AIRCRAFT MODEL COLLECTION – Aviodrome Museum Netherlands

By Henry Tenby (Copyright 2020) – see below for photos.

Along with my good friend Niels Dam, I recently had the opportunity to visit the fantastic Aviodrome aviation museum in Lelystad in the Netherlands.

Given the Netherlands rich aviation history spanning back over 100 years with both KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and the famous Dutch aircraft builder Fokker, there is no shortage of vintage aircraft display models produced with the country, of which a very good sample is available for public viewing at the Aviodtome museum.

Being a huge collector of aircraft display models myself, I was extremely impressed with their collection. They had a large selection of pre World War II models made by the KLM in house model shop that was maaged by the famous Dutch model maker Hank Modermann. The highwing Fokker type models of the 1920s and 1930s featured wooden wings stained to look like the real planes.

The museum also has a number of nice wood and metal models made by Raise Up and Verkuyl between the 1940s and the 1960s. The highlight model display at the museum has to be the circa 1960 re creation of Amsterdam Schiphol airport in 1/50 scale. The KLM airliner models included in this centrepiece are the DC-3, Convair 340, Vickers Viscount, Lockheed Super Constellation, Lockheed L–188 Electra and Douglas DC-8. These models are all in wood and their accuracy and detail are magnificent. It is believed these masterpiece models were all made by Matthias Verkuyl. They would be unique pieces and I would estimate their values as priceless.

Transavia Holland707 in 1/100 metal made by Verkuyl is part of the Aviodrome Aviation Museum.

Transavia Holland Boeing 707 in 1/100 metal made by Verkuyl is part of the Aviodrome Aviation Museum.

KLM Vickers Viscount 800 in 1/50 scale as part of the Amsterdam Schiphol airport re creation at the Aviodrome Aviation Museum. This model was likely made by Matthias Verkuyl, circa 1960.

KLM Vickers Viscount 800 in 1/50 scale as part of the Amsterdam Schiphol airport re creation at the Aviodrome Aviation Museum. This model was likely made by Matthias Verkuyl, circa 1960.

KLM Douglas DC-8 in 1/50 scale as part of the Amsterdam Schiphol airport re creation at the Aviodrome Aviation Museum. This model was likely made by Matthias Verkuyl, circa 1960.

KLM Douglas DC-8 in 1/50 scale as part of the Amsterdam Schiphol airport re creation at the Aviodrome Aviation Museum. This model was likely made by Matthias Verkuyl, circa 1960.

KLM Convair 340 in 1/50 scale as part of the Amsterdam Schiphol airport re creation at the Aviodrome Aviation Museum. This model was likely made by Matthias Verkuyl, circa 1960.

KLM Convair 340 in 1/50 scale as part of the Amsterdam Schiphol airport re creation at the Aviodrome Aviation Museum. This model was likely made by Matthias Verkuyl, circa 1960.

KLM Lockheed L-188 Electra in 1/50 scale as part of the Amsterdam Schiphol airport re creation at the Aviodrome Aviation Museum. This model was likely made by Matthias Verkuyl, circa 1960.

KLM Lockheed L-188 Electra in 1/50 scale as part of the Amsterdam Schiphol airport re creation at the Aviodrome Aviation Museum. This model was likely made by Matthias Verkuyl, circa 1960.

KLM Vickers Viscount 800 in 1/50 scale as part of the Amsterdam Schiphol airport re creation at the Aviodrome Aviation Museum. This model was likely made by Matthias Verkuyl, circa 1960.

KLM Vickers Viscount 800 in 1/50 scale as part of the Amsterdam Schiphol airport re creation at the Aviodrome Aviation Museum. This model was likely made by Matthias Verkuyl, circa 1960.

KLM Douglas DC-7 in 1/50 scale as part of the Amsterdam Schiphol airport re creation at the Aviodrome Aviation Museum. This model was likely made by Matthias Verkuyl, circa 1960.

KLM Douglas DC-7 in 1/50 scale as part of the Amsterdam Schiphol airport re creation at the Aviodrome Aviation Museum. This model was likely made by Matthias Verkuyl, circa 1960.

KLM Lockheed L-1049 Super Constellation in 1/50 scale as part of the Amsterdam Schiphol airport re creation at the Aviodrome Aviation Museum. This model was likely made by Matthias Verkuyl, circa 1960.

KLM Lockheed L-1049 Super Constellation in 1/50 scale as part of the Amsterdam Schiphol airport re creation at the Aviodrome Aviation Museum. This model was likely made by Matthias Verkuyl, circa 1960.

