Some years ago I saw a large Boeing 707 at a Toy Fair made by Tomy with working retractable undercarriage and very nice, but in SAS airlines colours. The Box described other versions as being available in Lufthansa and BOAC colours. I have been looking for these without success, though I did see a USAF Air Force One version sold on Ebay a few years ago.
Anyone out there come across the Lufthansa or BOAC versions in their collections?
Wow, I didn't know "Tomy" also made a 707! I often see the Vickers Viscount on eBay with the moving stewardess inside - but they seem to be more plastic than tin...
I'd sure like to have one of those 707s for my collection of Lufthansa tin-models!!! BTW, I recently bought a Lufthansa 707 made by "Alps". At the moment it's on its way from the U.S. to Germany. I'll post a picture here as soon as I receive it.
I have seen three versions: the Intercontinental red/blue, the Lufthansa, and the Air Force One. All have plastic wings and retractable gear (switch on upper body). I do not have this plane in my collection, but it is a nicely-modelled toy 707.
I have not seen a BOAC version; however, I have seen a smaller, BOAC 707 by Marx (14"), battery-operated, offered by British sellers in on-line auctions.
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Some years ago I saw a large Boeing 707 at a Toy Fair made by Tomy with working retractable undercarriage and very nice, but in SAS airlines colours. (...) Anyone out there come across the Lufthansa or BOAC versions in their collections?
Ralph, I think this could be the Tomy 707 you are looking for. I recently bought this one in Lufthansa-livery from a model-collector in England.
Scale is approximately 1/100. It has a retractable undercarriage but unfortunately there is no sign as to whether Tomy is the manufacturer or not. On the lower fuselage it only says "Made in Japan". But still I guess it's a Tomiyama model because the plastic wings with very detailed control surfaces remind me of the Tomiyama Vickers Viscount with the same feature.
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I would love to post a few pictures. But I need some help to do so!
Also, I nocked off the right out board engine many many years ago and I never could find where it went? Still bothers me!
Do you still want pics of it?
Can anyone give me some ideas on how to replace this engine?
And it does not say Tomiyama anywhere on the airplane.
Like you I cannot find a name, but there is a French book on tin toy planes and other stuff from Japan which reproduces the catalogues. A friend of mine showed me the page years ago with the Viscount and 707 on the same page. Apparently there is also a version of the Viscount with a talking compartment instead of the other stuff.
I would like to show photos, but unfortunately I am very low tech and do not have the necessary kit.
I do have the box for my SAS plane so I will have another look at that. I really like the Lufthansa one and the Air Force One, but the prices on Ebay for these are now very high for me.
Many thanks again for your nice Lufthansa site. You should add the Daiya Boeing SSTs in Lufthansa, they seem to come up quite a lot in Germany.
Just a line to say that I checked the box flap of my SAS Tomy 707 and it does have Tomy Company in white letters on a red stripe. The box also shows the Lufthansa, BOAC, Alitalia and Air France planes (but only as photos of the real planes).
The BOAC version would be a fantastic find. I did manage to find a very rare Daiya Boeing SST in BOAC colours (friction only without box) on Ebay in Canada a few years back.
These 60s lithographed planes are superb toys (the lack of a realistic undercart normally spoils them except in the Tomy case)
Sorry I have no facilities to scan the box, but it is in any case fairly dull. The lid has a drawing of the original Boeing 707 in SAS colours (I think Tomy used the same artist on other toys). The sides have crude drawings of the functions of the model. The only reference to other toys are photos of BOAC, Air France and Lufthansa Boeings and an Alitalia DC 8.
By way of consolation here is a photo of my favourite tin toy Lufthansa that never was
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Hey why not?, it's a nicely done model back when most tin airliners weren't as correctly portrayed. The only other one that comes to mind is a TWA DC-9 that surfaces every now and then. Would love to have that one!
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I used to have a Pan Am Boeing 747 tin toy made in Japan but it was not like these. Its undercarriage was more like a crane. But I got it for free since my grandpa was owner of the store I found it at! Also I got a very small, tin Pan Am 707, also made in Japan which cost me $1 if I remember correctly.
Now, my old tin Pan Am 747, Ive also seen it in TWA, United, Delta, Lan Chile, Viasa and Aerolineas Argentinas versions.
Id never seen these 707s however..must be nice to get one!!