|Lufthansa Convair 340 D-ACOH made by "Modellbau Schaarschmidt". Scale 1/50.
My oldest travel-agency model is a metal Convair 340 in 1/50 scale made for Lufthansa in 1955 by "Modellbau Schaarschmidt"in Berlin-Charlottenburg. It's a representation of D-ACOH which inaugurated Lufthansa's first postwar service on April/01/1955 on the Hamburg-Dusseldorf-Frankfurt-Munich-route. The model has a solid aluminium fuselage with detachable sheet-metal wings. Unfortunately it is missing decals on the vertical stabilizer, but apart from that the Convair is in very good condition for its age - and even features the original stand and propellers.
A model-collector from Plattling/Bavaria sold me the model in June 2016.
|Lufthansa Lockheed L-1049G D-ALAN made by "Modellbau Schaarschmidt". Scale 1/80.
When the Lockheed L-1049G Super Constellation entered service with Lufthansa in June 1955 models like this were made for the airline as marketing-aids by "Modellbau Schaarschmidt" in Berlin-Charlottenburg. Transatlantic flights with the Constellation began on the Hamburg-Frankfurt-Shannon-New York route. Lufthansa operated a total number of eight aircraft until 1966.
A French ebay-seller was the source for this model in May 2013. Unfortunately the stand is not original. Also, the typical plastic-spinners are missing that represent the rotating propellers.
|Lufthansa Lockheed L-1049G D-ALAK made by "Modellbau Schaarschmidt". Scale 1/50.
"Modellbau Schaarschmidt" also produced larger Constellation-models in 1/50 scale for Lufthansa in 1955. The solid aluminium fuselage has detachable sheet-metal wings with propellers instead of plastic-spinners. The model sits on a metal-base with technical information. Shown here is a representation of D-ALAK, which crashed while on approach to Rio de Janeiro on January 11th, 1959. All 29 passengers and 10 crew-members were killed. After this incident most display-models were ordered with fantasy-registrations in order not to remind travellers of lost aircraft. A collector from Bielefeld/Germany sold me this model in December 2013.
|Lufthansa Lockheed L-1649A D-ALOR made by "Modellbau Schaarschmidt". Scale 1/80.
The Lockheed L-1649A was the last development-stage of the Constellation-series. It was built at Lockheed's Burbank-plant in California from 1956 to 1958. When Lufthansa started services with four of these aircraft on the North Atlantic-route in 1958 models like this were ordered from "Modellbau Schaarschmidt" in Berlin. Originally named "Starliner" by Lockheed, the planes were marketed by Lufthansa as "Super Star". The model shown here features the short-lived delivery-colours on the vertical-stabilizers. The livery was soon changed to the yellow-blue crane-logo.
An ebay-seller in Canada was the source for this vintage model December 2012.
|Lufthansa Vickers Viscount 814 D-ANUN made by "Modellbau Schaarschmidt". Scale 1/72.
This metal Vickers Viscount 814 in 1/100 scale was also made for Lufthansa by "Modellbau Schaarschmidt". The model probably dates back to 1958 when the first Viscounts were delivered to the German airline. The British built aircraft 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 for domestic and European short-range routes. The last Lufthansa Viscount went out of service in 1971.
A collector in Denmark sold me this fine Viscount-model in September 2008.
|Lufthansa Boeing 707 D-ABOC made by "Bermel". Scale 1/100.
When Lufthansa entered the jet-age in 1960 with the Boeing 707 the German flag-carrier ordered metal models like this from the foundry of Walter Bermel in Düsseldorf. Not much is known about this company, but it is assumed that Bermel also produced a metal model of the Lockheed Super Constellation for Lufthansa. This 707 is in 1:100 scale and wears the Lufthansa-livery of the the late 1950s and early 1960s. Unfortunately the decals have yellowed quite a bit which is common with Bermel models. On the stand Lufthansa displayed some facts for passengers flying the 707.
The model landed in my collection in December 2007 via German ebay.
|Lufthansa Boeing 707 D-ABOC made by "Raise-Up". Scale 1/100. Version 1.
