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Raise-Up Metalworks - Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Raise Up LogoThe 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.

I have found very little information on this company yet. If you can help me with additional information, flyers, advertisements or images, I would be grateful. Contributions or remarks can be send to aviation@watergeek.eu.

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, New York.

Swissair DC-7C, made by Raise-Up Metalworks
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.

KLM Flying Dutchman DC-7C, made by Raise-Up Metalworks
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.

Swissair DC-8, made by Raise-Up Metalworks
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).

KLM cutaway DC-8, made by Raise-Up Metalworks
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.

Lufthansa Boeing 707, Raise-Up Metalworks
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.

Ethiopian Boeing 707, made by Raise-Up Metalworks
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

Raise Up Vickers Viscount model
Metal Vickers Viscount factory model in KLM - De Vliegende Hollander livery, scale 1/50 (Photo E. van Rooijen).
Raise Up Vickers Viscount model
Metal Vickers Viscount factory model in a later KLM - De Vliegende Hollander livery, scale 1/50 (Photo E. van Rooijen).
Raise Up DC-6b model
Metal Douglas DC-6b model in KLM colours, scale 1/72 (Photo E. van Rooijen).
Lockheed KLM L-188 Electra
Metal Lockheed Electra L-188 model in KLM livery, scale 1/72 (Photo E. van Rooijen).
Raise Up KLM Super Constellation model
Metal Lockheed L1049 Super Constellation factory model in KLM - The Flying Dutchman livery, scale 1/72 (Photo E. van Rooijen).
Douglas KLM DC-8 model
Metal Douglas DC-8 model in KLM livery, scale 1/50 (Photo E. van Rooijen).
Raise Up Lockheed L-188 Electra model
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).
Raise Up Convair 990 model
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 Reichard).
Raise Up Sabena DC-7 model
Late 1950s full-metal DC-7 model in the Belgian Sabena Airlines livery, scale 1/50? (Photo courtesy of Luc Ghys).
Raise Up Sabena DC-7 model
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).
Raise Up Swissair Caravelle model
Late 1950s full-metal Sud Aviation SE210 Caravelle model in the Swissair livery, scale 1/48. This model is for sale.

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