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AEROCLASSICS 1/200 AC2ZKNZF AIR NEW ZEALAND


MC DONNELL DOUGLAS DC-8-52 ZK-NZF a Limited edition

Nice rare model type. Consider yourselves given the heads up for all those DC-8 fans. Product number is in the title of this thread. Snooze and you will loose NZC is pictured. NZF was the last on the NZ rego


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Thanks for posting this photo as I didn’t know that ANZ flew DC-8s. A very tempting model indeed...
I hope you’re staying well in Sydney and QANTAS will weather the storm.
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Nothing on their FB page, Google search brings up zilch. No dealer has listed.

But a day late for April fools day.... hmmm
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Evil Evil Joke lol
Had me hunting high and low. Happy April Fools Day Aussie !!
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Evil Evil Joke lol
Had me hunting high and low. Happy April Fools Day Aussie !!

Ah you mad Kiwi,,, What be this...... some kind of Collectors Aircraft Models Australia Joke? I know Murray at CAMS there very well he is a Kiwi and I can assure you he campaigned AK hard to get this made. Now go get yourself a copy and enjoy.
















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The Air New Zealand DC8-52 is not exclusive to CAMS in Australia.It will be a general release.This is one I have been waiting for!

I mailed Murray yesterday to get more info regarding this release and I just got a mail back from Murray telling me it is not exclusive to his shop.He initiated this release with Andrew from Aeroclassics so a big thank you for his efforts and to Andrew for actually producing it.

So the other 2 DC-8's (Air Jamaica and Trans Caribbean) will also be general releases I believe.
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The Air New Zealand DC8-52 is not exclusive to CAMS in Australia.It will be a general release.This is one I have been waiting for!

I mailed Murray yesterday to get more info regarding this release and I just got a mail back from Murray telling me it is not exclusive to his shop.He initiated this release with Andrew from Aeroclassics so a big thank you for his efforts and to Andrew for actually producing it.

So the other 2 DC-8's (Air Jamaica and Trans Caribbean) will also be general releases I believe.

Picture 1 does not say it's a CAMS Exclusive, What is actually says and I quote it says "An Exclusive (Almost) DC8 month from Aeroclassics. Reason being there is a single 1:400 release of a Delta Airbus A321 " Thank You Jet" and that's where the exclusive part finishes, and no need to post that in the 1:200 section. I ordered my Air New Zealand DC-8-52 today. I am glad you were successful in ordering yours today as well filip. Looking forward to it

Areoclassics are not large production runs so if this one is on your list then you have the model number to order. Don't sit on the fence with this one
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Please feel free to visit "Bring our birds back home" on Facebook. The repatriation project of the Air New Zealand different aircraft types to be properly remembered in their former glory. Together in a museum. FB Link below is here ---> Bring our Birds Home
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. . . He initiated this release with Andrew from Aeroclassics so a big thank you for his efforts and to Andrew for actually producing it . . .

I really appreciate that Andrew steps up and produces some of these more out-of-the-way aircraft & livery models. Even if they are in small runs. His work with the DC-8's has really been extraordinary, IMHO, and he fulfilled an age-old wish of mine by doing a series of early 60's Canadian Pacific Airlines DC-8's. Not only did he do a range, he did them exceptionally well. For that, I owe thanks to Andrew.
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I really appreciate that Andrew steps up and produces some of these more out-of-the-way aircraft & livery models. Even if they are in small runs. His work with the DC-8's has really been extraordinary, IMHO, and he fulfilled an age-old wish of mine by doing a series of early 60's Canadian Pacific Airlines DC-8's. Not only did he do a range, he did them exceptionally well. For that, I owe thanks to Andrew.
I totally agree with you!!
I have a lot of DC8's from Aeroclassics200 and all of them are excellent!!
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Does anyone know where these are in stock? Eztoys sold out before I had a chance to preorder.
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Does anyone know where these are in stock? Eztoys sold out before I had a chance to preorder.