This Boeing 707 is also a very early travel-agency model for Lufthansa. It was manufactured by the "Raise-Up Metalworks" in the Dutch city of Rotterdam at some time between 1962 and 1963. This period can be determined because of the newer Lufthansa-livery and the fact that "Raise-Up" was taken over by the famous model-maker Maarten M. Verkuyl in 1964.
I was able to purchase this fine metal model from an antiques dealer in Buenos Aires/Argentina in March 2008.
|Lufthansa Boeing 707 D-ABOC made by "Raise-Up". Scale 1/100. Version 2.
After some time Lufthansa ordered 707s like this from "Raise-Up" with some minor changes. The registration D-ABOC was moved from the vertical stabilizer to the rear fuselage - just as on the original aircraft. Also the German flag was placed differently. The model was probably made around 1964/65, just before Maarten M. Verkuyl took over "Raise-Up".
I bought the metal model in spring 2008 from a collector in the United States.
|Lufthansa Boeing 707 D-ABOC made by "Raise-Up". Scale 1/60.
In the mid-1960s "Raise-Up" also received orders from Lufthansa to manufacture larger display models of the long-haul Boeing 707. The metal model shown here has the livery of that time and the correct registration D-ABOC, which was the second 707 delivered to Lufthansa on 10/3/1960. The decals are very accurate and include the brand-name "Intercontinental Jet" on the fuselage. Like many large-scale models from this era the 707 has detachable wings and comes with a silver stand.
I bought the 707 with the original wooden shipping-crate from a Swiss collector in August 2011.
|Lufthansa Boeing 707 D-ABOC made by "Raise-Up". Scale 1/200.
Apart from the larger metal display models Lufthansa also ordered small display-models of the Boeing 707 in 1/200 scale. In the production-process "Raise-Up" used resin rather than metal for these smaller aircraft. Again the registration is D-ABOC - and again this model was delivered with a silver stand. After the "Raise-Up"-workshops were taken over by Maarten M. Verkuyl this mould was used for later 707 models produced for Lufthansa.
I bought this little 707 from an ebay-seller in the United States in May 2011.
|Lufthansa Boeing 707 D-ABOC made by "Belplast". Scale 1/100.
This Boeing 707 made by "Belplast" could well be one of the first plastic models that Lufthansa ordered, probably to reduce costs for this kind of display item. Italian-based Belplast delivered the 707 with a chromed belly, which ensured a certain metallic-look - but still it was inferior to earlier metal-models. Also, the simple wire-stand didn't enhance the overall appearance. The registration is D-ABOC: The real aircraft - a 707-430 with Rolls-Royce engines - joined the Lufthansa-fleet in early 1960.
I bought the Belplast 707 in January 2013 on German ebay.
|Lufthansa Boeing 707 D-ABIB made by "Mecater". Scale 1/100.
One of my favourite models in my Lufthansa-collection dates back to the mid 1960s. At that time Lufthansa ordered this metal 1:100 Boeing 707 from "Mecater" - a Spanish model-maker. The company also supplied the airline with a Boeing 727 model. Both the 707 and the 727 have silver stands - it was not until the late 1960s before Lufthansa started to order the uniform black stand with the manufacturers of scale models. This 707 shows another development stage of the Lufthansa-livery: The "LUFTHANSA"-titles were moved further to the front part of the fuselage.
The model became part of my Lufthansa-collection in July 2007.
|Lufthansa Boeing 707 D-ABOX made by "Mecater". Scale 1/100.
In this second version of the "Mecater" Boeing 707 the Spanish manufacturer captures the look of Lufthansa's 707 in the mid-1960s much better. The cheatline is now light-blue and the radome is completely black - typical for Lufthansa-aircraft in that era. Also, the "Lufthansa"-titles are no longer only in capital letters. To comply with new Lufthansa-regulations, "Mecater" used the fantasy-registration D-ABOX on this model.
The 707 was offered to me by an antiques-dealer in Torino/Italy in March 2015.
|Lufthansa Boeing 707 D-ABOZ made by "Verkuyl". Scale 1/100.
Made in the famous model-workshop of Maarten M. Verkuyl in Badhoevedorp/The Netherlands this metal Lufthansa Boeing 707 in 1:100 scale displays the Lufthansa colours of the late 1960s. At that time the ?Lufthansa?-titles were changed again ? from capital letters to small letters. That is why I assume the model was made around 1967 and 1968. The 707 has a black stand which is typical for Lufthansa ? the airline always ordered large display-models from M. M. Verkuyl with this feature. Later every manufacturer had to comply with this request.
