Superbly Detailed Vintage French Biplane Model. A beautiful, presumably handmade French biplane of aluminum and fabric construction. The wingspread is 17" wide and the fuselage measures 17" long. No attention to detail was spared by the fabricator of this vintage model. The trailing edges of both aluminum wings are delicately scalloped and the ailerons are intricately hinged and working. The wing struts are brass with wire rigging. The cowl is complete with cooling slots, working inspection access hatches, brass exhaust stack, and framed windscreen. The aluminum propeller is constructed in such a way as to mimic the laminations of the wooden original. The fuselage is a combination of a polished aluminum upper section and blue lacquered fabric on the lower section. The working rudder and stabilizer are fabricated from tin. The undercarriage is fabricated from brass stock and supports two rubber tires on metal spoked wheels. Red, white and blue roundels appear on the upper and lower wings. The rudder is also painted in the French national colors. In its heyday all of the control surfaces were wired to the brass control stick in the cockpit and they could have been manipulated from that central point. A composition pilot figure completes this impressive model.

    The rudder has become detached but could be easily repaired. The lacquered fabric is crazed and slightly rubbed, the rubber tires are shrunken and chipped else this fabulous biplane is in very good condition.

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    March, 2008
    25th-26th Tuesday-Wednesday
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