Preorders closed early April from my retailer which is why I gave the heads up in my op. Good luck with your search, and be quick if you find a copy in stock somewhere. I hope you are lucky enough to get one.
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Thanks for posting this photo as I didn’t know that ANZ flew DC-8s. A very tempting model indeed...
I hope you’re staying well in Sydney and QANTAS will weather the storm.

Qantas is well placed to weather the storm Jay. Same can't be said for Virgin Australia. They have been operating for quite some time at a loss. They are 5 billion AUD in the red hole.They have gone into involuntary administration. Perth airport have blocked in Virgin Aircraft with heavy vehicles tractors & catering trucks and are not releasing the aircraft until Virgin Australia pays is AUD 16 million air port fees.
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Does anyone know where these are in stock? Eztoys sold out before I had a chance to preorder.

You can pre-order it from Jetcollector.com!Have a look on their website.
Do not hesitate to pre-order it if you really want this model.
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Thank you all! I wasn’t having much luck with Googling it but I was able to order through Jetcollector!
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Got mine from Jet collector- on way to me already with tracking number. Sold out very quickly.
On its way already? I was on the understanding these were still a few weeks away yet. I don't think the orders have been processed as of yet.
Will be a great addition to the fleet when it arrives.
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On its way already? I was on the understanding these were still a few weeks away yet. I don't think the orders have been processed as of yet.
Will be a great addition to the fleet when it arrives.

It will be for your collection which will be very impressive for sure. Mine is arriving in Melbourne this Friday. A small batch (less than ten) models are being air freighted in the balance coming by sea from the USA. Looking forward to the delivery colours next TEAL
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It will be for your collection which will be very impressive for sure. Mine is arriving in Melbourne this Friday. A small batch (less than ten) models are being air freighted in the balance coming by sea from the USA. Looking forward to the delivery colours next TEAL
Well that is surprising and a good surprise at that !! And yes the TEAL delivery scheme will also be a fantastic addition. Mark me down for one of them for sure haha. I look forward to receiving mine in the months to come. Cheers
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Well that is surprising and a good surprise at that !! And yes the TEAL delivery scheme will also be a fantastic addition. Mark me down for one of them for sure haha. I look forward to receiving mine in the months to come. Cheers

You know what plane mad NZ KIWI, I am just glad you secured a copy, because there all gone sold out on pre order. Next time I give you the heads up, take it as real advise Please check your inbox for some private news
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Cheers bud, I will keep my eye on my inbox
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Still waiting for these to be listed from my regular UK / Aus / US dealers & now it seems they never received stock?? My first time attempting to add an Aeroclassics model to my hangar & it would appear only a small amount were made.

Pleased to report I have ordered one, now I just need to hurry up & wait! There are a good number of Air New Zealand collectors worldwide & the DC-8 has been the missing piece of the fleet in 1:200 diecast.

A definite pre-order for the TEAL version if it goes ahead, fingers crossed.

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Still waiting for these to be listed from my regular UK / Aus / US dealers & now it seems they never received stock?? My first time attempting to add an Aeroclassics model to my hangar & it would appear only a small amount were made.

Pleased to report I have ordered one, now I just need to hurry up & wait! There are a good number of Air New Zealand collectors worldwide & the DC-8 has been the missing piece of the fleet in 1:200 diecast.

A definite pre-order for the TEAL version if it goes ahead, fingers crossed.
None were sent to Europe yet, as due to China Coronavirus, that continent is still shut down. By the time they re-open, there won't be much left to send there. The bulk have already shipped to USA and Australia.
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Thanks Mr Klein and all who were involved in getting this model / livery into production. I have always enjoyed the Aeroclassic models, their 737-200's were the first in my 1:400 collection which is now sitting around 350 models. Small in comparison to some, but big enough for me Cheers again for everyone's hard work in getting this underway
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Thanks Mr Klein and all who were involved in getting this model / livery into production. I have always enjoyed the Aeroclassic models, their 737-200's were the first in my 1:400 collection which is now sitting around 350 models. Small in comparison to some, but big enough for me Cheers again for everyone's hard work in getting this underway
Well said mate and thanks Andrew for your reply to my post.

