Herpa German Cargo DC-8-73AF 1:500
Wings900 Reviews Commercial Aircraft
Written by Antesyd
Tuesday, 26 June 2012
German Cargo Services GmbH, operating as German Cargo, was an airline from (West-)Germany that operated cargo flight on behalf of Lufthansa, of which it was a wholly owned subsidiary.
Due to the then-valid regulations of the International Air Transport Association (IATA),[specify] German flag carrier airline Lufthansa could offer limited cargo services. Therefore, German Cargo was set up as a non-IATA airline in 1977, accommodating Lufthansa's cargo charter operations. Flight services were launched on 8 May of that year, initially using a Boeing 707, and the airline was based at Frankfurt Airport, the hub of Lufthansa.
Soon, German Cargo began operating scheduled cargo flights as well, mainly to Eastern Africa and the Middle East. The transport of live animals played an important role in the airline's business portfolio, with the interiors of two Douglas DC-8 aircraft having been refurbished for the accommodation of horses. The airline also specialized in the transport of large, damageable goods such as television broadcast satellites.
In 1993 Lufthansa reshaped its cargo businesses, splitting German Cargo into two independent, newly founded companies: Lufthansa Cargo for scheduled cargo flights, and Lufthansa Cargo Charter for charter and lease services. During the transition phase, German Cargo was renamed on 1 May of that year and briefly operated as Lufthansa Cargo Airlines.
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Airline: German Cargo
Make: German Cargo
Part Number: 518673
| || Mould and Assembly: The DC-8 is probably the most neglected major airliner in history when it comes to models from Herpa at least. Herpa has done a very good job with this mould I must say. Even as it is not as good as the StarJet 5 Stars models. Nothing special to mention, the form, the wings and the engines sitting on their place. And no big flaws. Nice job.|
Livery: The Lufthansa colours that German Cargo uses is not problems for Herpa. It is here that Herpa shines. Everything is placed at the correct spot. The livery is quite simple, even so with the lack of passenger windows... Herpa's match of colors is also here beautiful.
Details: When it comes to details it is Herpa standard. And that usually means a fuselage fresh out of painting before the texts is painted on the fuselage. A little boring and an insult to all collectors. I litle better on this one to be honest. There are even a red line on the engines...
Two things to improve. The cockpit window is a little misplaced and the gears are too high. I think a little homework is needed and please look at the old StarJet and 5 Star moulds...
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| || Unpainted main gear|
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