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Old 06-16-2002, 04:45 PM   #1
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Hello everyone,
I was just rummaging through all my old models from when I was a kid, and came upon a fairly large quantity of old Ertl jetliners. Most of them were DC-10's and 747's, and a few miscellaneous other planes thrown in there. I was wondering if anybody has a masterlist of which ERTL's were ever made. Also, are these models even worth anything today? If it weren't for the landing gears, these would be some very nice looking models. Still pretty good quality though for the $5 I used to pay for them.
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Hi TL,

Yes, those planes were cast by ERTL before they became part of Racing Champions. There were two sets of airliners; Air and Space, and Jet Trans. Each line had four airliners in them with different paint schemes. 747, DC-9, DC-10, and 737-200. The paint scheme that I missed was the Jet Trans Oasis Airlines 747. They were only cast for two-three years and are very rare. I would estimate that if the planes were MOC with original glue on the bubble pack they would be worth from $20-$30. As a complete MOC set, considerably more. But one thing to remember, the advent of widespread interest in diecast aircraft is a relatively new phenomena. There are folks out there collecting planes in a hap-hazard fashion driving up prices on pieces I would personally never collect.

As far as the landing gear on those planes, they are typical ERTL, which does not diminish their worth at all in reference to the ERTL line of aircraft.
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I have the TWA 737-200, AA DC-10, UAL 747-200, TWA 747-200 NC and 767, and Continetal DC-9. They llok preety ok. Like them there different.
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They also made a 727 which i have. Its a beauty!
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The first group of "Ertl" planes were actually Lintoy made in Hong Kong. Introduced under a different name in the early 1970s, they lasted until 1983 or so.

The Air & Space/Jet Tran line is indeed out of production - except for the TWA 747 in final colors released recently. The production span was longer than three years and they are certainly not rare, except for certain variants that may have been sold in particular markets. During the end of the life span the series was very difficult to find in stores.

There is a 767 (Air Canada, SAS, TWA final colors) and an A300 (British airways Landor, Lufthansa) in this series as well.

I would never pay more than $4 for one loose, nor $10 for a MOC example and in that case, only an unusual one. One could purchase them at Kay Bee for $2.50 in the mid 1990s.

Most 1:400 (as opposed to toy collectors) collectors sneer at these planes, as the castings are not up to snuff and the landing gear struts are considered atrocious - although they can be modified/replaced to become more realistic.
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Although the lines of ERTL aircraft I mentioned are not the only variants out there, that certainly does not diminish their value. I've never seen or heard of a TWA variant release and have never seen them in Kay Bee. If you have a picture of the TWA, I'd certainly like to see it.

Most texts I've read indicate that modifying any part of an original piece of a packaged item makes it worth less than the original shelf price. Indeed some may not pay more than $4.00 for a Jet Trans or Air and Space, but that was their original pricing.

Also, these aircraft are valuable because they were meant to be toys, not display 1:400 aircraft made by a company specifically for collectors. Finding one loose is probably the only way they'll be found in a few years. The ones that come up for sale MOC will most likely originate from a collector's lot. If they show up at all.

I've never seen some of the variants mentioned. It's good to know that there were other types and liveries made as it gives me something to look for.

Incidentally, ERTL acquired Lintoy in the 80's, but the lines Lintoy made were copied by overseas "Slush" manufacterers and the market became flooded. ERTL was acquired by Racing Champions a few years ago. ERTL also cast a series of fighters in the 1980's and early 90's called "Force One." I have all the aircraft they released in the U.S. However, I know that several European liveried jets were sold in Europe and were packaged differently. They currently have several jets available that one can find on-line.
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I now have 19 Lintoys, just recieved a "All Nippon Airways" L-1011, I need to find out all of the Lintoy models that were made.
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I have Ertl United 747, F-16, Tornado same i found them in the attic along with matchbox skybusters have them since i was a kid ....love the skybusters !!!
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And let's not forget the Ertl/Croner limited release, (for Australian market) Qantas 767-200. At the time scorned for it's ridiculosly-over sized retractable undercarraige, but now highly sought-after. I have two in my collection and, for what they are, they are not bad considering their vintage.
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Hey guys

i thought i would show my ERTL models since some pics are posted, the arnaments are long gone but they do have the over sized undercarriage, these models must be 20 years old

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Nice, I like the F-16 alot!
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Nice, I like the F-16 alot!
Yea be nicer with some payload....but has a certain nostalgia to it, good models for the time they where made
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Holy crap...I remember these things! I had a bunch of them back in elementary school, along with some of the military stuff (I think I had the SR-71, F-14, and F-15). I still remember the first time I saw these airliner models in Kay-Bee Toys at the mall. I went bananas. I particularly remember the Continental DC-9 and TWA 737-200 (I still don't understand why they did TWA). My how things have improved

Oh, and that Braniff 727 in one of the photos in the blue "Flying Colors" livery...I think that might actually be the same model that I used to carry around with me ALL THE TIME when I was maybe 4 or 5 years old. It got played with so much that the markings and a good amount of the paint had come off. I remember when I was 5 I accidentally dropped it at school and the nose broke off. I was devastated...lol. Fortunately, my mom glued it back on.
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Holy crap...I remember these things! I had a bunch of them back in elementary school, along with some of the military stuff (I think I had the SR-71, F-14, and F-15). I still remember the first time I saw these airliner models in Kay-Bee Toys at the mall. I went bananas. I particularly remember the Continental DC-9 and TWA 737-200 (I still don't understand why they did TWA). My how things have improved

Oh, and that Braniff 727 in one of the photos in the blue "Flying Colors" livery...I think that might actually be the same model that I used to carry around with me ALL THE TIME when I was maybe 4 or 5 years old. It got played with so much that the markings and a good amount of the paint had come off. I remember when I was 5 I accidentally dropped it at school and the nose broke off. I was devastated...lol. Fortunately, my mom glued it back on.
Would you believe i had the ERTL DC-9 too up till around 5years ago moved houses and it went missing, i also remember having some helicopters i had Mi-24 and an apache i think, i do remember having the SR-71 its funny people live on opposite sides of the world and have the same models....yea big improvement now but they where ok for the time, better then the Matchbox skybusters
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I have Ertl Ford 'Trimotor 1/72.Looks nice!
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Hello everyone,
I was just rummaging through all my old models from when I was a kid, and came upon a fairly large quantity of old Ertl jetliners. Most of them were DC-10's and 747's, and a few miscellaneous other planes thrown in there. I was wondering if anybody has a masterlist of which ERTL's were ever made. Also, are these models even worth anything today? If it weren't for the landing gears, these would be some very nice looking models. Still pretty good quality though for the $5 I used to pay for them.
I loved them as a kid myself. Had almost all of them.
ERTL had 25 airliners in their line.

The 25 were:

737-200 TWA, British Airways
727-200 United, Lufthansa
767-200 British Airways, SAS, Air Canada
DC-9 Continental, SAS, Alitalia, Swissair
DC-10 American, Lufthansa, Swissair, SAS
747-200 United, Swissair, Air France, Olympic
747-400 British Airways, KLM
A300 Air France, British Airways, Alitalia, Lufthansa
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And once again, no Delta Air Lines.....or Iberia or Prinair for that matter...

For the record, I do have the Eagle Airlines DC-9 but need to find more to add to my city's airport!
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