||Lufthansa Convair 340 D-ACDH made by "Herpa". Scale 1/200.
Lufthansa resumed scheduled service after World War 2 in April 1955 with four piston-engined Convair CV-340 airliners. The first in line was D-ACDH, which was delivered by Convair in a transitional livery. Lufthansa operated the CV-340 mainly on domestic routes and later bought modified CV-440s with improved soundproofing and an option for weather radar.
I bought the diecast model in its original box when "Herpa" released it in early 2009.
|Lufthansa Convair 340 D-ACOH made by "Model Power" ("SkyStars"). Scale 1/200.
The model shown here already displays the later livery of Lufthansa's Convair 340s. It was produced exclusively for the "Deutsche Post" (German Postal Service) in 2005 to commemorate many years of airmail flights together with Lufthansa. Manufacturer is "Model Power" - a family owned company specialized in model railroading products in H0 and N scale. In recent years "Model Power" also started to offer a growing diecast airplane line. The models for "Deutsche Post" were distributed in Germany under the name "SkyStars".
I bought the diecast model in July 2009 in the original blister-box.
|Lufthansa Convair 340 D-ACEF made by "Herpa". Scale 1/200.
In 2005 "Herpa" produced this Convair CV-340 with the registration D-ACEF. The original aircraft was used on April, 1st 1955, when Lufthansa began scheduled passenger flights on the Hamburg-Munich-route via Dusseldorf and Frankfurt. The aircraft was delivered to the German airline in October 1954. It was later sold to an operator in the U.S. and crashed in Colorado in 1982.
This diecast model joined my collection in March 2013 with its original box.
|Lufthansa Convair CV-440 D-ACAP made by "Western Models". Scale 1/200.
In 1956 Lufthansa ordered five Convair CV-440 aircraft - one of them being D-ACAP, shown here as a 1/200 model by "Western Models". The CV-440 is basically a CV-340 with improved soundproofing on the engines and a slightly longer cabin. An optional increase from 44 to 52 passengers was facilitated by the replacement of the carry-on luggage area with two more rows of seats. Two doors with integrated stairs were also a new feature. Lufthansa flew the CV-440 until the first short-range Boeing 737 jetliners joined the fleet in 1968.
I bought my CV-440 in March 2013 with its original box on German eBay.
|Lufthansa Convair 440 Metropolitan D-ACIB made by "Herpa". Scale 1/200.
"Herpa" released this model of the Lufthansa Convair CV-440 with the registration D-ACIB in 2007. The original aircraft was delivered to Lufthansa in March 1957 and was sold to Air Algerie in summer 1968 - just like D-ACAP pictured above.
The diecast model was sold in this original box.
|Lufthansa Douglas DC-3 D-CADE made by "SkyStars". Scale 1/200.
In late 2012 "Sky Stars" released this Douglas DC-3 in 1/200 scale. From 1955 to 1960 Lufthansa operated four aircraft of this type on domestic routes. Two of them were converted military C-47 "Dakotas" and both successively carried the registration D-CADE. In my opinion the "Sky Stars" model looks better than the competing DC-3 made by "Herpa", especially concerning the side cockpit-windows.
I bought the "Sky Stars" DC-3 on German eBay in October 2012 in the original blister-box.
|Lufthansa Douglas DC-4 N30042 made by "Western Models". Scale 1/200.
In the late 1990s the British manufacturer "Western Models" released this Douglas DC-4. The original aircraft with the registration N30042 was operated by "Transocean Airlines" on behalf of Lufthansa in the late 1950s for cargo-flights between Germany and the United States.
"Western Models" was one of the first model-makers to offer miniature airplanes in the 1/200-range. The metal-models were handmade and have decals instead of the tampo-printing which is applied these days.
I bought my DC-4 in October 2011 with its original box on German eBay.
|Lufthansa Vickers Viscount 814 D-ANAD made by "Model Power" ("SkyStars") in 1/200.
