Lockheed L-1011 Tristar Moulds in 1:600 Scale
MOULD SUFFIX: 909
MODEL VARIANTS: 71
The Lockheed L-1011 Tristar mould was one of the earliest new Schabak moulds being put into production first in 1984. As is common with earlier castings the Tristar went through several mould iterations during production. Although Tristars rapidly fell out of front line airline use during the 1990s Schabak continued to make several older operators, such as British Airways and Delta, for many years after the type had left service with that airline. New Tristar models were still being made by Schabak as late as December 2002. The Tristar mould was never used by Schuco-Schabak after 2006.
Below: A lineage of Saudia Tristars from the Type 1 through to a silver windowed Type 2b
TYPE 1: 1984-1986
The initial Tristar mould featured the standard large rolling wheels, but with small nosewheel. The primary feature was that the tail, #2 engine and top of the rear fuselage were a separate unit attached to the main fuselage. Usually there is a discolouration where the two parts of the mould meet so it is obvious if it is a type 1 version.
TYPE 2: 1986-2006
The second Tristar mould is effectively the same as the first but with a one piece mould where the tail and #2 engine are moulded to the fuselage. The initial version (2a) still had large rolling undercarriage.
During 1989 the rolling gears where replaced with the later standard small non-rolling gears producing a more model-like Tristar (2b).
The ultimate version of the L-1011 Tristar had the small black wheels with the updated silver windows added. A surprisingly large number of L-1011s got this decal upgrade.
Below is the total list of Schabak Tristar production organised by airline number. Ids relate to the DiMA database.
Two Tristars were produced as part of the Silver-Wings limited retro line of models:
The last pair of new Tristar models made were for the Portugese charter airline Yes and the Trinidad and Tobago flag carrier BWIA. Both are nice examples of late Schabaks: