The latest restoration project is a U.S. Zone Germany Distler Packard. Dates from the 50s. Wind up toy- steerable front wheels, start/stop lever, Has three forward gears, neutral, and reverse.
When I got it, it was missing the tires, spare, a couple of broken-off tabs, some rust, a few dents, motor frozen up but otherwise in good condition.
These go for up to about $300. More if in original condition with box.
The latest revival. See if you can tell the before from the after pix.
Battery operated Linemar toy, probably from the 50s or early 60s. The telephone rings. Bear picks it up and chats for a while nodding, ( noise like someone talking on other end of phone ) Hangs up and writes in red light “Magic Marxie” on his pad.
I had to buy a parts toy for fur, red light bracket, and desktop.
A mint one in box would probably bring $400. This one, maybe $200.
About 1928 the Metalcraft Co. put out kits that, like Erector sets, bolted together. The basic plane was Lindbergh’s “Spirit of St. Louis”, but the kit would build 25, including a trimotor. It had a lousy zinc plate coating on the .040? thick heavy metal parts, which today has turned rather drab and ratty.
I got this specimen , which was in great shape as you can see, but was missing the whole undercarriage. Now to see if we can get it to fly! Right…