I bought the model in summer 2004 from an antiques dealer in Strasbourg/France.
|Lufthansa Boeing 707 D-ABOZ made by "Verkuyl". Scale 1/200.
Apart from travel-agency models in scales 1/25, 1/50, and 1/100 the Verkuyl-workshop also made ?miniatures? for Lufthansa ? for example this Boeing 707 "Intercontinental Jet" in 1:200 scale.
The 707 is a casting made by "Raise-Up" just before the company was taken over by Verkuyl in the mid-1960s. The model was probably delivered to Lufthansa in that period and also sits on a black round stand.
I bought the model in summer 2008 from an antiques dealer in Italy.
|Lufthansa Boeing 707 D-ABOZ made by "Verkuyl". Scale 1/50.
The largest metal model in my collection is this Boeing 707 in 1/50 scale. It was made by the Dutch manufacturer Verkuyl probably in the late 1960s when Lufthansa introduced its new livery. The metal model is 95 cm long and weighs approximately 7,5 kilograms.
The interesting thing about this model is the fact that the doors are engraved into the model - later Verkuyl 707s had the blue and white inverse markings around doors and emergency-exits, like on the original aircraft after an IATA regulation from 1965.
I bought this 707 from a German ebayer near Berlin in October 2008 with the original black stand.
|Lufthansa Boeing 727 D-ABIB made by "Raise-Up". Scale 1/46.
Lufthansa ordered large display models of the new Boeing 727 shortly before the first trijets were delivered to the German airline in 1964/65. The heavy metal model shown here was made in the Netherlands by the "Raise-Up Metalworks" in Rotterdam. The wings and the elevator-rudder are detachable. Like many models from this era the 727 sits on a silver stand.
I bought this fine "Europa Jet" - as Lufthansa called the 727 - in April 2006 from a collector in Vienna/Austria who was selling off some large display models.
|Lufthansa Boeing 727 D-ABIB made by "Raise-Up". Scale 1/200.
In addition to the large scale Boeing 727 models Lufthansa also placed orders for smaller sizes with "Raise-Up" in the Netherlands - for example this 727 in scale 1/200. The material used is resin. Like its larger sister in 1:46 - pictured above - this model carries the registration D-ABIB and the name "Europa Jet Augsburg". Also it has the silver stand that was typical for models Lufthansa made by "Raise-Up." After taking over "Raise-Up" Maarten M. Verkuyl later also used this mould in his workshop (see the model pictured below).
I bought this 727 in August 2009 from a collector in Berlin.
|Lufthansa Boeing 727 D-ABIZ made by "Verkuyl". Scale 1/200. Version 1.
During the take-over of "Raise-Up" the Dutch model-maker Maarten M. Verkuyl was able to gain various moulds for his workshop - for example this 727 in scale 1/200. Lufthansa ordered 727-models - this time from Verkuyl - after the titles had been changed in the mid-1960s from capital letters to the appearance they still have today. In comparison to the "Raise-Up" version pictured above Verkuyl's model carries the registration D-ABIZ. Also it now sits on a black stand, which was to become standard for Lufthansa display-models for many years. I bought this 727 in 2010 on German ebay.
|Lufthansa Boeing 727 D-ABIZ made by "Verkuyl". Scale 1/200. Version 2.
Here's another one of the smaller models Verkuyl produced for Lufthansa: A Boeing 727 in scale 1/200. The material used seems to be resin.
Because this model is a short 727-100 in the Lufthansa-Design of the late 1960s I guess it was made in this period. Like most 727-models ordered by Lufthansa it carries the fantasy-registration D-ABIZ. The real aircraft were in service from 1964 to 1979.
I was able to buy this little Lufthansa-jet on German ebay in early 2007.
|Lufthansa Boeing 727 D-ABIB made by "Mecater". Scale 1/100. Version 1.
Shortly before Lufthansa took delivery of its first Boeing 727s in 1964 the airline placed an order for models like this with "Mecater" in Spain. The heavy metal-model in 1/100 scale was released with a silver stand - like the Mecater 707 pictured above. The outside appearance resembles a Boeing 727 only to a limited extent. Especially the nose-section is not what I would call perfect. Speaking of mistakes: Mecater placed the upper engine directly in the air-intake which is not correct.
