|Length||14.3 cm||5.6 in||Approx|
|Wingspan||17.9 cm||7.0 in||Approx|
- Constructed with metal and plastic components
- Undercarriage fixed extended
- Display stand included.
Herpa HE571555 – 1/200 Scale Douglas C-54A, Qantas, VH-EDB
Herpa Wings diecast model HE571555 replicates in 1/200 scale the Douglas C-54A (DC-4), registration VH-EDB, named “Norfolk Trader” in Qantas Airway’s livery, circa the 1960s.
Qantas Airways is the largest by fleet size Australian airline, operating both domestic and international routes. Formed in November 1920 as Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services Limited flying the Avro 504K, it is the third oldest airline globally. The Qantas name comes from an acronym of its original name. In 1934, Qantas and Britain’s Imperial Airways established Qantas Empire Airways Limited (QEA). In 1967 the name changed to Qantas Airways Limited. Subsidiary airlines are Jetstar, QantasLink and Qantas Freight.
The Douglas Aircraft Company DC-4 is an American four-engine airliner. It first flew in February 1942, but with the outbreak of World War II, all production went to the US Military. Entered airline service post-war and proved to be popular and reliable.
Designated C-54 Skymaster with the USAAF and R5D with the US Navy, it remained in military service into the 1960s. The North Star, a Canadian development based on the DC-4, designed in the 1940s, used Rolls-Royce Merlin engines. The Aviation Traders ATL-98 Carvair was a Douglas DC-4-based air ferry that could carry 25 passengers and five cars loaded at the front. Production of the DC-4 ended in 1947 with 1245 airframes built.
Airframe construction is mainly of aluminium alloy, a semi-monocoque fuselage. The low mounted wings and the single fil tail assembly are of a cantilever design. The retractable undercarriage is a tricycle type. The flight crew typically consists of six, Two pilots, a radio operator, a navigator, and two relief crew; passenger cabin seats up to 86 passengers or 9,980 kg (22,002 lb) of cargo.
The DC-4 uses four Pratt & Whitney R-2000 Twin Wasp 14-cylinder air-cooled radial piston engines, mounted two per wing, driving three-bladed Hamilton-Standard Hydromatic, constant-speed propellers. It has a maximum speed of 450 km/h (280 mph), a cruise speed of 365 km/h (227 mph), a service ceiling of 6,700 m (22,000 ft), and a range of 5,3oo km (3,300 mi).