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In 1947 K.L.M. got the Lockheed L-49 Constellation as the first European airline. Shortly afterwards, the L-749 was introduced. K.L.M. has operated a total of 26 Lockheed L-49 / L-749 aircraft. They mainly flew long haul routes to North America, the Caribbean, the Far East and Australia! In 1950 the L-749 aircraft, which were delivered in 1947/48, were converted into L-749A aircraft with a different exhaust system and landing gear. Due to the other exhaust system, the speed was slightly increased, namely by 8 -16 km per hour. After the introduction of the DC8 in 1960, the 10 Constellations that were then left were withdrawn from service. Five of them were sold for scrapping in 1962/63 and the rest were passed on to new owners. The PH-TDK „Amsterdam“ was delivered to the K.L.M. on November 8, 1948. On March 3, 1954 she was re-registered, now as PH LDK. On November 8, 1958, the „Amsterdam“ was taken out of service and eventually went to scrapyard on June 25, 1963.


Because it's important to us!

At Heller, we are constantly working to produce our products as sustainable as possible. In recent years, we have therefore taken many measures to increase resource efficiency as much as possible.

Recycled plastic

Since 2023, we have been producing all Heller model kits with recycled plastic. This gives existing plastic a new life in a great kit while maintaining the same quality.

No bags and film

Instead of packing our sprues in plastic bags, we use tissue paper to transport all components in a clean, protected and environmentally friendly way. Thanks to our seal closure, we do not need shrink film. This also significantly increases the recyclability of our packaging.

Oldies but Goldies

We are proud of our large archive of injection moulds. That is why we rework, repair and improve existing moulds instead of throwing them away. Great models are preserved and at the same time a lot of energy and material is saved. That's why we proudly display the year of manufacture of our moulds and the year of the last general overhaul clearly on every product box.

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