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Old 07-06-2018, 04:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Another custom model to share an interesting part of the Dutch aviation history with you all.

de Havilland DH.104 Dove is designed by Ronald Eric Bishop, the creator of the Mosquito, the Comet and the Vampire. 542 units were built between 1946 and 1967. The military versions were called 'Devon' and 'Sea Devon'. There is also a three-engine variant: De Havilland Australia DHA-3 Drover. The model has been succeeded by the four engine de Havilland DH.114 Heron.
The first versions of the Dove was a 6 to 8 seater and, depending on the customer's demands, had a transparent or closed cockpit roof with a typical (Heron look-a-like) antenna. Models 7 and 8 have a slightly larger cockpit, similar to the Heron.

History part 1: M.A.C., ‘a flying start’
The young pilot and aeronautical entrepreneur Martin Schröder founded Martin’s Air Charter (MAC) on May 24, 1958. The first aircraft in the fleet was a rented de Havilland Dove PH-MAC. The first foreign destination of MAC was Palma de Mallorca and Malaga, which at that time had a flight time of five hours or more. The catering consisted of home made sandwiches and coffee from a thermos can. The first aircraft in ownership was a Dakota, PH-MAB (in Alitalia painting) and second the Dove PH-MAD.

The Havilland DH-104 Dove Mk.1, c / n 04030, rolled out in 1947 as the 30th aircraft of this type and started its career as G-AKCF for BOAC, followed by some unknown operators. From March 31st, 1960 until November 22nd, 1966 the aircraft flew in service of MAC. Thereafter it flew for Cameroon Air Transport (CAT) as TJ-ACE. It is demolished somewhere after 1974.

History part 2: Martinair Holland, ‘bigger and better’
Larger aircrafts and more passenger volume kept costs low, while the holiday market in the Netherlands flourished in the ’60. The first DC-4 Skymaster came in 1962 and the DC-7 in 1964. In 1966, MAC changed its name to Martinair Holland. The first DC-8 and DC-9 jet aircraft came in 1968. On November 19th 1973, the first Martinair DC-10 landed at Schiphol. In the ‘80s and ‘90s the Airbus A310, Boeing 747, 767 and the MD-11 followed. Martinair had grown big by flying holidaymakers and had valuable freight contracts.

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History part 3: Martinair Cargo ‘decimated’
Where did it go wrong? Opinions are divided and the emotions sometimes run high. I think there were three main causes, besides of course, an economic crisis and some bad luck.

Firstly: The European Commission blocked a take-over off all the shares by KLM in 1999. Since it was no longer clear to the remaining shareholders which strategy had to be pursued, large investments were abandoned. As a result, capital gradually seeped out while the fleet was coming of age, which in itself made new investments increasingly difficult.

Secondly: While the aviation industry made the transition to online ticket sales around the year 2000, Martinair passage ignored the rise of the internet. Due to the increasing competition from low-cost carriers in Europe, driven by comparison sites on the Internet, Martinair had to (literally) take her flight to intercontinental destinations, like the Dutch Caribbean.
In 2008, Martinair became a 100% subsidiary of AF/KLM after all. But soon thereafter the decision was made that Martinair passage had no longer added value within the group and in September 2010 it had to cease its passenger operations. It started to specialize in flying full freighters.

Thirdly: Martinair had a fantastic network of shippers world wide. But the KLM cargo transport strategy is in order of priority: first 'belly', then 'combi' and finally 'full freight'. So it happened that a Martinair cargo load was flown from Costa Rica to Curaçao (with a hired 727 from Amerijet) to make the KLM flight to Amsterdam more cost-effective. While at the same time, a half-empty Martinair MD-11F full freighter flew from Costa Rica to Amsterdam.

Martinair was for sale in 2014, but it never came to an agreement with a buyer. To ensure continuity, the KLM Cargo and Martinair Cargo fleet was integrated in 2015. Due to difficult market conditions, but also due to mutual competition and disputes within the group, the production of the once-proud Martinair is more or less decimated in 2018.

Martinair Legacy
The name and logo will continue to live on in the Martinair Flight Academy and in the historical DC-3 PH-DDZ (“Sleeping Beauty” is currently stored in full vintage MAC livery), the Dove PH-MAD (in the first MAC colours. This aircraft is originally Royal Navy C.20 Sea Devon, XJ350) and the Dove 6 nose section (originally G-AMFU, OO-SCD), named after Martin Schröder, all to be admired in the Aviodrome Aviation Theme Park at Lelystad Airport.

Finally there is also a Dove in the Malaga Airport Museum, with a kind of MAC painting and the (incorrect) registration PH-VLA, to commemorate that MAC was one of the first foreign companies to carry out tourist flights on the now so popular Spanish destination. The Dove on Malaga is not an old MAC aircraft, but in fact ex. CN-MBA from the Royal Moroccan Air Force, and N9888A of Visionary (last flight 1987). There are plans to equip the aircraft with a different painting after upcoming restoration....

cheers, VJ

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Old 07-06-2018, 04:45 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Why is this a 'custom' model? A custom model is something created other than as the manufacturer intended. This is a bit built straight out of the box.

The missing B.707s still needed to be done in 1/400: Uganda Airlines, Air Zimbabwe (rainbow scheme), Air Niugini.

DC-8s still needed to be done in 1/400: UAT, Iberia ('80s scheme), Air Ceylon, Surinam Airways, Air Spain, Seaboard World (-63CF)

Aeroclassics Comets still missing- Dan Air (4 & 4C), United Arab Airlines/Misrair/Egyptair, Kuwait AW, Sudan AW, East African AW, Saudi Royal Flt.
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I do see your point Adrian. I am a diecast model collector, customizer and plastic model builder. Out of enthusiasm I'd like to share this build and the history behind it. On this forum 'Custom Made Models' is the closest subject, as more plastic model builders do here from time to time. So thats why. But if this post is bothering the community, I'll be happy to remove it.
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Thank yo VJ for this very interesting story.

The Dove is certainly one of the most successful postwar civil British aircraft with more than 500 produced in many versions for more than twenty years.

The way you make your models is a source of inspiration.
Please, feel free to publish pictures of your models on the forum.

The fact is that very few among us are able to compete with your undisputed skill, very few are able to make such a beautiful model ..."straight from the box".
I look forward to seeing your next models whatever they are.

Jean Pierre.
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