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Old 08-31-2018, 06:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I picked up both models in the last week, and I have to say they are pretty close in detail and molding, although I wouldn't be honest if aI didn't also say I have a slight preference for the Inflight model.


Strong points of the JCW model is the nose shape (but not cockpit window printing). The stand is the same diecast stand we have seen recently. The landing gear look a little rough to me, and are not removable.


The Inflight's strong point is the landing gear. It is sturdy and fits tightly, and is removable. The magnet for the main gear is in the center wheel well and holds the gear securely, but the mains fit tight enough that the magnet is almost over kill. The inflight stand is a small work of art. It fits tightly, with plastic insulation on the shaft, and a rubber 'bumper' on the bottom to protect the model from scratches. I like the cockpit window printing better.


Both are really nice models. I'll leave it to you to make up your own mind.
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I think I changed my mind about the nose shapes. I think the Inflight is overall slightly better. You may not agree.
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Thanks Chris for the review and the photos. Good information for us to go on. After receiving my JCW Garuda 737 max8 with fixed gear, I already decided it would be my last JCW/GJ. Hopefully Inflight will do a nice rage of the 737 max's including the new 737max10
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Thanks Chris for the review and the photos. Good information for us to go on. After receiving my JCW Garuda 737 max8 with fixed gear, I already decided it would be my last JCW/GJ. Hopefully Inflight will do a nice rage of the 737 max's including the new 737max10

Great minds think alike. I decided the same thing after receiving this model.
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THANK YOU for the comparison shots!!! I too like the Inflight model. I'd looked at several photos online and thought it looked very nice. But it's nice to hear from someone who has actually seen it in person.

I ordered the Inflight Norwegian 737-8Max yesterday from Aviation Megastore and I am planning to order the Inflight Icelandair 737-8Max this weekend.

I like that the Inflight version has removable gear, I wish the Gemini version did.....I was disappointed when I got my first one from Gemini only to find out the gear is fixed.
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Nice comparison picks Charlie Alpha and always good see and compare models for the potential buyers to make up their own opinions. My concern with the Inflight and (maybe the JC wings model) is the size of the engine mounts compared to the size and shape of the Leap engine. From the actual aircraft pic, the engine mount "looks" smaller due to the top shape of the engine not tapering as much as on the model. Look at the distance between the leading wing edge and the top of the chevron on the pic compared to the model. Hence why I think the top of the engine does not hold its true "fuller" shape as compared with the actual aircraft pic. Also, are the engine strakes more prominent on the JC model than the inflight? I'd be interested if you could compare engine mounts and engine shapes on both models if possible.

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The gear up possibility for me is always great. I wish all models came with magnetic gears, should be standard by now..
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THANK YOU for the comparison shots!!! I too like the Inflight model. I'd looked at several photos online and thought it looked very nice. But it's nice to hear from someone who has actually seen it in person.
You're welcome. i remembered your request for pictures when I was posting this thread. Glad you found this helpful.
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Nice comparison picks Charlie Alpha and always good see and compare models for the potential buyers to make up their own opinions. My concern with the Inflight and (maybe the JC wings model) is the size of the engine mounts compared to the size and shape of the Leap engine. From the actual aircraft pic, the engine mount "looks" smaller due to the top shape of the engine not tapering as much as on the model. Look at the distance between the leading wing edge and the top of the chevron on the pic compared to the model. Hence why I think the top of the engine does not hold its true "fuller" shape as compared with the actual aircraft pic. Also, are the engine strakes more prominent on the JC model than the inflight? I'd be interested if you could compare engine mounts and engine shapes on both models if possible.

I should be able to post a few more pics of those areas later today. The pylons are pretty close on both models. To me it looks like both manufacturers just modified their CRM-56 plyons instead of designing new ones, but a few more detailed pics will show what each look like.
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Oops! I just realized I forgot to post the close up pic of the JCW landing gear.
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Ok, now for the requested engine/strake/pylon pics.


