First seen advertised in Playthings magazine in March 1929, the
Big-Bang Airplane falls into the category of figural, that is, a cannon
that looks like something else. For this reason it is highly sought by
cannon collectors and is a cross collectable desired by airplane toy
collectors as well.
The Bombing Plane is typical of airplane toys introduced shortly after
Charles Lindberg's famous solo in that it has no windshield. The 11P has
two casting variations and three different propeller types are documented.
Here are two ads for the airplane. The ad on the left is the early
version. The ad on the right shows the final version of the 11P. The
reduced price reflects the hard times in 1931-32. If I only had a time machine...
Here are examples of the first and last versions. The model on the left
has a steel tube barrel pressed through the nose that goes back to the combustion
area near the breech block. The die-cast propeller and hub assembly is
pressed into the barrel. Few die-cast propellers have survived and any
airplane with an intact nose is quite valuable!
The model on the right has a steel propeller that rides on a brass axle
which in turn is secured by a cotter pin. This robust design has survived
in suffecent numbers and, while valued over $700, are not difficult to find.
Close-up of the noses. Left: First model and final model. Right: Final model and
The final model Bombing Plane was also produced with maroon wing, tail and propellor.