Here's some detail on the 'Mighty 8' in Air NZ service:

Air New Zealand's first DC-8-52 ZK-NZA performed its maiden flight from Long Beach California on February 14th 1965 and was delivered to the airline on July 20th 1965. The 6510 mile non-stop delivery flight to Auckland was completed in 13 hours 32 minutes.

Arrival of ZK-NZA was closely followed by sister ships ZK-NZB on August 12th then ZK-NZC on September 22nd 1965. Each of Air New Zealand's DC-8's were configured for 129 passengers and powered by P&W JT3D-3B fanjet engines. The airlines first 3 DC-8's were delivered in hybrid livery featuring dual "TEAL/AIR NEW ZEALAND" titles employed fleet wide during transition from old to new corporate brands.

Air New Zealand's DC-8 jetliners were the source of tremendous pride for the airline. Public acceptance was immediate. One aircraft was opened for inspection at Auckland International Airport on October 2nd 1965 by enthusiastic public eager for a close look the new jets. On October 3rd 1965 Air New Zealand operated it's first ever DC-8 jet service between Christchurch and Melbourne and on November 24th flew its first scheduled services through the new Auckland International Airport .... an L-188 service to Fiji along with a DC-8 to Sydney .... the airport was not officially opened until January 29th 1966.

This was a time of major expansion for Air New Zealand. The longer ranging DC-8's promoted services to new exotic places along with significantly reduced travelling times. Services to new destinations were often (unusually by today's standards) preceded by "non-commercial route proving/promotional flights" in advance of scheduled services.

The first of such flights operated between Auckland and Los Angeles on December 10th 1965. Air New Zealand's DC-8's then began operating twice weekly scheduled services to Los Angeles (via Nadi and Honolulu) on December 14th 1965. Similar promotional flights operated to the Orient during February 1966. First to Hong Kong on February 15th then Singapore on February 24th. Scheduled Air New Zealand DC-8 services to Hong Kong (via Sydney and Manila) then commenced on March 3rd 1966 followed by Singapore (via Sydney) on April 6th 1966.

Disaster occurred on the afternoon of July 4th 1966. DC-8 ZK-NZB crashed during a training flight at Auckland International Airport. The aircraft was performing a series of touch and go maneuvers during which simulated failed engine procedures were rehearsed. The accident occurred as the check captain rapidly retarded # 4 engine throttle moments after lift-off .... generated inertial forces then caused the associated thrust brake lever to rise and enter the reverse idle detent.

Recovery was impossible before the aircraft impacted the ground about its starboard wingtip and cart wheeled disintegrating for several hundred yards along the main taxiway. 2 of the 5 crew were killed in the accident which highlighted a potentially fatal flaw in the DC-8 throttle system not previously been encountered during developmental test flying.

DC-8's re-launched Air New Zealand flights to Tahiti on November 5th 1967 after a 2 year suspension of services to French Polynesia. This service was operated as first stage of a 3rd weekly frequency to Los Angeles. An additional 2 factory fresh DC-8-52's were purchased by Air New Zealand during 1968. The new aircraft became ZK-NZD (# 45932) delivered on January 29th and ZK-NZE (# 45985) delivered on February 28th .... increasing the airlines DC-8 fleet strength to 4 aircraft.

Both DC-8's were delivered featuring Air New Zealand's definitive "Five Star Jet" livery of the 1960's-70's era. These new aircraft retained passenger seating configuration of their preceding sister ships but were powered by slightly higher performance P&W JT3D-3B-D1 type fanjet engines.

A 5th DC8-52 was delivered to Air New Zealand during November 1970. This particular aircraft was leased from United Airlines to become ZK-NZF (ex N8036U # 45303). The aircraft did not enter service until December 14th 1970 and was eventually purchased by the airline on July 9th 1971.

In 1970 Air New Zealand DC-8's began operating Auckland/Melbourne services from July 1st then Christchurch/Melbourne from July 4th. From April 1st 1971 the airlines frequency to Los Angeles increased to 4 services each week with introduction of a 2nd flight via Honolulu. Air New Zealand's 6th and final DC-8-52 was also purchased from United Airlines on October 21st 1971 and became ZK-NZG (ex N8034U # 45301).