This 727 was my very first travel-agency model. I bought it in spring 2003 on German eBay.
|Lufthansa Boeing 727 D-ABIB made by "Mecater". Scale 1/100. Version 2.
In order to correct the flaw on its first 727-release "Mecater" produced later models for Lufthansa with an exact replica of the air-intake on engine #2. Probably Lufthansa complained about the mistake. View both versions of the "Mecater" 727 in comparison here. Again the heavy metal-model is in 1/100 scale and sits on a silver stand. It comes with the 1964 delivery-colours including the large "LUFTHANSA"-titles and the silver-grey rudder.
This second version of the Mecater 727 was offered to me by a visitor of this homepage in autumn 2010. The model had been in his posession since 1966.
|Lufthansa Boeing 727 D-ABIK made by "Belplast". Scale 1/100.
This Boeing 727 made by "Belplast" was the first plastic 727 that Lufthansa ordered to reduce costs for this kind of display item. Italian-based Belplast delivered the 727 with a chromed belly - like the Boeing 707 further above. Unfortunately the decals started to yellow and crack very early making it almost impossible today to find this model in better condition than pictured here. Also, the simple wire-stand didn't enhance the overall appearance. The registration is D-ABIK: The real aircraft joined the Lufthansa-fleet in December 1964.
I bought the Belplast 727 in August 2010 via German ebay.
|Lufthansa Boeing 727 D-ABIZ made by "Verkuyl". Scale 1/100. Version 1.
This metal 727 in scale 1:100 was made by Verkuyl probably around 1964/65 when Lufthansa took delivery of its first Boeing tri-jet. Like the original aircraft the model displays the "LUFTHANSA"-titles in capitals. A typical feature of that time period is the silver stand: From the late 1960s Lufthansa began to order travel-agency models with black stands. I also have a Verkuyl-727 from around 1966 in my collection which already has the newer "Lufthansa"-titles. Picture #3 shows both 727s next to each other. The 727 was my second travel-agency model. It was offered on German ebay in late 2003.
|Lufthansa Boeing 727 D-ABIZ made by "Verkuyl". Scale 1/100. Version 2.
Here's the sister - so to speak - of the Verkuyl Boeing 727-100 pictured above. The metal model is also in 1:100 scale - but it differs in two details: First of all the "Lufthansa"-titles are printed in small letters - a change of design introduced around 1966. Secondly Verkuyl delivered the model with a black stand. This was to be a constant feature of Lufthansa travel-agency models for many years to come.
I was able to buy this Boeing 727 from a Bavarian ebay-seller in September 2008.
|Lufthansa Boeing 727 D-ABIZ made by "Verkuyl". Scale 1/100. Version 3.
After a design-change in the late 1960s Lufthansa placed orders for metal 727-models in the new livery with Maarten Verkuyl's workshop. The model pictured here was shipped in the original box to Bremen with Lufthansa Cargo in September 1970 and has been kept in mint condition since then. The decals are covered with a protective foil. The stand is wrapped in paper.
Just like her sister-ships made by Verkuyl the model carries the registration D-ABIZ - but only on the wings, not on the upper engine air-intake.
I bought the model from the estate of a former Lufthansa-employee in March 2016.
|Lufthansa Boeing 727 D-ABIZ made by "Verkuyl". Scale 1/40.
In addition to the 727-variants in 1/100 and 1/200 scale Lufthansa also placed orders for larger metal models with the workshop of Maarten M. Verkuyl - for example this 727 in 1/40 scale. It was probably made shortly after Verkuyl had taken over the "Raise Up modelworks" in Rotterdam, because the casting seems to be based on the 1/46 727 by "Raise Up" pictured above. Anyhow, Verkuyl managed to capture the typical features of the 727 much better. Here a comparison with Verkuyl's later 1/50 727 in Lufthansa's 1970s design.
This model was offered to me by a British collector in September 2009.
|Lufthansa Boeing 727 D-ABIZ made by "Verkuyl". Scale 1/50.
