1:144 Spartan 7W Executive
The Spartan 7W Executive was produced during the depression of the late 1930s and early 1940s, and included several trend-setting features such as retractable undercarriage and an all metal structure, and was far ahead of its time in performance, in appearance, and in luxury. The Spartan 7W Executive, was the brainchild of William G. Skelly, of Skelly Oil, and was a showstopper. Designed for wealthy clientele, specifically rich oil executives who wanted speed, comfort, and luxury, and were willing to pay for it, the Executive 7W was spacious and featured 18 in (46 cm) of slide-back seat room for front-seat passengers, arm rests, ash trays, dome lighting, deep cushions, cabin heaters, ventilators, extensive soundproofing, large windows, and interior access to the 100 lb (45 kg) capacity luggage compartment. Only 34 were produced and over half remain airworthy.This 1:144 scale model of the Spartan Executive consists of 18 parts, including seats, yoke, and instrument panel, for the cabin interior. The landing gear may be displayed either extended or retracted and both stationary and spinning propellers are provided. The spinning propeller, windshield, and windows are clear plastic, the remaining parts are white plastic. The door and luggage compartment hatch are separate parts that may be modeled opened or closed so that the model may be built and displayed in numerous configurations as desired. For those who desire to display the rod in-flight, a pilot hole is provided on the underside of the fuselage. A pilot hole has also been provided for the pitot tube on the left wing. The pitot tube is not included due to size. Decals are provided for modeling Serial Number 11, N20200, owned by Steve Marini, of Livermore, California, as seen at http://www.spartan7w.com/home.htm.