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I’m a 51-year-old Aspergic CAD-Monkey. Sardonic, cynical and with the political leanings of a social reformer, I’m also a toy and model figure collector, particularly interested in the history of plastics and plastic toys. Other interests are history, current affairs, modern art, and architecture, gardening and natural history. I love plain chocolate, fireworks and trees but I don’t hug them, I do hug kittens. I hate ignorance, when it can be avoided, so I hate the 'educational' establishment and pity the millions they’ve failed with teaching-to-test and rote 'learning' and I hate the short-sighted stupidity of the entire ruling/industrial elite, with their planet destroying fascism and added “buy-one-get-one-free”. I also have no time for fools and little time for the false crap we're all supposed to pretend we haven't noticed, or the games we're supposed to play. I will 'bite the hand that feeds' to remind it why it feeds.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

S is for Stringbag Fokkers

Yeah...but these Fokkers are other makes, phnar, phnar!!!

I am reliably informed by several collectors of these things that they are indeed Flybirds, not as you might otherwise have guessed; Skybirds. Although the tin-plate building in the background is Skybirds and looks a bit like my memory of the Primrose cafe at Eastleigh!

Flybirds were obviously tripping on the coat-tails of Skyirds, when these came in they were with a load of the latter leading brand's 'planes and the difference between the two was marked, the Skybirds being altogether a superior product.

I have catalogues for a couple of others makes, one American (not Monograme) and one British but they are not to hand at the moment, however the online Meccano magazine archive (which I will link to when I remember to find it!!) should contain adds for several of these early establishers of 1:72 scale as an aero-modelling ratio.


The Angry Lurker said...

They're really cool and old!

Maverick Collecting said...

Hi Lurker - At my age anything old is cool!! 8-)