Later Verkuyl went on to produce another large casting of the 727 for Lufthansa - this time in 1/50 scale. The metal models were probably made when Lufthansa introduced the 1970s livery on its aircraft. With large-scale models like this Verkuyl underlined his position as one of Europes premier manufacturers in the business. At the time the 727 was state-of-the-art in model-making. Again we see the registration D-ABIZ on the wings and on the upper engine.
This model joined my Lufthansa model-collection in December 2009. I bought it from an ebay-seller in Austria.
|Lufthansa Boeing 727 D-ABIV made by "Westway Models". Scale 1/100. Version 1.
This Boeing 727 was produced by "Westway Models" - a company from Wembley in the United Kingdom that still exists today. Apart from Raise-Up, Verkuyl and Mecater, Westway was another source for Lufthansa when the airline ordered display-models in the 1960s.
The Boeing 727 shown here is in 1:100 scale and is made of fibreglass. It wears the Lufthansa-livery of the mid-60s when the first 727s were delivered to the German airline - so the model was probably made in that period. The registration is D-ABIV.
A collector from Berlin/Germany sold me this fine model in June 2009.
|Lufthansa Boeing 727 D-ABIV made by "Westway Models". Scale 1/100. Version 2.
This Boeing 727 is identical to the one pictured above - the only difference is the Lufthansa-livery of the 1970s. Once again the fibreglass-model was made by "Westway Models" from Wembley in the United Kingdom. The registration is also D-ABIV.
I bought the model from a German seller on ebay in 2004.
Lufthansa Boeing 737 D-ABAB made by "Pacific Miniatures". Scale 1/100.
One of the most interesting models in my collection is this 1/100 scale Boeing 737-100 made by "Pacific Miniatures". It carries the Lufthansa-livery from the mid-1960s when the German airline was the launching-customer for the short-range 737. The fibreglas-model was probably ordered by Boeing as a marketing-aid in the negotiations with Lufthansa. Note the Lufthansa-titles in capital letters and the yellow crane-logo under the cockpit-windows.
A collector from Berlin sold the PacMin 737 to me in February 2014.
Lufthansa Boeing 737 D-ABEA made by "Westway Models". Scale 1/100.
When the Boeing 737 was on the production-line in the mid-1960s Lufthansa ordered fiberglas-models like this at "Westway Models" in England. Note the newer Lufthansa-titles and the large black radome. As far as I know the first aircraft was built in these colours, but the livery had to be changed prior to delivery in December 1967, because Lufthansa had decided to introduce a new scheme at short notice.
A collector in Denmark sold it to me in September 2008. He told me the model was presented to his father while working for Lufthansa's flight-simulator facilities in the late 1960s.
Lufthansa Boeing 737 D-ABEA made by "Westway Models". Scale 1/50.
Lufthansa also ordered larger display-models of the Boeing 737 from "Westway Models": Pictured here is a 737 in 1/50 scale. Like its smaller sister it is also made of fibreglass and carries the Lufthansa-livery from the mid-1960s. The registration is D-ABEA. The larger 737 has more detailed printing in some places than the 1/100 model: For example the control surfaces on the wings and on the vertical stabilizer are nicely done.
A visitor of this homepage offered me the model in February 2010.
Lufthansa Boeing 737 made by "Westway Models". Scale 1/100.
When it was clear that the first Lufthansa 737s would be delivered to Lufthansa in the new 1970s design, all the earlier models became obsolete as promotional items. Lufthansa immediately ordered new ones - and "Westway Models" changed the logo on the vertical stabilizer to the livery that would last until the late 1980s. Again this early Boeing 737 depicts the shorter 737-100 series of which Lufthansa was the launch customer. A registration was omitted.
The model joined my Lufthansa-collection in March 2013.
Lufthansa Boeing 737 made by "Belplast". Scale 1/100.
Here's the "City Jet" as we know it: In the livery of the 1970s. This scheme was introduced shortly after the first Boeing 737s were delivered to Lufthansa. The 737 model shown here was made probably in the early 1970s by "Belplast" of Milan/Italy - a predecessor of "Airplast", which is now also out of business. As you will see below, Lufthansa ordered several other models from these Italian companies.
I bought the 737 from a collector in the USA. According to him this model used to be on display in Lufthansa's First Class lounge at Hamburg airport.
