Monday, June 27, 2016

Italy - Mercury Art Toy No. 417 Sikorsky H34 Helicopter

The smallest aircraft in my collection comes from an Italian company I had never heard of before but is apparently quite popular in Europe, Mercury Art Toy. From what few examples I've seen they apparently specialized in diecast toys and had a line of very small toys like this Sikorsky helicopter. The fusealege measures 2 1/2" (6.35cm) L x 7/8" (2.22cm) H x 1/4" (.63cm) W. Enjoy! Opa Fritz and Oma Bettina

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Auburn No. 654 Jeep w-Driver & Howitzer

Okay, here's some combo photos of the Jeep and Howitzer shown  the past couple of days - Enjoy! Opa Fritz and Oma Bettina

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Auburn Howitzer

Here's the nifty soft rubber-like plastic howitzer that was paired with the Auburn Jeep. After looking at this I wondered what piece of artillery this could have been modeled after and came to the conclusion that it most resembles the Rock Island Arsenal M101 105mm Medium Howitzer which entered production in 1941 (the M114 115mm Howitzer shares a similar outline but is twice the size). 

Courtesy Wikipedia

The resemblance is close but remember the Auburn piece is just a toy and a caricature of any real artillery. The howitzer measures 3 3/4" (9.52cm) L x 1 3/4" (4.44cm) W x 1 5/8" (4.12cm) H. Enjoy! Opa Fritz and Oma Bettina