The late 1920s through the ‘30s began the era of commercial passenger flight. The planes were underpowered with only 2 engines, so a third engine was added on the nose of the plane. This little plane commemorates those times.
The toy isn’t marked with any manufacturer, but we suspect it came from Japan, based on the wheels and construction. If we were to guess, we would suggest this plane was made in the 1930s.
The plane is made from one piece of thin tin. The wing engines are attached with a simple twist of the tabs. The wheels are two pieces pressed together. The nose propeller spins while the wing propellers are stationary. The back wheel is at an angle so the plane will taxi in a circle.
Size: 4 ½ inches nose to tail; 4 inches wide at the wings; 1 ½ inches high
Condition: There are a few scratches to the red paint throughout. You need good eyes or a magnifying glass to see the passengers and pilots in the windows.
There are a couple of bends to the wings. And the engine motors are a little loose. Notice how the rear tail section is formed with one side crimped and the other side cut.
These are all of the characteristics of a penny toy.
Pick this plane up for a few pennies more!
Tin Tri-Motor Penny Toy