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GRUMMAN HU-16B USAF ALBATROSS by NEMOTO

Topping models of the "A" version of the Grumman Albatross can be found on the Display Models Page along with information about the origins of this famous seaplane which is still in action around the world. First flown in 1947, 305 SA-16As were built in the next few years. An improved version of the Albatross was developed in 1955 and about 240 "A" versions were converted to the "B" configuration during an IRAN program. First production "B" configuration was delivered in January 1957; this Albatross had a longer wing (96 ft. 8 in.) and larger tail surfaces and was redesignated as the HU-16B in 1962. The HU-16B Air Force Air Rescue Service Albatross was active during the Vietnam War; they flew over the Gulf of Tonkin, operating out of Da Nang. The A.R.S. aircraft were piloted by PanAm pilots who were members of the USAF Reserve.

The model being shown here is a HU-16B, serial number 51-7180. This model is in 1:72 scale. This Albatross model is absolutely exquisite, perfect in execution, markings and finish. The model was made in Japan by Nemoto. I believe that the Nemoto organization no longer exists - I was able to find a website for them about 5 years ago (by a convoluted method!) and they were still making a few models, mostly gliders for a German firm. However, I can find no trace of them currently - the old website is no longer active. Following WW2, the companies of Tenshodo in Tokyo and Nemoto made many models for both U.S. servicemen stationed in Japan and under contract for some American companies such as Grumman. This Nemoto Albatross was probably made for Grumman and I suspect in very small numbers. Both Tenshodo and Nemoto models were first rate. I have several Tenshodo models and their base is exactly the same as the base used for the Nemoto models. This Albatross base has the name "NEMOTO" on the side.

This Nemoto Albatross is flawless and it comes in it's original box but there are no Nemoto markings on the box. These models are scarce and are offered for sale infrequently. I have no way of knowing when this model was made but would assume it was during the IRAN production because of the markings - the A.R.S. Albatross flown during the Vietnam War had a different paint scheme. Ownership of this gorgeous model will cost $2000.00.

The HU-16B Albatross in the Air Force Museum is pictured below.

HU-16B, s/n 51-7200, at Chanute Air Museum, Rantoul, Illinois. On loan from Air Force Museum.



BRONZART P-47 THUNDERBOLT

An all-metal Bronzart P-47 Thunderbolt from the 1940s. This model, with it's square wingtips and dorsal fin, most likely represents the P-47N-5-RE which had a wingspan of just a little over 42 ft. 6 inches. The model scales out to around 1:62 on that basis.

The model, in its "received" form, had some paint chipped and scraped. It's nearly impossible to match the original Bronzart lacquer paint after almost 65 years, so it was elected to repaint the entire model, as shown except for the red areas which are original. The metal surface condition was left in its original shape which was slightly rough in spots. The model's stand was not restored in any way - the Bronzeart logo sticker is on the bottom of the felt base.

The model has not been priced.

These Bronzart models from the 1940s are excellent examples of display models from that era. Smaller, 1:72 versions were made during WW2 as recognition models, some of which may be seen on the "Friend or Foe Museum" page.



TOPPING MARTIN YP6M-1 SEAMASTER

Martin XP6M-1

Martin YP6M-1

The Martin Seamaster prototype first flew on July 14, 1955. The "Y" version, the YP6M-1 first flew in January 1958. Following two spectacular crashes, the Navy ordered the P6M-2 which began operational testing. However, the program was shut down in its entirety by the Navy on August 21, 1959.

The Seamaster was a very interesting concept. The Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum's website has a short article on the history of the Seamaster dev elopement which you can view by clicking here.

Photo from Martin brochure.

The Topping model includes the unique "water" base. The model's painted surfaces have been restored where necessary. There is a small piece of cockpit window decal missing from the rh side and minor warping of the stabilizer tips. The rotating bomb bay functions. A very nice example of a rare Seamaster display model which is 50 years old. This model is available for $Sorry SOLD. Strangely, the model was molded from an olive drab/green plastic, yet carries the correct Navy decal - other Topping Seamasters that I've seen have been made from a blue plastic. The model's configuration, with the engine inlets close to the wing leading edge and not canted outward, would suggest that this is the "X" version of which only two were built. However, the white underside is a feature which the "Y" version had. The model was probably configured to the "X" version prior to flight and later painted to more closely represent the "Y" version. Note that the "Y" version had the engine nacelles canted outward by 5 degrees.

