Monday, September 18, 2017

China - Playmaker Toys Plastic F-35 Lightning II and U.S. Air Force 70th Birthday

Today marks the 70th Anniversary of the United States Air Force, when on this date in 1947, President Harry Truman signed the National Security Act making the Air Force a separate and equal partner to the Army and Navy. 

I had intended to do a series of toy airplane posts over the course of several months but - as long time readers will attest - I got distracted by other things LOL  Oh well, I'm not a terribly celebratory person to begin with so this post will do just fine. Wanting to showcase the latest hardware in the Air Force inventory a quick post on the latest fighter jet, the F-35 Lightning II was a natural (due to time constraints however the usual quickie history lesson on the jet will be skipped). As usual, I tried to find a more toy-like representation of the jet vs. shelling out the money for one of the more highly detailed (and expensive) diecast versions. This plastic F-35 from Playmaker Toys with light and sound fit the bill nicely. It measures 7 1/2" (19.05cm) L x 5" (12.7cm)  wingspan x 2" (5.08cm) H, has a pull-back friction motor and lights and sound as seen in the short video. Enjoy! Opa Fritz and Oma Bettina

A couple of F-35s flying over the house
Photo by Bettina Berg


Banner U.S. Army Earth Scraper/Earth Hauler OD HP

Okay, you know I haven't quite gotten over my Army vehicle fix right? I thought I had one of these Banner Earth Scrapers/Earth Haulers in Army OD but it turns out I had a green 'civilian' version only. Well, it's time to rectify the situation and present this U.S. Army version which came out in the early 1950s. It measures 4 3/4" (12.06cm) L x 1 5/8" (4.12cm) W x 1" (2.54cm) H. Enjoy! Opa Fritz and Oma Bettina

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Dinky 1/43 Scale Diecast 1948 Tucker 48 aka Tucker Torpedo

About twelve years ago or so, in a fit of abject stupidity, I got rid of most of the boxes for the diecast vehicles I had at the time. Since then they've been sitting in box and not really being used. I decided to sell off a bunch and keep some around for the train layout but before they hit the chopping block I'll take pics and post them.

Some of the cars, like this Tucker Torpedo, have an interesting story. Built under the guidance of Preston Tucker by the Tucker Corporation only 51 of these innovative cars were built in 1948 before the Tucker Corporation succumbed to adverse plublicity and a big lawsuit. The car was actually designated The Tucker 48 by the Tucker Corporation but is commonly called The Tucker Torpedo. This version, made by Matchbox/Dinky, measures 5" (12.7cm) L x 1 3/4" (4.44cm) W x 1 1/2" (3.81cm) H. Enjoy! Opa Fritz and Oma Bettina