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Old 09-27-2020, 09:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all,

Not quite as impressive as it’s Boeing, Douglas or Fokker sub-fleet, but KLM did use most civilian aircraft produced by Lockheed as well. I thought I’d share some pics and a few words.

KLM started in 1938 with the introduction of the Lockheed 14 Super Electra (Helmet models), initially operated in The Netherlands but mostly used and based out of the West Indies. 11 were purchased and used during 10 years. The aircraft seated 14 passengers and was also used as a trainer. Initially the Lockheed 14 was seen as somewhat of a competitor to the DC-2, but this never really materialized. PH-APE crashed during a training flight.

In 1946 KLM started using the Lockheed Constellation L-749 (Western models). This type stayed in service for 20 years and was used on the European network as well as long distance with the added fuel capacity compared to the -649. I have added engine cowling exhaust decals as well as flap details to the model. PH-LDE left KLM in 1960 and was broken up in 1972.

In 1953 the Lockheed Super Constellation L-1049 was added to the fleet which was used until 1966. PH-LKK was only used for 5 years and mainly on long distance flights. It was built as a direct competitor for the DC-6. KLM used both the 1049 as well as the 1049G (with tip tanks). PH-LKK is made by Herpa. I have added cowling exhaust decals here as well. PH-LKK was written of in 1968 during a landing incident.

KLM also used the Lockheed L-049, which became available as a surplus aircraft from WWII. In total 48 aircraft in all versions were used. 7 were lost in accidents. Two are being preserved in Brazil and the UK in different liveries.

The last Lockheed in KLM’s fleet was the L-188C Electra from 1959 until 1969. In Europe KLM was the only user and acquired 12. Most other operators waited for the first DC-9 which was under development at the time. The 188C was a longer range version of the standard 188A but mostly used in Europe. PD-LLD (Hobbymaster) and -LLG (Aviation200) are in KLM’s initial and last L-188 livery. I recently purchased PH-LLG. All aircraft have been withdrawn from use or scrapped.

Missing from my Lockheed collection is an L-049 with Speedpack. I have tried to make a Speedpack myself but am not happy with the result yet. Western models made a TWA with Speedpack in 1:200 (as previously discussed in this forum) but I don’t know of any other model with this added feature. I know AF, DL, KL, WS, EA and QF were all users of the Speedpack, so sufficient reasons for a new connie I think.

Hope you enjoy the pics.
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Old 09-27-2020, 09:39 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Wow! I like that Lockheed 14 Super Electra
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I really enjoyed the pictures and the narrative.

I have two of these models.
True that the speedpack is something that Andrew could consider.

Thank you for taking the time to write these words and send the pictures, I appreciate.

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Wow! I like that Lockheed 14 Super Electra
I was happy I found when Helmet models was still trading, Murtaza. Making it was quite easy, just adding the right decals in the right size.
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I really enjoyed the pictures and the narrative.

I have two of these models.
True that the speedpack is something that Andrew could consider.

Thank you for taking the time to write these words and send the pictures, I appreciate.

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Sure Jean Pierre.
Did you ever finish your speedpack?
I believe it was one of your projects.
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Great pictures and narrative. I grew up with KLM as my father worked for them starting 1955.

We flew on PH-LKK in 1958 from Panama to Lima, Peru. KLM issued certificates to all Pax to commemorate crossing the Equator. Mine is framed and still have my mom and dad's.
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You just made my day! What a gems... especially the L749; a VHTF model. I love the decal additions to it. I would like to plead again for more (polished) KLM Connies. Please, bring them on!

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Very nice collection and story! As VJ stated, we need more KLM connies, with speedpack would be amazing. The Western connie is very rare and I'm glad to have it. Only fault is that it has the flying Dutchman text on both sides and not de vliegende Hollander on one side. Or were there connies with both English titles?
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Without question this historical photo belongs here


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Great post Maarlinair. It's almost funny that simulations changes occur. I had ordered my base model some time ago, however, my Qantas decals took more time to manufacture. Working on model completion soon.
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Great pictures and narrative. I grew up with KLM as my father worked for them starting 1955.

We flew on PH-LKK in 1958 from Panama to Lima, Peru. KLM issued certificates to all Pax to commemorate crossing the Equator. Mine is framed and still have my mom and dad's.
I envy you! Would love to make a trip on a Connie.
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Very nice collection and story! As VJ stated, we need more KLM connies, with speedpack would be amazing. The Western connie is very rare and I'm glad to have it. Only fault is that it has the flying Dutchman text on both sides and not de vliegende Hollander on one side. Or were there connies with both English titles?
I know KLM had planes with english titles on both sides, but I am not sure if that was also the case with the connies. Could find no proof of it either.
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Great post Maarlinair. It's almost funny that simulations changes occur. I had ordered my base model some time ago, however, my Qantas decals took more time to manufacture. Working on model completion soon.
That picture belongs here!
Share the model when its done!
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I know KLM had planes with english titles on both sides, but I am not sure if that was also the case with the connies. Could find no proof of it either.
Connies had Dutch on Starboard side.

