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Old 11-29-2018, 01:53 AM   #1
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Hey all

Here my 27th B747 which is the following:

Boeing 747-312 (ex-SG B747-312)
South African Airways "Atlanta Olympic '96 & Nelson Mandela Liberation Livery 1996-2001"
ZS-SAJ "Ndizani" ️
Scale 1:200
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This one I bought in dedication to my friends from the SAA Maintenance Team
That are the following:

Ken W.
Eugene D.
Steve M.
Kent S.


And others I met and know well from SAA

Ndizani was their flying artwork which makes a great addition to my flying Artworks collection of artistically painted Boeing 747's
this livery resembles for the South African Summer Olympic Team of Atlanta of 1996 and the Liberation of Nelson Mandela.


Two great things that make this flying art piece shine, enjoy

Here the pics of the box:









Box contents:



Here pics of the model:

Just love the colors SAA used for this beauty, also the South African art style it's really mind blowing to see up close!








this is probably one of the coolest B747-300's I have seen alongside QANTAS' Nalanji Dreaming



up close the windows are easier to see, glad my photo's worked out well with this beauty!






This show shows that the art has been applied in a mirrored way:

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Another good example showing the mirrored applied art pattern:






Stand shots:


This aircraft is beautiful all over, no matter what angle you observe it:


Final Display:




And here the entire collection with all 27 Boeing 747's


And there you have it, I do have space for 5 more if I remove the non-B747 based aircraft, something I will attend to.
My ultimate goal is to fill this display with 32 Boeing 747's, with 27 now this collection is coming to it's completion at some point, slowly but surely I will get there

This will be my window to give me the best of memories of what the B747 was and is for some still flying out there.
The Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet aka Queen of the Skies my favorite aircraft of all time, this is my method for keeping these memories fresh and alive.
For me the Queen of the Skies will never die, it will live on as a longingly loved memory and epic legacy.

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This is the song I have for Ndizani, suits the African lands

Ladysmith Black Mambazo - King of Kings


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Very nice, but leave a few 747's for the rest of us!
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Sorry for that, I just buy what I want in my collection to make it complete.

This collection is almost done one more and it's done for me man, just got no room for 100+ armada's of aircraft rofl, 28 B747's is fine for my doings.
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An excellent 747 display !. Thanks for sharing. The 747 has had a long history of service with SAA.
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Hey thanks Skyraider

Hey thanks

At the moment I have 3 SAA B747's, I bought them in dedication of some friends of mine that were part of the main SAA B747 maintenance team

I speak to them regularly via facebook, Ken W. told me that ZS-SAJ had a 3 meter crack in the keel, it seemed Singapore Airlines sold off this B747-312 to SAA without mentioning the issue with the crack, the SA maintenance team had to triple check this crack everyday to see if it would get any bigger, if it did this aircraft would of been put out of service and that was never the case they managed to keep this B747-312 airborne for it's entire lifetime service from 1983 to 2008.

It wore the Atlanta Olympic / Nelson Mandela Liberation 1996 livery from Jan 01 1996 to May 01 2004.
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This too shall pass:


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Here my 27th B747, SAA B747-312 ZS-SAJ Ndizani!-zs-saj-2.jpg


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A 3 metre crack is HUGE.. Wow.. I have a die cast 1/400 SAA A-300 in the new colours and a 737 in the orange and blue livery. Both remind me of seeing the actual jet [A-300] and my first flight in a jet plane which was an SAA 727. Thanks for sharing.
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Anytime Skyraider, just reserved my 28th 747, it's a B747SP-44 the ZS-SPA "Matroosberg" from Alliance Air, they leased ZS-SPA from SAA , the beautiful Lion head bust on the tailfin, can't miss out on that

Which is this one:


Will go well with my other SAA B747's
this one will be placed under my Ndizani
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That Alliance 747 SP looks great ! SAA used the SP's to fly to the Far East. You can almost see how extending the upper deck of the SP would make it close to an A-380, appearance-wise. Here's a photo of the diorama that I have recently completed, featuring my 747-400 and 777-300. The jet ways, light towers and terminal building section were scratch built, and the board is made of MDF material. GSE set by Gemini Jets.
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Hah cool diorama there man

And thankfully the B747's maintained their original look, I am not fond of the A380 Whalebus monstrosity, sorry man, it's not an aircraft I will ever like...
B747's have far more elegance, the B747-8i can fly further, faster and higher and offers more comfort as well, other than that the B747 has 50 years of history background
It's just the most iconic and most successful aircraft of all time, nothing touches the Queen of the Skies.
Also that is one of numerous reasons on why I collect these beauties, the B747 has far more meaning to me when it comes to many such things.

