1:144 Scale Diecast Metal – Douglas C-54 Skymaster - Air Transport Command - Berlin Airlift – Length: 5.75" Wingspan: 7”
This Skymaster model has its landing gear fixed in the extended position. It is mostly made of metal. It is certainly not a toy and will not survive been played with or a fall.
NOTE that this model is TAIL HEAVY, so that means that if resting on its landing gear, the plane would tip upward and the tail would touch the ground and the nose would point upward. That is why there are not photos showing the model resting on the landing gear.
Although it is a small scale, the details are very impressive. From the photos one can see and appreciate the transparent cockpit windshield, as well as the other parts. The propellers are free to rotate and very smooth. If one blows onto the front of the plane, all four propellers start spinning.
A stand where the model can be attached for display is included and the model's info (type of airplane and scale) is printed.
The maker of the model, Amercom, really did a good job with the model, the panel lines and details are very clear and crisp.What really caught my attention, however, is the way the markings and coloring. Look at the photos and you will see very clear and crisp nose art and markings.
These models come in what could be described as a disposable blister pack (sandwiched between two transparent plastic shells and then glued/attached to a piece of cardboard with the branding info. There is really nothing spectacular about the packaging, but at the end, the packaging is supposed to be disposable and with the sole function protecting the model, which it does very well.
All weapons are already attached to the model. One just needs to open the pack and display it (or play with it).
Keep in mind that these are really not toys, they are models made for collecting and display purposes. The packaging is labeled as Not Suitable for children under 14 years old.
The Douglas C-54 Skymaster was a four-engined transport aircraft used by the United States Army Air Forces in World War II and the Korean War. Like the Douglas C-47 Skytrain, the C-54 Skymaster was derived from a civilian airliner, the Douglas DC-4. Besides transport of cargo, the C-54 also carried presidents, prime ministers, and military staff. Dozens of variants of the C-54 were employed in a wide variety of non-combat roles such as air-sea rescue, scientific and military research, and missile tracking and recovery. During the Berlin Airlift it hauled coal and food supplies to West Berlin. After the Korean War it continued to be used for military and civilian uses by more than 30 countries. This was one of the first aircraft to carry the President of the United States.