Here's a very first, and exclusive, look at the master sample for Oxford Diecast's 1:72 scale Dragon Rapide, scheduled for release towards the end of the year. 

Designed by de Havilland in 1933, this twin-engined passenger aircraft would go on to become perhaps the most successful British-built short-haul passenger aircraft of the 1930s.

Those of you who have visited the annual Showbus event at the Imperial War Museum, RAF Duxford will certainly have seen a Rapide in flight and may even have been lucky enough to take a pleasure trip in one of these little beauties.

Oxford Diecast's master sample is looking fantastic, and we simply can't wait to see the finished model! 

Above: An exclusive first look at the pre-production master sample for
Oxford Diecast's 1:72 Dragon Rapide, due later this year.

Above: A Dragon Rapide offering pleasure flights at Showbus.

Please note, the livery seen here is not expected to be that used

on the first release of this new model from Oxford Diecast.