Vintage Aluminium or Chrome Plated Aircraft


Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress – large period Presentation Piece 1943 – 10+ inch wingspan – 2Kgs 



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A large and impressive aluminium Presentation model of a B-17 Flying Fortress.

The aircraft is complete and undamaged, with all perspex prop discs present. It is attached to the stand leg via a threaded bolt, which itself has a “ball joint”, thus making the model multi pose.

The whole thing is mounted on a Piston Head, which COULD be from a B-17, in view of the fact that the bore of the B-17's Wright R-1820-97 Cyclone engines was 6.125 inches, and the diameter of this one is 6 inches......so by the time piston rings were added, it's spot on.

Mounted on the piston is a brass plaque reading “Wing Commander E Hereford Algiers 1943”


Although the RAF had no Fortresses in this theatre at that time, research confirms that B-17's WERE in fact in Algiers in 1943. Specifically, at Navarin Airfield in Algeria, located approximately 10 km est of El Eulma in Sétif Province. It was used by the United States Army Air Force Twelfth Air Force during the North African Campaign for heavy B-17 Flying Fortress bombers against the German Afrika Korps. B-17s known as the 'Diamondbacks' would fly from here to Rome in Operation Husky in July 1943. Known units assigned were:

2d Bombardment Group, 22–27 April 1943, B-17 Flying Fortress

99th Bombardment Group, 22 February-25 March 1943, B-17 Flying Fortress

As for Wing Commander Hereford....the rank would suggest possibly an RAF Liaison Officer attached to one of the units, but initial research has failed to confirm this. Although of course this may be an RCAF, RAAF, RNZAF etc. rank as well.

Whatever it's provenance, it is certainly an impressive display centrepiece for any B-17 enthusiast ! Make your own mind up ! If anyone out there DOES know of a Wing Commander E.Hereford, we would love to hear from you !

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Gloster Meteor - Period Aluminium desk top model & brass stand

The Gloster Meteor was the first British jet fighter and the Allies' only jet aircraft to achieve combat operations during the Second World War. The Meteor's development was heavily reliant on its ground-breaking turbojet engines, pioneered by Sir Frank Whittle.

In aluminium and complete with it's original display stand, this model captures well the lines of the original aircraft, and has a wingspan of around 7 inches (17.5 cms)......Obviously a “non commercial” model, it is unusual to have a model using both aluminium and brass....but it works well and displays beautifully.


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de Havilland DH.110 Sea Vixen – Rare 1950's Period aluminium model 8.5 inch wingspan

One of my personal favourites from the 1950's/1960's, the DH110 Sea Vixen. First flight as far back as 1951, introduced into service in 1959, and a regular part of the Farnborough Air Display for 2 decades.....including the tragic crash at Farnborough in September 1952 which killed test pilot John Derry and Tony Richards.

The Sea Vixen had the distinction of being the first British 2 seat combat aircraft to achieve supersonic speed (but not in level flight!) Initially produced by de Havilland, it was later known as the Hawker Siddeley Sea Vixen when DH became part of the Hawker Siddeley Group in 1960.

This beautiful period aluminium model captures the essence of the early Sea Vixen well, and come complete with a period, screwed on wooden / aluminium display stand. Original paintwork has a few chips but is all original and unrestored.


The wingspan is 8.5 inches ( 21.5cms) and the model weighs a little under half a Kilo.

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North American B-25 Mitchell – Cast Aluminium Model Aircraft by DP Carter

This superb Handmade Aluminium B-25 Mitchell was made some years ago in England by D.P.Carter, this is one of the smaller Carter 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 5.5 inches (14cms)

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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Petlyakov Pe-2 – VERY Rare Vintage WW2 Aluminium Model & Display Stand

A very rare and obviously hand/trench art/workshop model in aluminium of the Petlyakov Pe -(Russian: Петляков Пе-2)

The Petlyakov Pe-2 was a Soviet light bomber used during World War II. It was regarded as one of the best ground attack aircraft of the war and it was also successful in the roles of heavy fighter, reconnaissance and night fighter.


It's the first period Pe-2 I have found as a metal/hand made item, and it originated from a collection I found in Serbia.

Beautifully accurate in outline, the aircraft has not been polished, and comes complete with a wooden Oak / Aluminium Display stand.

This Pe-2 has a wingspan of a little over 7.5 inches ( 19 cms)



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Messerschmitt Bf.110 – WW2 Aluminium model - polished

A rare aircraft to see in aluminium, this particular old Bf.110 model originated from Hungary ( The Hungarian Air Force operated Bf.110’s during 1944) The model has been polished by a previous owner, and displays beautifully. It was originally described as a “Silhouette Identification Model” but unfortunately I cannot confirm this information. The wingspan is 7.25 inches (19cms)

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Fairey Battle – Rare WW2 chrome plated model 


One of the more unusual period chrome plated on brass models, this time the Fairey Battle.

Complete with aluminium/Oak display stand, this model is in original, unrestored condition and displays well.

The wingspan is around 7 inches (17cms)


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