Deep Purple & Led Zeppelin Boeing models from Roden

Posted: September 16, 2016 in Classic Rock, Cool stuff, Deep Purple Family, General, Hobby


Well here we are then – model manufacturer Roden has issued a series of boxes in what they call their Music Series and these includes the legendary aircrafts that were used by Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin in the mid 1970s – “The Starship” and “Caesar´s Chariot”. The boxes alone are likely to make collectors of both bands very happy. The scale is in 1/144 and they are not that expensive if you want to add them to your collection.


The Starship was the first Boing 720 that was built back in 1960. It was purchased from United Airlines in 1973 by Contemporary Entertainment and was remade into a luxury aircraft for rich clients who wanted to travel in style. Led Zeppelin used The Starship in 1973 and 1975, Deep Purple in 1974 and other clients included Frank Sinatra, Elton John, The Allman Brothers and Peter Frampton. In 1977, it was grounded and Led Zeppelin had to find an alternative. They went for a Boeing 707 called Caesar´s Chariot that was owned by Caesar´s Palace. In rock folklore, it was mainly Zeppelin and Purple that became famous for using these aircrafts, and it was part of the excess of the era.


The fact that a model company has come up with the idea to reproduce what these planes looked like when they were hired by Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin is a testament in itself of the reputation this produced in wide circles in the mid 1970s. Modellers will be able to create exactly what they have seen on film and on many pictures. Fans may in fact just enjoy the very boxes since they look great. As a major fan of Purple (and I like Zeppelin too, I will buy both boxes) I can say that I was glad to see that somebody had taken a shot at recreating these classic aircrafts. Full cred to Roden for this.

Meanwhile, you guys need to scramble now to secure your boxes.

  1. Svante Axbacke says:

    I bought the DP one from Amazon Germany a long time ago. But sadly haven’t found the time to build them. It’s also hard to find the exact right colours specified in the package.

    • Yes, I think they were released in 2013 and 2015. New to me though. Never seen anything on it anywhere. I think the painting may indeed be a bit of a challenge, but I will have a go in one way or another. Bit of detective work I guess. MIKE

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