1:50th SAS DC-8-33 fibreglass model

Collectors and museums will be well aware that a number of 1:50th scale models of the SAS DC-8-33 OY-KTA exist. This one from the Fermo promotional catalogue is however a funny hybrid. It appears to be cast in one piece unlike the metal models, and the all-painted surfaces and bevelled windows suggest this model was made from fibreglass like the later 1:50th scale DC-8 models from Fermo. In this SAS livery, fibreglass models are apparently rare if they even exist beyond this one, and it is unknown if this model still exists. It may have been a test model made by Fermo using old SAS livery decals during the transition from metal to fibreglass models. 

Note green navigation light on wingtip.

DDL Friedrichshafen FF49C

Friedrichshafen FF49C

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Original Fermo promotional photo

Another model from the series of historically important models made by Fermo for SAS in the 1960s. This is the plane that started it all, the Friedrichshafen FF49C. This model still exists and is on display at the Danish SAS Museum located at Copenhagen Airport. It is still in great shape and a testiment to the quality and durability of the models made by Fermo. Note the fictional register of T-DDDL. The real register on this aircraft was T-DABA.

SAS 1:25th Caravelle Cutaway

Caravelle Cutaways at the workshop in 1959

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1:25th scale SAS Caravelles at the W. Osgaard workshop in 1959

A unique image featuring one of the ‘holy grails’ from W. Osgaard & Co., the 1:25th scale SAS SE-210 Caravelle Cutaway. Between 20 and 25 of these were made in 1959 to promote the beautiful and sleek jetliner that made SAS enter the jet age.

The models were cast in aluminum and featured interior lights, navigation lights (one in each wing and one in the vertical stabilizer) and spinning perspex ‘jetstreams’ in the two engines powered by small electrical motors. The weight of one of these models including the chrome display stand was close to 30 kilos.

This image was shot by an employee at the workshop in 1959 shortly before the models were shipped off to Scandinavian Airlines. They obviously marked a proud milestone for the factory and the employees, too. 

Around 1966, some of these models were recalled to be repainted by Fermo in the new ‘SCANDINAVIAN’ livery. Today, the surviving examples are mostly to be found in museums.