The following photos appear in the 1957 book, Instrument Flying, by Weems and Zweng. The elaborate dry docking arrangement was planned to be used in semi-sheltered areas with seaplane tenders.




CONVAIR XP5Y-1 and R3Y-1 Tradewind DISPLAY MODELS

I was aboard the heavy cruiser, USS St. Paul, berthed at San Diego's North Island NAS in early June, 1950. One morning, I saw a magnificent, 4-engine flying boat taxi out on San Diego bay preparing for takeoff - I had seen photos of this exquisitely designed prototype but never expected to watch it on a test flight. The flying boat had made its first flight on April 18, 1950 and was heavily into its test program a month and a half later. I was an aeronautical engineering student so consequently this test flight intensely aroused my interest ; as the turboprop power was applied and the four Allison T-40 engines, swinging counter-rotating propellers, began moving this blue giant, I glanced at my watch's second hand and timed the takeoff - 27 seconds from start to breaking water. A very impressive sight that I was fortunate to witness. This was the new Convair XP5Y-1 prototype.

The Convair XP5Y-1 was a "state-of-the-art" design, with turboprop power, a high aspect ratio, laminar flow wing, and a super sleek fuselage with a long, single step boat hull. Ordered in 1946, the aircraft was designed as a patrol boat and the version flown in 1950 was in the patrol boat configuration. Convair ran an ad in the July 1950 edition of the Aero Digest announcing the first flight of the seaplane - you can view this ad by clicking here. Use the back arrow to return to this page. Note that the seaplane had not been given a name in 1950.

The drawing of the XP5Y-1, shown below, is from the August 1949 issue of Model Airplane News.

The Navy changed their mind soon after the first flight and, by November 1950, had elected to scrap the patrol boat version and develop the flying boat as a passenger and cargo aircraft. Two examples of the XP5Y-1 were constructed - the most obvious external differences from the follow-on version are the v-shaped stabilizer and engine nacelles (the buried engines with long extension shafts on the XP5Y-1 were changed to an engine installation above the wing and closer to the leading edge on the R3Y).

The November 1950 issue of Aero Digest carried an article announcing that the production contract for ten airplanes would be for a passenger version, the R3Y-1, with an increased gross weight. You can read this short article by clicking on the picture above.

The R3Y-1 first flew on February 25, 1954. Five of the -1s were built; the -1 retained most of the appealing lines of the XP5Y-1 and became the first operational Navy turboprop flying boat. The -2 version (six built) had a bulbous nose containing a nose-loading door and was a rather ugly duckling compared to the XP5Y-1. It later became a four-point tanker before being scrapped. The Allison T-40 engine, with its gear box and counter-rotating props, was a disaster - the engine was unreliable and was never fixed during its service life. Navy transport squadron VR-2 received first deliveries of the "Tradewind" in March 1956 - mounting engine problems led to the end of transport operations by 1958. I recall Alameda residents telling me of Tradewind problems that they had witnessed when the boat was operational out of the Alameda NAS harbor. One R3Y-1 (128446) had an engine loss in flight which severed control to the number one engine, after landing, and with no way to reduce power to the number one engine, taxiing was uncontrollable and the plane crashed into the rock seawall protecting the basin (picture of this 1958 event in Ginter's book, page 47). Including the loss of the second prototype XP5Y-1 to catastrophic engine failure, four of the boats were lost to engine problems.

This soft cover book by Steve Ginter is an excellent source of information on the Convair flying boat.

There apparently weren't many display models made of the Convair Tradewind. Ginter's book (page 113) shows factory models of the R3Y-2 and R3Y-1 (metal). I've only seen the metal Allyn model in 1:200 scale, commonly mounted on the standard design ash tray (photos below). I also have a 1:140 scale resin model of the original XP5Y-1 which is reported to be an original Convair promotional model, probably made by a Convair model shop. The Tradewind name doesn't apply to the XP5Y-1 and the model carries a nameplate which reads, "Convair XP5Y-1 U.S.N. Water Based Research Aircraft." Note that the model doesn't have the blisters, or turrets, that were on the flying prototype patrol version. The photos below show details of both models; these photos are for reference purposes only as neither model is for sale.

If you have any personal experiences with the Tradewind, I will be pleased to print them.

Consolidated Vultee built a fleet of radio controlled test models of flying boats in the early 1950s. This 145-lb. model of the XP5Y-1 was flown from a quiet estuary of San Diego Bay. The prototype XP5Y-1 is beached behind. I believe these twin cylinder engines were manufactured by Ohlsson & Rice.

