DOUGLAS DC-8 MODEL
KIT BOX ART
From the Collection of Christian Bryan
About 6 years ago Christian began collecting the box tops from such great Model Kit Companies as Aurora, Revell, Heller and many of the other famous makers. After scanning them Chris then restored them to look like new, and many times better than new!
Though Chris & I have just met over the internet, our history of growing up watching and flying on the first generation jetliners is similar except he had the advantage of his father being in the industry and thus he was able to do more plane watching and fly a lot more of the earlier jetliner’s than I did.
He even has a memory from the age of 6 of his father taking him on one of the first United DC-8-61s (Super 8 to the Aloha State) back in 1967. It was in between trips and had just been vacuumed. ALL of the partition curtains were open and that cabin looked “a mile long.”
The airplane was empty, except for one lone mini-skirted stewardess sitting on one of the aisle seats about 1/2 the way down. In addition, Chris was lucky to be able to see the JAL DC-8-62 “Shiga” just after it landed short of the runway in San Francisco Bay in 1968. The airplane was only six months old when this occurred. Fortunately, the pilot was lucky and landed in the water where the muddy bottom of the bay was just at the length of the landing gear and thus there were very few injuries.
JAL wound up paying United Air Lines to lift the DC-8 onto a barge, then over to the hanger and after about a year plus several million dollars the DC-8 was as good as new and went back into service with JAL using a new Registration Number & Aircraft Name “Hikada.” This DC-8 is still flying today for Airborne Express!
Just as the professionally made models I collect are considered Art, so are these wonderful box tops that many of the old model kits came in. I’m proud to present Christian’s DC-8 Box Art here for your viewing enjoyment
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If you are interested in buying any of these Beautifully Restored DC-8 Box Top Prints (or Prints from Other Model Aircraft) please contact Christian directly at email@example.com I have several of his 11″ (28cm) x 17″ (43cm) DC-8 prints and they look Spectacular!
There is One Box Kit That Christian Desperately Needs To Finish The DC-8 Section of his Collection: A Garuda DC-8 Made by Aurora/Holland Chris does not need the actual box top sent to him but if you can either send him a Color Xerox Copy via regular mail, or scan it at 600 dpi & place it on a disc and mail it, or just email the scan to him then he will do an awesome job of restoring it! If you can help Christian with this request please email him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to visit Christian’s Web Discussion Group Please Go To http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Box-Art
They have Box Art displayed of Nearly Every Rare Airliner Kit ever made (not just DC-8s)!
USE OF ANY OF THE RESTORED IMAGES ABOVE IS PROHIBITED WITHOUT CONSENT FROM CHRISTIAN BRYAN.