Herpa HE559706 – 1/200 Scale Convair CV-340 Diecast Model
Herpa Wings Series
|Length||19.7 cm||7.75 in||Approx|
|Wingspan||17.8 cm||7.00 in||Approx|
Diecast model features include:
- Constructed with metal and plastic components
- Undercarriage fixed extended
- Display stand included.
1/200 Scale Convair CV-340, Ansett Airways – Herpa HE559706
Herpa HE559706 diecast model replicates in 1/200 scale the Convair CV-340, registration VH-BZD, operated by Ansett Airways. This CV-340, c/n 110, ordered new by Braniff Airways but not delivered, sold to Ansett Airways on June 10, 1954 registered VH-BZD. Leased to Butler Air Transport from October 1958 to February 1959 when onsold to Beldex Corporation, register N440W and converted to CV-440 standard. After several changes of ownership the aircraft was scrapped in the early 1990s.
Convair CV-240 Family
The Convair 240 340 and 440 are an American twin radial engine, short to medium range pressurised airliners known as Convairliners. The Model 240 was the first pressurised, twin-engined airliner and Convairs first commercial aircraft. Envisage as a replacement for the Douglas DC-3, the maiden flight took place on March 16, 1947, entering service on February 29, 1948, with American Airlines. The success of the Model 240 led to the stretched Model 340, in 1951, and the enhanced Model 440 “Metropolitan” in 1955. Production ended in 1954 with 1076 airframes of all variants built; ten in Canada with turboprops.
From the early 1950s, some airframes underwent conversion to turboprops. The most popular conversion was by PacAero, converting 340s and 440s to 580s with Allison 501D turboprops. The first of which flew on January 19, 1960.
Convairs served with the United States Air Force (USAF) as the C-131 Samaritan and T-29 (initially as the R4Y Samaritan) with the United States Navy (USN).
The Model 240/340/440 uses two Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp air-cooled radial engines driving three blade constant speed propellers. The Model 580, utilised two Allison 501-D13H turboprops driving four blade constant speed propellers. Other turboprop models used the Rolls Royce Dart or Napier Eland. The model 580 had a maximum cruise speed of 550km/h (342 mph), range of 4773km (2,966 mi).
Ansett Australia was a major Australian airline, founded by Reg Ansett in 1935 as Ansett Airways Pty Ltd. Renamed Ansett-ANA in October 1957 after the purchase of ANA, then Ansett Airlines of Australia in November 1968 until 1990 when it became Ansett Australia. The airline commenced international services on September 11, 1993. Placed into administration in 2001 and liquidated in 2002. Subsidiary airlines; Ansett New Zealand, Kendell Airlines, Hazelton Airlines, Aeropelican Air Services, Skywest Airlines, East-West Airlines.