Here is a one of a kind airplane cockpit instrument panel. I have owned this for many years and have never figured out who made it or its true age.
It is so simple and in some ways not very sophisticated so that is why it clearly is from the 50's. There are no identifying names or marks on it. It has a separate power supply that allows you to push through nine preprogrammed cards. It is kind of like the original computer punch cards from the 60's and 70's.
When the ridges on the yellow card hit some internal fingers in the power supply it completes the electric circuit and lights up the light bulb. You can then make adjustments with the red T lever and perhaps the light turns off. There is only one bulb that has fired up as seen in the picture.I would suspect if the finger area could be cleaned and /or the bulbs taken out, inspected, cleaned and reinstalled it will work better. Pushing the yellow card through the power supply makes a squeaking noise as the plastic rubs on the internal fingers. On the side of each yellow card you can see in the window what function is taking place. I guess in theory it might teach someone how to fly a plane.
There is not way to establish a comparable value so I have priced this for the hard core airplane collector that wants some unique. UPDATE An eBayer emailed me and told me that this is made by the Plastic Toy Company and is in the 1956 Sears Catalog. I found the ad and posted the additional pictures.
It still has no name in the ad and it is nice to know that it is complete with the 9 cards except for a toy plane that is mounted in the middle of the yellow yoke. This item is in the category "Toys & Hobbies\Electronic, Battery & Wind-Up\Battery Operated\Pre-1970". The seller is "scubasolarman" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped to United States.