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Old 12-31-2015, 02:52 AM   #1
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I decided to treat myself and order something I had on my Christmas wish list that I didn't get from the wife...
a GJ US Airways 757-200 in Star Alliance livery. I flew on one of these in 2006, and I decided to jump on this before they're all gone. I think after US Airways left Star Alliance and merged with AA, they probably won't ever make another model like this.
I read another thread on here where someone bought this model (like 5 years ago..) and had major quality control issues (the "twisted plane" thread). Well, I did have some issues too.
The right engine was coming loose from the pylon in the box.
The vertical stabilizer was completely loose and instantly fell out. It also appeared bent or slanted slightly. I glued it back in carefully but it still seems slightly off.
It came out of the box with the gear doors in place, but the right main gear door won't stay in and kept falling out. I tried putting the landing gear on, and found that the nose gear would fall out, so I made that permanent with a small dab of glue.
Overall it seems like a good model, but its disappointing to have issues like that when you're paying $70 for a model.




By the way, if you're reading this, SouthwestAirlines103, I got your PM but I can't reply until I have 15 posts. Haha. Talk to you then.
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I decided to treat myself and order something I had on my Christmas wish list that I didn't get from the wife...
a GJ US Airways 757-200 in Star Alliance livery. I flew on one of these in 2006, and I decided to jump on this before they're all gone. I think after US Airways left Star Alliance and merged with AA, they probably won't ever make another model like this.
I read another thread on here where someone bought this model (like 5 years ago..) and had major quality control issues (the "twisted plane" thread). Well, I did have some issues too.
The right engine was coming loose from the pylon in the box.
The vertical stabilizer was completely loose and instantly fell out. It also appeared bent or slanted slightly. I glued it back in carefully but it still seems slightly off.
It came out of the box with the gear doors in place, but the right main gear door won't stay in and kept falling out. I tried putting the landing gear on, and found that the nose gear would fall out, so I made that permanent with a small dab of glue.
Overall it seems like a good model, but its disappointing to have issues like that when you're paying $70 for a model.

By the way, if you're reading this, SouthwestAirlines103, I got your PM but I can't reply until I have 15 posts. Haha. Talk to you then.
Nice model! Some of GJ200's 757 have that issue where the control surfaces were inserted crooked. The UPS 757 is also this way but some are worse than others and you may find one that isn't too bad. I don't have this particular model but it may end up on my want list after this thread. I definatly like the fact that it isn't a wingleted 757. It seems most 757 that alot of what gets released are wingleted variants. I wish they had put out the standard USAirways 97-04 scheme as that's my primary USAirways scheme and also the bare metal USAir scheme. Eh wishful thinking but they probably won't be released. I flew
On these alot back in the day PHL-MCO before AirTran had the better prices and schedule. Congrat and Enjoy!

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Great model!!!
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I used to have this one, before selling on eBay. I wish wish wish they would make a Continental Star Alliance 757(or 777 for that matter)... but I am not holding my breath.
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I have one and my front gear is a little sketchy but holds on decent enough. It did come with all other parts firmly attached.

I did buy a Gemini American A330 at the airplane shop in Vegas and when I got home and took it out of the box the wings weren't attached and came right out of the fuselage. Guess now I know better than to not check the contents before I fly 1500 miles home again.
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Nice model. Pity you had to do some work to make it pretty again. I got the GJ 200 JetBlue A320 from my sweety.
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I have one and my front gear is a little sketchy but holds on decent enough. It did come with all other parts firmly attached.

I did buy a Gemini American A330 at the airplane shop in Vegas and when I got home and took it out of the box the wings weren't attached and came right out of the fuselage. Guess now I know better than to not check the contents before I fly 1500 miles home again.

Yeah, the nose gear is sort of tilted slightly to the rear (which you can see in the pictures, maybe, but its not bad. I couldn't seem to position the gear any straighter.

And yeah... the tail just came right out like it wasn't even glued in, or however they attach it. Oh well. I just love this livery... it just has a clean fresh look to it. I got on a Star Alliance livery 757 in Pittsburgh, at a gate that didn't have any windows. I guess I didn't pay attention in the jetway.. So My first look at the plane was after getting off in Philadelphia and I thought it was refreshing compared to the tired dark blue livery that was still on most of the planes back then
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I have a couple GJ 757s and the nose gear on all of them have that backwards tilt. It does look a little off but that just seems to be how they are.
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Great model - love the SA livery.

I have many G2 757s and they all have the rear-slanted forward landing gear - part of their charm.
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