De Havilland Comet 4B 1:144

De Havilland Comet 4B 1:144


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De Havilland Comet 4B 1:144


Item Code: A04176

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The second World War had seriously affected Great Britain’s abilities to proceed with airliner development, and it was realised that the USA would have virtual domination in this field unless steps were taken to catch up. The Brabazon Committee was formed in 1943 to look into Britain’s post war aviation prospects, and a series of recommendations was issued in 1944; one of these was to produce an advanced turbojet powered airliner for BOAC.

The De Havilland company pursued design concepts which led to the D.H. 106 Comet in 1946, and in a very short period of time the first prototype flew of 27 July 1949. The Comet 1 first entered BOAC service in May 1952, becoming the world’s first jet passenger aircraft. With the improved Comet 2, orders from airlines around the world rapidly increased until the tragic losses of two BOAC Comet 1 in January and April 1954; the cause of these losses remained a mystery until exhaustive testing revealed hitherto unknown problems connected with metal fatigue, and thereafter all Comets were subjected to extensive redesign and rebuilding.

The Comet 3 re-emerged as the Comet 4, which BOAC ordered in quantity in 1957. From 1958, British European Airways orders rose to 14 of the modified Comet 4B, which featured a lengthened fuselage giving high-density seating for up to 86 passengers, and a reduction of the wing span and deletion of the leading edge fuel.

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Scale 1:144
Skill 2
Flying Hours 2
Number of Parts 39
Dimensions (mm) L249 X W230

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what series is this from? I'm trying to get this as a flight hours model

Posted by Munro Edwards on 1st Dec 2015

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As an airliner mad lad I have fond memories of the Skyking series of airliners. Build many a comet as Dan-Air engineering nearby and easy access to view back then. Then only available at great cost from specialist shops so great to have an old favourite back, errors and poor fit make it fun to build.

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Comet 4b (new BEA Airtours release)

I requested this kit some years ago. When it arrived I was surprised to find the re-working of the fuselage had removed all cabin windows! We are now reliant on a decal sheet for all fuselage markings. This is the modern way but it leaves me a little sad. I remember my first one in 1959, this is still basically that tooling (with filled in windows). the jet efflux pipes are still the same as originally tooled and inaccurate. Apart from all this it is a welcome return of an old 'friend'.

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Many thanks for your review. Unfortunately it isn’t possible for us to produce the Comet 4B with moulded cabin windows due to the tooling we have available. Because of this, and to address the common problem of the decal not lining up correctly with the moulded windows, the decision was taken to include both as a decal.

Humbrol Enamel paints for the kit's primary decal scheme.

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