The De Havilland 84 Dragon, ‘IOLAR’ has an amazing history. Originally De Havilland produced this six seater bi-plane from 1932 as a small commercial aircraft for short-haul flights. EI-ABI operated the first Aer Lingus service, flying on the Dublin to Bristol route from May 1936. In the build-up to World War II, the original aircraft was sold to the UK but was sadly lost during the conflict.
To commemorate the original EI-ABI, another DH84 which was built in 1936 and which was also commandeered during the War but fortunately survived, underwent several ownerships from 1946 onwards, before being taken out of service in 1959 and put into storage in Ireland. There it stayed until being bought by Air Lingus in 1967 and decorated to represent the original EI-ABI and stored at Dublin Airport. Following other cosmetic makeovers and a spell as a static display in the Irish Aviation Museum, a restoration team was put to the task of making the aircraft airworthy, at the same time getting the necessary permission from the aviation authorities to re-number the plane as an accurate replica of the original. With a new Certificate of Airworthiness, It took to the air in April 1986, exactly 50 years on from its first flight. In the ensuing years, it flew and was grounded several times before a definitive effort to have it flying to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Air Lingus. Mission accomplished, El-ABI is one of only two Dragons still flying in Europe, the other being an aircraft built under a De Havilland licence in Australia in 1942.
Our 1:72 scale replica evokes all this history, authentically decorated in an all-over silver livery with black lettering along the fuselage and black line-out to the fuselage and tail. Note the passenger window configuration, short exhausts, the black air speed funnels on the left and right, as well as the bespoke main undercarriage style. A final detail sees the name IOLAR printed on both sides of the fuselage beneath the pilot’s window.
Orders can be placed online, by phone or by post. The UK Postal address for orders is: Oxford Diecast Ltd, PO Box 363, Southampton S014 0TJ
As well as accepting sterling cheques we accept Euro cheques (over 50 euros) and US$ cheques (over 50 dollars).
The postage charges for non members are:
Order Value: £0.00 - £19.99UK: £2.95
Rest of the World: £6.45
Order Value: £20.00 & OverUK: £4.95
Rest of the World: £6.95
Orders are dispatched within 3 working days and can take between 3-5 working days for UK mainland.
If you choose to join the club you will receive any multi-purchase discounts at the time of ordering, by selecting the membership level you want and adding it to your order.
We can ship to virtually any address in the world. Note that there are restrictions on some products, and some products cannot be shipped to international destinations. Please click here to learn more about our international postage.
You may return most new, unopened items within 30 days of delivery for a full refund. We'll also pay the return shipping costs if the return is a result of our error (you received an incorrect or defective item, etc.).
You should expect to receive your refund within four weeks of giving your package to the return shipper, however, in many cases you will receive a refund more quickly. This time period includes the transit time for us to receive your return from the shipper (5 to 10 business days), the time it takes us to process your return once we receive it (3 to 5 business days), and the time it takes your bank to process our refund request (5 to 10 business days).
If you need to return an item, please contact our customer services team on 023 8024 8850