I've always loved 727s and Eastern Airlines' hockey stick livery. Combine the two, and I'm in love. I just scored a Pacific Miniatures 1:100 727 in the hockey stick livery. I got it for a very good price and from a true gentleman. All it took was a 1.5 hour drive each way to get it.
The stand is marked, the model is not. I have other older Pacific Miniatures models that are not marked as well. The person I purchased the model from worked for one of EAL's creditors and was involved with Eastern (I forget the entire story). He and other coworkers were given the models when the airline shut down. I don't know if it was part of a special production run or not. The model sat in a closet for a number of years, and he decided it was time to pass it on to someone who would appreciate it.
Excellent find then! I have been collecting EAL items for close to 30 years and I remember these particular models offered for sale at the EAL company store and believed they where Wesco produced models. The cockpit windows threw me for a loop. They don't look like Pacmin windows but who knows. My EAL 727 Pacmin models look different and came with the plastic stands.
Interesting. For what it's worth, the stand is marked Pacific Miniatures (not Pacmin), so I know it's older, but I don't know when the company changed the name. Like other Pacific Miniature 727 models the wings are removable, but that's it. Is it possible that the manufacturer updated details such as windows over time?
I thought that the plastic stands were a relatively recent addition to the Pacmin options. I didn't realize they had them back in the 1980's, but it shows what I know (or in this case, don't know).
Something occurred to me...I guessed that the models were purchased for the employees who worked for this particular creditor. I wonder if they weren't models that had been in EAL's offices?