This is a 1930s scale model replica of Amsterdam Schiphol airport, possibly made at the same time as the 1960s Schiphol replica. This display is available for viewing at the Aviodrome Aviation Museum.

This is a 1930s scale model replica of Amsterdam Schiphol airport, possibly made at the same time as the 1960s Schiphol replica.
This display is available for viewing at the Aviodrome Aviation Museum.

1950s era 1/50 wooden KLM DC-4 display model at the Aviodrome Aviation Museum.

1950s era 1/50 wooden KLM DC-4 display model at the Aviodrome Aviation Museum.

KLM Convair 340 in 1/50 scale made of wood as part of the Aviodrome Aviation Museum. This model was likely made by Raise Up.

KLM Convair 340 in 1/50 scale made of wood as part of the Aviodrome Aviation Museum. This model was likely made by Raise Up.

This is a 1/43 Lockheed factory sheet metal model of a KLM Lockheed 749 Constellation, circa late 1940s or early 1950s. This model is part of the Aviodrome Aviation Museum.

This is a 1/43 Lockheed factory sheet metal model of a KLM Lockheed 749 Constellation, circa late 1940s or early 1950s. This model is part of the Aviodrome Aviation Museum.

KLM Lockheed L-1049 Super Constellation in 1/50 scale made of metal by Raise Up, as part of the Aviodrome Aviation Museum.

KLM Lockheed L-1049 Super Constellation in 1/50 scale made of metal by Raise Up, as part of the Aviodrome Aviation Museum.

This is a small scale KLM Lockheed L-188 Electra in metal made by Raise Up circa early 1960s. This model is part of the Aviodrome Aviation Museum.

This is a small scale KLM Lockheed L-188 Electra in metal made by Raise Up circa early 1960s. This model is part of the Aviodrome Aviation Museum.

KLM Lockheed L-1049 Super Constellation in 1/72 scale made of metal by Verkuyl, as part of the Aviodrome Aviation Museum.

KLM Lockheed L-1049 Super Constellation in 1/72 scale made of metal by Verkuyl, as part of the Aviodrome Aviation Museum.

Large scale vintage wooden model of a Douglas DC-5 PJ-AIW circa 1940s at the Aviodrome Aviation Museum.

Large scale vintage wooden model of a Douglas DC-5 PJ-AIW circa 1940s at the Aviodrome Aviation Museum.

Large scale vintage wooden model of a KLM Lockheed Lodestar PJ-AIT circa 1940s at the Aviodrome Aviation Museum.

Large scale vintage wooden model of a KLM Lockheed Lodestar PJ-AIT circa 1940s at the Aviodrome Aviation Museum.

Vintage 1920s ear wooden KLM display model at the Aviodrome Aviation Museum. Type not indicated by the museum.

Vintage 1920s ear wooden KLM display model at the Aviodrome Aviation Museum. Type not indicated by the museum.

Vintage 1920s ear wooden Fokker F.V display model at the Aviodrome Aviation Museum.

Vintage 1920s ear wooden Fokker F.V display model at the Aviodrome Aviation Museum.

Miscellaneous 1920s ear wooden KLM display models at the Aviodrome Aviation Museum.

Miscellaneous 1920s ear wooden KLM display models at the Aviodrome Aviation Museum.

Vintage 1920s ear wooden KLM display model at the Aviodrome Aviation Museum. Type not indicated by the museum.

Vintage 1920s ear wooden KLM display model at the Aviodrome Aviation Museum. Type not indicated by the museum.

Vintage 1920s ear wooden KLM display model at the Aviodrome Aviation Museum. Type not indicated by the museum.

Vintage 1920s ear wooden KLM display model at the Aviodrome Aviation Museum. Type not indicated by the museum.

Vintage 1920s ear wooden KLM display model at the Aviodrome Aviation Museum. Type not indicated by the museum.

Vintage 1920s ear wooden KLM display model at the Aviodrome Aviation Museum. Type not indicated by the museum.

Vintage 1920s ear wooden KLM display model at the Aviodrome Aviation Museum. Type not indicated by the museum.

Vintage 1920s ear wooden KLM display model at the Aviodrome Aviation Museum. Type not indicated by the museum.

Vintage 1920s ear wooden KLM display model at the Aviodrome Aviation Museum. Type not indicated by the museum.

Vintage 1920s ear wooden KLM display model at the Aviodrome Aviation Museum. Type not indicated by the museum.

Vintage 1920s ear wooden KLM display model at the Aviodrome Aviation Museum. Type not indicated by the museum.

Vintage 1920s ear wooden KLM display model at the Aviodrome Aviation Museum. Type not indicated by the museum.

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