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Flatcar with Helicopter

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The 3409 Flatcar with Launching Helicopter was produced for only one year -- 1961. This is a scarce freight car for several reasons:

Lionel produced several flatcars with a launching helicopter during the postwar era. This one -- the 3409 -- was Lionel's least expensive version as it had Arch-bar trucks, non-operating couplers and a manual launching mechanism.

The 3409 is part of Lionel's "Space & Military" series. As with many of the items from that series, there are delicate parts that are prone to damage due to improper handling. Locating a complete, all original flatcar with helicopter is a difficult task as few helicopters have survived intact.

Standard features of the 3409 include: unpainted light blue flatcar with white lettering, Arch bar trucks, black tail support structure, winding and launching mechanism plus a brakestand -- which did not include a metal brakewheel to further save money!

The winding and launching mechanism is the smaller version -- 1.375" in diameter. The metal mechanism attached to the bottom of the car was always plain sheet metal, not blackened metal as seen on other helicopter freight cars. The helicopter was always a single blade version.

Additional Detail, Photos & Box Information
The length of this flatcar is approximately 11 1/4" long (coupler to coupler).

Only Known Variation - The 3409 was always a light blue flarcar with a gray helicopter. The launching mechanism was always manual and never remote control activated.

Inventory For Sale
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3409 Flatcar with Helicopter
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Available inventory as of Fri Feb 12 03:00:01 2016 .
There are no 3409 items currently available for sale.
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Historical Sales
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Sales History
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All Aboard Train Shoppe7+$175.00Sat Jan 12 11:51:26 2013 Up for sale is one of the hardest-to-locate postwar helicopter flatcars. This one is complete, undamaged and includes an original postwar helicopter. The exterior colors are nice and clean and the side lettering is crisp and not faded.
All Aboard Train Shoppe8$170.00Tue Mar 5 17:07:42 2013 Up for sale is one of the harder-to-find flatcars with an original postwar helicopter. The 3409 was only produced for a single year and is difficult to locate in collector condition.
Table generated at Fri Feb 12 23:12:35 2016 .

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