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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.

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-)