Such fascination was, of course, reflected in the toys of the time such as a large clockwork model of the R100 by Tipp & Co, Germany, c.1930, made of lithographed moulded pressedtinplate construction.
Offered at Cirencester saleroom Dominic Winter (20% buyer’s premium) on November 17-18, it doubled the mid estimate to sell for £1200. The 2ft 1in (64cm) long model had been owned by one family from new.
Using government funding, R100 was privately designed and built as part of the Imperial Airship Scheme for use on British Empire routes. However, the R101 disaster essentially ended British airship development.
Another ultimately ill-fated high-tech aircraft, Concorde, was the subject of another impressive model result in the sale. Estimated at £2000-3000, an 8ft (2.45m) BAC/Sud Aviation model took £5600. British Aircraft Corporation and Sud Aviation developed Concorde as a joint Anglo-French project.
The model was presented to the aeronautical engineering department at Southall College of Technology (where the vendor was a lecturer). The college trained British Airways staff (so this model could well have been gifted to the college by BA). It was given to the consignor when the department closed in 1990.
As covered in the Toys & Collectables report in ATG No 2505, in May last year Dominic Winter sold a very similar model in Belgian World Airlines Sabena livery for £6400.