This 1/50 scale cast aluminum DC-8 model depicts N801PA Jet Clipper Queen of the Pacific.
Pan Am operated a fleet of 20 DC-8-30s between 1961 and 1968. The Pan Am DC-8s complemented the Boeing 707 fleet on the airline’s international services to Europe, South America and Asia.
Pan Am decided to standardize on the Boeing 707, when the fleet was sold on to Delta and United Airlines in 1968.
This custom made metal airline display model is available for special purchase.
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Producing these 1/50th scale cast aluminum DC-8 models is a time consuming, costly, highly labour intensive and material intensive process.
First of all, we invested heavily in the manufacture of costly aluminum molds (both patterns and pouring blocks), a period which took us one year from start of completion.
Each model is comprised of a hollow fuselage section, a main wing section, four engine castings, the stand casting, as well as engine, stand and fuselage attachment bolts and screws.
After an order is received, all the parts are cast in our production shop from the molds in aircraft grade aluminum.
In 1960, Aeronaves De Mexico took delivery of its first DC-8, a series -21 from the Douglas factory.
This aircraft was written off at Idlewild Airport in 1961, but Aeronaves went on to add a fleet of nine DC-8-50s to their operation, which the airline used on their international services from Mexico City from the 1960s through to the late 1980s.
The Aeronaves (later renamed Aeromexico) DC-8s were common visitors to Toronto, New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Madrid and other destinations in Latin America.
Capitol International Airways was a US charter airline that operated a large fleet of mostly second hand DC-8s (varies series) of military and passenger charters from the early 1960s through the mid 1980s.
Only six DC-8-30s and one DC-8-40 were operated by Capitol in the late 60s and first half of the 1970s, primarily on charter work between the eastern US and destinations in Europe.
You can now order your exclusively produced 1/50th scale cast aluminum Capitol International Airways DC-8-30. We require a deposit at time of order, and please allow eight weeks for the completion of your model.
Between 1961 and 1963, Trans-Canada Air Lines took delivery of eleven Rolls Royce Conway powered DC-8-40 series aircraft, which operated Canadian domestic services as well as the carriers overseas routes, primarily to the UK and Germany, as well as southern US and Caribbean sun destinations.
Most of Air Canada’s Conway powered DC-8s were retired on sold/leased to third level operators between 1975 and 1977. However, Air Canada also operated a fleet of five fan powered DC-8-54Fs, which remained in service until 1984. Air Canada’s DC-8-61s were retired in the early 1980s, but the DC-8-63s were converted to CFM-56 power and remained in service until the late 1980s.
Rio De Janeiro based Panair Do Brasil operated a fleet of four Douglas DC-8-33s in the early 1960s. Two of the aircraft were delivered new from the Douglas factory in 1961, and two were acquired from Pan American in 1962/63.
Within a few years the Panair DC-8 fleet was gone, as two were absorbed into VARIG, one was returned to Pan American, and one aircraft was lost in an accident at Rio in 1962.
You can now order your exclusively produced 1/50th scale cast aluminum Panair Do Brasil DC-8-33. We require a deposit at time of order, and please allow eight weeks for the completion of your model.
Between 1970 and 1978, Philippine Air Lines (PAL) operated two DC-8-33s on their international services from their Manila base.
The two DC-8-33s were leased from KLM. In addition to the DC-8-33s, PAL also operated a large fleet of eleven DC-8-50s and two DC-8-63s. By the early 1980s, the PAL DC-8 fleet had been retired and replaced with newer DC-10s and 747s.
You can now order your exclusively produced 1/50th scale cast aluminum Philippine Air Lines DC-8-33. We require a deposit at time of order, and please allow eight weeks for the completion of your model.
This early 1960s livery was recently commissioned as a custom model by a customer in France.
This custom THY Turkish DC-8 model was completed in September, 2013 for a private collector. THY considered DC-8s in the early 60s.
Canadian Pacific Airlines DC-8-43 CF-CPI Empress of Amsterdam is our latest production model.
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.