Lionel pw-3419

OPERATING HELICOPTER LAUNCHING CAR (1959-65)

 

Launches helicopter into the air either by pushing button as car passes over the remote uncoupling track or by pressing lever mounted on the car. Helicopter will rise several feet propelled by its own spinning rotor blade - quite a feat! Flat car features an unpainted plastic body with heat stamped lettering. AAR trucks usually with 2 operating couplers. Metal brake wheel. Early versions had 2 levers sticking out of deck - later versions had one lever out of deck and one on the side. Levers can be black or plated metal. Winder can be 2 or 1 3/8 in diameter. Came with 3419-51 "How to Operate" instruction sheet dated 3-61. Glue on windshields of chopper and sometimes fading is a sign of originality. Helicopters are very fragile and reproductions have been made. Built 1959-1965. The word 'Navy' is deeply heat stamped into the side of original helicopters. The heat stamping process engraves the word into the plastic to a considerable depth, and you can feel the depression with your fingernail. The word 'Navy' can be rubber stamped or silk screened onto reproduction helicopters and therefor will be no depression. One and two propellor blade helicopters are both acceptable. However, the two bladed version is more desirable.

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