Fred Cox DC-8 Jet Collection – KL DC-8F-55 Cutaway

Fred Cox
DC-8 Jet Collection

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
DC-8F-55
Cutaway Model

1/50 Scale



DISPLAYED WITH GROUND EQUIPMENT




DISPLAYED ON ITS STAND



Color Scheme: Second Colors

Registration: PH-DCJ

Composition: One Piece Aluminum Cutaway Model by M.M. Verkuyl

Dimensions: Length: 36.5″ (93cm), Wingspan 34″ (86cm)

Condition: Paint & decals are in excellent condition. There is a crack in the metal where the wing attaches to the fuselage. This crack occurred where the two are naturally (or normally) attached and fortunately it does not go though completely. Thus the model is still solid, in one piece, and can be displayed either on its stand or at "ground level" with the ground equipment.

Model History: My Fellow Collector Friend, Ferry van der Geest who is a Captain for KLM, found this old and rare model of the DC-8F "Jet Trader" in April 2004. It was made in the mid to late 1960s by Matthys M. Verkuyl in Holland. Though Mr. Verkuyl made many DC-8 Passenger Cutaway Models, he made only a few of these Cargo Cutaway Models. Being a collector himself, especially for KLM Models, Ferry could have easily kept this model for his own collection but he very generously passed this on to me – knowing my love for the DC-8. In addition Ferry took on the formidable task of having a suitable shipping crate made, very carefully packing it up and then sending it over here from Amsterdam (on KLM of course). I received it on November 30, 2004. Ferry, Thank You for Your Generosity in acquiring this Wonderful Old DC-8 Model for me and ensuring that it arrived here safely! I’m truly honored to have this in my collection!

FYI – Mr. Verkuyl not only made the model and stand but he also made the Ground Equipment, Cargo Pallets & even a couple of KLM Ramp Agents – all which accompanied the model. Mr. Verkuyl Was A Fine, Fine Artist & Model Maker and his Incredible Level of Craftsmanship Are Sorely Missed in today’s world of mass produced, machine made aircraft model replicas.

KLM’s DC-8 History: Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij, NV, better known as KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, is the oldest airline in the world which is still operating under it’s original name. KLM began services in 1919 and has had a long history of innovation which has advanced the world’s airline industry and this legacy remained true with the Douglas DC-8. KLM not only operated it’s own large fleet of DC-8s (most of them Factory Delivered) but was also instrumental in assisting several other airlines around the world in establishing their DC-8 services and insuring that they were up to international safety and service standards. These airlines that KLM assisted, including financial assistance through operating leases, included Philippine Airlines, Garuda Indonesian Airlines, VIASA (Venezolana Internacional de Aviacion SA) & Martinair Holland. If you look at KLM’s Fleet Count you will see the extensive interactions & influence that they had with these 4 airlines. Throughout their long history KLM has maintained a close working relationship with Douglas & McDonnell Douglas from the early DC-2 through the final MD-11. KLM was a big supporter of the DC-8 & was the First Foreign Airline introduce the DC-8 Series 30 (a DC-8-32), and the -Very- First Airline introduce the DC-8-50 Fan Jet (a DC-8-53) & the DC-8 Super 63 – Long Range, High Capacity Stretch Fan Jet. Today, KLM continues to be one of the world’s premier airlines and although they are under a lot of pressure with the advent of worldwide airline deregulation & consolidation, they will hopefully not only survive but thrive and never loose that Dutch Hospitality.
Click Here to See KLM’s DC-8 Fleet Information.

Click Here to View a Photo of the Actual Aircraft*
* Unfortunately, I was unable to locate a photo of KLM’s DC-8F-55 but I did this KLM/Montreal International Airport Post Card which has a nice view of KLM’s ‘DC-8 Jet Trader.’ If anyone has a good photo of this aircraft and would allow it to be displayed on this web site, with proper credit to the photographer, I would Greatly Appreciate It! Please email me at: dc8jetfan@gmail.com

If you would like to see some other KLM Models with Different Liveries & DC-8 Types please click on the links below. The Livery I don’t have a model in is the Third Livery (Around 1970) with horizontal blue stripes down the fuselage (similar to the second livery) & a white tail with KLM Logo (similar to the final livery). Someday, I hope to find a KLM DC-8 model with this Third Livery.

Links To Other KLM Models On This Web Site:
DC-8-32 1/50 Scale in Delivery Colors
DC-8-63 1/72 Scale in Second Colors
DC-8-63 1/200 Scale in Final Colors


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