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We love airplanes. And jets too. But we have made a conscious decision not to collect them. We certainly can imagine them hanging in our toyroom. And it would be neat. But, our decision has been made which makes this remarkable airplane available to you.
We've done a little sleuthing on the Internet and discovered that Yonezowa made several of these models but changed the airline and paint. The result is several different airplanes of really the same model. It was great way to use the same dies and still produce different toys just by changing the paint. And now collectors are searching for them all.
We can't pinpoint when this plane was made. There aren't any books on Yonezowa that we are aware of. But we suspect this toy is from the late `50s or early '60s before passenger jets took over the skies.
This example uses a friction motor for the wheels. The same motor turns the propellers in a way that could only have been designed by the Japanese. The motor spins an axel that has a bent end. The bent end then turns a secondary axel that has a bent end. The secondary axel makes contact with flat disk on the propeller spindle. The spindle moves with friction and spins the propeller. Hopefully, this makes sense. It is easier to see, once you look through the bottom of the wing.
Size: The plane's body is 9 ¼ inches long; the wings span is 11 inches; height at the front wheels is 2 ¼ inches; height at the tail is 3 inches
Condition: The paint is bright and shiny. There is some wear, most notably just behind the cockpit, and behind the front wheel on the bottom side. The only dent we see is on the bottom of the friction motor. When the wings are removed there is some discoloration, from age where the wings cover the motor section. If you would like a picture of that please let us know.
The friction motor is strong, and moves the plane well . The propellers turn but it is hit and miss. This is due, undoubtedly to design. We have seen all of the propellers move, but not at the same time. They probably worked correctly for about the first 40 or so flights and then wore out as the friction surfaces lost contact. The result is you can make different propellers turn by holding the plane at different angles and spinning the friction wheels.
When sitting on a flat surface the front wheel is off the ground. It looks like that is by design—maybe to make the plane look as if it is taking off.
This plane is gorgeous. The more we look at this plane, the more we wished we were collecting airplanes.
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Yonezowa 4 Propeller Friction Northwest Airlines Airplane
$185 USD SALE PENDING
Battle Ground, WA
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