1:200 Hobby Master Vickers Viscount 1959 TAA Super Viscount "John Gould"
Viscount c/n 433 was a V.816 with Rolls-Royce Dart 525 engines built for TAA (Trans
Australia Airlines), registered as VH-TVP and named “John Gould”. The aircraft’s first
flight took place on May 8, 1959 and was delivered on May 23, 1959. In the mid 1960’s it
was fitted with airstairs before being sold to Consolidated Aviation Holding (Pty) Ltd. in
1971. VH-TVP was immediately sold to Far Eastern Air Transport of Taiwan as B-2025
who leased it to Air Vietnam from March 1973 to March 1974. In August 1976 the aircraft
was sold to Mandala Airlines of Indonesia as PK-RVS and operated until April 1993
when it was withdrawn from service and stored at Jakarta. Some time after 1995 the
aircraft was scrapped.
- All markings are tampo (pad) applied, no decals to discolor or flake.
- Free-spinning propellers.
- Rolling wheels.
- Landing gear can be removed or added.
- Model comes with a display stand.
- A brief history of the aircraft type and the airline is supplied with each model.
The world’s first turbo-prop airliner was the British made Vickers Viscount. The first flight took place in 1948 with a more powerful engined Type 700 taking flight on August 3 1950. A stretched variant named Type 800 was 3 feet 10 inches longer with even morepower and a new fuel system and flew on July 27 1956. It could carry 71 passengers so it soon was operating with about 70 airlines and 9 Militaries around the world. Production >ended in 1964 with 445 aircraft of all types produced.