The British built Vickers Viscount was the first Turboprop-airliner in the world. When production ended in 1964 Vickers had delivered 447 aircraft to more than 50 customers worldwide. Lufthansa ordered ten Viscount 814 between 1958 and 1961. The aircraft were used on domestic routes and also on European short-range routes. The last Lufthansa Viscount went out of service in 1971.
D-ANAD pictured here was made in 2006 by "Model Power" ("SkyStars") exclusively for the German Postal Service. I bought the diecast model in July 2009 in the original blister-box.
|Lufthansa Vickers Viscount 814 D-ANAD made by "Herpa". Scale 1/200.
In summer 2011 "Herpa" also released a fine Lufthansa Vickers Viscount 814. Like "Model Power" (see above) the company also chose D-ANAD as the registration for the model. This particular aircraft was part of Lufthansa's fleet from January 1959 to July 1971. Compared to the Viscount 700-series the 800-series was 1,2 metres longer to make room for 71 passengers in the cabin.
The model arrived in my collection in July 2011 with the original box.
|Lufthansa Super Constellation D-ALAP made by "Western Models". Scale 1/200.
In the late 1950s she was the star of the young Lufthansa-fleet: The Lockheed L-1049 Super Constellation. D-ALAP displayed here was produced in the late 1990s by the British manufacturer "Western Models". For a long time the company concentrated on classic propeller aircraft. The models are made in pewter - not white metal - with decals applied by hand. There has been some criticism on Western's quality, but anyhow they were brave enough to release 1/200 classic airliners in 1994 before anyone else even thought about it.
I was able to buy my D-ALAP on German ebay in March 2013 with the original box.
|Lufthansa L-1049G Super Constellation D-ALEM made by "Western Models". Scale 1/200.
A second Super Constellation made by "Western Models" was D-ALEM. The original aircraft was delivered to Lufthansa in 1955 with the typical wing-tip tanks that greatly extended the range - but even with this improvement transatlantic-flights with the "Super Connie" had to be operated with fuel-stops, mainly in Shannon and Gander for the North Atlantic route.
I was able to buy my D-ALEM in July 2009 from a British collector with the original box.
|Lufthansa Lockheed L-1049G Super Constellation D-ALIN made by "Herpa". Scale 1/200.
Another fine model of a Lufthansa Lockheed Super Constellation is D-ALIN made by Herpa. It wears the Lufthansa-livery that was used between 1958 and 1964. Incidentally, D-ALIN was the aircraft that flew German chancellor Adenauer to Moscow in 1955 to discuss the release of the last remaining German prisoners of war from Russia.
The German model-manufacturer "Herpa" sold this model beginning from spring 2006 in its "Yesterday"-series. I bought the "Connie" from a US-seller in this original box via eBay in December 2007.
|Lufthansa Lockheed L-1049G Super Constellation D-ALEM made by "Herpa". Scale 1/200.
In 2008 "Herpa" released this Lockheed Super Constellation D-ALEM in Lufthansa's so called "jet-livery" of the mid-1960s. After the Constellations had been replaced on long-haul routes the livery was adapted to the new Lufthansa scheme seen at that time on the Boeing 707s and 720s. The final operations of the Lufthansa "Connies" were on domestic routes like Frankfurt-Hamburg.
The German model-manufacturer "Herpa" sold this "Connie" in 2008 in its "Yesterday"-series.
I bought the diecast model with its original box from a German model-shop in early 2009.
|Lufthansa L-1049G Super Constellation D-ALOF by "Hobby Master". Scale 1/200.
In late 2011 this Lufthansa Lockheed L-1049G Super Constellation was released by "Hobby Master" with the registration D-ALOF. The original aircraft was delivered to Lufthansa by Lockheed in 1956. The model has detachable wheels and can therefore be presented on the stand with retracted gear. Like all the L-1049G this aircraft had the prominent wing-tip tanks for additional fuel. This feature distinctly extended the range of these beautiful airliners.