As for that Alliance Air B747SP-44 it was a gift for my 42nd Birthday which I had last Saturday on December 08
But ore will be coming after December 24th this year, so stay tuned for more B747 madness here.
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Ditto Gold Leader. Well said.
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Yes, quite an apt term, "whalebus" !. Although the 380 is an engineering marvel, it does not have the looks of the iconic Seven Forty Seven !. A few more pics for you; Thanks for your appreciative comment regarding my diorama.
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Them diorama's are cool tho, they are more like physical 3D artworks to me, just all the space ya need, that must be like an entire attic room to just display it, if I were going to do something like a diorama I would try to make a glass cube around it just to keep out the dust, even that may be hard, it would keep the set free from dust
Anyways the only company keeping the A380's alive is Emirates tbh, all the other companies plan on getting rid of them and replacing them with smaller aircraft with similar ranges, yet my votes would always be for the B747-8i it's a much better design.

The reason for the B747 8i being more superior is that it can be built to a Freighter without major changes thanks to the cockpit being on the upper deck.
The B747-8i has a much greater airspeed, range and it's wingspan is less of an issue for airports than that of the A380, it was never a marvel to me and it never will get it's place here either.
If it ain't Boeing I ain't going well B747 wise that being, but hey we all have our likes and dislikes and I for one will gladly say what I like and dislike and the A380 is what I mostly dislike, and no worries for those that like it it's all cool here.
The building materials of the B747 is much sturdier thus also safer if certain accidents will happen, mostly likely not since of the 1550+ B747's only 15 crashed and these were all due to human error or terrorism based incidents.
None of the 45 B747SP's had a single accident and with about 50 years of experience and history background, the B747 stands it's name as the most reliable aircraft design ever created by mankind.

As ex-Crew member of the Boeing 747 Fan Club about 29.000 members, I have met numerous pilots test pilots builders maintenance workers to official B747 designers and they all agreed that taking the B747's out of service where they have so many years to fill is just a bad idea.
I left the B747 FC mainly that I didn't like their ways of dealing certain things, plus 29.600+ members was way too much for me to handle with, the rest of the crew didn't do much for it and always left it to me and I got sick of it to be very honest, I just done with it all.
So I went on and made my own Boeing 747 Community which is this one:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/B747community

The B747 FC is here for those wondering;
https://www.facebook.com/groups/B747FC/
I am still a member there tho and quite active as Willem B.

A B747SP MKII would be interesting. Wing design and engines of the B747-8i Cockpit & Avionics of the B747 8I but the length of around 62 Meters Span should be 64 Meters and max range should be around 20.250KM with a cruise speed of 1040 kph flying 100% on Bio Fuel.

For this I had something like this in mind and the official B747SP Designer who is also a friend of mine told me that this could actually work out very well, he goes as Gene F. I won't say his entire name here for privacy reasons.

Gene and I talk a lot about what if designs and what can be improved it's always fun
Sorry for the long post the B747 is everything to me and seeing them all go is a painful sight, glad I have these models to maintain the memory for what the B747 actual was, the one and only true Queen of the Skies.
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No worries about the length of your reply Gold Leader. Thanks for the link to the 747 FC. I also have a United Air Lines diecast 1:400 model. I had to make a nosewheel assembly for it, as it was a used example, missing the nosewheels ! The diorama boards each measure just 90 x 60 cm, and I designed the diorama with the capability of the terminal building and jet ways being disassembled, and packed into a 54 litre storage bin. [This is with the exception of the models ]. There are just two boards in the diorama seen in those photos. Yes, it looks massive but is easily stored and squared away Attached is a pic of a scratch built 1/400 Tupolev Tu-95 Bear that I made. It also needs a complete set of landing gear..
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Ah yeah I see, ah well got a small apartment here 65 square meters of space which is everything, I may try and add an other cabinet , wall mounted might be an idea dunno yet tho.

