The stretched BAC One-Eleven 500 (or Super One-Eleven as BEA called it) was a real thundercracker on the runway. It was a belated response to the need for a larger version of the original short body One-Eleven, which had sold well and even cracked the US market. By the mid-60s the DC-9 and 737-100/200 were showing that a larger airframe was needed and after the usual delays the One-Eleven 500 came into being.
BEA had been told to buy British, but had preferred the 727 and 737 over the Trident 3 and One-Eleven 500 it got. Unfortunately delays to the series 500s specification caused by BEA did lose sales to airlines like Aer Lingus. Even so the stretch One-Eleven sold 86 units, which was reasonably creditable. It would become synonymous in the 1970s and 1980s with UK charter airlines operating to the sun but also got some operators a lot further from home.
A further 9 aircraft were completed as part of the ill-fated Rombac programme in Romania, which continued to flatter to deceive with new prospective One-Eleven versions into the 90s (the US airline Kiwi International seriously came close to acquiring the updated version).
In 1:400 scale JC Wings produced a fine mould in 2008 but it has only been used a measly 7 times. The last use was for a BEA Red Square version in 2016 as the request of Adrian Balch. It is a fabulous little model and in my opinion the series 500 is deserving of much better coverage than it has received. I think sales in Europe would be pretty decent too.
Here are over 50 possibilities for JC Wings to get some use out of their mould.
So far for BEA only the Red Square livery has been made but not the other BEA livery variants. All are likely to be strong sellers with the interest in British Airways heritage aircraft. For example One-Elevens operating from Berlin wore this neutral scheme when operating the joint BEA/Air France services:
Then of course there is the standard Speedjack scheme:
There are no doubt some BEA colours British Airways hybrids that can be made also as well as the two Negus scheme versions:
Britain's second force was a major One-Eleven operator over the years. JC Wings have made a Caledonian example and Gemini a BCal one with the lower case titles (but with lopsided printing on the port side). The following variations remain to be made and once again I think would sell well given the popularity of the name:
Most British airlines of the 70s and 80s operated the series 500. Target sales towards the UK and Europe and most of these would sell well.
The One-Eleven 500 continued to be important throughout the 1980s for British independent airlines, many of which were new to the scene.
British World and European continued to operate One-Elevens into the new century and both would I believe sell.
Back when Ryanair was just a small regional airline the One-Eleven 500 was the cornerstone of the fleet. Given the airline's popularity I'd have thought these too would sell well.
Tarom based its short-haul fleet around the One-Eleven:
The Cypriot flag carrier has been poorly treated in 1:400 scale and was a long-term One-Eleven operator. I'm sure there's an appetite for some of these especially the delivery scheme.
Get outside of Europe and over into Latin America and the One-Elevens get colourful. Certainly the Transbrasil versions would be sellers but several of the others I think would also do well.
Rest of the World
A lot of One-Elevens ended their days in the unsafe skies of Nigeria. As well as the carriers below there was also Oriental Airlines and Savannah. These are probably for completists only:
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