I bought the diecast model with its original box from a German model-shop in late 2011.
|Lufthansa L-1049G Super Constellation D-ALID by "Hogan Wings". Scale 1/200.
"Hogan Wings/Limox" is the manufacturer of this Lufthansa Super Constellation. It was released in 2012. The original aircraft was delivered to Lufthansa in 1956 along with D-ALAP, D-ALEC and D-ALOF. Like the other L-1049G Constellations in the Lufthansa-fleet D-ALID also had the prominent tip-tanks on the wings to achieve greater range. The model was delivered with a stand.
I bought the model in late 2012 with its original box.
|Lufthansa Lockheed L-1649A Super Star D-ALUB made by "Western Models". Scale 1/200.
Lufthansa was the last airline to purchase the "Starliner" new - the four aircraft in the fleet were marketed as "Super Stars". D-ALUB made by "Western Models" was the first L-1649A delivered to the German airline. Entering production in 1956 these planes were the technological culmination of the Constellation series while at the same time signifying the end of the era of long-range, piston-powered aircraft.
I was able to buy my D-ALUB in February 2012 from a German collector with the original box.
|Lufthansa Lockheed L-1649A Super Star D-ALER made by "Herpa". Scale 1/200.
This Lockheed L-1649A with the registration D-ALER was released by "Herpa" in 2011. The original aircraft was delivered to Lufthansa in January 1958, shortly before transatlantic services with the "Super Star" began from Hamburg to New York. In that year the "Senator First Class Service" was introduced on board these aircraft. In March 1960 D-ALUB was transferred to Condor Flugdienst but retained Lufthansa-colours to be used by Lufthansa when required. The aircraft stayed with Lufthansa/Condor until 1962.
I bought D-ALER in its original box from a German model-shop in early 2012.
|NEW! Lufthansa Boeing 707-430 D-ABOC made by "Herpa". Scale 1/200.
In early 1960 Lufthansa entered the jet-age with the four-engined Boeing 707-430. The second aircraft delivered by Boeing was D-ABOC "Berlin" equipped with Rolls-Royce Conway engines. 56 years later - in summer 2016 - "Herpa" released this 1/200 scale metal model of the jet. Like most early 707s this aircraft was fitted with an additional tail-fin under the fuselage to provide more vertical stability during take-off and landing. D-ABOC stayed in the fleet until summer 1976. Later it was sold and converted to a freighter.
I bought the model in its original box from a German model-shop in summer 2016.
|Lufthansa Boeing 707 D-ABOD made by "Blue Box Models". Scale 1/200.
In spring 2015 "Blue Box Models" released the aircraft that brought the jet-age to Lufthansa: The four-engined long-range Boeing 707-430. The model represents D-ABOD, which was delivered to Lufthansa on April 23rd, 1960 and was christened "Frankfurt" on the same day. The aircraft was painted in the 1970s Lufhansa-livery in 1968 and stayed in service with the airline until November 30th, 1975.
I bought my "Blue Box" 707 with the original box from a Dutch modelshop in May 2015.
|Lufthansa Boeing 720-030B D-ABOH made by "Western Models". Scale 1/200.
Developed by Boeing in the late 1950s from the Boeing 707, the 720 has a shorter fuselage and an improved wing-design. Lufthansa operated eight of these jets on routes to the Middle East and South America between 1962 and 1964. Two primary versions of the aircraft were built. The original 720 with Pratt & Whitney JT3C turbojet engines entered service in 1960, while the improved 720B with Pratt & Whitney JT3D turbofans entered service in 1961. Lufthansa only flew the 720B and lost two aircraft - D-ABOK and D-ABOP - during training-flights in 1961 and 1964.
I bought my D-ABOH with the original box from a Dutch modelshop in July 2015.
|Lufthansa Boeing 720-030B D-ABOP made by "Western Models". Scale 1/200.
