Airplane Model Braniff International McDonnell-Douglas DC-8-62 Alexander Calder 1/200 Scale
BUILT FOR BRANIFF INTERNATIONAL BY INFLIGHT 200 - Fly Braniff Style with this remarkable 1/200 scale replica of a Braniff International McDonnell-Douglas DC-8-62 Intercontinental Jet. The model is painted in the 1973 Alexander Calder South America With Flying Colors Color Scheme, which was commissioned to celebrate Braniff's 25th year of service to South America in 1973. Every detail of this impressive paint scheme is captured beautifully including the unique Calder design on the engine cowlings. This Super 62 measures over 9 inches in length and has a wing span of nearly 9 inches.
We feature a range of 1/200 scale limited edition Braniff Airways model aircraft, with all metal die-cast parts. Intricately detailed, this jet features antennas, scaled landing gear with rubber tires that roll and high tech tempo printing, that leaves nothing to the imagination. These beautifully hand made models are considered some of the world's best 1/200 scale die-cast models. The research that is done prior to production leaves nothing to chance, while the production is lengthy and detailed to ensure the finest quality:
Stage 1: Deciding the subject of the next mould
Using the 747 as an example, the first thing to establish is how many liveries can be applied to the aircraft, bearing in mind that the mould cost for this aircraft is in excess of US $80,000! Of course, the 747 will be a very popular subject, hence the next step is to approach Boeing for the license to manufacture their aircraft. Once licensing is agreed, and royalties are negotiated, we can move on to stage 2...
Stage 2: Deciding the colour scheme for the next release
This stage of production takes place at least six months before scheduled release date. The choice of scheme depends on a number of factors, such as airline license, saleability and collectability. If an airline approaches us for a product, we do our best to ensure that limited numbers become available for the collector, for example with the Lufthansa releases. Once an airline has been decided, any airline licenses are obtained and royalties negotiated, we can then move on to stage 3...
Stage 3: Artwork
Communication with the factory opens with us sending information and reference pictures for the chosen subject. With regular visits to the factory, we are able to check up on progress, and make corrections and alterations where necessary; if needed, we can consult the airlines for their requirements. Artwork can take up to two/three months to achieve the required standard, with various emails and telephone calls back and forth to the factory before stage 4...
Stage 4: Manufacturing process
Once the artwork has been approved and signed off, the model can then go into production. Contrary to belief, these models are hand made. Each model passes through approximately 30-40 pairs of hands before the finished aircraft is boxed for dispatch.
The cast of the aircraft is produced and cleaned up by hand.
The wing and fuselage sections are then prepared for printing.
The prepared sections are then tampo printed for the correct colour scheme. This process can take several repetitions, depending on the complexity of the final colour scheme.
The printed parts are then assembled and quality control looks for any defects on the parts.
The final stage in the factory is for the product to go through a final quality control check, then it is boxed in preparation for dispatch.
All proceeds from the sale of these fine products are donated to Braniff Airways Foundation to support its Braniff Airways preservation projects. The Foundation is an IRS registered 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization.
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