The one thing I really want to avoid is an overcrowded collection the more models the less sight I get in what I have and that is something I plan to avoid.
So yeah I'll see to where this all leads.

it's handy you can make your own models from scrap, I'd have no sights in that sadly, mty hands are too shaky too these days due tio he arthritis diecast 1:200 models was my cure actually, even I miss my modeling days with not the space for them and the lack of concentration diecast models is a good solution then again going from 1:72 to :200 did feel as a downgrade tbh.

I will always keep looking for a scale 1:72 B747-400, just hard to come by, especially with good details and such.

Let that be a dream right

As this SAA B747-312 goes it's one of the most beautiful ones I bought, it's really different than all the others, makes it stand out.


Replacing my QANTAS B747-338 Nalanji Dreaming VH-EBU is certainly my next big thing from Skymarks to BBOX/JC Wings is a worthy change imo.


After that I might have a break I think

The other two colored ones are these:

Singapore Airlines B747-412 9V-SPL "Tropical Megatrop" (The one that didn't crash thatw as 9V-SPK)
QANTAS Australia B747-438 VH-OJB "Wunala Dreaming 01" "City of Sydney"


Yet I could replace my VH-OJB Wunala Dreaming to JC Wings version of it as well, but this being a Herpa Wings it's not as bad as the Skymarks version, so I will leave that idea aside for now.
Nalanji Dreaming gets most attention for this needed change.
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Very nice pics and stories. I agree the 747 is a great aircraft and the queen of the Skies but comfort wise nothing beats the A380. I have flown on both the 747-8 as the A380 and the comfort on the big Airbus is truly fantastic, best flight I ever had...
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Well for you maybe and that is fine.

The B747-8i is a far more reliable design, which has a base design of almost 50 years old and still it's succeeding by the day, over 1550 B747s have been made since day 01, it's sturdier, and stronger built it's made to last, not something I will see with the A380.
Luxury wise for you maybe most people I talked to preferred the luxury the B747-8i's from Korean Air & Lufthansa have to offer dunno how Air China does it, I am sure they do quite well as well.
B747-8i has 4x Reverse thrust on it's GEnx2B's as where the A380 has only 2x reverse thrust on it's 2 of 4 Rolls Royce Trent 900's or Engine Alliance GP7000's.
Reliability adds a very high factor when it comes to better comfort for me, the B747 would win that for me in heartbeats.

My best flight was with a Malaysia B747-4H6 back on Dec 13-17 1990

December 13, 1990:
Perth Western Australia - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

December 17 1990:
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Colombo, Shir-Lanka - Zurich, Switzerland - Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The Captain gave me a VIP tour under the belly of the beast when we landed in Colombo I sat in the jump seat behind the captain from Colombo to Zurich for a good 2 hours and from Zurich to Amsterdam I was asked to return for an other 40 minutes.
That was in a time when flying meant something, visiting the crew on the flightdeck in flight and such things all a long gone thing these days.
Here my model of that aircraft:

Boeing 747-4H6
Malaysian Airlines "White Grey Livery 1990-2010" "Visit Malaysia '94"
9M-MHL "Kuala Lumpur"
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B747's 4 life for me I don't need anything else.
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I have not flown the A380, but as this plane was built to hold 800 people and most airlines are only carrying 550-600 people, it SHOULD be roomier than a 747. If an airline ever decide to max out the seating, then I want to know what the passengers think.
I've only flown a 747 a few times (in coach), but still was able to enjoy my time on that plane.

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Of course that is true, and im a real 747 fan too but believe me that the 380 is very smooth and silent
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I don't mean to degrade the A380 as I have never flown it. But some of these comparisons are apples to oranges, and we all will have our favorite planes or experiences.
I was lucky enough to fly jump seat on a 737-200 from San Jose to Portland with Air California years ago. It was a late afternoon flight and the sunset approach into PDX was very memorable.
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Anyways lets end the discussion of that here it is rather offtopic rofl.
I will make a new topic of the Alliance Air B747SP-44.
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