A second Lufthansa Boeing 720B was released by "Western Models" in summer 2015 in the livery of 1963/64. D-ABOP displays the blue cheatline and the famous black nose, which was a feature on Lufthansa-jets until the mid-1980s. The original aircraft was delivered to Lufthansa in April 1962. It crashed during a training flight over Bavaria on 07/15/1964 killing the crew of three. The pilots had performed a barrel-roll and lost control over the jet.
I bought my D-ABOP with the original box from a Dutch modelshop in July 2015.
|Lufthansa Curtiss C-46 N9891Z made by "Western Models". Scale 1/200.
In a re-edition "Western Models" released this Curtiss C-46 Commando in early 2013. Lufthansa leased nine of these aircraft from "Capitol Airways" between 1964 and 1969 as freighters. Only N9891Z was painted in Lufthansa-colours - first in a bare-metal livery, later with a white upper fuselage.
I bought my Lufthansa C-46 in March 2013 from a French online-model-shop with the original box.
|Lufthansa Boeing 727-030 D-ABIN made by "Western Models". Scale 1/200.
This Boeing 727 was made by "Western Models" nearly ten years ago. Lufthansa was one of the launching customers for the trijet and used the 727 on its European routes - thus the name "Europa Jet". The model is in the delivery-colurs of 1964 and displays the registration D-ABIN - the original aircraft was named "Europa Jet Münster". The nose-section is not perfect, but otherwise the 727 is an acceptable model bearing in mind that at the time of production 1/200 models were very rare.
I bought my D-ABIN in September 2009 from a German online-model-shop with the original box.
|Lufthansa Boeing 727-030 D-ABID made by "Herpa". Scale 1/200.
In autumn 2004 Herpa released this fine Boeing 727-030 in 1:200 scale. The heavy diecast model displays the livery that was introduced 1964 with the delivery of the first 727 to Lufthansa. The model is a replica of D-ABID which carried the name "Braunschweig" - a city in northeastern Germany. The Herpa 727 is very detailed - the livery and the cockpit-windows are printed perfectly onto the model. I especially like the nose-section with the real "Boeing-look" and the chromium-plated cowlings on engines #1 and #2.
This was my first diecast model in 1:200 - I bought it in December 2004 in the original box.
|Lufthansa Boeing 727-030 D-ABIR made by "Herpa". Scale 1/200.
In 2006 Herpa released a second Boeing 727 in Lufthansa's livery of the mid-1960s: D-ABID "Aachen" - the name of a town in the northwestern part of Germany near the Belgian border. Like D-ABID the model is 20,3 cm long - wing-span is 16,5 cm.
Again this is a very nice replica of the original 727-100 with the short fuselage. Here's the original box. In my opinion Herpa did a much better job on their Boeing 727-100 than its competitor "InFlight". There is another mould around made by "Jet-X" - but unfortunately the company hasn't released Lufthansa jets so far.
|Lufthansa Douglas DC-8-51 made by "Herpa". Scale 1/200.
In early 2009 "Herpa" sold this model of an aircraft that was part of the Lufthansa-fleet for only a very short period. In 1965 Lufthansa leased a Douglas DC-8-51 from Trans International Airlines because Boeing couldn't deliver ordered 707-330B jets on time. Actually the leased aircraft was the first DC-8 ever built. It was called "Ship One" by the Douglas Aircraft Company and carried the registration N8008D.
The heavy 1:200 scale model is 22,9 cm long, wing-span is 21,7 cm. It was sold in this original box. I bought the DC-8 in June 2009.
|Lufthansa Boeing 707-330 D-ABUK made by "Blue Box Models". Scale 1/200.
In early 2011 "Blue Box Models" released this Boeing 707-330B which is based on the re-tooled 707-mould made by "InFlight Models". The model represents the four-engined jet as it looked in the mid-1960s flying for Lufthansa. The German airline operated the 707 under the brand-name "Intercontinental Jet".
Compared to the original "InFlight"-707 this model has a much better looking nose-section - and also the cheatline is printed onto the fuselage in the correct height.
