Fred Cox DC-8 Jet Collection – TRC DC-8-61CF

Fred Cox
DC-8 Jet Collection


1/50 Scale

Color Scheme: Final Colors

Registration: N8788R

Composition: A Refinished Douglas Factory Polished Aluminum Model

Dimensions: Length: 45" (114cm), Wingspan 34" (86cm)

Condition: Excellent – Except that the horizontal stabilizers on the tail were accidentally sawed off and then reattached by the Model Finisher in the Philippines.

Model History (The Short Story): My friend Jim Powroznik helped me acquire this unfinished Douglas Factory/Marketing Aids DC-8-61 Blank at the LAX International Airliner’s Show in the summer of 2004. I then sent it to my friend Don Stevens at Airborne Replicas for refinishing in the Philippines. I received it back on April 9, 2005 and Once Again They Did a Terrific Job On It – Except – for the damage noted in the Condition Section above which I suspect was caused by Philippines Customs (looking for contraband). The model finisher at Airborne Replicas did the best they could in reattaching the stabilizers but it still is noticeable. Unfortunately, it would require welding & and another polishing to permanently fix the stabilizers and eliminate all evidence of damage. Since it was painted so beautifully I’m going to keep it as is and trade away my other Trans Caribbean DC-8-61CF model which is in near mint condition. Please see bottom of page if you want to read the Long Story.

Trans Caribbean’s DC-8 History: Trans Caribbean Airways was an Original Factory Delivery Customer of the DC-8. During the 1960s Trans Caribbean flew a number of routes to the Caribbean from the USA. Based in New York, their "bread and butter" routes were Idlewild (now JFK) – San Juan and Newark – San Juan. Other Caribbean destinations included the U.S. Virgin Islands, Haiti, Curacao & Aruba. TCA also flew out of Washington – Dulles and Philadelphia to San Juan but the Philadelphia service was discontinued due to economic conditions. All of these routes were serviced primarily by the Douglas DC-8 and to a lessor extent the Boeing 727 – both types of aircraft in Convertible Freighter versions to accommodate a large demand for air freight as well as passengers. Unfortunately, due to continued financial difficulties, Trans Caribbean was merged into American Airlines in May 1971. After the merger, TCA’s DC-8 fleet was quickly phased out (not being in common with American’s fleet) and replaced by American’s Boeing 707, 727 & 747 aircraft. Trans Caribbean was a "colorful" airline from our past (Click Here to See a Trans Caribbean DC-8-51 Model) and this final "Palm Tree" Paint Scheme was one of the Most Beautiful Schemes I have ever seen on the DC-8. Click Here to See Trans Caribbean’s DC-8 Fleet Count.

Click Here to View a Photo of the Actual Aircraft

Model History (The Long Story): This Model is one of Those "Dreams Come True" For Me. Back in 1973 when I was first starting my collection I ordered a 1/100 Scale Trans Caribbean DC-8-61CF from Marketing Aids, who was then the model maker for Douglas Aircraft. At the time I ordered it, the manager told me that they were using the last set Trans Caribbean Decals of any scale on my model. Well, this just added to my excitement in getting this stunning livery on a DC-8-61. I remember waiting & waiting and trying to be as patient as a 17 year old boy could be and then it finally arrived. I opened the box to find a Trans Caribbean DC-8-63CF model which just crushed my enthusiasm for the model. I wanted the model to be exact and a DC-8-63 is not the same as a DC-8-61! I called Marketing Aids and they told me that there were no more decals left and converting my DC-8-63 to a -61 would be time consuming and expensive. Also, I checked every aviation history book and periodical (Aviation Week, etc.) to see if Trans Caribbean by chance also flew the -63 but unfortunately that never happened. Even though that model was not correct I kept it for many years. Finally, in 1997 I sold it and decided to hunt for the correct model at 1/100, 1/72 or even better, 1/50 scale. When my friend Jim found this unfinished blank in Summer 2004 I knew exactly what paint scheme I wanted on it and sent it to Airborne Replicas on August 28, 2004 to be painted. Then in another great stroke of luck, I found out that my fellow collector friend Steve Spatz was going to sell his Douglas Factory DC-8-61CF in Trans Caribbean ‘Palm Tree’ Livery. I immediately contacted him and he was very kind in selling me this "Dream Model." Even though I had one being painted in the Philippines, at that time in the same exact livery, I decided to buy Steve’s Beautiful Model just in case the Philippine paint scheme didn’t turn out very well. As it turns out, they did a fantastic job of painting this model exactly as I had ordered. Thus, I am now passing along the other Trans Caribbean DC-8-61CF to my friend Dan Wells.

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