Engines- engines on the JCW model look a little flat on the bottom, more like a CFM-56 than the Nextgen engines of the MAX8 . The Inflight engines look better to me, with the usual good engine fan detail and the correct round shape when viewed from the front. Side shape looks like a toss up to me.


Pylons- Neither the JCW or Inflight pylons shape look accurate to me, although the Inflight pylons are closer to the width of the actual pylons when viewed from above. Both look more like CFM-56 pylons than anything else.


Strakes- The Inflight strakes look too small and should be painted aircraft gray. They may look larger if they were painted.The JCW strakes look better.
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Received my first Inflight 200 737 Max models this week and I love them! I’ve owned a few Gemini versions as well, but I like the Inflight better. The IF stand is nicer than the Gemini tri-pod, like a little piece of art. I also like that the IF gear is removable, where the Gemini is fixed. Nice feature. Here are some photos.

Inflight 200 Norwegian 737-8 Max “Ben Franklin”. Nice that the IF Norwegian max is not a fantasy model like the Gemini version.
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Inflight 200 Icelandair 737-8 Max
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Ironic that IF has non removable and non-tilting gear on their 747s. I would think that more important.

I'm happy with the Gemini Southwest and Air Canada 737 Maxs. Most of my collection on stands is gear down anyway. Although I bought a wooden stand for the AC to replace the POS tripod.
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Ironic that IF has non removable and non-tilting gear on their 747s. I would think that more important.

I'm happy with the Gemini Southwest and Air Canada 737 Maxs. Most of my collection on stands is gear down anyway. Although I bought a wooden stand for the AC to replace the POS tripod.
I think it's because the IF 747 mould was done way before removable gear was a consideration. The new IF moulds 737 and A320 both have removable gear.
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I think it's because the IF 747 mould was done way before removable gear was a consideration. The new IF moulds 737 and A320 both have removable gear.

That's probably true. Although, the various Phoenix Jumbos have non-removable but still the gears tilt.

Inflight should at least do that, if they're not going to update their 747 molds to magnetic gear.
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See how much nicer it is to have freedom of choice? Thanks for posting these two nice models travsuz. I love the gear up option.


I asked the Phoenix distributor here in Australia "why do Phoenix only have fixed gear and don't offer gear up options?" The reply was " everyone displays with gear down so that's the way their going to get them" end quote. Nice isn't it. I haven't purchased and will not purchase another Phoenix model again.
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See how much nicer it is to have freedom of choice? Thanks for posting these two nice models travsuz. I love the gear up option.


I asked the Phoenix distributor here in Australia "why do Phoenix only have fixed gear and don't offer gear up options?" The reply was " everyone displays with gear down so that's the way their going to get them" end quote. Nice isn't it. I haven't purchased and will not purchase another Phoenix model again.
I stopped buying Phoenix about two years ago. Was disappointed every time I purchased one, plus they are way over priced compared to JC Wings.
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Surprised nobody has noticed the tail of the IF200 version, its terrible, the upper edge looks too long and isn't even parallel with the fuselage. Seriously I could have drawn a more accurate tail given a pencil and a ruler. In the modern age of CAD I expect much higher quality than that. It actually looks the same as IF's A330 tail, (GJ/JC also have it wrong there, too much chord, but its better)

Also the nose leaves something to be desired, one of the defining features of the 737 nose is the sharp junction where the bottom of the cockpit windshields meet the nose. On the IF example this is less pronounced, in part due to the windows being printed far too high and well above this junction.
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See how much nicer it is to have freedom of choice? Thanks for posting these two nice models travsuz. I love the gear up option.


I asked the Phoenix distributor here in Australia "why do Phoenix only have fixed gear and don't offer gear up options?" The reply was " everyone displays with gear down so that's the way their going to get them" end quote. Nice isn't it. I haven't purchased and will not purchase another Phoenix model again.
What a blunt and simple reply from Phoenix. I have a few dreamliner from them and they are quite nice. Now Phoenix is going downhill and I won't buy another one too. Strange company imo.
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