XP5Y-1 painting by Zboyan, April 1952 Air Trails.




PIPER APACHE PA-23

Piper's PA-23 was the first twin-engine design that the company put into production. The prototype was first flown in 1952; the airplane was underpowered and was soon redesigned with larger 150 hp Lycoming O-320-A engines. The Apache went into production in 1954. The engines were upgraded to 160 hp in 1957 and the final version in 1962 had 235 hp engines, a derivative of the Piper Aztec.

Several thousand Apaches were built. The airplane was sold as twin-engine transportation but eventually found a niche as a twin-engine trainer as it aged and higher performance twins came on the market such as the Cessna 310. The Apache could barely climb on single engine and this lack of performance made it a very convincing trainer; a student learned to respect VMC in the Apache. The general layout of instruments and controls wasn't very standard; a good checkout was required.

Apache modified with 3rd window.

This display model/ashtray carries the "N" number of N1157P. I am assuming that this was a Piper promotional piece though I've not encountered another one. I believe that Piper could put a customer's number on the model. The model appears to be copper plated and is in excellent condition. The ashtray has several worn areas as noted in the photos. The PA-23 model may be purchased for $300.00.




TOPPING NORTH AMERICAN T-39A SABRELINER


The North American T-39 Sabreliner was North American's answer to the USAF's 1956 specification for a utility trainer. The new design prototype took to the air in September 1958 with testing for USAF Phase II completed at Edwards AFB by the end of 1958. The first production T-39A flew in July 1960 as the first of seven examples, numbers 59-2868 through 2874.

This handsome Topping model carries the serial number of 59-2868, signifying the very first of the T-39As. Serial number 59-2869, carrying "TG-869" on the fuselage, was widely used as the North American promotional photo for the series; an Official Release Press Kit for "The U.S. Air Force Jet Utility Trainer Saberliner T-39" featured the tail number 92869. This airplane was almost in the same markings as this Topping model with the exception that the Topping model features a dayglo tail whereas 92869 had a white vertical surface.

This is a large model with a 13" wingspan (1:40 scale). The model is "as new" as the original Topping box has just been opened. The T-39 has been used in various models for many years with a T-39N trainer version still in use by the U.S. Navy at Air Wing Six, NAS Pensacola (see photos below). Versions were built to 1982. Lots of info on the T-39 can be viewed on the web, such as the Boeing history site, by clicking here.

This sleek T-39 model, about 50 years old, in its original Topping box, may be purchased for $525.00. Of general interest, the University of Georgia Library has a collection of Senator Richard Russell's activities as a United States senator representing the state of Georgia. This Topping T-39 model is in that collection, item RBRL 49.

The T-39N is in use at Pensacola NAS as of May 2011; the CollectAir photos below show T-39N, 165511, in the hangar and on the airfield's taxiway.

T-39 model exhibited at the Edwards AFB Museum. CollectAir photo.




CONVAIR 240 FACTORY MODEL

The Convair CV-240 was designed as a pressurized airliner in accordance with requirements of American Airlines; the 240 first flew on March 16, 1947 and the first production model delivered to American in February 1948. The airliner was in production from 1947 to 1954 and was used by many airlines in addition to American, the largest user. The Convair CV-340 was a follow on version initially supplied to United. Military versions included the C-131, T-29 and the Navy's R4Y.

This factory display model in American Airlines livery is made of wood and is in 1:50 scale. The model is in its original condition with no restoration performed on the wood structure. The stand is not the original base. This excellent Convair model has not been priced.


Convair ad by master artist and illustrator Ren Wicks. An interesting ad as all U.S. major aircraft manufacturers of airliners are included in a Convair illustration. Ren Wicks was one of the founders of the American Society of Aviation Artists.




LOCKHEED L-749A CONSTELLATION by Matthijs Verkuyl

Nearly everyone agrees that the Lockheed Connie was one the most attractive airliner designs ever conceived and it was created by the pencils and slide rules wielded by the talented engineers and draftsmen of Lockheed's technical staff. The shapely fuselage of the Connie has pleased the aesthetic nature of aviations buffs since its inception, yet today, an airliner must be tubular according to the strict dictates of the all-powerful CAD systems. The L-049 to L-749 series had the original, fabulous fuselage shape prior to the later stretching and lengthening which detracted from the flowing lines.