Lufthansa Boeing 747 made by "Verkuyl". Scale 1/100.
When operations began with the first wide-body Boeing 747s in 1970 Lufthansa approached the Dutch manufacturer "Verkuyl" to deliver metal models of the first 747-series with the three windows in the upper-deck. They were to be the last of their kind - as the airline's marketing-department decided to cut costs on aircraft-models. All future models of the 747 and other Lufthansa-jets were ordered as plastic or resin pieces - and incidentally also from other suppliers - mostly in England and Italy.
The Verkuyl 747 was offered to me via this homepage in March 2012 by a seller from Sweden.
Lufthansa Boeing 747 made by "Westway Models". Scale 1/100. Version 1.
In the early 1970s Lufthansa also ordered smaller 747s from "Westway Models" to promote the new wide-body aircraft. The British manufacturer produced fibreglass "Jumbo Jets" in 1/100 scale - as seen here - with the typical black round stand. The three passenger-windows in the upper-deck indicate that this is supposed to be an early Boeing 747-130 with the upstairs-lounge. A metal-plate with personal-data on the stand shows that the model was given to a flight-engineer as a gift at his retirement in 1975.
I bought this 747 on German ebay in April 2010.
Lufthansa Boeing 747 made by "Westway Models". Scale 1/100. Version 2.
This fibreglass Boeing 747 in 1/100 was also produced by "Westway Models" for Lufthansa - only this time with ten passenger-windows in the upper-deck, making it a 747 of the later 200-series. Unfortunately the original stand is missing - but I guess "Westway Models" delivered the 747 with the typical black round plate that Lufthansa usually demanded for its display models.
The 747 landed in my Lufthansa model-collection via German ebay in August 2009.
|Lufthansa Boeing 747 made by "Airplast Milano". Scale 1/100.
Lufthansa also ordered 1/100 scale Boeing 747s with "Airplast". This model probably dates back to the mid/late 1970s. Like its smaller sister it is a one-piece plastic model and was sent to Lufthansa in this original box.
The model captures the lines of the 747 very well. The decals are still in very good condition considering the model's age.
I bought the 1/100 Airplast 747 on ebay in January 2009 from a German seller.
|Lufthansa Boeing 747 made by "Airplast Milano". Scale 1/200.
Airplast also made smaller travel-agency models for Lufthansa - for example this Boeing 747 in 1/200 scale. The model is - as always with Airplast - a one-piece plastic product, probably from the mid-1970s. Apparently it was delivered with a tripod-stand rather than the typical round Lufthansa-stand. For more than 20 years Airplast was one of the leading model-manufacturers in Europe. Among the customers were Lufthansa, Condor, Alitalia, JAT, KLM and Sabena. In 2000 the company was taken over by "Spoto Aerei".
I bought the Airplast 747 on German ebay in late 2008.
Lufthansa Boeing 747 cutaway-model made by "Westway Models". Scale 1/72.
Lufthansa placed orders for this kind of 747-model with "Westway Models" probably in the early 1970s when the first "Jumbo Jets" joined the fleet. With a view into the wide-body-cabin Lufthansa hoped to convince passengers that this was the future form of transport on long-distance routes. "Westway" did an excellent job showing many details such as stewardess-figures and containers in the cargo-hold.
An arts-dealer from Munich sold me this cutaway-747 with the original wooden shipping-crate in July 2012.
Lufthansa Boeing 747 cutaway-model made by "AGM Models". Scale 1/50.
Another supplier for cutaway-models of the Boeing 747 was "Aeronautical & General Models" (AGM Models) from Hounslow in England. In the 1960s the company specialized in miniature models for tv-series and movies. Today AGM is known as "Mastermodels". The 747 is 140 cm long - wing-span is 120 cm. It has a lighted cabin. Unlike the Westway cutaway 747 above the AGM model is only open on one side. Unfortunately the original tripod-stand was lost by former owners.
A visitor of this homepage from Northern Germany sold me this cutaway-747 in January 2015.
Lufthansa Boeing 747 made by "Westway Models". Scale 1/50.
This fibreglas Boeing 747-230B manufactured by "Westway Models" was probabably ordered by Lufthansa in the late 1970s when the first 747-200-series aircraft joined the fleet. These second-generation Jumbo Jets came with increased fuel capacity and more powerful engines. Most -200Bs had an internally stretched upper deck, allowing for up to 16 passenger seats.
