Rare 1936 Tippco Hindenburg Zepplin Airship


The Hindenburg disaster occurred on May 6, 1937, in Manchester Township, New Jersey, United States. The German passenger airship LZ 129 Hindenburg caught fire and was destroyed during its attempt to dock with its mooring mast at Naval Air Station Lakehurst.  

An extremely rare Tipp & Co. (aka Tippco) wind up tin toy of the Zeppelin airship LZ-129 Hindenburg. The toy was released by its German manufacturer in 1936 and also shows in their 1937 catalogue with a product number 043.

Probably withdrawn after the Hindenburg crashed on May 6, 1937.

This and a large Marklin model are the only toys or models of the Hindenburg made during the time the ship existed.

This toy is made of tinplate steel and when hung from a long string and wound up it will fly in a circle.  The mechanism on this model does not work.  This toy is made of steel sheet coated with tin, so there are small signs of corrosion to the metal, as shown in the photos, but considering its age the piece is in very fine condition.

The paint and graphics are very good. All four engine cars are attached as are all four propellers. The plastic stern propeller is the original one .

The dimensions are 28cm x 5cm.

The rear tail fins show the flag of the NSDAP from 1920 -45.

 For my Zeppelin enthusiast friends,  this toy a worthy piece of Zeppelin memorabilia. There are many Zepplin toys, particularly from the Graf Zeppelin era, but this is one of only two replicas of the Hindenburg  that dates from the years when the actual ship was in operation.

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