|Lufthansa Convair 340 D-ACOH made by "Tipp&Co".
Shortly after Lufthansa had begun operations again after World War 2 in 1955 this model was available in German toy-shops: A tin-friction Convair 340 made by "Tipp&Co" in Nuremberg. Lufthansa operated four of these aircraft on its domestic and European routes. The model has a friction-mechanism: Both propellers turn when the model is pushed along the floor.
I was able to buy this "Tipp&Co" Convair 340 with the original box in a German toy-auction in October 2010.
|Lufthansa Vickers Viscount made by "Schuco".
My very first tin airplane: The "Radiant 5600" in the colours of Lufthansa, one of the most popular tin-toys made by German toy-manufacturer "Schuco". The model depicts the British turboprop best-seller "Vickers Viscount" which was flown by Lufthansa from 1958 to 1971 until the first Boeing 737s were delivered.
The "Radiant 5600" is battery-operated. In a fixed sequence the propellers start rotating - after that the model starts moving. Schuco also sold a fuel-truck to go with the model.
A colleague gave me this fine toy as a present in summer 2002 with the original box.
|Lufthansa Vickers Viscount D-ANUN made by "Biller".
When I managed to obtain this Lufthansa Vickers Viscount for my collection, a long search finally ended. The model was made around 1960 by "Biller" - a company that used to produce tin-toys in Nuremberg. What we see here is supposed to be a Viscount 701, an aircraft that Lufthansa never had in its fleet. Lufthansa only flew the longer Viscount 814 with Rolls-Royce "Dart"-engines. A special two piece, fold-up spring-grip mechanism spins the propellers as soon as the grip-levers are pressed together. A sliding lever on the upper fuselage operates the landing-gear.
I bought this fine tin-toy with the original-box from an ebay-seller in the USA in May 2010.
|Lufthansa Lockheed Super Constellation made by "Tipp&Co". Version 1: D-ALAK.
When Lufthansa started transatlantic operations again with the Lockheed Super Constellation "Tipp&Co" from Nuremberg released this tin-model in two variants: One with a friction-mechanism - pictured here. The other with a cable-based remote-control system. If pushed along the floor, the propellers start to spin - they are driven by springs attached to the main gear. On this first version the engine cowlings were also made of metal. The nose gear was a little crude compared to the later battery-operated version pictured below.
I bought this fine Lufthansa Constellation from a Dutch eBay-seller in February 2012.
|Lufthansa Lockheed Super Constellation made by "Tipp&Co". Version 2: D-ALOP.
The second version of the Lufthansa Super Constellation made by "Tipp&Co" is this electric variant with a cable-based remote-control system. If both white buttons are pressed on the controls, all four propellers rotate and the main-gear drives the model forward. You can let the model turn by just pressing the left or the right button. The front gear-strut is very detailed for a tin-model. Overall the "Tipp&Co" Connie is 48 cm long - the wing-span is also about 48 cm.
This Lufthansa Constellation joined my collection via German eBay in February 2009.
|Lufthansa Lockheed Super Constellation D-ALAK made by "Arnold".
The highlight in my tin-collection: A Lufthansa Super Constellation made by Arnold. This company from Nuremberg made models like these from the late 1950s to the mid 1960s. The Arnold "Connie" is 49 cm long and very detailed. All four propellers are turned by a friction-mechanism when the model is pushed along the floor. I like the plastic wing-tip tanks - they give the model a very realistic look. On most models these tanks are missing, probably because they were the first parts that broke off when children played with these aircraft.
I bought this Constellation with the original box from a seller in Heidelberg in summer 2004.
|Lufthansa Boeing 707 D-ABOC made by "GAMA". Version 1.
In 1960 Lufthansa entered the jet-age with the delivery of its first Boeing 707. This was reason enough for the large German tin-toy-manufacturers to create models of this jet. GAMA for example made various 707s - some had a friction-mechanism, but there was also a variant with a remote-control system. The models were sold as "GAMA 1100 Jet Clipper 707".
The GAMA 707 shown here is a friction-model and was sold in toy-shops in the early 1960s displaying the Lufthansa-livery of that time. Unfortunately GAMA didn't continue the famous cheatline on the bottom half of the fuselage as on the original aircraft. This is the original box.
|Lufthansa Boeing 707 D-ABOC made by "GAMA". Version 2.
A few years later GAMA released another 707 with friction-mechanism - this time with a flashing light on the upper fuselage. The jet-engines were also modified - on this variant they flash to the front. Like my other GAMA 707 this model comes in Lufthansa's delivery colours of 1960. Here's the original box.
This version must have been produced around the mid 1960s to the late 1960s. I was able to bid for this model in late 2007 via an internet toy-auction in England.
|Lufthansa Boeing 707 D-ABOV made by "GAMA". Version 3.
After Lufthansa had introduced a new livery on its aircraft in the late 1960s GAMA produced a third and final version of the Boeing 707 with friction-mechanism: Again the model comes with a flashing light on the upper fuselage and four battery-lighted jet-engines. Note the way the nose-section of the model with the cockpit-windows was modified to give the 707 a different look. The registration was also changed to D-ABOV.
I was the lucky winner of this 707 in a German toy-auction in October 2010. The model came with this original box.
|Lufthansa Boeing 720 D-ABOH made by "Tipp&Co".
