Oxford Diecast 72DG001 – 1/72 Scale DH.84 Dragon Diecast Model
History of Flight Series
|Length||14.6 cm||5.74 in||Approx|
|Wingspan||20.3 cm||8.00 in||Approx|
Diecast model features include:
- Constructed with metal and plastic components
- Display stand included.
1/72 Scale de Haviland DH.84 Dragon, RAS – Oxford Diecast 72DG001
de Havilland DH.84 Dragon
The de Havilland, DH.84 Dragon is a British six to ten-seat, twin-engined, short-haul biplane airliner. It first flew on November 12, 1932, and entered service in April 1933 with Hillmans Airways Ltd. With the outbreak of World War II, Rapides were impressed into military service for use in radio/navigation training, light transport, and air ambulance duties. Production ended in the United Kingdom in 1934, with 115 airframes built and Australia in 1943 with 87 completed, replaced by the DH.89 Dragon Rapide. Built-in several variants, the Dragon 1; first variant, Dragon 2; fitted with framed cabin windows and main undercarriage fairings and the DH.84-M; an armed military transport version.
The airframe construction is of wood with fabric covering, the fuselage a plywood box. Both the upper and lower wings have ailerons, and the outer panels fold rearward for storage. The fixed undercarriage is a tailwheel type with the primary units mounted to the engine nacelles.
Powered by two de Havilland Gipsy Major or Gipsy IIIA, inverted four-cylinder, air-cooled, inline engine mounted on the lower wings. Each, driving a two-bladed propeller, giving the Dragon a maximum speed of 206 km/h (128 mph), a cruise speed of 167 km/h (109 mph), a range of 740 km (460 mi) and a service ceiling of 3,800 m (12,500 ft).
Railway Air Services (RAS)
Railway Air Services (RAS) was a British domestic airline formed in March 1934 by four railway companies and Imperial Airways. The airline ceased operations on January 31, 1947, with BEA taking over RAS aircraft and routes.