NOTE TO CUSTOMERS: Our initial production run of the first 20 models is now completely SOLD OUT. We will need order commitments of at least 7 models before we can proceed with a second production batch of 20. If you would like to commit to one of these tentative models we will require a $500 deposit per model, which we will refund if we are unable to secure 7 orders within a 1 year period. The cost of each model (white crown scheme) is $2200 USD, with added shipping cost from Vancouver, Canada.
At DC-8Models.com, we are pleased to be able to offer discriminating aircraft model collectors re-cast 1/50th scale aluminum DC-8 models in period liveries. Each of our models is customer commissioned and built in the same style as the original DFMs, polished to mirror grade, painted with non-fade paints, and clear-coated for long term preservation and display.
Our models are produced on a one-off basis as per each customer’s order. We do not hold inventory, decals in most cases are in very limited supply, and some models presented on this website may already be un-reproducable. As these models are produced in such small numbers, they will likely prove to be worthwhile long-term investments.
In the 1960s, the Douglas Aircraft Company of Long Beach, California, produced large scale cast aluminum models of their DC-8 series aircraft as sales promotional pieces for their airline customers and prospective clients.
These fabulous aircraft display models were produced in both 1/72 scale and 1/50th scale, in very limited quantities, and were presented as gifts to the airlines. Typically, when a new DC-8 was delivered, the Douglas Salesmen would take the models on the delivery flight to the awaiting airline executives.
Douglas produced the models from very elaborate and precise molds, with the fuselage being produced by joining two hallow sections to a tail section. The wing section would bolt into the fuselage with the stand attached by a bolt attachment through the centre of the wings. The aluminum pieces were polished to mirror grade, then the models were painted and finished in airline liveries with decals, and supplied to the customers in custom wooden shipping crates.
Today, the aircraft models that originated from the Douglas factory are highly sought after by collectors, and are referred to as “DFMs” (Douglas Factory Models). Due to their very limited period production, and difficulty to locate, period models in good condition can command values in excess of several thousand dollars.