This model sits on a large tripod-stand and has detachable wings. It was offered to me by a former Lufthansa-employee from Bad Nauheim in Germany and joined my collection in March 2012.
|Lufthansa McDonnell Douglas DC-10 made by "Westway Models". Scale 1/100.
"Westway Models" also supplied Lufthansa with models of the DC-10 in the years after the delivery of the three-engined long-haul jet in 1974. The model was made for the German airline in all common scales: Apart from the pictured fibreglass DC-10 in 1:100 I know of specimens in 1:200 (see below), 1:50 and 1:25. This proves that the DC-10 played an important role in Lufthansa's fleet at the time. As with models of other aircraft "Westway" captured the lines of the DC-10 very well. The decal-design of the windows and doors is also nicely done.
I bought the DC-10 in March 2010 from an English ebay-seller.
|Lufthansa McDonnell Douglas DC-10 made by "Westway Models". Scale 1/200.
This little fibreglass DC-10 was produced for Lufthansa by Westway Models in 1/200 scale. The model is 25,5 cm long, wing-span is 23,5 cm. Inspite of the small scale it is a nice representation of the real aircraft which was first flown by Lufthansa in 1974 - so I would guess the model was made shortly after that. Note the original black stand which is slightly too large for a model in 1:200 scale.
I bought this DC-10 on German ebay in May 2010.
|Lufthansa McDonnell Douglas DC-10 made by "Airplast Milano". Scale 1/100.
When models like this were displayed in travel-agencies most airlines had stopped ordering metal-models due to higher costs. It is a DC-10 in 1/100 scale made of plastic by "Airplast" in Milano/Italy. I guess the model was made in the mid-1970s because Lufthansa took delivery of its first DC-10 from McDonnell Douglas in 1974. The model is very detailed in places: For example the jet-engines look very realistic - and there are two red anti-collision-lights on the upper fuselage.
The Airplast DC-10 is part of my collection since early 2007 - once again ebay was the source.
|Lufthansa McDonnell Douglas DC-10 made by "Modellbau Haefele". Scale 1/100.
Here is another fine model of a Lufthansa DC-10 - this time made by "Modellbau Haefele", a company from Southern Germany that used to produce fibreglass display-models for Lufthansa and Airbus in the 1980s and 1990s. Haefele closed down in 1997 when the owner retired.
Unfortunately I don't have the original stand - so I used the stand of my Verkuyl 707 in 1/100 scale for these pictures.
A collector from Berlin sold me this DC-10 in June 2009.
|Lufthansa McDonnell Douglas DC-10 cutaway made by "Westway Models". Scale 1/50.
In order to promote the DC-10 Lufthansa also ordered cutaway models of the aircraft. This must be a later version because the cabin-layout already features Business Class. The seats in the First- and Business Class-sections look very out of date compared to the comfort offered to passengers today.
I purchased the DC-10 from an ex Lufthansa-employee in March 2011. He says the model used to be displayed in Lufthansa's corporate-headquarters in Cologne.
|Lufthansa Douglas DC-10 cutaway made by "Westway Models". Scale 1/25.
This is the largest model in my collection of Lufthansa-models: A Lufthansa DC-10 cutaway model in 1/25 scale made by "Westway Models", probably in the mid-1970s when Lufthansa took delivery of the first of these three-engined long-range aircraft. The model features a two-class cabin-layout with internal lighting. On the starboard side it displays Lufthansa's complete 1970s-livery.
The model was offered to me by a visitor of this homepage from Cologne in February 2016.
|Lufthansa Airbus A300 made by "Westway Models". Scale 1/100.
When Lufthansa put its first Airbus A300 into service in 1976 the airline ordered various models of the European widebody-airliner with "Westway Models". This 1/100 scale resin A300 has the typical Airbus-features, for example the sloped passenger-window line in the rear fuselage-section. Lufthansa was the largest European operator of this aircraft type and flew various variants of the A300 mainly on medium-haul and high-density routes. The A300-fleet was retired on 07/01/2009.
I bought this A300 display model for my collection in September 2010.
|Lufthansa Airbus A300 made by "Westway Models". Scale 1/200.
