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Friday, 30 July 2010

Airfix Ford 5-AT Trimotor

A 1993 vintage Airfix Ford 5-AT Trimotor kit in 1/72 scale.

This kit is part of the Classic Airliners range issued by Airfix in the early 1990's.

The Ford Trimotor, nicknamed the "Tin Goose" first flew on the 11th June 1926. It eventually saw service with over one hundred airlines worldwide as well as with the US and foreign military forces.

A total of 199 aircraft were completed by the time production ceased in 1933.

Although designed mainly for passenger use, the Trimotor was used by some airlines for cargo transport -the seats in the fuselage could easily be removed.

Of a revolutionary design when it first appeared, the Trimotor was rapidly superseded by more modern aircraft such as the Douglas DC2 and Ford decided to concentrate on vehicle production.

Despite this change of focus, Ford did build B-24 Liberator bombers on a huge scale during World War II (under licence form Consolidated).

Trimotors continued in service with smaller airlines and cargo operators until the 1960's.

An example of this kit is currently for sale on Ebay. You can view the auction details here.

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