Welcome to my "Lufthansa model-collection"
Welcome to my homepage and thank you very much for your interest in my collection! Since 2002 I have been carrying together vintage aircraft display-models and other Lufthansa-related items. My focus is on the period from 1955 until 1985 - three decades in which Lufthansa was allowed to resume operations after World War 2 and later caught up with leading global players in the airline-industry. Over the past years my "Lufthansa model-collection" has grown to become one of the largest private Lufthansa-collections worldwide - and it is still going strong.
The collection
Many models in my Lufthansa-collection are on display in various places in my house - most of them in a special aviation-room I set up in the basement. In this room I can show my large scale travel-agency models - some are freestanding, others grouped in glas-cabinets.
These models in 1/50 and 1/100 scale were ordered by Lufthansa in the 1950s and 1960s as promotional items to be presented in the showroom windows of travel-agencies or on ticket-counters at airports around the world. Unfortunately many of them were disposed of when new aircraft were added to the Lufthansa-fleet.
Today, these kind of models are interesting left-overs from a time, when air-travel still was something special and glamourous. They also prove that it was easier in those days to raise an interest among the public for aviation itself ans the technology involved.

To the left: My aviation-room with a 1/50 scale Boeing 747 and some of my glas-cabinets.
Sorted in decades
My way to display my models is to group them divided in decades: In one glas-cabinet for example I present the aircraft Lufthansa operated when services began again in 1955 after World War 2 - mainly the Convair CV-340 Metropolitan, the Lockheed L-1049G Super Constellation and the Vickers Viscount.
This cabinet also contains vintage tin-plate aircraft-models. Made as toys in the 1950s they show how enthusiastic children must have been technology- and engineering-wise in those days. The models are large and sturdy and feature the Lufthansa-livery of the era. Mostly they are battery-driven or have friction-mechanism. Some of them have become sought-after collector's items - like the Super Constellations made by "Arnold" and "Tipp & Co" or the Vickers Viscount-models by "Schuco" ("Radiant") and "Biller". All of them still are a beautiful sight and display very well next to the travel-agency models.
Along with timetables and brochures placed next to the models I try to emphasize the time-passage back to the early Lufthansa-years.
Above: A Lockheed Super Constellation made by "Modellbau Schaarschmidt" (1955).
Remembering the jet-age
Entering the jet-age Lufthansa became a major international airline - and respectively the desire grew inside the company to present itself as an airline operating the most modern types of aircraft. Along with other marketing-strategies Lufthansa ordered models of its jet-fleet from various model-manufacturers in the Netherlands, Great Britain and Spain. In the late 1950s Lufthansa had decided to go for a pure Boeing-fleet consisting of the types 707, 720, 727 and 737. A fact that is visible in the variety of travel-agency model of that time: The focus was on the Boeing 707, marketed as "Intercontinental Jet", and the Boeing 727 that was operated by Lufthansa under the brand name "Europa Jet". The 1960s were also the era in which Lufthansa specified the appearance of the model-stands: In the following years they were standardized to be round - first in silver, later in black.

To the left: My 1960s cabinet with the dominating "Europa Jet" - the Boeing 727.
I am often asked why I collect vintage model-airplanes. There are several reasons: As you will have noticed I'm a big fan of classic first and second generation jet aircraft - and a big fan of Lufthansa, the largest German airline. As a boy I lived close to Frankfurt airport in the mid-1970s - that was the time I really got interested in the kind of airplanes you will find as models on this homepage. It was fascinating to see those Lufthansa-jets take-off to far away places all over the world. My favourite aircraft in the Lufthansa fleet were the Boeing models 707 and 727 as well as the McDonnell Douglas DC-10. Later when I frequently started travelling by air myself Lufthansa was my first choice. I fondly remember an advertising-campaign from the early 1980s with an authentic passenger-statement in the headline: "They make a passenger feel at home". And that is exactly how I always felt when I boarded Lufthansa-aircraft.
A growing desire
In those days every time I walked past a travel-agency I always enjoyed looking at the models displayed inside. Most of the Lufthansa jets I saw up in there in the sky stood there in large scales. Over the years the desire grew to own and present at least one of those models at home. Well, meanwhile I have been able to collect more than one - but having started my collection rather late I am facing constantly rising prices for vintage travel-agency models. Anyway, my motto is: "If you want it - buy it!" You never know whether you will find a similar model again. This attitude proved me right a few times so far over last few years.
In order to limit the collecting-mania a bit I concentrate on display-models that were made for Lufthansa in the period from 1955-1985. At first Lufthansa placed orders with German manufacturers like "Metallgießerei Bermel" in Düsseldorf and "Modellbau Schaarschmidt" in Berlin - later models were made by foreign experts like "Verkuyl" in the Netherlands and "Westway Models" in England.

To the left: Lufthansa advertising-campaign from the early 1980s.
The beginning
The collection I'd like to show you on these pages didn't start with travel-agency models at all. Actually the whole thing was a huge coincidence. In 2002 a colleague gave me an old tin-airplane as a gift. She said the model had been a toy her brother had played with years ago. Being an aviation-enthusiast I appreciated the present very much and gave the model a nice place in a display-cabinet in my living-room. It was not until some time later I found out that I was the new owner of a "Radiant 5600" made by the German toy-manufacturer "Schuco" between 1958 and 1968.