The model presented here is an all-metal, 1:72 scale, original condition model of an L-749A Constellation of Eastern Airlines, N113A. The model was made by Matthijs Verkuyl of Holland; the model has an interesting provenance, having been delivered to the buyer at Verkuyl's home. The L-749A, N113A, was built by Lockheed around 1949 and delivered to Eastern. Eastern Airlines, with beginnings in 1926, had several famous CEOs, including Eddie Rickenbaker and Frank Borman, before going out of business in 1991. The Connie was the first airliner, in widespread use, to be pressurized; the Boeing 307 was built as a pressurized airliner, but following WW2, none in service were pressurized. I fondly recall a trans-continental flight in a Super Connie, being upgraded to first class - champagne and steak!

One hundred thirteen L-749 and L-749As were built by Lockheed. This model has not been priced. It is in outstanding condition with only a minor scrape or two.

The photo below appeared in the July 1950 edition of Aero Digest touting a "new, improved Shell Oil Co. aircraft refueling truck" at Charlotte, N.C.; note that this truck tractor appears to be the same White truck cab as appears as a Topping model on this web page. The same magazine has an ad by Vickers that features the Eastern Airlines Connie, NC109A; what year did the registration change from "NC" to "N"? You can view this one-page ad by clicking here. Use the back arrow to return.

The computer drawing below depicts Constellation N118A as it appears in the Flightsim library as a Freewave rendering.

This Connie postcard states on the reverse, "Taken from the new film, 'Air Power is Peace Power' by Captain Eddie V. Rickenbacker, Eastern Air Line's New-Type Constellation demonstrates its 'Tried and Proven' dependability, its tremendous reserve of power. Its four engines, totaling 10,000 horsepower give this plane unequaled ability to take-off and land with great dependability and fly swiftly and smoothly. It's truly the World's most Powerful, most Dependable Airliner."




CESSNA 441 CONQUEST

The pressurized Cessna Model 441 Conquest Turboprop first flew in 1975; it was initially powered by two 625 hp Garrett TPE-331 engines and equipped with three bladed props. First customer deliveries were in September 1977. The Conquest was renamed the Conquest II in 1983 and production ceased in 1986.

Computer graphic picture of the first 441 Conquest.

The airplane got off to a bad start with an in-flight, catastrophic tail section failure within two months of the first delivery; Cessna redesigned the tail and retrofitted all existing 441s. If you are interested in the history of the 441, click here.

The Conquest display model shown here, in 1:48 scale, represents one of the most interesting concepts of new model aircraft promotion that I've run across. Not dated, but the model undoubtedly dates from around 1976/77; I do not know which model company is responsible for this project. Some advertising agency should have been given an award for this one! I cannot imagine any company today investing in a promotional model to the extent that Cessna did about 30 years ago. This is an attention getting package with lots of appeal - I wish I knew more about how the product was delivered. As you will see in the photos below, there would be several ways that the multi-packaged model could have been delivered. Enjoy the pictures of this unusual, "disassembled" airplane.

The model came in four separate boxes which could be neatly stacked.

When the lid was removed from box 1, a handsome Conquest brochure lay on top of the open box. The brochure is fastened to the box and is spiral bound. As the brochure is completely opened to the last page, the box contents are revealed - the fuselage, with tail section, of the Conquest model along with the model stand.

Box 2 contains the Conquest wing, again with a brochure on top.

Boxes 3 and 4 contain the engines and propellers. Each box has a different brochure. Note the beautiful chrome finish on the spinner.

If you have any information on exactly how this promotional piece was used, please contact CollectAir. An expensive piece to distribute so I would assume that recipients were highly regarded by Cessna as "suspects" for this new airplane.




NORTHROP YB-49 DISPLAY MODEL

Arguably one of the most beautiful aircraft in flight that has ever been designed, the sleek, all aerodynamic, radical YB-49 met with some success and with disaster - the crash of the second YB-49 (42-102368)in which flight commander, Captain Glen Edwards, was killed along with the rest of the five-man crew; Edwards Air Force Base forever memorializes his name.

