Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Incredible All Around

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
     Partly cloudy, seasonal temperatures

Incredible All Around

  As you know, I like to return to everyone who has helped me on my block to say hello, see how their doing, and to discover new toys that I haven't seen before.  I returned to The Antiques Storehouse (Great Britain, and on ebay) to find a nice collection of new items. However, the big discovery were these fantastic small airplane kits from the 1930's-1940's. The British company that manufactured them was Givejoy. When you look at the dimensions of these small models, how they were nicely assembled and painted, and how they lasted so long, you can understand my amazement. Better still though is how Mr. Andrew Bennett added the actual descriptions of the actual real airplanes of the era, which I added above each of the photo sets.

   Andrew Bennett not only sells old and antique toys, but offers lots on the most interesting pieces of art, clocks, militaria (military items), nautical items, and scientific instruments from a mother era.  Interestingly, Andrew and his fine store have an actual location in Great Britain that you can visit at the link above.

The Description of the Actual De Havilland DH 9c
The De Havilland DH9  or Airco DH9, was a single engine biplane used a a bomber by the Royal
Airforce and Royal Flying Corps during the First World War.

Considering the small size and the light weight of this model, I would think that it was made of balsa wood.  What I find especially interesting is how this small old toy has stayed in such great condition for so long a time. As well, this is a small-sized model, which would have been no easy feat to assemble considering how small the actual pieces were!

The Description of the Pfalz D.III
The Pfalz D.III was a fighter aircraft used by the Luftstreitkrafte (Imperial German Air Sercvice)
during the First World War. The D.III was the first major original design from Pfalz  Flugzeugkerke. Though generally considered inferior to contemporary Albatros and Fokker fighters, the D.III was widely used by the Jagdstaffein from the fall of 1917 through the summer 
of 1918. It continued to serve as a training aircraft until the end of the war.

The Description of the Actual FE 2B Night Bomber
Between 1911 and 1914, the Royal Aircraft factory used the F.E.2  (Farman Experimental 2) designation for three quite different aircraft that shared only a common "Farman" pusher biplane layout.

The third "F.E.2" type was operated as a day and night bomber and fighter by the Royal Flying Corps during the First World War. Along with the single-seat D.H.2 pusher biplane and the Niuport 11, the F.E.2 was instrumental in ending the Fokker Scourge that had seen the German Air Service establish as a me sure of air superiority on the Western Front from the late summer of 1915 to the following spring. 

The Description of the Actual FE 2B Night Bomber
The Sopwith Pup was a British single-seater biplane fighter built by the Sopwith Aviation Company. It entered service with the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service in the autumn of 1916. With pleasant flying characteristics and good manoeuvrability, the aircraft prove4d very successful. The Pup was eventually outclassed by newer German fighters, but it was not completely replaced on the Western Front until the end of 1917. Remaining Pups were relegated to Home Defence and training units. The Pup's docile flying characteristics also made it ideal for use in aircraft carrier deck landing and takeoff experiments.

The Description of the Actual FE 2B Night Bomber
The Sopwith Camel was a British First World War single-seat biplane fighter introduced on the Western Front in 1917. Manufactured by Sopwith Aviation Company, it had a short coupled fuselage, a heavy powerful rotary engine,and concentrated fire power from twin synchronized machine guns. Though difficult to handle, to an experienced pilot it provided unmatched manoeuvrability. A superior fighter, the Camel was credited with shooting down 1,294 enemy aircraft, more than any other Allied fighter of the war. It also served as a ground attack aircraft, especially near the end of the conflict, when it was outclassed in the air-to-air role by newer fighters.


What can I say? 

Excellent photography,  lots of photos, exceptional model airplanes from a company that I just discovered, great descriptions, and there are even more of the Givejoy models for sale on Andrew's ebay store to look at and even buy.

This certainly is a great start to the Month of October!

Thanks Andrew for your help!

Thanks for dropping by to visit,
and as always,
Have a great part of the day or night,
wherever you may be,
Please feel free to write to me anytime,

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