Here's one of the smaller representaions of the Airbus A300 in 1/200 scale. It was made for Lufthansa probably by "Westway Models" in the mid- to late-1970 to promote the European widebody-airliner.
I bought this little A300 in its original-box on ebay in March 2017.
|Lufthansa Airbus A300 made by "Westway Models". Scale 1/50.
Lufthansa also placed orders for large-scale A300-models with "Westway Models". One of the variants was this fibreglas model in 1/50 scale in the delivery-colours of 1976 - which was probably made in that year for marketing-purposes. Being one of the first A300-operators it was important for Lufthansa to display the European wide-body airliner in travel-agencies and corporate-offices.
This A300 was offered to me by a visitor of this homepage in October 2015.
|Lufthansa Airbus A300 made by "Verkuyl". Scale 1/100.
In the late 1970s Lufthansa also ordered models of the new widebody A300 at Maarten M. Verkuyl's workshop in the Netherlands. The A300 seen here is a polyurethane resin model in 1/100 scale. It displays the 1970s Lufthansa-livery with a cheatline in a lighter shade of blue. There is no registration.
A fellow collector from Berlin sold me this A300 in November 2014.
|Lufthansa Airbus A300 D-AIBA made by "IMC Modelworks". Scale 1/100.
This A300 model was probably made in the late 1970s by the "International Model Center" (IMC) in Nieuw Vennep/The Netherlands. This company was formed after Maarten M. Verkuyl had to close down his own company because of financial difficulties. Verkuyl stayed with IMC as a model expert and devoted all his time to model design, producing the wooden master models from which the casts were made. The A300 seen here is a polyurethane resin model in 1/100 scale. The registration is D-AIBA. The aircraft is named after "Rothenburg ob der Tauber" - a Bavarian town. A fellow collector from Berlin sold me this A300 in November 2010.
|Lufthansa Airbus A310 D-AIAS made by "IMC Modelworks". Scale 1/100.
"International Model Center" (IMC) also made this 1/100 scale resin-model of the Airbus A310, the shortened derivative of the A300. Launched in July 1978, it was the second aircraft to enter production by "Airbus Industrie". The model pictured here was not produced for Lufthansa, but for the aircraft-manufacturer VFW in Bremen. The registration is D-AIAS. Lufthansa operated 20 A310 and was one of the largest operators of this aircraft-type.
I was able to buy the IMC A310 for my Lufthansa-collection on German ebay in December 2012 with the original box.
|NEW! Lufthansa Airbus A310 made by "Westway Models". Scale 1/50.
"Westway Models" was the manufacturer of this Airbus A310 in 1/50 scale. It was probably made in 1983 when the first aircraft joined the Lufthansa-fleet. The display-model represents the early A310-200 series without winglets.
The A310 was offered to me by a visitor of this homepage in May 2016.
|Lufthansa Hawker-Siddeley HS-125 made by "Skyland Models". Scale 1/50.
The Hawker-Siddeley HS-125 was never part of the Lufthansa-fleet - but between 1962 and 1964 the British aircraft-manufacturer approached Lufthansa with an offer for the twin-engine mid-size corporate-jet. It was backed up with a model made by "Skyland Models" in Lufthansa's early 1960s livery. Whether Lufthansa ever planned to buy such a jet as a corporate-aircraft or as a pilot-trainer is unknown - but it is confirmed that Lufthansa's charter-subsidiary "Condor" operated one HS-125 in the 1970s and 1980s with the registration D-CFCF.
I was able to add the HS-125 to my Lufthansa-collection in April 2013.
|Lufthansa Aérospatiale-BAC Concorde made by "Westway Models". Scale 1:50.
The Franco-British Concorde also never made it into the Lufthansa-fleet: The airline placed options for three supersonic-jetliners in 1967, but cancelled these orders after the 1973 oil-crisis. Nevertheless Lufthansa ordered at least five large Concorde models in 1/50 scale as marketing-aids. "Westway Models" delivered them with the new 1970s-livery that had been introduced in 1968. The model pictured here was on exhibition in Lufthansa's corporate-headquarters in Cologne at the time.
The Concorde was offered to me by the son of an ex-Lufthansa-employee in February 2013.