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 – Oxford Diecast 72DG001
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.
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. 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. 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.
The de Havilland Dragon Rapide airframe’s construction was of wood with fabric covering with 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 main units mounted to the lower wing through the engine nacelles.
It is powered by two de Havilland Gipsy Major or Gipsy IIIA, inverted four-cylinder, air-cooled, inline engine mounted on the lower wings. They drive two-bladed propellers, giving the Dragon a maximum speed of 206 km/h (128 mph) and a cruise speed of 167 km/h (109 mph). With a range of 740 km (460 mi) and a service ceiling of 3,800 m (12,500 ft).
Dragon 1; first variant, Dragon 2; fitted with framed cabin windows and main undercarriage fairings, the DH.84-M; armed military transport version.