Darlington aviation enthusiast realises a model dream

Andrew Herzfeld enjoys the thrill of a lifetime. Photo: Frankie Buckley/SoulArt Photography
Andrew Herzfeld enjoys the thrill of a lifetime. Photo: Frankie Buckley/SoulArt Photography

DARLINGTON model enthusiast Andrew Herzfeld had the thrill of a lifetime recently, when he took his model Boeing 747 to Perth Airport as a guest of Qantas.

Darlington man looking for permission to land

Mr Herfeld’s 747-400 model, which is 5.6m long and weighs 65kg took two years to build, and had its maiden voyage six months ago.

Mr Herzfeld’s model alongside the real thing. Photo: Frankie Buckley/SoulArt Photography

“The whole thing’s been an amazing journey,” Mr Herzfeld said.

“Obviously the first flight was quite nerve-racking, but the model took straight off – it flew perfectly and the relief of the first landing was immense.”

But it wasn’t all smooth sailing.

“The first approach wasn’t the best,” he said.

“I had to power up and do what we call a go-round … the second approach we came in perfectly and it landed beautifully.”

Mr Herzfeld meets the captain. Photo: Frankie Buckley/SoulArt Photography

The longest flight the model has undertaken is 10 minutes.

Recently Mr Herzfeld took the model to Perth Airport, where his partner captured stunning images of the model alongside a full-size 747-400.

“A mate of mine who worked for Qantas showed a picture of my jumbo jet flying there and sowed the seeds with Qantas management,” he said.

“The whole experience for me of being able to set the model up on the tarmac at Perth airport and put it alongside the full sized one, and have the captains of that aircraft admire my aircraft and ask me questions about it, that was an amazing experience.”

Photo: Frankie Buckley/SoulArt Photography