AeroClassics 200/Western Models WM129 CP Air Douglas DC8-43 "Empress of Hong Kong" CF-CPI with Ground Support Equipment 1/200 Scale
July 2017 Release
DC-8 Series 40
The Series 40 DC-8 was the first turbofan powered airliner in the world. Powered by Rolls Royce Conway turbofans, the DC8-40 was more fuel efficient and produced less noise and smoke. However, the Series 40 sold poorly due to American airlines resistance to purchasing a foreign produced engine. Total sales for the DC8-40 reached 32 with the only customers being Trans Canada Air Lines (later Air Canada), Alitalia and Canadian Pacific Airlines (later CP Air).
Canadian Pacific Airlines (CPAL), the predecessor to CP Air, took delivery of its first DC8-43 on February 22, 1961 followed by three more examples in April, May and November of the same year. Two additional DC8-43s were acquired by CPAL, one in May 1963 and the second in October 1965. The second example CF-CPK was written off while attempting to land at Tokyo Haneda Airport in bad weather on March 4 1966. The DC8-43s were utilized on CP Air's international and transcontinental routes up until the end of 1981 by which time all had been sold off.
The model is one of a many DC-8s recently released by AeroClassics 200 and is very attractive dressed in CP Air's bright Orange and Red paint scheme on a polished metal surface. An unusual feature is the deployable thrust reversers on the Rolls Royce Conway engines (see photos below).
A nice selection of metal ground support equipment and vehicles is provided with this release. An inflight display stand is NOT included but the model will fit any typical Gemini or JC wings stand.
Overall a very nice model and a must for the Canadian Airline collection.