The prop driven forerunner, the XB-35, was designed during WW2 (as was the B-36) and rolled out in 1946. Designed as a bomber, the all-wing Northrop series exhibited deficiencies in stability (later corrected with a Honeywell auto-pilot) and load carrying ability (bomb bay size) which resulted in cancellation of the program by mid-1951 and break-up of the remaining airplanes in 1953. To this day, there is a continuing controversy surrounding the cancellation - political pressures from B-36 proponents and other conspiracy theories abound and provide fodder for magazine articles and books. Most likely scenerio was a collusion between the Secretary of the Air Force, Stuart Symington, General Curtis LeMay, and Convair; LeMay wanted the B-36 only, Symington wanted Northrop to merge with Convair, giving them the YB-49 design, and of course Convair's Floyd Odlum wanted all the action. Only six of the 15 airframes manufactured actually flew in either the prop or jet versions. Sadly, no example remains. The Northrop wing concept became vindicated as the YB-49 became the progenitor of the current B-2 stealth bomber. Of coincidence, the YB-49 and B-2 share the same wingspan (172 feet). The Northrop flying wings have received considerable attention and much information is available on the web. A short history of Northrop and the wings may be viewed by clicking here. Use the back arrow to return to this page.

On a personal note, I've been privileged to have met both the pilot of the first XB-35 and YB-49 flights, Max Stanley, and the test pilot of the inaugural B-2 flight, Bruce Hinds.

The exquisite model pictured here is a copy (from the original master)of an original Northrop display/promotional model in 1:72 scale. Constructed of reinforced resin, the model is an accurate representation of the YB-49. Of particular interest is the accurate incorporation of wing twist (washout of 4 degrees)) in the model - a feature that is usually omitted on display models. Note the scale fineness of the fins. This may be an early representation as the observation bubble on the model is placed further forward than what appeared on the prototype(note the drawing). Also, there is no serial number on the model, possibly suggesting that the original model was constructed prior to contractural details. The model is not for sale but it is on display at the CollectAir gallery. It is mounted on a nice walnut stand with a label plate.

The Northrop Corporation published "a commemorative book edition of airplane designs and concepts" in 1976; the author was Fred Anderson, a member of the American Aviation Historical Society. Northrop designs from 1939 to 1976 are covered as well as early John K. Northrop history. Jack Northrop's entry into the aviation field happened in Santa Barbara. Fairly fresh from high school, with some experience as a mechanic and architectural draftsman, Northrop went to work for the Santa Barbara firm of Loughead Aircraft as a mechanical draftsman-engineer culminating in the design of the S-1, an innovative small personal plane by 1920. Lack of sales closed the Loughead factory that year and Jack went back into the building business until 1923. Douglas, Lockheed, Avion and Boeing all played a part in Jack's career and formation of Northrop Aircraft Corporation in 1929. Eventually becoming a Douglas division, Jack again formed Northrop Aircraft Inc. in 1938 and the Northrop legend began. The photo below shows a page from the book.


This issue of Aerophile, from May 1978, is available for $25.00.

Ted Coleman, a former vice president and director of Northrop Aircraft Company, authored a book, Jack Northrop and the Flying Wing - the Real Story Behind the Stealth Bomber, in 1988. Coleman tells the XB-35 and YB-49 story as an insider, revealing many events surrounding the testing and eventual scrapping of the flying wings and the individuals involved. This book is a must for anyone interested in Northrop's history and development of the flying wing. I won't sell my copy but the book is available on-line at a reasonable price.

Part of the blurb from the dust jacket:

Behind this irony is a story of intrigue, politics, sabotage, and corporate collusion. (The book) tells this story in compelling detail. Author Ted Coleman, one of Jack Northrop's close associates in the company, gives a fascinating, first-hand report of the pioneering design of one of the leading aerospace firms in the nation. He also gives an insightful and revealing portrait of a man of exceptional talent, vision, and perseverance. The book describes the many obstacles that Jack Northrop faced, not the least of which was his 1949 confrontation with Floyd Odlum, Chairman of the Board of Convair, which led to the decision to discontinue financial support by the Air Force for work on the YB-49 Flying Wing Bomber. With rich historical narrative and photographs never before published, Jack Northrop and the Flying Wing captures the excitement and dedication of an aviation design genius and the engineers who shared his dream.

Some really superb flying scenes of the YB-49 can be seen in the 1953 flick, The War of the Worlds.

YB-49 model displays at Edwards AFB Museum. CollectAir photos.




BILL BARNES' SILVER LANCER BB-1

George L. Eaton's adventure stories featuring Bill Barnes were a mainstay of the Air Trails magazine in the 1930s. These mini-novel length tales were illustrated with Frank Tinsley drawings; various ficticious airplanes were used by Bill Barnes and his cohorts to thwart ruthless airborn gangs intent on destroying civilization. The original version of Air Trails was a pulp magazine with Bill Barnes adventure stories.

The most famous of Bill's aircraft was the Silver Lancer, BB-1, an amphibious wonder powered with an advanced version of the Barnes Twin Diesel, two engines driving counter-rotating props.

