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Jet-X 200 Collection L069C
McDonnell Douglas MD-81 Diecast Model
McDonnell Douglas, N980DC UHB Testbed

Limited Edition

1:200 Scale   Length   Width
McDonnell Douglas MD-81   9"   6.5"

General Electric's GE36 Unducted Fan was a variation on the original propfan concept, and appears similar to a pusher configuration piston engine. GE's UDF has a novel direct drive arrangement, where the reduction gearbox is replaced by a low-speed seven-stage free turbine. The turbine rotors drive the forward set of propellers, while the rear set is connected to the free turbine stators and rotates in the opposite direction. So, in effect, the power turbine has 14 stages. McDonnell Douglas developed a proof-of-concept aircraft by modifying its company-owned MD-80. They removed the JT8D turbofan engine from the left side of the fuselage and replaced it with the GE36. A number of test flights were conducted, initially out of Mojave, California, which proved the airworthiness, aerodynamic characteristics, and noise signature of the design. Following the initial tests, a first-class cabin was installed inside the aft fuselage and airline executives were offered the opportunity to experience the UDF-powered aircraft first-hand. The test and marketing flights of the GE-outfitted demonstrator aircraft concluded in 1988, exhibiting a 30% reduction in fuel consumption over turbo-fan powered MD-80, full Stage III noise compliance, and low levels of interior noise/vibration. Due to jet fuel price drops and shifting marketing priorities, Douglas shelved the program the following year.

Please note: An optional display stand is available separately if you wish to display this model "in-flight".

McDonnell Douglas MD-81

Designed as a stretched and modified DC-9, the MD-80 was first flown on October 18th, 1979.

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Jet-X 200 Collection

The Jet-x "200 Collection" range presents detailed, ready-made diecast models of civilian aircraft.

"Jet-x" diecast airplanes feature:

  • Diecast metal construction with some plastic components.
  • Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
  • Pad printed markings and placards that won't fade or peel like decals.
  • Permanently extended metal landing gear with rolling rubber tires.

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