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  • Member since
    March 2008
  • From: Charleston, SC
Lindberg Caravelle
Posted by kg4kpg on Saturday, August 10, 2019 7:27 PM

Grabbed this kit today. The left fuselage and engine are clear. Should be an interesting build. Hopefully I can find some United Decals. 

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    September 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Sunday, August 11, 2019 1:02 AM

UAL Caravelles came in one flavor, the sixties light blue and red.

I made up the markings for my 1/72 jet using a set of DC-6 decals.

I suppose it could be done in 1/96.

My connection to that aircraft was that UAL bought them in a hurry to solve a middle range and hub operation problem. Once flight time became a real issue, UAL and other domestic carriers looked at turbo prop high speed aircraft. The demise of the Lockheed Electra as a safe aircraft forced UAL to buy Capital routes and pick up their fleet of Vickers Viscounts.

Soon after, UAL shopped for and bought 20 Caravelles from Sud Aviation. My father was on the group that evaluated and purchased the aircraft. I spent two summers in Toulouse with my dad and mom, 65-66 while he and the other engineers worked out the spec.s.

Later he was a lead on Concorde evaluation, another story. He retired from UAL in 1995 with 42 years seniority.

Anyways, I flew on that jet quite a bit. It was very pretty, noisy.

 

 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.

 

  • Member since
    March 2008
  • From: Charleston, SC
Posted by kg4kpg on Thursday, August 15, 2019 8:14 PM

Cool story, thanks.

F-decal has several schemes that can be sized to 1/96 but no UAL. Hopefully I can find so. 

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    June 2014
  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Sunday, August 18, 2019 1:48 PM

AHA !

     I think that possibly this is another of the very rare instances of a model coming back from the Dead. Hawk Plastics had both this and the DeHavilland Comet with clear sides .Way back in the day.

 I wonder why they took so long to show up again. 

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    June 2014
  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 12:21 PM

Hi "G"

 What I have never figured out is this. Isn't the Orion Aircraft that the Navy used based on the LockHeed Electra? I think my all time Favorite Short haul Aircraft was the Vickers Vicount. Sucha neat looking Bird. Plus one got up close and personal. It landed on our barn instead of the runway Four hundred yards to the left of it's approach.

      It had Capitol Airlines markings. I believe that Buffalo, N.Y. was one of their hubs. There sure was a lot of them around all the time. American was still flying the D.C.-7-C.

       Don't get me started on United . the plane I was in that landed on it's belly was being operated by Lufthansa for Military flights home. Yes , I walked away. A new respect for the plane but NOT it's crew!

 

 

 

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Posted by GMorrison on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 1:14 PM

Tanker - Builder

Hi "G"

 What I have never figured out is this. Isn't the Orion Aircraft that the Navy used based on the Lockheed Electra? 

Yes, the P3 Orion is a derivative of the Electra (the four engine one). So is the CP-140 Arcturus, a Canadian Maritme Patrol aircraft with the electronics of an S-3 Viking.

United got 47 Viscounts when they bought Capital, in 1960 ish. I flew on them then and it was a nice aircraft.  In those days aircraft were designed much more aesthetically. The large oval windows were matched with very pretty tall oval shaped seat backs.

 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.

 

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    March 2008
  • From: Charleston, SC
Posted by kg4kpg on Friday, August 23, 2019 10:20 PM

Tanker - Builder

Hi "G"

 .... Plus one got up close and personal. It landed on our barn instead of the runway Four hundred yards to the left of it's approach.

      It had Capitol Airlines markings. I believe that Buffalo, N.Y. was one of their hubs. .........

Well, at least now I know I can build my Glencoe 1/96 Viscount crammed in a barn diorama. ;)

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    September 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Saturday, August 24, 2019 12:36 PM

Lols!

Some Caravelles built for the French Airforce had tail cone landing chutes.

 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.

 

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    June 2014
  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 9:31 AM

Hi;

   Just so you know ours was the first steel sheet barn in the area. Wasn't much help though. Wish I still had the Pics. Now, for a small fact, Only four folks passed in the crash. The flight crew and all but the four in the back of the plane survived !

   She came in very nose high!

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