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Three 100th scale SAS SE-210 Caravelles from 1959 to around 1967.
As a launch customer on the Caravelle, SAS of course needed promotional models of the new aircraft, and as usual they turned to W. Osgaard & Co. for the job. During SAS’ years of using the Caravelle, W. Osgaard & Co. and later Fermo made several different versions of the model: 1:25th scale cutaways (two different SAS liveries), 1:50th cutaways (two different SAS liveries) as well as solid fuselage versions and of course the 1:100th scale models shown here. Of the 1:100th scale models at least four versions exist: The three versions shown in the pictures here and the ultra rare circa 1964 Thai Airways livery version. The casting used for all 1:100th scale Caravelles was the same, and the expensive steel mould was taken over by Fermo when Osgaard seized operations.
Despite a long production run and probably a quite high production number, these Caravelle models rarely show up, and when they do they’re often in bad condition.
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 beveled 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.
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Starboard side showing part of the floor stand.
Another treasure from the W. Osgaard & Co. promotion folder and model number 8149. This gem was manufactured in 1961 and is probably 1:25th scale. W. Osgaard & Co. made the 880 cutaway in a number of different liveries, among those TWA and a magnificent version in Convair House Colors. Although short lived, the 880 was a beautiful aircraft, and models like the one shown here are among the most legendary aviation models out there. If you have any additional images, please feel free to share them.
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.