Vintage Brass & Plated Aircraft


de Havilland DH.90 Dragonfly – c.1938 ! – Ultra rare / unique. Pre war solid brass model on tobacco / trinket jar....... a very rare aircraft !

Rare enough if it were a D.H.89 Dragon Rapide........but THIS model is of the EARLIER DH.90 Dragonfly, of which only 67 were built between 1936 and 1938.


The Dragonfly shares a clear family resemblance with the  Dragon Rapide , but is smaller and has higher aspect ratio, slightly sweptback wings. The lower wing has a shorter span than the upper, unlike the DH.89, and the top of the engine nacelles protrude much less above its surface because the fuel tank had been moved to the lower centre section.


Structurally, too they are different: the Dragonfly had a new preformed plywood monocoque shell and strengthened fuselage. It was designed as a luxury touring aircraft for four passengers and a pilot, with provision for dual controls. The aircraft first flew on 12 August 1935. The Dragonfly achieved maximum performance on low power, by using the new construction methods developed for the  de Havilland Comet  racer. In modern terms, it was an executive transport, aimed at wealthy private individuals.

At the start of World War II, about 23 Dragonflies were impressed into the R.A.F and Commonwealth air forces, some six surviving to 1945. Overall, there were about thirteen flying in that year.

This beautifully made vintage model is in solid brass, and has a wingspan of around 7 inches (18cms) All struts, undercarriage detail and props are included. The display stand is in the form of a trinket or tobacco jar, with the Kings Crown RAF badge recess mounted. Overall weight is around 1.1Kgs

This rare item will be the centrepiece of most collections !

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Blackburn B.24 Skua – Beautiful WW2 Trench Art model in solid brass - rare

One of the more unusual models to see in these elderley metal models, the Blackburn B-24 Skua was a carrier-based low-wing, two-seater, single-radial engine aircraft operated by the British Fleet Air Arm which combined the functions of a dive bomber and fighter.

The first unit to receive the Skua was 800 Naval Air Squadron in late 1938 at Worth Down. By November the squadron had embarked on HMS Ark Royal and was followed in 1939 by 801 and 803 squadrons.

Very similar in appearance to the Blackburn Roc, the Roc had dihedral on the wings, doing away with the upturned wing tips of the Skua.

This beautiful and well made brass model represents the outline of the Skua extremely well. The wooden base is an obvious replacement, but the upright stand rod is original. The patina has been left “as found” and I'm sure it would polish beautifully if required. It appears to have been lacquered to protect the finish.

Quite a heavy piece at .6 Kg, it has a wingspan of 7.5 inches (19cms)

A rare find....

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Junkers Ju-86K – Very rare early WW2 German brass trench art model

Another rare period model from 2 collections recently acquired from Europe, a Junkers Ju-86 in brass......with a beautiful patina. This is the second Ju-86, but this one is much larger than the other one I listed back in January.

Again, beautifully and delicately done, with etched canopy and control surface detail . One of the earlier Luftwaffe aircraft, t he Junkers Ju 86 was a German monoplane bomber and civilian airliner designed in the early 1930s, and employed by various air forces on both sides during World War II, serving initially in an operational role in the Spanish Civil War in February 1937.

Where the aircraft is attached to it's original stand, there appears to be a screw missing. This beautiful and scarce model is twice the size of the one I listed in January, with a wingspan of around 7.5 inches (19 cms) and weighing just over half a Kilo.

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