1/144 Hawaiian Air DC-8-63

by Minicraft
$59.73 USD $74.66 USD

Description

This is an injection-plastic airliner model kit.

From the manufacturer:

One of the greatest pioneers in aviation was Donald Willis Douglas, a Naval Academy Cadet, who graduated from MIT in the newly formed aeronautical engineering course. Douglas designed his aircraft with great skill and vision.  The key featuers of his designs were robustness and durability, but the most important element was that the basic design had the ability to be developed into later models by stretching the fuselage and wings, or by upgrading the engines. This vision paved the way for some of aviation's greatest aircraft, including the DC-3, DC-4, and the DC-6, which dominated the skies for decades.

With the dawn of the jet age, Douglas kept his tradition when he designed the DC-8, a very flexible, rock-solid workhorse.  This design lead to as many as 10 versions for different purposes.  The DC-8 first flew in May 1958, six months after the first flight of its biggest rival, the Boeing 707.  This first-generation DC-8, the domestic version, did not meet the promised performance.  The wingspan was increased, and leading edge slots were added to the design powered by a JT3 engine, and it was renamed Series 20.  Following shortly thereafter, Series 30 was introduced as an intercontinental "over water" version. Douglas later developed a Rolls Royce powered Series 40, which would especially suit Canadian customers.

As the demand for newer and better engines increased, Pratt & Whitney brought out a new engine based on the JT3, and named it JT3C-3B.  The new engine generated more power, consumed considerably less fuel, and was quieter than its predecessors. This was achieved through a better mix of fuel and air, but most of all by putting a larger faninfront of the engine.  This fan would bypass the air along the engine, so that only part of the airflow would need to go through the compressor and combustion process.  Thus the turbo-fan engine was born.  The new aircraft, the DC-8 Series 50, overpowered the previous series and allowed increased takeoff weight and ranges.  The first DC-8-50 was delivered to KLM in April 1961,

The new engines opend new dimensions to the DC-8, and Douglas' philosophy to build the airframe in a way that it could be expanded would now pay off.  United and Delta Airlines had requested much higher capacity for domestic flights, and with the power surplus, the Series 50 was stretched by 440 inches.  This increased the capacity from a maximal 179 in the earlier series to a fantastic 269.  The new Series was named the DC-8, Series 61, a.k.a. "DC-8 Super 60."

Features all-new deluxe decals by Cartograf, recessed panel lines, positionable landing gear and detailed JT3D-3B engines. Over 38cm in length when assembled. 

Details

Code: MCTMC14684
Release Date: Mar 2013
Item Size/Weight: 43.5cm x 23.4cm x 6.5cm / 430g
Manufacturer: Minicraft

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