1/144 Airfix de Havilland Comet 4B DAN AIR

Gallery Article by Glen ''Ogro'' Thomas Peach on Jan 30 2015

 

      

Here are some photos of my de Havilland Comet 4B that I built with the 1/144 Airfix kit.

 

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From wikipedia

The earlier versions of the de Havilland Comet suffered from metal fatigue which caused some to break up in flight.  The issue was corrected on the de Havilland Comet 4 and the Comet went on to serve many decades.  Dan Air operated the world's largest fleet of de Havilland Comets and was the last in the world to operate them. Dan-Air built a 49-strong Comet fleet between 1966 and 1976.  It retired the last example in November 1980.  Not all of these airframes saw actual airline service; some had been exclusively acquired for spares.  The Comets commanded a lower price than comparable second-hand jets. They were relatively unused as many previous operators had replaced them with the larger and more economical Boeing 707 and Douglas DC-8 after only a few years. The airframes had many years of service left and cost a fraction of the similarly sized BAC One-Eleven 500 or Boeing 737-200, which were still scarce second-hand. It allowed the airline to replace most of its piston-engined airliners such as the Avro York, the Bristol 170 Freighter and the Airspeed AS 57 Ambassador which had reached or were nearing the end of their lives, relatively cheaply.

On  aside note the Hawker Siddeley Nimrod was a maritime patrol aircraft developed and operated by the United Kingdom. It is an extensive modification of the de Havilland Comet, the world's first jet airliner.

My model is finished in the Livery of the British Airline Dan Air.

Glen Thomas Peach

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Photos and text by Glen Thomas Peach