Aircraft Display Model Collection Pt 2
Transair started in the post war era, 1947, and operated from Croydon Airport which was then the main airport for London. Newspaper delivery services were a mainstay of their freight operations and they then were awarded contract Royal Mail delivery work from BEA (the nominated state carrier).
De Havilland Dragon Rapides and Douglas DC3's soon entered service; Transair pushed the DC3's performance envelope with their engineering upgrades, creating the Dakmaster. But as their workload grew, so did the need for larger and more modern aircraft and on 24th June 1955 Transair became the third British independent airline to order the Vickers Viscount. They placed an order for two series 800s, with 70 seats. In all Transair would operate five Viscounts.
Though as a Vickers customer Transair would have been seen as a potential operator of the larger 100-seat Vickers Vanguard. This medium sized turboprop aircraft first flew in 1959, but promotion of the type would have preceded the first flight by a few years. But the Vanguard was starting its operational life just as the jets were coming along and only 44 were ever built.
This super 1/50th scale model of a Hunting-Clan DC-6A appeared on ebay. It must have been for a company office or central travel agency. It was all aluminum with a 27 1/2 inches (700mm) wingspan and a fuselage length of 23 1/2 inches (600mm).
BCal 1:50th DC10 Model from Peter Buckland
The following photos are of a superb 1:50th Scale DC10 model that has joined the collection, kindly donated by Peter Buckland.
It is around 4ft long and quite heavy; and a super model in the later BCal livery
BCal 1:50th DC10 Model G-BEBL
The following photos are of a superb 1:50th Scale DC10 model that has joined the collection. This is, I think, from around 1976 and would have been used to promote the arrival of BM and BL in 1977. It is in the earlier BCal livery
BUA VC10 Cutaway Model Photos from Roger Botting
Roger visited Montevideo in 2011 taking in their Aviation Museum called the Museo Aeronautico and found this BUA VC10 model proudly on display some 47 years after BUA first flew their VC10 to South America.
I think it is 1/20th scale, so a good 6ft / 2m in length, and it is one of the rarer cutaway models that show the cabin. It's great to know that this model is still around and that BUA is still remembered down route.