Herpa HE559805 – 1/200 Scale L-1649, “Starliner” Diecast Model
Herpa Wings Series
|Length||10.2 cm||4.00 in||Approx|
|Wingspan||12.5 cm||4.92 in||Approx|
- Constructed with metal and plastic components
- Undercarriage fixed extended
- Display stand included.
1/200 Scale Lockheed L-1649, “Starliner”, Lufthansa – Herpa HE559805
Herpa HE559805 diecast model replicates in 1/200 scale the Lockheed L-1649, “Starliner”, the last model of the Constellation line, registration D-ALOL, in the Super Star livery of Lufthansa, circa 1960s. Lufthansa purchased four Starliners for transatlantic routes.
Lockheed L-1649A Starliner
The Lockheed L-1649A Starliner is an American four-engine, transcontinental airliner, the last model of the Constellation line. It used the fuselage of the L-1049G with a new larger wing. The prototype first flew on October 11, 1956, entering service on June 1, 1957, with Trans World Airlines (TWA). Production ended in 1958 with 44 airframes completed; primary users were TWA, Lufthansa, and Air France.
The airframe is mostly an aluminium alloy structure with a semi-monocoque fuselage, low mounted cantilever wings, and a triple fin tail. The retractable undercarriage is a tricycle type with the primary units retracting forward into the inboard engine nacelles. The flight crew of five consisted of two pilots, flight engineer, radio operator, navigator, and the passenger cabin seats up to 99 passengers.
Powered by four Wright R-3350 turbo compound, supercharged, air-cooled, 18 cylinders, twin-row, radial engines mounted two per wing, driving Hamilton Standard three-bladed propellers. The Starliner has a cruise speed of 467km/h (295 mph), a maximum speed of 607 km/h (377mph) with a service ceiling of 7,225 m (23,700 ft) with a maximum range of 9,945 km (6,180 mi).
Deutsche Lufthansa is Germany’s flag-carrying and largest airline, founded on January 6, 1953, as Aktiengesellschaft für Luftverkehrsbedarf (Luftag). Acquired the name and logo of Deutsche Lufthansa on August 6, 1954, and commenced operations on April 1, 1955. The airline’s name is from the German words Luft meaning “air” and Hansa for the Hanseatic League. Subsidiary airlines are Austrian Airlines, Swiss International Air Lines, Brussels Airlines, and Eurowings including Germanwings.