I bought my "Blue Box" 707 with the original box from a seller in Hong Kong in February 2011.
|Lufthansa Boeing 737-130 D-ABEA made by "Blue Box Models". Scale 1/200.
In the mid-1960s Lufthansa was the lauching-customer for the Boeing 737, which has since become one of the best-selling short- and medium-range-jets of all time. D-ABEA was rolled out in 1967 and underwent extensive flight-testing by Boeing in Lufthansa's livery of that time. It was later delivered to Lufthansa in the newly introduced 1970s-design.
I bought the 737 with the original box from "SOCATEC" in France in December 2015.
|Lufthansa Boeing 747-130 D-ABYC made by "WB Models". Scale 1/200.
In spring 2016 I was delighted when finally a Lufthansa Boeing 747-130 was announced by "WB Models". This fine diecast-representation of the original "Jumbo Jet" finally became available as D-ABYC - which was the third 747 delivered to Lufthansa. It was christened "Bayern" (Bavaria) and entered service in May 1970. The aircraft stayed with Lufthansa until late 1978. Later operators included Aer Lingus and Qantas.
I bought the 747 with the original box from "Aviation Retail Direct" in June 2016.
|Lufthansa Boeing 707-330 D-ABUH made by "InFlight Models". Scale 1/200.
Fans of the Boeing 707 were delighted when InFlight started to reproduce this four-engined classic jet in 2003. Still, I had to wait until December 2005 before a Lufthansa 707 was released: D-ABUH, named after "Dortmund" - a town in the industrial region of the Ruhr-valley. The model is limited to 252 pieces worldwide.
I like InFlight's 707 although there are some flaws here and there: For example the nose is not very realistic and the passenger windows are printed onto the fuselage much too high.
I bought my "InFlight 707" from a Canadian seller on eBay in autumn 2008.
|Lufthansa Boeing 727-230 D-ABFI made by "JC Wings". Scale 1/200.
A very nice model of the three-engined Boeing 727 was released in summer 2011 by "JC Wings": D-ABFI named "Europa Jet Münster". Compared to the mould used by "InFlight Models" this stretched 200-series captures the lines of the 727 very well. One mistake is very obvious though: "JC Wings" forgot the black anti-glare panel between the radome and the cockpit-windows. I hope to see other Lufthansa-liveries on the mould in the near future.
I bought my "JC Wings" 727 from a model-dealer in Berlin in October 2011 with the original box.
|Lufthansa McDonnell Douglas DC-10 D-ADHO made by "InFlight Models". Scale 1/200.
In June 2008 "InFlight models" released this fine model of a McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30 in the livery of Lufthansa. An absolute must for me, because I crossed the Atlantic for the first time in a Lufthansa DC-10. The "InFlight" DC-10 is once again a very detailed 1:200 reproduction of the original aircraft - but I have to criticize the passenger-windows that are printed too high onto the model. Length: 27,5 cm. Wing-span: 25,2 cm.
The model is limited to 328 pieces worldwide. I bought this classic jet in September 2008 from a model-shop in Oregon/USA - and I have not regretted this decision so far!
|Lufthansa McDonnell Douglas DC-10 D-ADFO made by "Herpa". Scale 1/200.
A fine plastic model of the DC-10 in 1/200 scale was made in 2008 by the German manufacturer "Herpa". The plane released was D-ADFO "Fürth" which flew with Lufthansa from 1974 to 1996. Like the "InFlight"-model Herpa's DC-10 also comes in the delivery-colours of the 1970s. Although the engines could have had slightly more detail the DC-10 is well done for a plastic model. Especially the cockpit-windscreen and the passenger-windows look much better on Herpa's release than on the "InFlight" DC-10.
I added D-ADFO to my collection in early 2009 with the original box.
|Lufthansa Airbus A300B4 D-AIAC made by "Herpa". Scale 1/200.
