Mikromir 1/144 Mc Donnell Douglas MD-11F Plastic Model Kit mm144-023

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mm-144-023

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Mikro-Mir
1/144 McDonnell Douglas MD-11
span wings: 360 mm / 14.17 inches
Length model: 428 mm / 16.85 inches

Kit includes decals for FedEx, UPS & Lufthansa Cargo versions.

After the first generation wide body airliners were established into service, thoughts naturally turned to the future. Of the major companies, Boeing continued to develop the 747 whilst also working on 767 and 777 next generation wide bodies, as did Airbus with the A330 & A340 . Lockheed were unable to do much more than offer minor variations to their Tristar, and Douglas were similarly short of cash, meaning that they too were not able to look at creating a new aircraft.

There were several proposals from the 1970’s onwards to develop the DC-10 with fuselage stretches and reductions, but for one reason or another they came to nothing. It was not until 1986 that the MD-11 was finalised and offered for sale.  The design featured a 5.6 metre fuselage stretch, redesigned wing & tail, a glass cockpit, and the use of composites in construction, and new fuel efficient engines.

The MD-11 program suffered from various delays, and the first flight was seven months late, in January 1990. Performance was also below forecast, with the aircraft unable to meet its range/payload figures. December 1990 saw Finnair introduce the MD-11 into service just days before Christmas 1990.  Several airlines were disappointed with their MD-11’s, American Airlines keeping their fleet barely 5 years and Singapore cancelling their entire order.

Production lasted just seven years for the passenger version, with the final cargo MD-11’s being built in 2000, giving a total build of 200 MD-11’s of all versions.  Of those still flying, all are cargo versions, with FedEx and UPS having the largest fleets.

Additional information

Weight 0.34 kg
Dimensions 10.00 × 10.00 × 10.00 cm