Profile drawing of the Lancer BB-1.

Drawing for a simple flying model of the Lancer.

The complete history of the development of the Silver Lancer was printed in the July 1936 issue of Air Trails; a three-view and cutaways are shown and a full description of the infra-red telescope, a "black-light" devise to see through fog, is included. You can read this interesting article (and print it out if you wish) by clicking here. Use the back arrow to return to this page.

From "The Great Impersonation," Air Trails, July 1938.

The metal model pictured below is most likely from the 1930s. It is mounted on an ashtray (remember cigarettes?). I have no idea who made this model nor its source; if anyone can add some information, I'll be happy to add it here.

Relive the Bill Barnes adventures with this delightful display model for only $300.00.




BOEING 367-80 MODEL

A chrome finished model of the Boeing "Dash 80" tanker/transport. The scale of this model is approximately 1:150 with a large 10 9/16" wingspan; the stand appears to be an Allyn style but there is no identification. The wooden base has a felt bottom and appears to be professionally made. I acquired this model about 30 years ago and have yet to see a "sister" model. The model's chrome finish has no corrosion - there are a few imperfections which probably came "as new" - and there are several small decal losses at the doors (see photos). Note that the actual Dash 80 didn't have all those cabin windows! The "specs" in the photos are dust particles. The Dash 80 made its first flight on July 15, 1954. A model with an impeccable chrome finish is hard to find; this Boeing may be purchased for Sorry SOLD.




CARDSTOCK SILHOUETTE MODELS - WWII Recognition Training Model

These are interesting and inexpensive WWII training artifacts. Cardstock models in 1:72 scale which punch out of heavy, black cardstock and assemble by pressing parts in place. These make reasonable three-dimensional models suitable for recognition training. I have several photos in our Friend or Foe? Museum which show WWII classrooms with these cardstock models hanging from the ceiling as training aids. Assemble these for display or leave in the envelope. I have pictured the envelope only as the black cardstock doesn't photograph well. The model pictured is; SCOUT BOMBER U.S. Navy SB2A-1 Buccaneer, British Bermuda I, A.A.F. A-34, Silhouette Model, 1:72 Scale, Ref. No. CM-526, 2/22/43. Army Air Forces - Aircraft Identification Section. Price for this WWII item is only $37.50. ALSO available: P-38E, CM-502, $55.00, F2A-3 Buffalo, CM-518 (interesting because the Buffalo didn't appear in the cellulose acetate line of recognition models), $40.00 A-31 Br. Vengeance, CM-509 dated 11/23/42, $37.50, German Fighter Me 109E, CM-101, $37.50, and German FW 190, CM-102 dated 2/22/43, $37.50.

Additional WW2 card models available - all in original envelopes - date 2/22/43:
CM-528, Scout Bomber U.S. Navy SB2C-1 Helldiver, $37.50.
CM-107, Bomber German HE.111K, $45.00.
The following are all in large envelopes:
CM-529, Patrol Bomber U.S. Navy PBM-1 Mariner (a particularly nice model), $55.00.
CM-16, Naval Patrol Bomber Japanese Kawanishi T-97 N.P.S., $45.00.
CM-513, Heavy Bomber A.A.F. B-17E Flying Fortress, $55.00.
CM-608, Heavy Bomber Br. Wellington, $50.00.
CM-111, Heavy Bomber German FW 200 Kurier 1, $55.00.
CM-112, Army Transport German JU 52-3M, $55.00
CM-609, Heavy Bomber Br. Halifax, $55.00.
CM-611, Heavy Bomber Br. Stirling, $55.00.
CM-531, Patrol Bomber U.S. Navy PB2Y-3 Coronado, $65.00.
CM-610, Heavy Bomber British Lancaster (see above pic), $55.00.
CM-514, Heavy Bomber A.A.F. B24-D Br. Liberator, $55.00.
CM-521, Observation Scout U.S. Navy OS2U-1 Kingfisher, $45.00.

I don't have a clue concerning the "CM" numbering system.



TOPPING MODELS WHITE SEMI-TRUCK

Topping Models made a semi-truck model for the White Truck Company to use for promotion - different company labels could be applied to the sides of the trailer. This truck model appears in the Topping Models 1961 catalog (available elsewhere on this website). Photos below show the truck without any promotional logos on the trailer. Note that the intake filter and exhaust system are frequently broken off the truck. I have no idea how many different colors were used during its production for White. This model is not for sale but is pictured to show the diversity of models that Topping made during their prime.





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