In 1961 Lufthansa received its first Being 720 for medium-range destinations in Africa and the Middle East. The 720 is basically a shorter 707 with modified wings. Shortly after delivery "Tipp&Co" started selling a friction-powered 720-model in the Lufthansa-colours of that era. The model is 37,5 cm long. Wing-span is: 35 cm.
Lufthansa lost two Boeing 720s during crew-training flights. D-ABOK crashed on 12/4/1964 near Frankfurt airport. The crew of three was killed. D-ABOP crashed on 7/15/1964 near Nuremberg after the crew had tried to fly a roll.
|Lufthansa Boeing 707 D-ABOH/D-ABOV made by "Tipp&Co".
"Tipp&Co" also made a tin Boeing 707 which was based on the Boeing 720 pictured above. In the process the lithography was changed to the newer Lufthansa-design of the mid-1960s and the cockpit windows were re-arranged, but in principle this is the same model. Like Lufthansa did on its original aircraft the 707 was named "Intercontinental Jet" - on the model it's "Nürnberg" because "Tipp&Co" had its headquarters there. The funny thing about this toy is the registration, which is different on the vertical stabilizer and the fuselage.
I bought the 707 on German eBay in October 2009.
|Lufthansa Boeing 727 D-ABIB/D-ABOH made by "Tipp&Co". Version 1.
After Lufthansa had introduced the Boeing 727 for its short and medium-range routes in 1964, "Tipp&Co" from Nuremberg released three tin models of the 727. The first was friction-powered and carried the registration D-ABIB (D-ABOH on the wings).
It is a strange looking 727 indeed - the wings are much to large. This is due to the fact that Tipp&Co used the fuselage and wings of the Boeing 720 model to make-up a 727. If you look closely you will see the registration "D-ABOH" on the wings, which is also used on the 720.
I bought this model with its original box on German eBay in January 2013.
|Lufthansa Boeing 727 D-ABIB/D-ABOH made by "Tipp&Co". Version 2.
The second version of the TCO 727 was battery-operated and had a cable-based remote-control system. Children could let the jet drive along the floor and steer the large front wheels. The registration was once again D-ABIB - and D-ABOH on the wings.
An eBayer from the U.S. sold me this model in December 2006 with its original box.
|Lufthansa Boeing 727 D-ABIE/D-ABOH made by "Tipp&Co". Version 3.
The third variation of the "Tipp&Co" 727 was sold in the Lufthansa-colours of the 1970s. This design was introduced in 1968 when the first Boeing 737 jets joined the Lufthansa-fleet. Subsequently all the other aircraft were repainted. Most toy-manufacturers in Germany and Japan followed by also printing the new livery onto their models.
This 727 carried the registration D-ABIE (D-ABOV on the wings). It was sold by a German eBay-seller with the original box and landed in my Lufthansa-collection in October 2009.
|Lufthansa Boeing 737 D-ABAB made by "Schuco". Version 1. 1960s livery.
From the "Schuco Micro Jets"-series comes this Boeing 737 with spring mechanism. The model carries the Lufthansa-design of the mid-1960s when the airline became one of the lauching customers for the 737. The registration D-ABAB is not correct - the first Lufthansa 737 was marked D-ABEA.
I don't know much about this little tin jet, but as you can see below, it was also available in the later 1970s-livery. An eBay-seller stated that the model in the 1970s-livery was sold around 1972/73, that's why I assume that the 737 pictured here must have been in the shops earlier.
|Lufthansa Boeing 737 made by "Schuco". Version 2. 1970s livery.
The same model as above - this time in Lufthansa's livery of the 1970s which was introduced to the whole fleet shortly before the 1972 Olympic Games held in Munich. Lufthansa flew the Boeing 737 under the brand name "City Jet" on its domestic and European short-range routes. Note that this later Schuco 737-model doesn't have any registration markings.
An Italian eBay-seller was the source for this model in August 2009. I bought the 737 with the wind-up key and the original box.
|Lufthansa Boeing 707 D-ABUE "Supercargo Jet" made by "Schuco".
This Boeing 707 freighter was sold in the early 1970s as "Schuco 1024". Just like the 737s pictured above the base of the 707 was made of plastic - only the upper fuselage was tin lithographed. The model had an opening cargo-door in the front fuselage. Inside was a small container made of plastic. The real D-ABUE was later operated by the Lufthansa-subsidiary "German Cargo" as an all-cargo aircraft.
A British eBay-seller offered this model for auction in March 2012. I bought it with the original box.
|Lufthansa Boeing 747 made by "Schuco". Version 1. D-ABIZ.
In the 1970s "Schuco" also released a model of the Boeing 747 as "Schuco 1025". The base was made of plastic - only the upper fuselage was tin lithographed. The 747 was sold in at least two passenger-versions: The one shown here with three windows on the upper-deck, which indicates this is a Boeing 747-130 - and with ten windows to resemble the later Boeing 747-230.
An German eBay-seller was the source for this model in January 2012. I bought the 747 with the wind-up key and the original box.
|Lufthansa Boeing 747 made by "Schuco". Version 2.
The second Boeing 747 made by "Schuco" was a model with ten windows on the upper-deck - making it a 747-230, which was a later version of the "Jumbo Jet" with increased engine-thrust. Note that the black radome is not continued on the plastic part of the lower fuselage on this version. Apart from the passenger 747s "Schuco" also made a 747-freighter with an opening nose. Many other liveries were also available, including Air France, Braniff or Japan Air Lines. All of the Lufthansa-versions and also the other airlines were marketed as "Schuco 1025".
I bought this Schuco 747 on German eBay in 2004.