Saturday, January 28, 2012

Philippine Airlines DC-8-53

The Douglas DC-8 was developed in 1955 as a competitor to the Boeing 707. The 4-engined jet entered service with the Philippine Air Lines in the 1960s, servicing routes to the United States and Europe.

Model: Douglas DC-8-53
Livery: Philippine Airlines
Manufacturer: Gemini Jets
Scale: 1:400
Length: 4.52"
Wingspan: 4.28" 
Price: $ 24.75
Notes: Registration No. RP-C801

Monday, January 23, 2012

Sunday, January 22, 2012

TWA L-049 Constellation

My fascination with old airliners continues with the acquisition of this die-cast model - a Trans World Airline Lockheed L-049 Constellation. The aircraft entered service as  military transport during World War II, and as a civilian airliner after the war. It was developed under the behest of Howard Hughes, who owned TWA. 

The aircraft has a distinctive triple-tail design, and one of the first airliners to feature pressurized cabins and electric de-icing technology. 

Model: Lockheed L-049 Constellation
Livery: Trans World Airline
Manufacturer: Dragon Wings
Scale: 1:400
Length: 2.75"
Wingspan: 3.75" 
Provenance: Lil's Futaba
Price: PhP 860
Notes: Includes a display box and a scale model ladder

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Boeing C-17 Globemaster III

I have seen one of these in real life at Edwin Andrews Air Base in Zamboanga City during the height of the war on terror. 

This scale model of the Boeing C-17 Globemaster III is the first military aircraft in my collection. I bought this from, and it came with a free Boeing magazine. 

Model: Boeing C-17 Globemaster III
Livery: US Air Force
Manufacturer: GeminiMACS
Scale: 1:400
Length: 5.4"
Wingspan: 5" 
Price: $32

Monday, January 16, 2012

Boeing 747 SCA & Discovery

 I love the Space Shuttle, and when I saw this model of a Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft with the space shuttle Discovery piggybacking on it I knew that I wanted it to be part of my collection.  

This particular model is the second one to be commissioned by NASA, designated as SCA N911NA. It  is a modified Boeing 747-100SR, and it entered service in 1991. 

Space Shuttle Discovery first made its maiden flight in 1984, and its last in 2011. 

Model: Boeing 747 SCA + Space Shuttle Discovery
Livery: NASA
Manufacturer: Dragon Wings
Scale: 1:400
Length: 7" (747)
Wingspan: 6" (747)
Provenance: Futaba
Price: PhP 1198
Notes: the Shuttle Discovery is made of plastic

Friday, January 13, 2012

Boeing 747 Dreamlifter

I think my collection is shaping up, and is leaning towards unusually-shaped aircraft. Case of point is the Boeing 747 Dreamlifter, which in real life, is a modified 747 wide-body cargo aircraft [1]. The aircraft, which has a large hump on the fuselage, is used to transport parts for the production of the 787 planes.  
This die-cast model was on sale at when I got it. 

Model: Boeing 747 Dreamlifter
Livery: Boeing
Manufacturer: Hogan Wings
Scale: 1:400
Length: 7.5"
Wingspan: 6.5"
Price: $22.46 + shipping

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Aeroflot Ilyushin Il-86

As somebody who grew up during the Cold War, it's is not uncommon for a curious kid like me to end up reading a lot about the arms race between the United States and the USSR - the spies, the weapons and of course, the planes! Harking back to that era is this Aeroflot Ilyushin Il-86, which is USSR's first wide-body aircraft, designed to compete against similar Western aircraft, such as the Lockheed L-1011 TriStar.  

The Il-86 was manufactured from 1976 to 1991, and 106 were built [1].  

Model: Ilyushin Il-86
Livery: Aeroflot Red Flag Livery
Manufacturer: Gemini Jets
Scale: 1:400
Length: 5.93"
Wingspan: 4.73"
Price: $30

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Philippine Airlines Convair 340

I asked a friend to purchase this model for me during his flight from Los Angeles to Manila via Philippine Airlines. 

This model is the Convair CV-340, which Philippine Airlines flew in the 1950s. This is sold together with a 1:500 Airbus A340, as part of the airline's 70th anniversary promotion.

Model: Convair CV-340
Livery: Philippine Airlines (1950s livery)
Manufacturer: PPC
Scale: 1:400
Provenance: onboard PAL flight
Price: $39

Sunday, January 8, 2012

British Airways Concorde

The 1:400 British Airways Condorde is the first Herpa-made die cast model in my collection. In real life, the supersonic airliner is about 62.1 meters in length, 11.4 meters high, and has a 25.56-meter wingspan. It is one of the most iconic and recognizable aircraft in the world.

Model: Aerospatiale/BAC Concorde
Livery: British Airways Old Colors
Manufacturer: Herpa
Scale: 1:400
Length: 6.09"
Wingspan: 2.49"
Provenance: Lil's Futaba
Price: PhP 1485

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Philippine Airlines DC-3

I have a thing for classic old planes that hark back to the early days of aviation, so this PAL DC-3 - sold inflight aboard Philippine Airlines flights - caught my eye and started my die-cast aircraft collection.

This 1:400 scale model is sold together with a 1:500 scale Airbus A330-300, as part of PAL's 70th anniversary promotion. It costs $39. 

Model: Douglas DC-3
Livery: Philippine Airlines
Manufacturer: PPC
Scale: 1:400
Provenance: inflight, Philippine Airlines
Price: $39