1:144 Scale Metal Diecast – Douglas C-54 Skymaster - Berlin Airlift – Length: 8." Wingspan: 10”
This Slymaster model is made of a combination of metal and plastic parts. The landing gear comes fixed in the extended position. Some very basic assembly is needed by attaching the propellers to the engines. The propellers are made of plastic and are very finely made and detailed, so one needs to be very careful so as to not bend them out of shape while attaching them to the engines. The propeller are supposed to be snap-fit (or more exactly, friction fit) so no glue is needed.
A basic plastic display stand is included.
SOMETHING TO NOTICE about this particular model (C-54) is that it is very front heavy, which when resting on the landing gear is fine, however, when it is attached on the display stand, the stand becomes really UNSTABLE and can easily TIP; so be mindful of how you will display this model. If it tips forward while on the stand, the model could be damaged (say the front landing gear might break).
The maker of the model, DeAgostini, really did a good job with the model, the panel lines and details are very crisp and one can see the little dots that represent the rivets holding down the panels.
The packaging is quite basic, the model comes packed between two transparent plastic clam shells and these are attach to a cardboard background. The clam shells are quite strong and keep the model safe for shipping.
This is really a "no-play" model or a "display-only" model. It is mostly metal and very heavy. It also has a number of antennas which look great but are very fragile. If you have small kids that like to play with your models, save yourself some frustration (and money) and wait till later to get a model like this one. The box is labeled as not suitable for children under 14.
The package measures 10" x 10" x 3"