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    John Wayne Flying Tigers Model Plane. When Republic Studios released the film Flying Tigers in 1942, starring John Wayne, the film was a smash hit -- the biggest to that time in Republic's history. The P-40 Warhawk, with its painted, ferocious tiger mouth, rip-roaring speed, and blasting machine guns, was as big a star of the film as the Duke himself. Yet wartime audiences who flocked to the film probably never guessed that Wayne's P-40B fighter (in the combat scenes) was actually a model created by the legendary Lydecker brothers, Republic's special effects magicians. In 1951, the same model appeared in Warner Bros.' Flying Leathernecks, where, as fate would have it, John Wayne was again the star, and again the plane's "pilot." This magnificent model warplane, fully-restored to its 45" length and 55" wingspan. After being decommissioned, this miniature P-40B went on display at the late James Brucker's Movie World in Buena Park, California, and it was Brucker who did a complete restoration of the historic prop. The plane comes with a letter of provenance, plus three great bonuses: a folder of terrific photos, showing the plane's amazing restoration process; two stills of John Wayne from Flying Tigers, one with his plane; and a colorful, star-filled poster from Movie World, featuring a list of the "Cars of the Stars" and "Planes of Fame" that were retired to the attraction. The entire lot is in Excellent condition. Here's a very rare chance to own this venerable Hollywood warbird, masterfully restored to all its former glory!

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    October, 2006
    6th-7th Friday-Saturday
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