1/135 H254-129 Revell Convair 990 Coronado Luxury Jet Airliner Swissair
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Good++
Rare hardbox first issue dated 1961. Very nice kit of the fantastic Mach .91 airliner from the early 1960s. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. It is interesting to note that Revell still included the 'S' clear swivel stand with this kit in 1961. Use of this stand had long been discontinued in the reissued 'S' kits. The Convair 990 and its near sister 880 were very high performance airliners. Unfortunately they did not find favor with commercial operators. The commercial failure of the 990 caused Revell (and Aurora) to pull these molds from production shortly after the introduction of the kit. The 990 was a larger and faster (Mach .91) airliner than the 880, but it failed to meet it's range criteria for east to west crossings of the USA. As a result, only 37 were made. Interestingly enough, several 990s continued to be operated by private owners and NASA operated two for decades after the last one was phased out of commercial service. Only 65 880s were produced from 1959 to 1962. The aircraft was designed to be smaller and faster than the DC-8 and 707 - this market did not develop, however, and if it did it could have been served with less expensive designs.
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