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Full-scale model of a Pan Am Airlines first-class cabin – in a guy’s garage…

When Anthony Toth wants to experience the luxury of flying first class, he doesn’t need to travel any further than his own Redondo Beach garage. That’s where the 42-year-old aircraft enthusiast built a full-scale replica of a first-class cabin from a Pan Am World Airways 747. When visitors enter Toth’s garage, they are greeted with a timetable listing the flight schedule from Los Angeles that Pan Am would have used in the 1970s. They are then directed inside the cabin, where they can sit in red-and-blue airplane seats, and eat peanuts from a Pan Am embossed package. Toth has painstakingly re-created a Pan Am aircraft from the 1960s and ’70s, complete with recordings of the original in-flight audio. It’s taken Toth nearly 20 years to scavenge for the parts to construct the cabin, which he started building five years ago. He estimates that he’s spent more than $50,000 on airplane

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.


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  1. DJ Ir0nGruve Drinkus Partius Maximus says:

    If not taste in color scheme.

    I just wanted to point out that airplane seats are really expensive and new ones often sell for really insane prices. I’ve heard rumors of $20k plus a seat which is incredible but when you consider how light they have to be and the amount of testing and regulations they undergo and conform to not too surprising.

  2. Pwilliam56 says:

    Am I the only one that finds this a little weird to spend 20 years and $50k to decorate a garage? Or…Am I weird for keeping my car in my garage?

    1. Simon says:

      You’re weird having to ask that here :)

      50k over 20 years isn’t too bad for a hobby really. 2.5k a year.

      A man’s got to have a hobby!

  3. Jonathan Fulton says:

    Man’s gotta hook up with some filmmakers, do you have any idea how hard it is to get access to a mockup of an airplane for shooting films?
    Not hard, just expensive. This guys could make some easy cash catering to indie shoots….

  4. sophie says:

    I just wanted to point out that airplane seats are really expensive and new ones often sell for really insane prices. I’ve heard rumors of $20k plus a seat which is incredible but when you consider how light they have to be and the amount of testing and regulations they undergo and conform to not too surprising.
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