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Hobby Master HL1013 Lockheed L-188 Electra Trans Australia Airlines (TAA) "VH-TLA"

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Hobby Master HL1013
Lockheed L-188 Electra
Trans Australia Airlines (TAA) "VH-TLA"

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1:200 Scale                              Length      Width
Lockheed L-188 Electra           6.25"           6"

PLEASE NOTE: This item has a planned arrival date of February 2012 and is only available for PRE-ORDER at this time.

PLEASE NOTE: This item has a planned arrival date of February 2012 and is only available for PRE-ORDER at this time.

Orders are not shipped until complete.
If you wish to receive in-stock items prior to pre-ordered items, you must place separate orders.
Arrival dates are subject to change. Consider them to be estimates as manufacturers frequently revise them.
Full payment is required
at time of order.

In October 1958 Trans Australia Airlines (TAA) ordered 2 Lockheed L-188 Electras. One of these aircraft was VH-TLA c/n 1061 named “John Eyre”. VH-TLA first flew on May 19, 1959 and was delivered to the airline at Melbourne on June 24, 1959. On July 8, 1959 the aircraft performed its inaugural commercial flight between Melbourne and Sydney. VH-TLA made its final commercial flight with TAA from Canberra to Sydney on April 30, 1971. Later that day the aircraft was ferried to Brisbane and put in storage. The L-188 was sold to Concare Aircraft Leasing on March 12, 1972 and registered as N188LA. The Electra changed hands a few more times before being scrapped in late 1975 early 1976.

Lockheed L-188 Electra
Designed and built by Lockheed for American Airlines, the L-188 Electra first flew on December 6, 1957. The L-188 was the first turboprop airliner produced in the United States, with standard seating for 66 to 88 passengers. Powered by four Allison 501D-13 turboprops, the aircraft performed nearly as well as contemporary turbojets but cost less to operate. Unfortunately, two fatal accidents quickly eroded faith in the type and led to early cancelation of production. Electras were most infamously flown by the Argentine Navy, who used them to dispose of political prisoners over the Rio de La Plata.



Hobby Master Airliner Series

The Hobby Master "1:200 Airliner Series" range presents detailed, ready-made diecast models of civilian aircraft.

Hobby Master "1:200 Airliner Series" diecast airplanes feature:

    Diecast metal construction with some plastic components.
    Realistic panel lines and surface details.
    Pad printed markings and placards that won't fade or peel like decals.
    Interchangeable extended/retracted landing gear.
    Presentation stand to display the aircraft "in flight".
    Accurately detailed underside with concealed screwheads.

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Diecast Toy Manufacturer Hobby Master
Manufacturer No
Country Australia
Scale 1:200
Type Propeller
Series L-188
Color White