The Raise-Up Metalworks company, based on the
Heiligerleelaan in Rotterdam, made airplane models for major airline
companies for promotional display at their travel agents. Their World's
Sales Agents were The N. Defilippes Company, Plane Model Division, in
New York, NY. Raise Up was specialised in full-metal commercial airline
models, which were made at different scales. Their clients included KLM,
for which they produced models of their Lockheed Electra, Super
Constellation, DC-8 and Vickers Viscount aircraft, Lufthansa (Boeing
707, DC-8), Swissair (Convair 990, DC-8), Ethiopian Airlines (Boeing
707) and many others.
Their last model was produced in about 1964. The company was
taken over by Matthys Verkuyl
in 1967 or 1968 and some of Raise Up's personnel moved from Rotterdam to
work in Verkuyl's workshop in Badhoevedorp.
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Raise Up Metalworks models
Some examples of models made by Raise Up are shown below. The
Boeing 707 and Douglas DC-8 models were both manufactured for their
World's Sales Agents, The N. Defilippes Company, Plane Model Division,
Vintage full-metal Swissair Douglas DC-7C Seven Seas Airliner model.
Made by Raise-Up Metalworks Rotterdam in about 1958 (scale 1/72). This
was the last model of the DC-7 made by Raise Up. The mould differed from
those of the KLM or Sabena DC-7C Seven Seas models (see below). The
engine shapes were improved, but unfortunately the nose of these Raise
Up DC-7 models was a bit too short. Picture and information courtesy of
Fernand Van de Plas.
Vintage full-metal KLM Flying Dutchman DC-7C Seven Seas Airliner model.
Made by Raise-Up Metalworks Rotterdam in the 1950s (scale 1/72).
Photograph courtesy of Mr. William Krasner.
Vintage full-metal Swissair Douglas DC-8-32 Airliner, Made by Raise-Up
Metalworks Rotterdam. Scale 1/50. The model was given to a Swissair
captain at his retirement party (photo courtesy of Alan Guard).
Vintage full-metal KLM Douglas DC-8-32 Airliner cutaway model (Source:
Kelly). Made by Raise-Up Metalworks Rotterdam. Scale 1/50. Interior is
missing and decals/paint are in a poor state.
Vintage full-metal Lufthansa Boeing 707 Airliner, Made by Raise-Up
Metalworks Rotterdam between 1962-1964 (scale 1/100, source: Ray Olson).
Early Lufthansa Boeing 707 model with German on vertical stabilizer. For
more Lufthansa travel agency models, visit Michael
Saunders' web site.
Vintage Ethiopian Boeing 707 Airliner, Made by Raise-Up Metalworks
Rotterdam, Airplane is metal, stand is made of plastic. Scale 1/200.
Raise Up models
Metal Vickers Viscount factory model in KLM - De Vliegende Hollander
livery, scale 1/50 (Photo E. van Rooijen).
Metal Vickers Viscount factory model in a later KLM - De Vliegende
Hollander livery, scale 1/50 (Photo E. van Rooijen).
Metal Douglas DC-6b model in KLM colours, scale 1/72 (Photo E. van
Metal Lockheed Electra L-188 model in KLM livery, scale 1/72 (Photo
E. van Rooijen).
Metal Lockheed L1049 Super Constellation factory model in KLM - The
Flying Dutchman livery, scale 1/72 (Photo E. van Rooijen).
Metal Douglas DC-8 model in KLM livery, scale 1/50 (Photo E. van
Late 1950s full-metal Lockheed L-188 Electra model in American
Airlines livery, scale 1/43. Raise Up also produced a cutaway version
of the L-188 Electra in the same scale. A similar model is at the
American Airlines C.R. Smith Museum, Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, Texas
(Photo courtesy of Tom Brock).
Metal Convair 990 model in Swissair livery, dating from the early
1960s. This model was handed out to passengers aboard the first
flight of the Convair 990 for Swissair (Photo courtesy of Frank
Late 1950s full-metal DC-7 model in the Belgian Sabena Airlines livery, scale 1/50? (Photo courtesy of Luc Ghys).
Late 1950s full-metal DC-7C model in the Belgian Sabena Airlines livery with black Sabena stand, scale 1/72? (Photo courtesy Walter van Velthoven).
Late 1950s full-metal Sud Aviation SE210 Caravelle model in the Swissair livery, scale 1/48. This model is for sale.
The following sites are good references for information about
contractor scale models:
The Precise Models LLC web site and internet shop serves is an additional source of information for scale model collectors and includes a forum to exchange ideas, tips and techniques. Also sells contractor scale models and parts.
Homepage of Michael Saunders, which shows his collection of Lufthansa
aircraft models in all shapes and sizes, some models made by the
Verkuyl and Raise Up workshops.
The Collectair web
site shows shows a nice collection of aviation art, vintage aircraft
models, documentation, etc. Also lists Topping and Precise aircraft
models for sale.
Web site of www.fromaviationtoart.com.
This site shows vintage aircraft models, including some made by Topping
and the Dutch aircraft model makers Raise Up and Verkuyl. Also has
vintage advertisements and European factory models.
web site showing vintage aircraft models, including some made by
Topping and the Dutch aircraft model maker Matthijs Verkuyl. Also has a
sellers and buyers section.
collection of Douglas Airliners web site that shows Verkuyl and
Corporate web site of Pacific Miniatures
(PacMin), who is still producing contractor scale models. The site
provides an excellent overview of the history and their current models,
as well as a buyer's guide.