I have also reached the stage where all the display space left in the house is down to just a couple of shelves.
My recent bargain buys include four aircraft of types that can float in water (see also 'flying boats'). Two are imported part-works from the Russian/
magazine series: USSR
#63, Beriev A-40 Albatross (NATO name: Mermaid), a rare a jet-engined amphibious aircraft. The diecast model is by DeAgostini - 1:350 scale.
#82, Shavrov Sh-2S (nicknamed ‘Rusalka’ in
) a small
wooden aircraft, this was the first mass-produced Russian plane of its type in
the 1930s. From DeAgostini, this small (wing-span only 12 cm) diecast model (scale
- 1:111) is the ambulance version. USSR
The third is an Italian military float-plane, the three-engined CANT Z.506B Airone (Italian for ‘Heron’). It’s a sturdy diecast model produced by Altaya in 1:144 scale.
I also bought a Savoia-Marchetti S.55X. A twin-hulled flying boat, this was used by Italian air marshal Balbo in a V-formation flight of 24 planes for the historic Atlantic crossing to Chicago for the World’s Fair in 1933. Exquisitely detailed, this diecast and plastic model is produced by Italeri - 1:144 scale.