Vintage Aluminium or Chrome Plated Aircraft - Page 3


Potez 631 – Stunning period Art Deco Lamp c.1938. Plated Potez 631, Bakelite stand, glass globe & fully working !

ART DECO AEROPLANE LAMP & BAKELITE BASE

A superb quality Chrome plated model of the French Potez 631 twin engine Fighter/Bomber which entered service with Armée de l'Air in 1938, with captured aircraft also being utilised for a while by the Luftwaffe.

The aircraft is mounted via a “lightning flash” stand, to a solid Bakelite base, which is around 12 inches (30cms) long.

The glass globe is in good order, but one of the globe retaining clips on the lamp holder has broken, so although the globe can be fitted perfectly, it is a little loose.

The whole thing displays beautifully, and will be of interest not only to Aviation Enthusiasts, but also to collectors of Bakelite or Art deco.

The electric lead has an original Bakelite “Zeppelin” switch, I have fitted a 40watt bulb for the photos, and it workls well, but the item will be supplied without a bulb for safety’s sake. Legally, I should also advise the buyer to get the item “checked out by an electrician before use !”

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Douglas A-20 Havoc / Boston III – Super rare 1940s PASTUSHIN Metal Model / Desk ashtray



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A VERY rare model to find these days, an original Pastushin A20 Havoc......one of his earliest models.

I'm not 100% sure that the base ashtray is original........the model is so rare it's impossible to draw comparisons. The only written description I can find is that it was probably his first Military aircraft (previous production being limited to DC-2. & DC-3's ) and was reputedly supplied with a cast/chrome ashtray base and dark glass insert. The upright leg, I am pretty sure is original, but the onyx stone base could well be a replacement. There would have probably been a retaining collar around the top of the stand ball, if so, then it's missing. But the recess in the bottom of the fuselage is deep, and the model will stay on the top of the arm without problem.

The wingspan is 6.25 inches (16cms) , and it's fairly hefty....the whole thing weighs just over a kilo (1.064Kgs to be exact)

Cast into the underside of the fuselage it reads “V.F.PASTUSHIN SANTA MONICA CAL”


Victor Francis Pastushin (1908-1994) was born in China of Russian descent and raised in the Phillipines

He worked as a production control worker at Douglas Aircraft during the 1930's and somehow segwayed into making aircraft models through his company called VF Pastushin Industries.

Mr Pastushin was quite an entrepreneur and started making the airplane ashtrays as a sideline in his garage, and eventually making parts for Douglas when some suppliers had difficulty providing quality parts or appropriately priced. 

This sideline business would eventually be the jumping off point to start his own business supplying first Douglas, and subsequently other aircraft manufacturers.

When war broke out he made aircraft parts and continued to after the war, including the manufacture of drop tanks and fibreglass nose-cones for the Bomarc missiles based in Canada and the US.

(FOR INTEREST, READ THE PERIOD PASTUSHIN AD. I HAVE PUBLISHED WITH THE MODEL PHOTOS)

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Supermarine Spitfire – WW2 chrome plated model 


A period chrome plated on brass model of the Spitfire, mounted on an ashtray stand.

This model is in original, unrestored condition and displays well. Some light pitting to the chrome plate in places but displays very well.

The wingspan is around 5.5 inches (14cms)



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P-51 Mustang – Vintage Allyn Industries model & ashtray – Rare

Allyn Sales, a division of K & B Motors were an established casting and finishing company in Los Angeles in the 1940's. They competed with Victor Pastushin Industries to produce high quality chrome airplane ashtray models.

In a sudden surge of business in 1944, Allyn Sales (Aero Novelty) hit a winner with North American Aviation (NAA) and this popular P-51D Mustang ashtray model. NAA was their primary client until 1946 when full-scale aircraft production and orders slowed.

A rare model to find these days, the only obvious faults being that the ceramic ashtray insert missing, and the stand aperture in the fuselage bottom has been repaired, but works fine !

The wingspan is 8 inches, and it's fairly hefty....the whole thing weighs just under a kilo.

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Boulton-Paul Defiant – WW2 Aluminium Trench Art model & ashtray stand

A WW2 trench art model of the Boulton-Paul Defiant Turret Fighter, not frequently seen in this medium.

Although not one of the more well known manufacturers, the Wolverhampton based Boulton & Paul company started its construction engineering division in 1905, and during WW1 built more Sopwith Camels than any other manufacturer !

Aluminium cast airframe, mounted on an aluminium stand via a detachable aluminium upright.

This model has a wingspan of around 5.5 inches (14cms)

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