White Metal Airplanes

The classic Hubley Fighter-Bomber was produced from the 1950’s through the 1970’s, when Hubley sold most of its production to Ertl in Iowa.  Hubley specialized in casting its parts from “white metal,” a combination of aluminum, zinc, tin, and other metals.  These airplanes were also fairly robust and are readily available in used condition. Below are two examples.  The one on the left is the later, most-produced version with the visible “hump” just behind the cowling’s rear edge.  This hump was added to better secure the engine cowl to the fuselage.  The sample on the right is one of the rarer early versions without the hump. Most of these have lost their engines over the years.
 
 
 

During the 1940’s, aircraft manufacturers contacted various companies to make promotional models and even WWII Recognition models.  The Allyn Sales Company of Santa Monica created many of these.  Notable are the North American P-51 Mustang Ashtray model and the Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star ashtray.  Typically these have lost their original canopies (which were early injection-molded plastic) and, in the case of the P-51, all the metal prop blades have snapped off.

 

I can now replace the missing canopies with hand-made solid Plexiglas canopies that have been carved and polished. 
 
 

For the Mustang (on the right) I manufacture new scale-like resin blades for the propeller.  They still turn and the shape and pitch are now correct!

 

There are times when nice models are missing their stands, and they need something to safely display them.  In such cases, I research vintage photos and recollections of how these originally looked, then do my best to mimic them.
 
 
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