Pressed Steel Airplanes Gallery 2 Marx/Charlmar

 
My philosphy on vintage toy airplanes follows closely with the FAA's own policy of allowing aging "airframes" to be updated and overhauled using Supplimental Type Certificates (STC). With this concept in mind I reflect on my boyhood growing up between two active military airfields, Willow Grove JRB and Johnsville NAS in south east Pennsylvania. A neighbor was a crew chief stationed at Willow Grove and I remember that he repainted a Marx/Charlmar DC-7 Pressed Steel toy airplane and it was convincingly realistic to us kids. I actually replicated the motif years later on the same style airplane and it quickly sold it on eBay (see below). The concept never left me as it left a great impression on how cool a toy could look. Nowadays, aging baby boomers are reflecting on such toys and, probably due to their interest in vintage airplanes, seem to find these overhauled toys quite appealing.... 
    
 
This first picture below is of an original Marx/Charlmar Super 7 Clipper (DC-7) that ghad been in storage for 50 years in Texas. ..
    
The same type airplane was overhauled and updated to represent a C-54 from the Pennsylvania
National Gaurd circa 1960...
Here's another view of an original and an overhauled piece in Pan Am Livery circa 1953. Note the props and hubs have received an update like the C-54...
 
 
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