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Old 07-08-2012, 04:54 PM   #51 (permalink)
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Has anyone else noticed the globes on the tail. They are not level. Looks like they are off the same amount on both
sides. Funny, but it's the first thing I noticed when I removed it from the box. Otherwise it looks great. Looks small
sitting between two normal sized 747s in my display case.

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By not level do you mean crooked, as in stabilizer title not parallel with the cheatline or the ground?

First thing I notice is the globe being off-center, printed too close to the trailing edge/too far from the leading edge. 1:1 photos show it should be horizontally centered. That kind of thing irks me and yes would be the first thing I saw every time I looked at this model.

Having said that - the model in general is quite sharp. I've always thought the SP to be somewhat funny-looking, but now I think I'm starting to get it.
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Old 07-08-2012, 09:38 PM   #52 (permalink)
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By not level do you mean crooked, as in stabilizer title not parallel with the cheatline or the ground?

First thing I notice is the globe being off-center, printed too close to the trailing edge/too far from the leading edge. 1:1 photos show it should be horizontally centered. That kind of thing irks me and yes would be the first thing I saw every time I looked at this model.

Having said that - the model in general is quite sharp. I've always thought the SP to be somewhat funny-looking, but now I think I'm starting to get it.
That is correct, the Pan Am lettering on the globe is not parallel to the cheatline. I assume there was a error in the setup of the artwork since both sides of the tail have to top of the globe tilted slightly aft. It's not a deal breaker. Every model I have has errors. I enjoy them even with their flaws.

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Don't have much 1:200 in Pan Am, but managed to pick up the DC-8-62, 707-320, and L-1011-500 over the years. With this goegeous classic on the way, it's time for a shelf rotation!
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Hi guys,

for those who have installed the wing antennas, did you press fit them in or use glue? I haven't opened mine from the plastic yet.

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This model certainly looks fantastic - just waiting for mine to come on finals.
Quite a sharp looking models.
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Old 07-09-2012, 01:35 PM   #56 (permalink)
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Hi guys,

for those who have installed the wing antennas, did you press fit them in or use glue? I haven't opened mine from the plastic yet.

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I had to use some white glue on mine. Was hoping they would work with just a friction fit, but they are too loose for that.

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(I had forgotten all about the antennas, happily they were still in the box)

Mine stayed put just with friction, no glue required. My model is displayed in a closed cabinet, with little/no handling, so that is good for now. I might add a little drop of glue later, if required.
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BTW: BUCHair USA Inc. cut me a sharp deal on this beauty.

Re: the antennas, I seem to remember my TWA SP coming with antennas installed. With the antenna set now separated, (and bagged),from the model, it might be easier to get a replacement in case of damage.
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Old 07-09-2012, 02:42 PM   #59 (permalink)
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Cant make my mind up about this one though... I wanna push it along the carpet..... and the front set of portside windows should sit squarer in the chreatline... Its lovely really, but I didnt get that ooo factor that one had with the Tristar...







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Is it just me? At least the front wheels are to big...
It's not just you. They are too big.
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hmmm....check this out:
747SP former Pan Am Clipper | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Nose wheels appear to be about the same distance from the bottom of the main cabin door to just above the window line...a tad big is my guess.
The nose gear and main gear wheels look to be about the same size as well. The model nose gear also appears too short which also might be due
to a slightly too large nose wheel.
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Old 07-10-2012, 05:58 PM   #62 (permalink)
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Definitely my favorite with my delta 737:
Taking off for New York: July 1976:



And coming in for a landing:

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How does everyone crop the stand out so well?
Also no outside pictures from you yet x20?
Oh well, nobody to put my efforts to shame yet!

By the way, how do you get the antennae to stay in the wings. Mine always fall and I don't want t use glue in case it makes a mess..
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That's about what they looked like. Awesome to look down on them from the parking lot. The perfect place to watch departures and arrivals when that runway was active.
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Also no outside pictures from you yet x20?
You are in the UK....?

I dont think the sun has shone since I last took some outside stuff.....

Nice photos.. you couldnt resize them down to 1024.....
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You are in the UK....?

I dont think the sun has shone since I last took some outside stuff.....

Nice photos.. you couldnt resize them down to 1024.....
I'm not sure why this expanding width page occurs (except the basics i.e. the pics are too mega pix I guess).

How come the website doesn't just automatically zap this large stuff ?

A real P.I.T.A. when I'm trying to follow a thread that does this.
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If you open Photoshop and resize the photo with percentage tab, you'll keep the resolution but have a smaller file.
Most of my iphone pics are 16mb at 300dpi. I resize the pic down to 40%. That brings the file size down to about 3mb.
I then bring it down one more time when saving for web and devices to about 80%. The photo is then streamlined for
optimal viewing at the highest resolution and fits the window from wherever you're linking in from.

PS: Should have this model today or tomorrow. YES! Been wanting from the first time I saw the airplane.
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You are in the UK....?

I dont think the sun has shone since I last took some outside stuff.....

Nice photos.. you couldnt resize them down to 1024.....

Yep, I'm in central London!

Admittedly though the sun really has never shone for more than ten minutes in a row though...
When it comes out and I'm not busy doing something, I just grab the camera and model from my shelf and hold it outside on the balcony.
Not anything as complicated as your setup, I just spend maybe about two minutes taking pictures before it starts to rain....

By the way here is the thread with the rest of the photos, although admin moved them all to the 'attached thumbnails' section:

http://www.diecastaircraftforum.com/...-pictures.html

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Gemini needs to bring back PAN AM L 1011- 500. Would look good together. The pacific fleet.
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It was the star of last years releases. My gut instinct was that a 747sp would be in the works.
That added fuel to the fire for picking it up. It is THE short TriStar to have!
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Does it say SP on the bare aluminum?

http://cdn-www.airliners.net/aviatio.../3/1003343.jpg
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The SP is written on the white paint below the black nose
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On the model it is, but I was referring to the picture...
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The Tristar takes the #1 spot...





but it's close... Whilst Gemini have the licence I trust they will be commercial and do the billboard SP...
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Hi Chris,
Hope you're not feeling like the thread is hijacked, but wanted to weigh in with my "magic box" that arrived from BUCHair USA Inc. last Friday. Of course it was the Pan Am 747SP. It now joins my fledgling fleet of 1/200 Pan Am aircraft. Much more to collect, but the SP has put me firmly into a fleet build mode. This model really anchors the collection. AWESOME!
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