Today I've finished a big batch of CO models, 8 in total! The first is a Continental Airlines 737-200, reg. N10248, 1991 colors, 1/500 scale. The real machine was delivered new to Air New Zealand in 1971, as ZK-NAJ, then leased to Frontier in 1986, as N7310F. In the same year she went to Continental, but only took the final reg. in 1992. Left the fleet in 1998 and was scrapped in 2000.
The second is a Continental Lite 737-200, reg. N10242, 1991 colors, 1/500 scale. Continental Lite was CO's short lived answer to the low cost carriers. The real machine was delivered to Aloha in 1969 as N571GB. She was leased to Frontier in 1970, as N7379F, then in 1986 she became part of Continental fleet. From 1987 to 1989 she was leased to Sothwest. Reregistered in 1990, she flew with Continental Lite from 1993 to 1995. Witdrawn from use in 1998, she was scrapped the year later.
The third is a Continental Airlines DC-9-30 N12510, 1991 colors, 1/500 scale. She started its carreer in 1979 with Texas International as N3510T. Was part of Continental fleet from 1982 to 1999, reregistered in 1993. Since 2000 she flew for Legend, McAir and NHL team Columbus Blue Jackets, which she still flies for.
The fourth is a Continental Lite DC-9-30 N18563, 1991 colors, 1/500 scale. Delivered brand new to Texas International in 1969, as N1310T, she was leased to Allegheny 1974, then since 1981 leased to New York Air. She was purchased by Continental in 1987, reregistered in 1991. Flew with Co Lite from 1993 to 1995, was retired in 1999 and scrapped in 2001.
The fifth is a Continental Airlines 727-200 N33785, 1991 colors, 1/500 scale. The real plane was delivered to Delta in 1973, with reg. N485DL, since 1984 was part of People Express as N517PE, With PE take over by Continental, she became part of later's fleet in 1987, was reregistered in 1991. Retired and stored in 1999, she went to Allegro in 2000 end left it in 2002 and since then is stored in Tucson, AZ.
The sixth is a Continental Micronesia 727-200Adv, reg. N69742, 1991 colors, 1/500 scale. CO Micronesia was a subsidiary of CO, it started operations as Air Micronesia, based in Saipan, then moved to Guam, in the Marianas islands. It was the only airline who provided scheduled services between Guam and the 50 States. She ceased to exist since the merger between CO and UA in 2010. The 1/1 scale plane was delivered to Continental in 1980, transfered to CO Micronesia in 1989, she retired in 1998. In 2000 she was taken by Planet Airways, since 2005 is stored in Orlando, FL, serving as spare parts source.
The seventh is a Continental Airlines DC-10-30, reg. N14063, 1991 colors, 1/500 scale. N14063 was delivered to Alitalia in 1973 as I-DYNO, was briedfely leased to Sabena in 1982 and in the same year went back to Mc Donnell Douglas as N3878F. Leased to CO in 1984, reregistered in 1985 and retired from service in 2001. Since 2005 she was used for parts.
The eighth and last (but not least!) is a Continental Micronesia DC-10-10, reg. N68041, 1991 colors, 1/500 scale. The real one was delivered new to CO as its first DC-10, in 1972. Flew for CO Micronesia from 1994 to 1998. In 1999 she left the fleet and was converted to freighter in Tel Aviv to serve at Emery Worldwide. She was stored in 2002, then leased to Arrow Air in 2004, where she flew until 2010, when Arrow ceased operations. She was scrapped in the same year.
The DC-10-10 differed in many was from the -30 and -40, the most noticeable is the absence of the main center gear boogie, which I removed from the donor and faired over the hole where it was attached. One not well known difference is the shorter wings, by 10 foot (rought 3 meters), which is quite a difference even in 1/500 scale. So I decided to modify the donor's original longer wings, by cutting its tips, glueing new one in plastic and giving the final shape.
Notice the difference with this upper side view of both wingtips.
DC-10-10s had GE CF-6-6s instead of CF-6-50s of the DC-10-30s. So, I modified the n.2 engine exhaust and pylon tip and replaced the n.1 and n.3 exhausts. It was quite a challenge but I'm happy with the results!
In the end they were a very complex and really time consuming batch, so each will be one of kind models...