GFLF Simba, engl.

In 1988 something really big was waiting for the model makers who were dealing with the subject of fire brigade model building at the time. Revell released a 1:24 scale model of Frankfurt Airport’s GFLF Simba.

Thanks to Revell, I was able to watch the development of the Simba at Heljan in Denmark beforehand on the computer.
In connection with this giant model, I got an insight into toolmaking and the production of kits for the first time.

Announced as a novelty in the 1988 catalogue, I received the Simba as a kit from Revell in the autumn of the same year. At that time I was not yet a Revell employee, but I was allowed to test kits in advance that were about to be delivered, including the giant fire extinguisher from Rosenbauer.

So I combined the pleasant with the useful, calmly assembled the model and wrote a report about it for Modell’s magazine, which then appeared as the cover story in February 1989 and can be read below.

One click on the pages and they enlarge so everything is legible. For the front page, as can be seen in the original photo, I reconstructed a piece of the airport apron and labeled and painted it in the same way as the original photo.

Construction report in the February 1989 issue of Modell Magazin