Portuguese DH-88 Comet ‘Salazar’. Kovozavody Prostejov, 1/72
Portuguese DH-88 Comet ‘Salazar’
The de Havilland DH.88 Comet is a British two-seat, twin-engined aircraft built by the de Havilland Aircraft Company. It was developed specifically to participate in the 1934 England-Australia MacRobertson Air Race from the United Kingdom to Australia.
Development of the Comet was seen as both a prestige project and an entry into modern techniques. It was designed around the specific requirements of the race. Despite being made of wood, it was the first British aircraft to incorporate all the elements of the modern fast monoplanes in one airframe.
Three Comets were produced for the race, all for private owners at the discounted price of £5,000 per aircraft. The aircraft underwent a rapid development cycle, performing its maiden flight only six weeks prior to the race.
The Comet went on to establish many aviation records, both during the race and in its aftermath, as well as participating in further races. Several examples were bought and evaluated by national governments, typically as mail planes.
G-ACSP Black Magic
Jim Mollison and his wife Amy (born Amy Johnson) were both famous aviators in their own right and were the first owners of G-ACSP Black Magic.
Black Magic was later sold to Portugal for a projected flight from Lisbon to Rio de Janeiro by Costa Macedo (military pilot) and civilian pilot Carlos Bleck .
Re-registered CS-AAJ and renamed ‘Salazar’ (after the dictator ruler of those years) it was damaged on its attempted takeoff at Lisbon Cintra Airport for the Atlantic crossing when the landing gear collapsed.
This is a somewhat rare subject, so I had to buy a kit from an (for me) unknown company called kovozavody prostejov.
I can’t say it is a good kit, far from that, but I had no choice. At certain point I just wanted to have it finished…
As I had no decals to this Portuguese version, I had to paint almost everything and the rest is home made/printed decals.
Can’t say is my best, but it’s done ☹