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Old 08-22-2019, 02:16 PM   #1
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Hi, finally got the beautiful Tristar from inflight in the PSA livery (what a great livery it was) and the FedEx gemini MD11 ( missed the previous release).

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Old 08-22-2019, 02:31 PM   #2
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Nice machines!

Actually flew on a PSA Tristar once.
The color on the inside was as "sweet"as the outside.
What made this PSA L1011 special was the experimental lounge area in the cargo compartment in some of their machines.
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Beautiful model.

Never got a chance to fly on the PSA Tristar. But did get a chance to take some pictures of them at LAX.
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Thanks you both for the additional info! Must have been a thrill to sit in the lower lounge..
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Hi, finally got the beautiful Tristar from inflight in the PSA livery (what a great livery it was) and the FedEx gemini MD11 ( missed the previous release).

Some pics in the evening sun of these two lovely birds, enjoy!
Great pictures of these two fine models. Well done.

Question: The bulge on the underside of the belly of the PSA Tristar (which was necessary because of the underfloor lounge afaik), did this already come with the model, or did you fabricate it and attach it to the model?
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I had neglected to notice that belly fairing/bulge on PSA Tristars...that was there in case of a belly landing, to "protect" the lounge passengers. PSA was the only airline to take up this Lockheed option...no other airline wanted to give up cargo/galley space. Interestingly, Worldways Canada used these aircraft afterward...
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PSA was an intrastate carrier. So less of a concern to them.
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Nice acquisition on the PSA!
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Great pictures of these two fine models. Well done.

Question: The bulge on the underside of the belly of the PSA Tristar (which was necessary because of the underfloor lounge afaik), did this already come with the model, or did you fabricate it and attach it to the model?
It came with the model, nice detail that pushed me to purchase the PSA for my small Tristar collection.
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Nice additions Tom and nice info Marrlandair
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Thanks you both for the additional info! Must have been a thrill to sit in the lower lounge..
I was not that lucky to sit down there during flight but did visit the lounge after the aircraft landed. Even the flight attendants down there wore different costumes.

Don't ever sell that PSA Tristar. It is a true representative of the golden age of aviation (in my humble opinion)
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LTU took up three L-1011s in a package deal from Lockheed that were originally built for PSA but not taken up. They kept this special feature in the first instance (but no use during take-off and landing) and finally had their lower lounges removed in a mayor maintenance event by Eastern Airlines in the early 1980’s.
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I believe PSA only ever got 2 L1011's and they flew them only for a few years.
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I was not that lucky to sit down there during flight but did visit the lounge after the aircraft landed. Even the flight attendants down there wore different costumes.

Don't ever sell that PSA Tristar. It is a true representative of the golden age of aviation (in my humble opinion)
That's so true. Just looking at this model brings you back in the seventies. Too bad there are no mini stewardesses in mini skirts to go with it
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I believe PSA only ever got 2 L1011's and they flew them only for a few years.
That is correct, Maarlandair!

PSA ordered five and took up only the first two aircraft since they quickly realized that the L-1011 was just too big for the SFO-LAX commuter route (too big for a single flight plus it became obvious that commuters preferred a variety of flight options instead of one or two with big capacity).

Lockheed actually sued PSA for contractual obligations and, finally, PSA had to deploy of its two L-1011s for a Lockheed promotional world tour including Farnborough (UK) - that one was the example for Inflight‘s first PSA L-1011 model with the customer logos on fuselage.

The first two L-1011s assigned for PSA (and originally taken up by PSA) went to Aero Peru for four years before acquired by Worldways Canada. One was eventually converted into the Flying Hospital in the mid-1990‘s by Operation Blessing, the other one was proposed for ViP interior conversion (owned by the Donald Trump Organization) but this did not materialize.

EDIT: Big plus for the new release over the original one:
  1. One-piece fuselage, hence no danger of paint crack in the rear fuselage
  2. Polished metal belly instead of silver paint
  3. Structural reinforcement (lower lounge fairing) applied
  4. No customer logos, particularly no wrong one as on the first release
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That is correct, Maarlandair!

PSA ordered five and took up only the first two aircraft since they quickly realized that the L-1011 was just too big for the SFO-LAX commuter route (too big for a single flight plus it became obvious that commuters preferred a variety of flight options instead of one or two with big capacity).

Lockheed actually sued PSA for contractual obligations and, finally, PSA had to deploy of its two L-1011s for a Lockheed promotional world tour including Farnborough (UK) - that one was the example for Inflight‘s first PSA L-1011 model with the customer logos on fuselage.

The first two L-1011s assigned for PSA (and originally taken up by PSA) went to Aero Peru for four years before acquired by Worldways Canada. One was eventually converted into the Flying Hospital in the mid-1990‘s by Operation Blessing, the other one was proposed for ViP interior conversion (owned by the Donald Trump Organization) but this did not materialize.

EDIT: Big plus for the new release over the original one:
  1. One-piece fuselage, hence no danger of paint crack in the rear fuselage
  2. Polished metal belly instead of silver paint
  3. Structural reinforcement (lower lounge fairing) applied
  4. No customer logos, particularly no wrong one as on the first release
Very nice info Madridista. What a great history these two planes have!
To add to that, I read the first PSA plane after serving as a flying hospital was acquired by "The Tristar Experience" in 2017. I wonder if this plane is still flying somewhere today.

https://www.airlinereporter.com/2017...returns-skies/
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That's so true. Just looking at this model brings you back in the seventies. Too bad there are no mini stewardesses in mini skirts to go with it
That was the other special part of flying PSA.
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Very nice info Madridista. What a great history these two planes have!
To add to that, I read the first PSA plane after serving as a flying hospital was acquired by "The Tristar Experience" in 2017. I wonder if this plane is still flying somewhere today.

https://www.airlinereporter.com/2017...returns-skies/
TriStar Experience acquired the aircraft and finally ferried it from Arizona to Kansas City. As far as I know, no further flights were undertaken. I understand TriStar Experience is kind of a non-profit educational institution trying to motivate young people for the STEM branches in education. They also have a couple of other aircraft in their museum fleet.
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That's so true. Just looking at this model brings you back in the seventies. Too bad there are no mini stewardesses in mini skirts to go with it
Don’t forget the stewardesses also wore go-go boots! I loved PSA...
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Nice catch Baerke

That Pacific South Airways Lockheed L-1011 Tri-Star is very epic looking and yeah well what ya do if you don't have an upper deck you take the lower deck right, very cool and innovative idea
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Thanks Willem! Madridista; thx for the nice background info about the tristar, both model and the real thing. Very interesting.
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Very nice info Madridista. What a great history these two planes have!
To add to that, I read the first PSA plane after serving as a flying hospital was acquired by "The Tristar Experience" in 2017. I wonder if this plane is still flying somewhere today.

https://www.airlinereporter.com/2017...returns-skies/
If possible, Maarlandair, could you please add a photo of the new release's belly up-side-down? I would like to see a closer view of the fairing that protected the lower lounge.
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H er re you go, hope it helps..
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Looks simple but pretty good. Particularly the outer lines represent the original quite well.
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The Gemini MD-11 has become worse over time... The nose gear is squished and incorrect, and the cockpit window printing is crooked.
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You are right on the nose gear. Have to look for a replacement, something is wrong with it.
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