Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcar - Italian AF Italian AF 1/200 Scale Diecast Model by Leo
1:200 Scale Diecast Metal - Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcar - Italian Air Force - Length: 5" Wingspan: 6.5"
The model is in the inflight position. Attached to the wings are two pairs of external fuel tanks. A stand where the model can be attached for display is included. The display stand has the model's info such as squadron and group.
The maker of the model, Leo Models, really did a good job with the model, the model is made of a combination of diecast metal and plastic construction. The metal seems too be more rigid and thicker than comparable 1/200 scale models. The panel lines and details are very clear and crisp.What really caught my attention, however, is the way the markings and coloring are done.
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. Unlike bigger models, there is nothing to assemble for these models. All weapons and fuel tanks are already attached to the model. One just needs to open the pack and display it (or play with it). The packaging labels these model as "Collectible Product" and "Not suitable for children under 14 years".
The Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcar (Navy and Marine Corps designation R4Q) was an American military transport aircraft developed from the World War II-era FairchildC-82 Packet, designed to carry cargo, personnel, litterpatients, and mechanized equipment, and to drop cargo and troops by parachute. The first C-119 made its initial flight in November 1947, and by the time production ceased in 1955, more than 1,100 C-119s had been built. Its cargo-hauling ability and unusual twin-boom design earned it the nickname "Flying Boxcar".