The Douglas DC-6 was a heavy intercontinental airline designed during World War 2. They were tough and reliable so they proved popular with second level airlines after they had served with the world’s major airlines.
The Douglas DC-6 was a lengthened and pressurised version of the DC-4.
It was first designed for military use but was redesigned for civil use at the end of World War 2.
The first DC-6 flight occurred on 15 February 1946, 704 were manufactured and they flew with most of the world’s major airlines.
British Commonwealth Pacific Airways bought four DC-6s in 1948 and when that airline was wound up in 1953 its three surviving DC-6s were transferred to Tasman Empire Airways Limited (TEAL). They were later passed on to the RNZAF when TEAL (soon renamed Air New Zealand) started using Lockheed 188s.
This model represents ZK-BGA flying for TEAL in 1956.
Roden 1/144 kit with Oldmodels decals completed by Leigh Edmonds in February 2018.