QANTAS VH-EBL "Hong Kong Trader"
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1/200 scale die-cast metal with minimal use of plastic.
All markings are tampo (pad) applied, no decals to discolor or flake.
Landing gear can be removed or added.
Model comes with a display stand.
A brief history of the aircraft type and the airline is supplied with each model.
WWII in Europe had only ended a few months earlier when Overseas Airlines March
7, 1946 when American Airlines introduced U.S. DC-4 domestic service between New
York and Los Angeles. During the late 1940s and early 1950s the DC-4 and converted
C-54s carried more passengers than any other four-engine transport. Amazingly many
of these aircraft are still operating more than 60 years after they were first
In August 1946 this aircraft was a DC-4-1009 c/n 43067-63 manufactured for Trans
Australia Airlines as VH-TAC and named “John Forrest”. Twenty months later the
plane was sold to British Commonwealth Pacific Airlines as VH-BPA and named
“Adventure”. On February 15, 1949 the plane sold to QANTAS Empire Airways Ltd. as
VH-EBL named “Hong Kong Trader”. January 13, 1961 it sold to Ansett-ANA as VH-
INY and later Leased to McRobertson Miller Airlines. This aircraft was owned and/or
operated by all four Australian airlines before being scrapped in South Africa in
|Passengers – up to 86
Length – 93 ft 10 in (28.6 m)
Wingspan – 117 ft 6 in (35.8 m)
Height – 27 ft 6 in (8.38 m)
Empty – 43,300 lb (19,640 kg)
Normal Load Weight – 63,500 lb (28,800 kg)
Maximum Take-Off – 73,000 lb (33,100 kg)
Engines – (4) Pratt & Whitney R-2000 radial / 1,450 hp each
Maximum Speed – 280 mph (450 km/h)
Cruise Speed – 227 mph (365 km/h)
Range – 4,250 miles (6,839 km)
Service Ceiling – 22,300 ft (6,800 m)
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