This aircraft entered service on November 29th 1971. The airlines frequency to Los Angeles was further increased during November 1971 and again in January 1972 with DC-8's operating additional Auckland/Nandi/Honolulu/Los Angeles and Auckland/Tahiti/Los Angeles services. Air New Zealand's final L188 Electra service operated on May 30th 1972 succeeded by DC-8's which then commenced international flights through Wellington from June 1st linking the New Zealand capital with Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne.

Air New Zealand entered the wide-body era on January 27th 1973 with delivery of the first of 8 new DC10-30's. Prior commitment to DC10's the airline was considering re-equipping with DC8 Super 61, -62, -63, or L1011 aircraft. DC10's also introduced the airlines new corporate identity featuring Maori "Koru" tail logo and stripping representative of sternposts on early Polynesian voyaging canoes from pre-European times. The first of the airlines 6 DC-8's were repainted in this new livery during May 1973 with conversion of the remainder of the fleet being completed prior the end of 1973.

From December 2nd 1973 DC8's commenced Air New Zealand Auckland/Rarotonga services and on December 4th reopened the airlines "Coral Route" linking Auckland, Tahiti, Nadi, Pago Pago, and Rarotonga. The "Coral Route" was originally operated by TEAL flying-boats from 1951-1960. Members of the British royal family travelled by Air New Zealand DC-8 between Rarotonga and Christchurch on January 30th 1974.

HM Queen Elizabeth 2 was accompanied by HRH Princess Anne and Captain Mark PHILLIPS for closure of the 10th British Commonwealth Games hosted by the city of Christchurch. The royal charter was commanded by Captain Ross JOHNSON. From March 1974 most Air New Zealand flights to Rarotonga, Tahiti, and American Samoa became direct services from Auckland rather than multi staged flights through the Pacific region. DC-8's also introduced Christchurch/Wellington/Nadi services from May 3Oth 1974.

As DC-10's entered service Air New Zealand began inevitable and progressive disposal of its DC-8 fleet from 1976. DC-8-52 ZK-NZF was sold to McDonnell-Douglas on March 25th 1976 for lease to Cyprus Airways. The aircraft became N99862 and was later damaged in a gun battle at Nicosia Airport on February 20th 1978.

It returned to McDonnell-Douglas for repair and was later sold to Evergreen International where it became N804EV. On September 27th 1976 DC-8-52 ZK-NZG was also sold to Evergreen International and became N800EV. DC8-52 ZK-NZA also joined Evergreen on January 14th 1977 to become N801EV.

All 3 ex Air New Zealand DC-8's served the remainder of their economic lives with Evergreen International until final withdrawal from service and eventual scrapping during the 1990's.

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Thanks for the history and I have to correct my op. There were 7 and not 6 Air New Zealand DC-8's and their registrations are ZK-NZA,B,C,D,E,F and G. F was not the last DC-8 on the register. Sorry for any confusion caused.

ZK-NZA ---> Air New Zealand Douglas DC-8-52 - "Take-off, Cruise & Landing" - 1965


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Also want to add my biggest thanks to Mr Klein for this release. I was an avid campaigner for NZ aircraft in 1:400 scale back in the late 2000's before my eventual switch to 1:200 scale.
This model is fantastic and a welcome edition. I'm hopeful their Air NZ 767-200 release finds its way into 1:200 scale also.
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Mine arrived just over a week ago, my first Aeroclassics model to join my hangar.

Wow! I'm blown away by this, what an absolute beauty of a model. The shape, detailing etc all look absolutely spot on to me and at long last I have an Air NZ DC-8!!





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Thanks for making me jealous! Fingers crossed for another realease!
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Ugghh...I can't believe I missed out on this
I'm assuming there are no restocks looming in the future?
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For the fast and dauntless:

ARD London has it in stock now - for 140GBP...

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ARD London has it in stock now - for 140GBP...
Thanks for the heads up. Not sure I can stretch to $275NZD shipped though 😥
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