|Lufthansa Modell Edition
In the late 1980s, along with Lufthansa German Airlines, "Herpa" developed a series of extremely high quality aircraft-models in 1:200 scale. It was Lufthansa's idea to create a range of truly authentic precision models, the like of which had never been seen before.
The first models to be released were the Airbus A300-600 and the Boeing jets 727-230, 737-330 and 747-430. All models carry an astonishing amount of detail from navigation lights and aerials to the various markings.
Every model-series had its own brochure in which design and production are explained.
|Lufthansa Boeing 727-230 D-ABKI made by "Herpa". Scale 1:200.
Being a great fan of the Boeing 727, I still find that "Herpa's" representation of the three-engined passenger-jet comes close to perfect. In 1992 the German model-manufacturer and Lufthansa joined to release three 727-models in the so-called "Lufthansa Modell Edition". One of the 727s was D-ABKI "Bremerhaven" shown here - in addition D-ABKQ "Mainz" and D-ABKS "Oberhausen". All the models are 1:200 scale.
I was able to buy my "Bremerhaven" im April 2008 via ebay in the original box. The model is #0060 of worldwide 5.000 pieces.
|Lufthansa Boeing 727-230 D-ABKQ made by "Herpa". Scale 1:200.
The second Boeing 727 in the "Modell Edition"-series was D-ABKQ "Mainz". Like its sisters it features striking details giving it an extremely realistic look - for example the printed details on the engines and the wings. 727-fans also appreciate the T-tail with the rear antenna and the tail-skid in the deployed position on the lower fuselage.
I bought my "Mainz" on ebay in late March 2009. The series-number is #1620.
|Lufthansa Boeing 727-230 D-ABKS made by "Herpa". Scale 1:200.
My third model from this series is the Boeing 727 D-ABKS "Oberhausen". It was also limited to 5000 pieces worldwide.
What I like very much about these 727s is the fact that Herpa captured the "Boeing-look" so very well. Both the cockpit-section and the famous T-tail are just perfect - not to forget the detailed printing of the livery.
Unfortunately some collectors report yellowing on the upper fuselage. My models are not affected so far. I bought my "Oberhausen" on ebay in February 2008.
|Lufthansa Boeing 737-330 D-ABXA made by "Herpa". Scale 1:200.
Herpa also released three models of the stretched Boeing 737-300 in its "Lufthansa Modell Edition". The original aircraft were delivered by Boeing in Lufthansa's 1970s livery and joined the LH-fleet in 1986. The model pictured here has the registration D-ABXA and was named after the German town of Giessen.
I was able to buy this model with the transparent display-case and the original box on German ebay in January 2010. My "Giessen" has the production-number 2.327 of 5.000 pieces worldwide.
|Lufthansa Boeing 737-330 D-ABXB made by "Herpa". Scale 1:200.
The three Boeing 737-300 models in the "Lufthansa Modell Edition" were sold in attractive plastic display-cases. On top of these cases Herpa placed the city-arms of the towns the aircraft are named after. D-ABXB was christened "Passau". My model is #0066 of 5.000 worldwide. Herpa also made the sister-ships D-ABXB "Passau" and D-ABXC "Delmenhorst".
I bought my "Passau" with the original box on German ebay in December 2009.
|Lufthansa Boeing 737-330 D-ABXC made by "Herpa". Scale 1:200.
The third Boeing 737-300 released in the "Lufthansa Modell Edition" was D-ABXC. Like the original aircraft the model carried the name "Delmenhorst", which is a city in northern Germany. In my opinion the Boeing 737 always looked much better in this livery than in the later all-white scheme - mainly because of the black radome like on the Boeing 707 and 727. The 737 pictured here has the series-number 1434 of 5.000 models manufactured worldwide.
I bought my "Delmenhorst" with the original box on German ebay in August 2011.
|Lufthansa Airbus A300-600 D-AIAK made by "Herpa". Scale 1:200.
The largest model in the "Lufthansa Modell Edition" with Lufthansa's old livery is the Airbus A300. Again three aircaft are available - the model pictured here is D-AIAK named after "Kronberg im Taunus", a town near Frankfurt. Herpa produced the A300s in 1989 - like the 727 and the 737 in batches of 5.000 pieces worldwide.
This A300 was offered to me with its original box in March 2015. My "Stade" has the production-number 3.894 of 5.000 pieces worldwide.
|Lufthansa Airbus A300-600 D-AIAL made by "Herpa". Scale 1:200.
The second model available in the A300-series was D-AIAL named after "Stade", a town near Hamburg in Northern Germany. The A300 comes with a transparent display case and sits on yellow ground-markings. Incidentally the parking position is marked "A300" and "DC-10" - so may be at one stage there were plans to make a DC-10 in the "Modell Edition".
I bought the A300 with its original box on German ebay in March 2010. My "Stade" has the production-number 3.742 of 5.000 pieces worldwide.
|Lufthansa Airbus A300-600 D-AIAN made by "Herpa". Scale 1:200.
The third A300-600 from Herpa's "Lufthansa Modell Edition" is D-AIAN - named after the Bavarian town of "Nördlingen".
I bought the A300 with its original box on German eBay in July 2010. My "Nördlingen" has the production-number 2.239 of 5.000 pieces worldwide.