New Exhibition Features Miniature Propliners from the Collection of Anthony J. Lawler

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- Making scale models of propeller-driven transport aircraft, or “propliners,” was an important part of the design, manufacturing, and marketing process for the aviation industry in the late 1940s and 1950s. Crafted by in-house model shops or independent model makers, they represented the new designs in miniature for convenient three-dimensional analysis. Accurately painted livery schemes on the models helped the airlines to imagine the new airliner operating within their fleet. Carriers also commissioned airplane models to promote their improved services in airline offices and travel agencies. Early examples were usually made of sheet or cast metal and complemented with metal bases often formed into unique streamline shapes. By the late 1950s, models were produced from plastic, which was easier