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L-188 Electra 1/200 Die Cast Model
Twice as large as a standard die cast airliner, this 1/200 scale Hobby Master model of a Lockheed L-188 Electra flown by Pacific Southwest Airlines in the mid- to late-1970s (the aircraft was originally flown by American Airlines in the 1960s as "Flagship San Francisco") features simulated cockpit and cabin windows, rotating propellers, separately applied plastic detail parts, optional-position landing gear, and a precisely replicated PSA livery. Measures 6½" long with a 6" wingspan and includes a display stand.
Very Detailed with spinning props and landing gear.
Die Cast Model.
|Aircraft||Lockheed L-188 Electra|
Hobby Master 200 Pacific Southwest Airlines L-188 Electra N6130A / 072 (cn 1121) Review by James F
Pacific Southwest Airlines came into being with a C46, DC-3 and DC-4 back in the 1940s after WWII closed and there were many surplus aircraft available for peanuts and that is how many early airlines got started--ex military pilots and idea and cheap aircraft and parts. Starting in San Diego soon spread throughout the state of California. This airline was made by its people. Everyone of them was in sales! Flight crews got to know their passengers as many of them were repeats several times a week. By the late 60s and into the 70s PSA had made such a good name for itself they got bought out by US Airways and within a short time the "smiles" were gone. Our replica N6130A is beautiful. The pink matches the memories of the miniskirts the stewardesses wore on those L-188. The airline really like the aircraft. They could hit the run way, get to the terminal, offload and load and often be back in the air in 15 minutes. Airplanes don't make money sitting on the ground and if you are flying a route that is regional and has three or four stops...getting in and getting out is critical. Much of the model developed by PSA was more or less stolen by Southwest Airlines. PSA people lent their manuals to Southwest. Westjet of Canada is also capitalizing on this people oriented operations model. The model features great printing...the pink matching with the photographs and the black smile and radar nose additig to the beauty of the model and the PSA colors. The props look especially real on this model. Rolling tires on scaled landing gear further add detail. (Posted on 1/12/11)