It's my first model of 2010 and a welcome addition to my 1/144 collection. The model measures about 20cm x 25cm and only the fuselage is in diecast. IXO Model's new range of 1/144 bombers in fact have this characteristic of using plastic on the wings, especially the bigger models. Might be a new method to save production costs?
Also I noticed the landing gear came distorted so I gently removed the pieces and applied some glue.
My father was particularly happy when he saw this.Back in the 60s, when he was a boy, he used to travel from Wheelus USAF Air Base in Lybia to Italy or Germany with this transport aircraft.
The markings represent aircraft C-54G serial no.5482 "The Davey Crockett" of the Air Transport Command. I didn't get a lot of info after a short research on the net, besides this art profile at "Wings Palette" and some basic info: