The "Dildo Ten", "Diesel Ten", "Big Fat Mama" or a few less attractive nicknames
. The PH-DTA; the prototype of the DC-10 Series 30 has flown in KLM colors from March 1974 until the summer of 1995. It then went briefly to Kras Air (N525MD) and final Continental Airlines (N12089). The unit was demolished in the US in 2001.
The model was first published by Revell in 1972 as Revell - Nr. H-119 "DC-10 Airbus". The second edition of 1973 (Western Airlines DC10 Spaceship) has new components and is the basis for all other expenses of this model. Several boxes were produced for various markets (US, Europe). For the series -30 Revell simply added the center gear to the standard series -10 model. This also applies to Revell - Nr. 4243, published in KLM livery marking the introduction of the type to the Netherlands and with a re-release in 1999.
Besides the center landing gear (which had to be adjusted) I had to add or improve a lot of other details, such as the cockpit windows, engine intakes, strakes on the engine cowlings, core section reversers, sealing plates, cargo doors and the longer wingroot fairing. As a nice wink to nostalgia I created the full interior and made it visible like the famous models that use decorated the travel agents in the '70 and '80. I've used the KLM corporate image book from that era to make sure that the details of the interior were correct. And that was also a reason for this cutaway; nice contrasting colors that are so typical for the periode of "All the leaves are brown", long beards and platform shoes
Here is my version. It is not perfect, but it'll do for me. I've learned a lot and fortunately there is still room for improvement so to say
The weathering was new to me (may less), the interior detail should be more complex the next time. And I should start to work with an air brush. An extensive build log was written on the Dutch site Modelbrouwers.nl modelbouw ? Toon onderwerp - KLM DC-10-30 PH-DTA cutaway model 1:144 KLAAR!
Cheers, Vintage Jet