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Have you ever wondered what vintage toy vehicles might be available in other countries?

This page is for collectors of old toy planes & aircraft who want to instantly see comprehensive listings of vintage & antique toy planes for sale via Ebay in USA, Canada, Europe & Australia.

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Finding the Toy Planes / Aircraft You Want on Ebay

Whilst there are quite a few individual toy cars worth a lot of money, serious collectors understand the value in any antique or vintage toy aircraft in mint condition. These toys, especially with original boxes, are limited in number, so finding high quality, rare items on eBay is a matter of regularly checking around the different country locations on our website until you are lucky enough to be there at the right time to make a successful bid.

Vintage Toy Aircraft Manufacturers

The list is endless with many scale model & toy aircraft being produced all over the world. The premier manufacturers are / were mainly based in USA, Europe & Japan. Below are some examples of some of the most popular for collectors.

For a comprehensive history of toy vehicles look at this Wikipedia entry.

Matchbox

Founded in the United Kingdom in 1953, Matchbox has become world renowned for creating both realistic die-cast and plastic scaled models of airplanes ranging from old passenger planes to military jets. Matchbox toy planes are known for their fine detail and are popular with both young children and adult collectors, especially the MBX Sky Busters range. In spite of introducing other products over the years, they are now owned by Mattel & still known for their precise replicas of vehicles through the ages.

Matchbox Sky Busters Plane

Dinky Toys

Another famous company who first started their die cast miniature vehicles in 1934 from the Meccano factory located in Liverpool, England. The first vehicles were made from lead and included a racing car, tractor, delivery van, truck, sports car & a tank. With the advent of WW2 they started producing a range of planes inspired by the events of the time. Dinky toy vehicles soon caught the attention of young people & the company went from strength to strength over the next three decades, but finally succumbed to intense competition & closed its doors in 1979.

The Noratlas Vintage Dinky Toy Airplane

Vintage Japanese Tin Planes

Whilst we are not featuring any specific manufacturer it is worth remembering that a huge variety of tinplate toy planes ranging from passenger aircraft to fighter jets were produced in Japan & exported to all corners of the world. Some are prized for the detail & some are just plain quirky, but at the same time, highly collectible. Japanese toy tin plane manufacturers worthy of note include Bandai, Momoya Shoten, Yonezawa, Nikko Gangu Kogyo and Masuya to name but a few.

Japanese Tinplate Toy Plane

Gama

A German company who produced traditional tinplate mechanical toys since before WW1. Planes were a popular subject and their tinplate passenger planes are now highly sought after by collectors of toy aircraft. It wasn't until the 60's that they included plastic injection for making their products, this allowed them to put a lot more detail into the finished product. Whilst best known for their range of tinplate & die cast toy cars & trucks, the planes like the Pan Am in the photo deserve to be in a collection.

Vintage Pan American Toy Passenger Airplane

Airfix

Although Airfix kits would normally be under the heading of 'hobbies' rather than toys, both adults & kids have been enjoying both the construction and finish products since 1953 when the first airplane kit was supplied to Woolworths in the UK. The 1970's were the peak years for Airfix when they were selling up to 20 million kits a year worldwide, the Messerschmitt BF109, Hawker Hurricane & Harrier 'jump jet' were amongst the most popular produced. After several financially difficult years & owners since the 80's, Hornby bought the name in 2006 and now outsources manufacturing to India.

Airfix WW2 Spitfire Kit

 

Influences on Toy Plane Manufacturers

Commercial & Military Airplanes

Although some aircraft toys had been made in the 1920's, it wasn't until the impending WW2 in the late 30's that specific identifiable military toy planes & fighters were being manufactured. After the rise of commercial airline travel in the 1950's many manufacturers, mainly in Japan & Germany, produced lithographed tinplate planes with various airline company livery like Pan American, TWA, BOAC & Lufthansa etc.

Japanese Tin Plane with TWA Livery

Tinplate Pan Am Airplane

Vintage Toy BOAC Passenger Aeroplane

Dinky Toys Boeing 737

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