My first travel-agency model
After some research on the internet I felt a growing desire to own one of those travel-agency models I had seen as a boy. eBay and various collector's sites became the prime source for information on this topic. In early 2003 I was lucky to be able to let my dream come true: On ebay I managed to get my hands on a Lufthansa Boeing 727 in 1:100 scale. The model displayed the Lufthansa-livery of the mid-1960s and had a silver stand. Unsuspectingly I had bought a travel-agency model made by the Spanish manufacturer "Mecater" which in the meantime is the pride and joy of my collection.
Above: My first travel-agency model - a Lufthansa 727 made by "Mecater" of Spain.
Smaller models in 1/200 scale
Apart from the large-scale travel-agency models and tin-toy aircraft I'm also very interested in Lufthansa models in 1/200 scale. Since the turn of the millenium the range of acceptable renditions has constantly grown - giving the collector a wide choice between diecast and plastic models.

The "Lufthansa Modell Edition"
Some of the most authentic models in 1/200 scale were made in the 1990s by the German manufacturer "Herpa" in the "Lufthansa Modell Edition". Together with Lufthansa the company developed a series of high quality plastic models. Considerable effort was required to meet this goal with thousands of working hours to design and construct the moulds. Unfortunately this series was cancelled after only four airliners had been released: The Airbus A300-600 and the Boeing-types 727-230, 737-330 and 747-430.

To the left: Various 1/200-models in Lufthansa's 1970-design in one of my glas-cabinets.
Not enough display-room for my models
This homepage went online in late 2008 to compensate for the lack of display-room in my house. Fortunately this has changed since then: In a room in the basement of my house I can now present some of my models in a couple of glas-cabinets I bought on the second-hand market.

Models in original condition
All the models shown here are in the original condition I bought them in. They have not been restored in any way. In some relevant internet-forums it has been discussed many times whether vintage models should be touched up or not. In my opinion restoration is a no-go unless you have a unique specimen in an unbearable condition. Collectors who own models showing some wear should be proud to have leftovers from an era that has gone by a long time ago. Very often little scratches or some yellowing are signs that you have the real thing at home - and none of those new plastic or mahagony models for sale out there today.
Above: In 2014 I bought some second-hand glas-cabinets to set up an aviation-room.
Although my collection has expanded over the years I'm still searching for Lufthansa-models in all scales - so if you want to sell one, or know of somebody who is planning to let go of a model, please contact me. I'm especially interested in vintage travel-agency models and in old tin-toy aircraft, but let me know of anything with Lufthansa-markings on it. As I already mentioned it doesn't matter in which condition the model is. Some scratches or dents keep some of the vintage charm alive.

On request: Local pick-up
Frequently I have picked up models in person from sellers. This makes sense when shipping isn't possible due to the dimensions - or when there is a risk that the valuable cargo could be damaged during transportation. If you are interested in this sort of pick-up, please contact me with your offer - my e-mail-adress is michael.saunders@lhmc.de.

To the left: My wife Marily and me with a 1/50 scale Lufthansa Boeing 707 made by "Verkuyl". We picked up the model from a seller in Bavaria.
Models I would like to buy
My "Lufthansa model-collection" is still missing some models I would like to add in three sections: Travel-agency models, tin-toy airplanes and 1/200-models. May be you can help me to fill these gaps. Please note that any model you sell to me will stay in my collection. This is my hobby - not a business. I am not a re-seller. My goal is to keep a piece of Lufthansa-history alive - for an interested audience worldwide.
I'm especially looking for following vintage display-models:
  • Lufthansa Super Constellation made by "Bermel" or "Modellbau Schaarschmidt" - any scale,
  • Lufthansa Convair 340 made by "Modellbau Schaarschmidt" in 1/100 and 1/50 scale,
  • Lufthansa Vickers Viscount made by "Modellbau Schaarschmidt" in 1/50 scale,,
  • Lufthansa Boeing 737 in the 1970s livery made by "Westway Models" in 1/50 scale,
  • Lufthansa cutaway-models with a view into the cabin,
In the tin-models section I'm very interested in these models:
  • Lufthansa Pilot Trainer made by "Biller",
  • Lufthansa Concorde made by "Gama".
Please inform me of any model that is for sale.
Here's my e-mail adress:
Above; Model-parade from the 1960s: Two metal Boeing 707s made by "Mecater" and "Raise-Up" in 1/100 scale - and a tin-toy Lockheed Super Constellation by "Tipp&Co".
Two dreamjobs
I guess I don't have to tell you what would have been my dreamjob - but to be honest: I always had two of them... And thank god for that! After it was clear I couldn't become a pilot due to bad eyesight, I still had my passion for journalism. And in this professional field I was able to settle down very early when I was still a university-student. Meanwhile I've been working for German TV and radio for over 20 years. A real dreamjob infront of microfones and cameras!

I regularly go flying as a passenger - but also as a virtual pilot with "Microsoft Flight Simulator" on my computer. Since 1984 I have logged hundreds of hours on every version of the "flightsim" that was available at the time. The most interesting experience I have had with flight-simulation so far were flights in the home-cockpit of a colleague, who built himself a flight-deck of a Boeing 737-800. And who knows: May be one day I will be able to get some flying time in a real full-motion simulator as used by airlines.

To the left: The model-collector as a co-pilot in a Boeing 737-800 home-cockpit made by a colleague.
Enjoy my homepage!
Thank you very much for stopping by on my homepage! If you liked my "Lufthansa model-collection" you may want to bookmark the site and come back again. I update these pages regularly - so you haven't seen everything yet...
As they always say in civil aviation: It would be nice to see you on board again sometime!

Michael Saunders
This is a fan-site and is in no way affiliated with or endorsed by Lufthansa German Airlines. The trademark "Lufthansa" and the "Lufthansa"-logo are the property of Lufthansa German Airlines. Both are used here only to show my collection of airplane models.