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Old 06-16-2021, 08:48 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I need to share this but will comment later on the colour of the cheatline.


it's a very nice model indeed. I have posted the packaging so you can read the information on your smart device, or computer with touch screen.


























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The product number is 570596.
Lockheed Super Constellation
Rego VH-EAP Named Southern Zephyr.


One of the last Lockheed Super Constellations ever built was this one. It was only granted a short stay as it was delivered to Qantas Empire Airways on 19th of November 1957. This was Qantas last Connie as it was decommissioned by Qantas in 1963 as Boeing had started delivering the 707-138's. A short life in the age of this aircraft, but the dawn of the jet age was already here.
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Beautiful model Steve, thanks for posting
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Congrats! Look at those gorgeous lines!! Great model!!
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Nice to see you also have this model in your collection. I really wanted it because of the history that is behind it. I hope you do not mind I share it here :

The VH-EAP, built as L-1049G-82-153, first flew on 8 november 1957. The 19th of november it was then accepted by Qantas and named "Southern Zepyr". It entered commercial service on 30 december with a flight to Hong Kong. On 14 january 1958, the Southern Zephyr departed in Melbourne on Qantas' inaugural round-world service via the "Kangaroo Route".

On 14 january 1958, the Southern Zephyr departed in Melbourne on Qantas' inaugural round-world service via the "Kangaroo Route". At the same time, the VH-EAO departed from the opposite direction via the "Southern Cross" route. On 20 january it returned to Sidney after a flight of 128 hours. At the time, the logistics and distances involved meant the around the world flights were at the cutting edge of what could be done. The route going west followed the well-trodden Kangaroo route (hops between stops) while the route east across the Pacific was tagged the Southern Cross route. Moving in an easterly direction from Melbourne, the stops were Nadi, Honolulu, San Francisco, New York, London, Rome, Athens, Bahrain, Karachi, New Delhi, Bangkok, Singapore, Jakarta, Perth and then back to Melbourne. The westbound Kangaroo route reversed the order of stops. Midway through the flights, the two aircraft would pass each other.


This history, as well as the model, is part of a book I'm currently making covering my scale models of which the real planes have been responsible for major milestones in the history of commercial aviation.

The pages are still subject to change and have not yet been verified completely, but here is a first sneak peek :





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Strickingly beautiful model Steve. Apart from the polished belly, the paintjob on the wingtip tanks adds to its overall appeal i.m.o.
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Strickingly beautiful model Steve. Apart from the polished belly, the paintjob on the wingtip tanks adds to its overall appeal i.m.o.

I have to agree with you. I just wish the red was a little bit more on the darker reddish purple side. The colour was known as "Qantas Carnation red" regardless, it still is a beautiful model. I would highly recommend it. I will attach a picture of " Connie which I visited a few weeks ago at HARS.




















This Emergency Exit was built before fast food outlets really took off world wide ! Another sign of that era. Rope is in the overhead tray.






do you guys see the Qantas 1950' colour I am referring to? Also,if you have the Gemini jets200 Qantas Retro Roo II Gemini jets got this colour correct on that 737-838.


As I say there's not that much in it, maybe one day. I also loved stepping on board an aircraft built before I was born. Very nice I must say. First class was at the back away from the noisy props.
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Nice to see you also have this model in your collection. I really wanted it because of the history that is behind it. I hope you do not mind I share it here :

The VH-EAP, built as L-1049G-82-153, first flew on 8 november 1957. The 19th of november it was then accepted by Qantas and named "Southern Zepyr". It entered commercial service on 30 december with a flight to Hong Kong. On 14 january 1958, the Southern Zephyr departed in Melbourne on Qantas' inaugural round-world service via the "Kangaroo Route".

On 14 january 1958, the Southern Zephyr departed in Melbourne on Qantas' inaugural round-world service via the "Kangaroo Route". At the same time, the VH-EAO departed from the opposite direction via the "Southern Cross" route. On 20 january it returned to Sidney after a flight of 128 hours. At the time, the logistics and distances involved meant the around the world flights were at the cutting edge of what could be done. The route going west followed the well-trodden Kangaroo route (hops between stops) while the route east across the Pacific was tagged the Southern Cross route. Moving in an easterly direction from Melbourne, the stops were Nadi, Honolulu, San Francisco, New York, London, Rome, Athens, Bahrain, Karachi, New Delhi, Bangkok, Singapore, Jakarta, Perth and then back to Melbourne. The westbound Kangaroo route reversed the order of stops. Midway through the flights, the two aircraft would pass each other.


This history, as well as the model, is part of a book I'm currently making covering my scale models of which the real planes have been responsible for major milestones in the history of commercial aviation.

The pages are still subject to change and have not yet been verified completely, but here is a first sneak peek :






I don't mind at all. I love it. Hopefully Herpa will do VH-EAO some day too, I as many would like the pair of them. I can send colour chips from HARS to Herpa if required.
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I hope you are publishing that book deephalo. It would be an interesting read.
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Beautiful model Steve and it is great that this fantastic aircraft has been preserved.

Congratulations.

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Beautiful model Steve and it is great that this fantastic aircraft has been preserved.

Congratulations.

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Yes it is Jean Pierre. This is an ex USAF air frame that was salvaged. I had better save some pictures and post them in the 1:1 section tomorrow. This is very much still flying (no passengers permitted by CASA) Connie and it is the only one left around the world that is still airworthy. The tour guide told me Qantas fitted out the cabin for their 2020 100 years safety demo, applied decals over the wing tip tanks and the Connie titles. While many of the aircraft used in the safety demo where computer generated, the Constellation was this aircraft.


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Very nice topic again Steve, like the pics of the real connie. As for the model, she is a very nice connie. I am glad that herpa does connies again, also glad to have the Qantas in my wee Qantas collection.
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I hope you are publishing that book deephalo. It would be an interesting read.
Sorry, I'm just reading this now.
Thank you Aussiejets.
Yes, I am indeed thinking of doing something with that.
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I have to agree with you. I just wish the red was a little bit more on the darker reddish purple side. The colour was known as "Qantas Carnation red" regardless, it still is a beautiful model. I would highly recommend it. I will attach a picture of " Connie which I visited a few weeks ago at HARS.




















This Emergency Exit was built before fast food outlets really took off world wide ! Another sign of that era. Rope is in the overhead tray.






do you guys see the Qantas 1950' colour I am referring to? Also,if you have the Gemini jets200 Qantas Retro Roo II Gemini jets got this colour correct on that 737-838.


As I say there's not that much in it, maybe one day. I also loved stepping on board an aircraft built before I was born. Very nice I must say. First class was at the back away from the noisy props.
That Connie was just refurbished and engines tested when I was at the (then) Lockheed Aeromod Center at Tucson/Arizona in 1995, surveying the conversion of ex Worldways L-1011 into the Flying Hospital for Operation Blessing. Great memories. A few weeks after, iirc, the Connie was ferried to a land down under.
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