At 1:100 scale, the wingspan is 11 inches (28 cms)

A 1980 build Boeing 737-200 series, this aircraft was named Sir Barnes Wallis when it was working for Britannia. After that company failed. G-BGJJ went to to fly with Ryanair as EI-CJH

Condition is generally good, with just a little age related damage to port side Britannia decal.

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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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