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The Douglas DC-3 and its military variant Douglas C-47 and Douglas Dakota was a type of aircraft that was built from 1935 onwards in approximately 10,655 originals and 5,424 under license. A total of 16,079 pieces were manufactured, of which 607 were civil and 15,472 were military machines. This is the second highest number built for a passenger or transport aircraft to date. The military versions Douglas C-47 (US Air Force) and Douglas Dakota (Royal Air Force) became known in Germany with the nickname „Rosinen Bomber“ during the Berlin Airlift. The DC-3 was a development of the DC-1, of which only one prototype was built, with the maiden flight on July 1, 1933. During World War II, the DC-3 was used as a transport, tow plane, ambulance and passenger plane. In the American armed forces it had many designations and names, including C-41, C-47, C-48, C-49, C-50, C-51, C-52, C-53, C-68, C- 84, C-117, Skytrain, Skytrooper and in the US Navy it was called R4D. In the Royal Air Force, the aircraft was used under the name „Dakota“.


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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