Monday, October 20, 2014

Mr. Tom Sanders Answers His Own Question

Tuesday, October 20, 2014
Sunny and seasonally cold

Mr. Tom Sanders 
Answers His Own Question

   I can't believe how long time flies! I've written several posts above today's guest - Mr. Tom Sanders, and when I went to check my posts, it was August 1, 2012 that I first added a post about Tom. we'd communicated earlier than that as I read on that post, but  that was his first post. It seems like 10 years have gone by, rather than a mere 26 months! Tom is a "specialist" in the world of toys. He restores and even customizes old toys to their spender and glory of yesteryear. He has built his own model airplanes that actually fly, and he also like a to restore old toys and to customize them to special order from clients who have fond memories of toys of old. However his "regular" job is in marketing.

   Tom had written me several weeks ago asking if I know if the Lincoln toy company ( A Canadian company) had ever manufactured an airplane. I searched, but not long enough, and couldn't find an answer.  A few days ago, I received another  e-mail from Tom. He had found the answer to his own question with citations to boot! He's working on a Lincoln airplane to restore it, and sent me accompanying photos in his recent e-mail.  So that's what today's post is about.

That's Tom's trademarked logo. It's exceptionally thought out, and I'll have to ask him 
if he paid an artist for the design or he thought it up himself.

The images that Tom sent are small-sized, so I  couldn't enlarge them. I didn't want to ask Tom for larger images because he has lots of work to do. However, you can get a good idea of his work on his website.

When Tom wrote me the first time about the Lincoln, he mentioned how the Lincoln airplane resembled a hybrid between a Marx and a Wyandotte airplane. For those who don;t know, both of these brands were American,and Wyandotte had  a "style" of making their trucks, cars, and airplanes "pudgy", but with the word "pudgy" I'm writing that in a very positive way!

When you see a Wyandotte toy, you know immediately what it is!

Below though is a true Lincoln!

It's a pressed steel toy. What I am always fascinated with, with regard to pressed steel toys is how the designers and model-makers would know where to cut the pressed steel in order for the press to bend the sheet metal into the shape of the toy, and not tear the steel.

If you look at the last photo of the page, you will see a cut on the side of the airplane body. Without such a cut, the sheet metal would rip under the heavy weight of the pressing machines.

TCA or Trans-Canada Airlines was the original Canadian airline to start in Canada, Eventually, it would become Air Canada. We used to have Canadian Pacific airlines, but it merged with Air Canada. The industry in Canada is extremely tough. Canada is the second largest country in the world with only about 35 million people, so flying people around the country is very costly!  We have fine regional and trans-oceanic airlines as well such as Westjet, Porter, and several others.

Not only did Tom answer his own question, but he found a reference to share:

I left the reference exactly as is  since the reference is a newspaper - it's easier that way.

Below is  an unrestored airplane from 1946 that Tom has.

Below are photos of Tom's restoration that is still in progress. The reason for the nail running through the front wheel is for allowing the paint to dry and cure properly. Tom must hang the airplane to dry somewhere.

I don't know if blogger writers are supposed to be more objective (no opinion) than subjective?
In writing a blog, I try to be subjective, but sometimes I do add emotion and opinion to the blog.I guess, being my own boss, allows me the latitude to do so!

What I wanted to say, is that it's great to see clients of Tom asking for old toys to be customized or restored to their original condition or modified to a condition not seen in decades. 

I just got back my father's old watch that I had asked a jeweller here in Montreal to restore. It was a Longines watch from the 1940's. The protective crystal was replaced with a plastic one, since the original one was also made of some sort of clear material, but not glass. I also changed the expandable metal watchband to leather.I'm sure the restoration cost more than the value of the watch if I were to try and sell it, but it belonged to my father, 
and some things, you just can't place a value on!

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