Edit: I stand corrected, 049s had English on Starboard.

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Great history. Thanks.
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A little more about the WM speedpack.

I have no plans to make speedpaks but using the one I have under the belly of the TWA Constellation as a master, it should not be too difficult to make a few others for our models, unfortunately, I don't have the know-how ...

But if we kindly ask Andrew, maybe his next Constellation will have this equipment .

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Wow JP thanks for pulling apart your model to show the detailed speed pack. Yes we need to ask Andrew if he can do Air France KLM and Qantas with speed packs.
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That picture belongs here!
Share the model when its done!

I will, I have been studying the window line for a while. Just trying to get it right that's all. That's why I have the beautiful photo of PH-ASL.


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Very nice Steve, curious to see the result! The Speedpack looks great under Connie's belly, all are welcome...
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A little more about the WM speedpack.

I have no plans to make speedpaks but using the one I have under the belly of the TWA Constellation as a master, it should not be too difficult to make a few others for our models, unfortunately, I don't have the know-how ...

But if we kindly ask Andrew, maybe his next Constellation will have this equipment .

Jean Pierre.
I was thinking about a 3D print speedpack, but that is of course not metal and slightly out of place. Would be great if Andrew can assist. With various iconic airlines having used them, they should sell quickly. Thanks for your clarifying pics. Did not know a screw is all it takes.
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Wow JP thanks for pulling apart your model to show the detailed speed pack. Yes we need to ask Andrew if he can do Air France KLM and Qantas with speed packs.
Just the speedpack would make me happy already.
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I will, I have been studying the window line for a while. Just trying to get it right that's all. That's why I have the beautiful photo of PH-ASL.


With that box and a similar set of decals I started mine. Did some polishing before the decals went on. The KLM version actually has KLM Holland decals on its belly, which I thought was a nice touche.
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With that box and a similar set of decals I started mine. Did some polishing before the decals went on. The KLM version actually has KLM Holland decals on its belly, which I thought was a nice touche.
Did you just polish Maalandair? I purchased primer and Chrome and clear coat sealer. Now I am second guessing my skilled verses your nice finish.


Also historical photo's of my build are in black and white. I asked my decal maker (Hawkeye decals) to do red and black rego for the rear fuselage, the large rego on the wings was and still is always black. This was the first aircraft to have Qantas titles in red from my research. Keen to know how you primed for the decals
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... Did some polishing before the decals went on ...
That is quite interesting ...

Some time ago, I made two little Leducs 021, French experimental aircraft and I decided to try something.

The models were simply sanded with a very fine grit paper and I applied the decals.

If I remember well, when I applied the decals for the cockpit, the white metal did not react very well to the MICROSCALE MICRO SET that I usually use.
I had to sand again and used only the MICRO SOL without any problem.

After decals application, the models received the traditional clear coat to seal everything.

I attach two pictures showing the difference between the unpainted Leduc and the painted (Tamiya Bare Metal Silver AS 12) carrier aircraft, a Languedoc.

The Leduc looks metallic because it is metal.

Steve, you can try to sand or polish your model, if you are not satisfied with the result, you still have the possibility to finish your model the traditional way with primer and paint.

Side note : The propellers can remain unpainted, simply polished with a cotton swab in a rotary tool ( Dremel).
Caution : White metal is very soft, doing that, the temperature will rise sharply and the white metal will become very, very soft.

This little Lockheed is very nice.

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Did you just polish Maalandair? I purchased primer and Chrome and clear coat sealer. Now I am second guessing my skilled verses your nice finish.


Also historical photo's of my build are in black and white. I asked my decal maker (Hawkeye decals) to do red and black rego for the rear fuselage, the large rego on the wings was and still is always black. This was the first aircraft to have Qantas titles in red from my research. Keen to know how you primed for the decals
The Helmet model had a few rough edges. I used a very fine sandpaper to remove these, but did not touch the complete surface with sandpaper. Then I polish the surface to bring some shine to the model and to remove my fingerprints (and possibly skin grease) before applying the decals.

My idea was to leave the surfaces as original as possible. These Helmet models appear to stay well over time and have a metal like look. I am currently working on a De Havilland DH 89 Dragon Rapide, using the same procedure.

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