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Old 02-06-2010, 04:11 AM   #1
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Default UNITED AIRLINES New Colours Tail Scheme... What's The Problem?

I recently acquired some heavy metal UNITED AIRLINES Boeing models in order to replace their plastic-made predecessors. Among of them is the Inflight 747-400, accompanied by the GeminiJets Boeing 757-200 and 767-300 sister ships.

Interestingly, the colour grading of the white logo (getting slightly paler towards the top of the tail) is quite different on each of these three models. The 757's is what I'd call 'the best' of these three as the white logo is getting continuously and only slightly paler - very close to the original.
The 'second best' is the 747, however, there's a slight shift in colour grading in the final 1/2 inch towards the top (inconsistent production error or 'production variant', I assume). The latest model, the 767, is the worst of these three. Its tail's white logo paint is absolutely inhomogenous, there's a remarkable and clearly visible 'shift' around the half of the tail, delivering a completely different look than the other ones. This goes for all the Gemini United 767s I have seen, by the way.

Therefore, I would like to ask: what's the problem when trying to apply the slightly shaded UNITED logo to the tail on die-cast models?!? As I said earlier, I had several of the Hogan plastic versions - and their tails were absolutely correct without any kind of variation.

EDIT: Photos added (note: the photos DO favour to the actual tail colour grading!)
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Old 02-06-2010, 07:24 AM   #2
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For me, the worst of the tail logo is IF200 B747. The logo shape is somewhat distorted, the bottom part of the U shape (last two white panels) near the leading edge of the vertical stab is shorter than middle and last white panels. But it has the correct white/blue grading or transition. The B757 is almost white, while the B767 is too bluish at the top to almost midway. GJ200 UA A320 has the best UA tail logo.
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Old 02-06-2010, 07:48 AM   #3
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For me, the worst of the tail logo is IF200 B747. The logo shape is somewhat distorted, the bottom part of the U shape (last two white panels) near the leading edge of the vertical stab is shorter than middle and last white panels. But it has the correct white/blue grading or transition. The B757 is almost white, while the B767 is too bluish at the top to almost midway. GJ200 UA A320 has the best UA tail logo.
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I didn't want to broach the issue of Inflight's 747 tail logo again since this is well-known and has been discussed several times here and everywhere. I myself have been one of the most criticizing forum members but since I have flown on United's 747 in the new colours, I thought that a good deal (took me only some $120) doesn't hurt.

Back on topic, I still don't get it there's only few 1/200 die-cast models in United's new colour scheme with correct tail colour grading. I checked Gemini200's promotional pictures of the 757 and the 767 again... and guess what... the tail colour is almost perfect on these. Why not on the production models, particularly on the 767?!?

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Old 02-06-2010, 07:51 AM   #4
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I have noticed the same issue. Thankfully the 767 of my 4 United new c/s, is the only one with this horrible gradient on its tail. The others, 747, 757 and A320, are acceptable.
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Old 02-06-2010, 08:02 AM   #5
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I think the 757 is the best out of the 3 I have one myself and when I compare it with this photo:

It looks just like the picture
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Old 02-06-2010, 09:17 AM   #6
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I have all of these planes, too, including the Gemini 200 A320, and all of them have different-looking shades of blue on their tails. Needless to say, my collection of Air Canada models is exactly the same - their tails logos all look kind of different. I think that's the nature of these models. The more models we buy of one particular airline, the more we will begin to compare them to each other. If we bought one alone, these "variations" may not look as obvious!
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Old 02-06-2010, 10:44 AM   #7
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The real N648UA. Tail is far off. Then there is quite a variation between aircraft also.

Photos: Boeing 767-322/ER Aircraft Pictures | Airliners.net

Then again N643UA is pretty close.

Photos: Boeing 767-322/ER Aircraft Pictures | Airliners.net

While N652 has very little color at the top.

Photos: Boeing 767-322/ER Aircraft Pictures | Airliners.net

Huh?

Notice that the color transition is pretty abrupt also. The 767 is probably closer to the 1:1 in this sense. And the model 757 shown in this post isn't even close.

http://www.airliners.net/photo/Unite...033ecf3f45e157

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Old 05-17-2012, 11:40 PM   #8
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What make is the 747?? And I own a united express crj700, united b737-300, b757-200, b767-300, and a b777-200. All gemini200. And I have to say the 777 is the best looking tail color out of all of them. All the others look oddly colored.
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