Aero Union C-54 (1:200) Air Tanker By Herpa 1:200 Scale Diecast Airliners Item Number: HE570954
About Aero Union C-54 (1:200) Air Tanker
From the 1960s until its closure in 2011, Aero Union has been a big name in aerial firefighting. In addition to training pilots, she maintained a large fleet of decommissioned military aircraft, including Lockheed P-2 Neptune, P-3 Orion, B-25 Mitchell, Douglas DC-6 or some ex-Luftwaffe Douglas C-54. For this purpose, the former military aircraft of the DC-4 family were given a large tank on the fuselage underside with a capacity of 11,000 liters for water or other extinguishing agents.
About Herpa 1:200 Scale Diecast Airliners
By working closely with manufacturers in the auto, aviation and transportation industries, Herpa Miniaturmodelle GmbH manufactures highly detailed, quality cars, trucks and airplane miniatures. Producing both diecast metal and plastic models, Herpa releases a wide variety of pre-constructed models, as well as many model kits. Herpa Wings are die-cast model airplanes trademarked under Herpa of Germany. The collection includes 250 airlines under 17 different aircraft manufacturers in over 1,200 versions. The mainstay of Herpa Wings is in the 1:500 scale, while model airliners are also produced in the 1:400, 1:200, 1:1000, and 1:160 scales. Herpa Wings model airliners may also be used in conjunction with Herpa's SCENIX series, which includes model diorama airports and airport accessories. In 1990, the model airplanes sported authentic miniaturizations of the engines and rolling landing gear from the various manufacturers. By 1992, Herpa Wings is established. The first 1/500 plane miniatures are presented to the public at the Nuremberg Toy Fair, and several airlines place orders for planes in their respective liveries. A licensing contract with aircraft manufacturer Boeing was signed in 1995. In 1996, Herpa Wings offered propeller driven planes for the first time in the 1/500 scale with the release of an ATR-72 model. Also, Herpa Wings produced for Condor the replica of their anniversary plane, the "Rizzi Bird", which is still one of the most difficult models in the Herpa Wings range. The first set of airport accessories was also produced. In 1997, issue 1 of the magazine for collectors of airplane models, WingsWorld, was released in June. A new range of airplane replicas in the 1/200 scale are released. In 1999, the Herpa Wings Club and the first models of airport buildings in the 1/500 scale are produced. Herpa also celebrated its 50th anniversary as a collectables manufacturer in 1999. In 2018 Herpa finally introduced a line of 1:72 military aircraft models, as well. Throughout the years, Herpa’s commitment to utilizing the latest technology to produce high quality, highly detailed models, has earned them a top spot among model collectors.
About this scale
1/200 scale airliners are a relatively new scale on the collector airliner market. InFlight Models and Herpa Wings were the first to make models in this scale starting in the early mid 1990s. The big difference back then was the InFlight was making solid die-cast metal airliner models and Herpa Wings were solid plastic. Not surprisingly InFlight's die cast metal models were more popular then the solid plastic models, especially since the pricing was similar. In the late 2000s other manufacturers saw the increasing populating of InFlight models and jumped into the 1:200 scale diecast airliner model market. The introduction the Geminijets 200 line and also has meant a greatly increase selection for this scale. Other die-cast metal airliners have also come to market from these other great collectible lines: AeroClassics, ALB Models, Aviation 200, Blue Box, Dragon Wings, Hobby Master, J Fox Models, JC Wings, Jet X, NG Models, Phoenix Models, Retro Models, Seattle Models, and Western Models. Herpa has gradually been shifting there new models to diecast metal instead of plastic, but three great lines of 1:200 scale plastic snap together models have filled in the space of the larger models but at a lower price point. The solid plastic models from Hogan Wings, Skymarks, and Flight Miniatures are great models at great prices. And now there are even some manufacturers filling in the 1:200 scale models with military aircraft which can round out an airport diorama with both commercial and military aircraft. 1/200 military aircraft models are available from Air Force 1 models, Amercom Aircraft, Atlas Editions, Gulliver Models, Model Power and TSM Wings.
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