The deHavilland DH-86 was designed to carry air mails within the British Empire in the 1930s. It was the first four engined airliner flown by Australia’s major airlines at that time.

The deHavilland DH-86 was designed carry air mails within the British Empire, in particular on the air route between Singapore and Australia.

Qantas Empire Airways ordered this airliner in September 1933 and it was quickly designed and built with the prototype making its first flight on 14 January 1934.

Due to its hasty design there was a weakness in the tail structure and there were several fatal crashes early in its career. However 62 were built.

Sixteen came to Australia and flew with Qantas Empire Airways, Holyman’s Airways, MacRobertson Miller Aviation Services and WR Carpenter.

This model represents VH-URT of Holymans Airways which crashed into the sea off Flinders Island in October 1935.

Arctic Decals 1/144 kit. Completed in September 2020.

Work Bench Notes


MODEL: DeHavilland DH-86 (Holymans Airways, VH-URT, 1935)

ROLE: Airliner and mailplane

TIME PERIOD: 1934-1958

ENGINES: four deHavilland Gipsy Six 6 cylinder piston engines of 150kW each

WING SPAN: 19.66m

LENGTH: 14.05m

GROSS WEIGHT: 4,6491kg


RANGE: 1,220km

PAYLOAD: 10-16 passengers


SCALE: 1/144

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