Color Scheme: Delivery Colors
Composition: Douglas Factory Polished Aluminum Model
Length: 25.0″ (63.5cm), Wingspan 21.5" (55cm)
Model History: The model blank and decals were produced by
Marketing Aids (subcontractor for Douglas) in the 1960s. I acquired
this model in original Continental Livery from an eBay seller
on February 2, 2004. I had hoped to clean up and hand polish the
model – leaving the original livery in tact. Unfortunately, this
livery was too far gone to save but I did have a "lucky break"
in that I had one set of 1/50 scale Continental DC-9 decals which
could be used. Click here
if you would like to see photos of the model prior to restoration/refinishing.
In February I had the model professionally polished to remove
all of the dirt, rust and corrosion. Once this was done then my
friend Jim Powroznik (James Powroznik Custom Models) Beautifully
Refinished it in the same Continental Livery (see notes below).
I Picked It Up on May 21, 2004. Once Again
Jim Thanks For The Outstanding Work!
Notes: The only difference in the two liveries is that the
original was a DC-9-15RC (RC=Rapid Change from passenger to cargo
aircraft – with a forward cargo door) and the refinished livery
is a standard DC-9-15 (passenger only). The original Continental
Airlines (prior to 1980s bankruptcy) ultimately operated only
the DC-9-15RC aircraft, but until Douglas was able to deliver
them, Continental leased 3 DC-9-14 and 1 DC-9-15 (passenger only)
aircraft. Once the "RC" aircraft were delivered the
standard DC-9s were then returned to Douglas and sold to other
Also, the only defect in the original model that couldn’t
be corrected were two small holes, one in the middle of each wing
at the trailing edge. Whoever owned this model in the past had
drilled these holes so the model could be hung from the ceiling.
These holes are still in the wings but fortunately they aren’t
Click Here to View
a Photo of the Actual Aircraft