In late 2013 "Herpa" released this 1/200 scale plastic model of the Airbus A300B4. Launched in 1972 as the world's first twin-engined widebody jet, the original aircraft was the first product of Airbus Industrie, a consortium of European aerospace companies. The aircraft were powered by two General Electric CF6-50 engines. Lufthansa introduced its first A300 in 1976 on high-density short and medium-haul routes. With a range of around 3.430 kilometres the typical destinations were London, Paris and Madrid.
I bought the A300 in late 2013 with the original box from a German model-shop in Detmold.
|Lufthansa Boeing 737-230 D-ABHW made by "InFlight Models". Scale 1/200.
For decades now the Boeing 737 has been the backbone of Lufthansa's short-range fleet. In 2006 "InFlight Models" released this 737-230 with the registration D-ABHW. The original aircraft was part of a huge order placed with Boeing to replace the first 737-130s from the late 1960s. D-ABHW was delivered to Lufthansa in February 1982 and stayed in the fleet until 1993.
"InFlight" released this model in 2006 - it was limited to 588 pieces worldwide. I bought the 737 with its original box in June 2012 from a US-collector.
|Lufthansa Boeing 737-230 D-ABHX made by "InFlight Models". Scale 1/200.
This little diecast model was released in 2006 - nearly 25 years after Lufthansa tested a bare-metal livery on a real Boeing 737-230 carrying the registration D-ABHX. In the early 1980s the airline hoped to reduce fuel consumption by not painting the aircraft. Later Lufthansa moved on to an "all-white"-scheme which is still used today. "InFlight Models" released 588 models of D-ABHX worldwide.
I bought the 737 with its original box in July 2010 from a model-shop in Chicago/USA.
|Lufthansa Boeing 737-230 D-ABFW made by "JC Wings". Scale 1/200.
In late 2011 "JC Wings" released this Boeing 737-230 in another experimental livery: In 1987/1988 Lufthansa tested this scheme proposed by the brand consultancy agency "Zintzmeyer & Lux". The agency suggested that one of the company colours - yellow - should be more predominant. Very quickly it became obvious that both passengers and flight-crews disliked the combination of white and yellow, which led to a rejection of this livery. The "JC Wings" 737-mould is very good - apart from the cockpit-windows, which are too large on the sides.
I bought my "Wolfsburg" from a model-dealer in Guernsey in January 2012 with the original box.
|Lufthansa Airbus A321 D-AIRX made by "Herpa". Scale 1/200.
And yet another plastic model in the 1/200 section: The Airbus A321-100 shown here is the so-called "Retro-Airbus" made by "Herpa". The original aircraft D-AIRX "Weimar" was re-painted in these classic Lufthansa-colours in 2005 on the occasion of Lufthansa's 50th anniversary. The livery was first used when Lufthansa introduced the Vickers Viscount to its fleet in 1958.
I bought the model from a model-shop in Oregon/USA in September 2008.
|Lufthansa Boeing 747-430 D-ABVH made by "Herpa". Scale 1/200.
So far the only model in my collection with Lufthansa's current all-white livery is this plastic Boeing 747-430 D-ABVH in 1/200 scale made by "Herpa". It was released in 2010 and displays a special scheme to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the partnership with Boeing. What I like very much about this special design is the use of the classic titles "Boeing 707", "727" and "737" on the fuselage right behind the large orange-coloured "50". Although this 747 is not a jet from "yesteryear", these titles make the model fit into my collection time-frame from 1955 to 1985.
I bought the model with its original box from a model-shop in Passau/Bavaria in December 2011.
|German Cargo Boeing 707-330 D-ABUI made by "Aviation 200". Scale 1/200.
German Cargo was set up by Lufthansa as a non-IATA airline in 1977, accommodating Lufthansa's cargo charter operations. In the early years "German Cargo" had four Boeing 707s in its fleet - one of them was D-ABUI, an ex-Lufthansa Boeing 707-330C, which was released by "Aviation 200" in summer 2011. The excellent diecast-model nicely displays the bright yellowish colour of the original aircraft.
I bought the model with its original box from a model-shop in Berlin in September 2011.