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Old 06-18-2019, 12:40 AM   #1
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Several years back I fine tuned my collecting focus to models of aircraft which I used to work around, fly on, or actually flew, or simply just dreamed of flying someday. Many are airlines I romanticized and remember taking trips as a kid. Some are aircraft I had a personal history working on the ramp around.

In 1979 I worked at a large FBO in Calgary and was fortunate to work around every conceivable type of aircraft. Some really made an impression on me and those aircraft are in my collection if I can find them. I have been very fortunate and lucky to find some very uncommon or dare I say rare aircraft models from my past.

Today I hit a home run with a model of a one of a kind corporate 1/50 scale Boeing 727 which I spent many hours servicing and had very fond memories of those times. I got to know the crews and was even invited to fly on it. It was on Kijiji and just a fluke that I saw it.

Here is the link to my website for more on the aircraft if your interested.

Vintage Westburne Industries Corporate Boeing 727-25 (C-GQBE) | Skythings.ca
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Old 06-18-2019, 03:14 AM   #2
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A very nice model. Always nice to get a model that has such a direct connection with yourself. Back in the 80s I used to be involved with two exec 727-100s, belonging to owners in Saudi Arabia and Jordan respectively. Personally I prefer the look of the -100. That’s a rarity you have there.

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Thanks Neil. Crazy how some people travel. No carbon footprint back then.
I bet those were pretty lavish interiors. I've seen pictures of a B747SP corporate airplane with a throne and I'm not talking the flushing kind.

I expect very few people would ever have any interest in this new model of mine because of how few people ever knew about it. It was just really cool that I found it. It wasn't even on my mind that I would ever find one.

Just last week one of the Pilots who flew the aircraft came into my office unexpected. I hadn't seen him in 35 years. Then one week later a fellow selling an estate on Kijiji has the exact model in the color's when I remembered it. The exact aircraft he flew. That was just too coincidental and head spinning to fathom.

Last week I mentioned to the Pilot that I collect models and almost purchased one of his old airplanes on eBay about 3 months back when it was in the original Quebecair colours. I did pass on that model because I never knew of it when it was an airliner in those colour's. It really didn't fit my collecting focus. This one fits perfect.

I understand the Pilot will be back in the office next week. I can't wait to show him the model. I'm hoping he will have some pictures on the interior back in the day.
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Hi Skythings,

It's a very nice looking model indeed.

With all of those interesting coincidences that occurred recently with you, seemed to pay off in a very positive way.



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Looks great and it would be interesting to know how many were produced for Westbourne. Meanwhile great memories for me as well, I photographed it in Westbourne colours and Quebecair colours. She fuel stopped in Calgary one evening about a year before they sold it to Westbourne.
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What a wonderful find for you. Envious.
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Looks great and it would be interesting to know how many were produced for Westbourne. Meanwhile great memories for me as well, I photographed it in Westbourne colours and Quebecair colours. She fuel stopped in Calgary one evening about a year before they sold it to Westbourne.
I would love to see some of those pictures you took in the Westburne livery. Did you get any pictures of the interior? If so I would love to possibly use them on my website for the model if you were interested in allowing that.

Cheers - Noel

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Stunning livery!
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Hello Noel I have attached a couple of pictures and I will look for more.
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