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Old 12-13-2018, 07:18 PM   #1
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Default Here my 28th B747, AA B747SP-44! Iron Lion Zion!

Hey all!

Here my 28th B747 which was a birthday gifr from my parents & sister for my 42nd Birthday which was last Saturday on December 08, 2018

Model info:

Boeing 747SP-44
Alliance Air "Lion's Head Livery 1995-2000"
ZS-SPA "Matroosberg"
Scale 1:200
Inflight 200
Limited Edition 1 of 312pcs


This airline company only ran for a mere 5 years from 1995 to 2000, it's part of the South African Airways Associate.
as SAA Associate goes.
So this model plays a major role for my South African B747 Display, it's Lion Head was airbrushed on the real aircraft as well this aircraft I also bought in honor of my friends from SAA as well



So here ya go then and please enjoy the photos:

Here's the box to begin with, a typical Box package as with most IF200 models:






Here the box contents:


And on with the model it's self , meet ZS-SPA "Matroosberg"

Gotta love this livery though, even it only lasted for like five years:


Also note it wears the Special Performance 747 name tag, not many used the full naming of this B747 type, plus it's a leased SAA B747SP-44 hence the registration being ZS-SPA and also being a SAA Associate:


Alliance Air logo and the four South African flags which made this company become a thing:

Urganda
South Africa
Tanzania
Rwanda




Here a nice closeup of the front section, the flag with the R in it is the one from Rwanda btw:


Nice facial view here, it's front wheel is a bit wonky rofl xD


Yet I am glad this model came in great shape though, here a nice top facial view:


Here a new perspective I am using on my models, I do love how the white shades in to the salmon orange with this livery:
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Old 12-13-2018, 07:19 PM   #2
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Here some more pics

No matter what angle you view this South African beauty, it always looks great!


It's one that stands out the color scheme and then that awesome Lion's Head art on the tailfin, very unique looking:


Quite the different appeal for a tailart:


Here a closeup of that Lion's Head art, pretty well detailed actually:


Rear view:


Top rear view:


Top view, you can see the transition from white to salmon orange, a very cool effect:


Belly view:


Alliance Air B747SP-44 with it's Limited Edition Card:


Here the final display with ZS-SAJ Ndizani:




And here my South African B747 Final Display:

Left side:

Boeing 747-244B
South African Airways "Bandit Livery 1971-1984"
ZS-SAO "Magaliesberg"
Scale 1:200
Inflight 200
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Boeing 747SP-44
South African Airways "SAA Flag Livery 1997-2006"
ZS-SPE "Hantam"
Scale 1:200
Inflight 200

Limited Edition 1 of 312pcs

Right side:

Boeing 747-312 (Ex-SQ B747-312)
South African Airways "Atlanta Summer Olympic Livery 1996"
ZS-SAJ "Ndizani"
Scale 1:200
JC Wings
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Boeing 747SP-44 (Hired from SAA)
Alliance Air "Lion's Head Livery 1995-2000"
ZS-SPA "Matroosberg"
Scale 1:200
Inflight 200

Limited Edition 1 of 312 pcs



And that's it really, I think I made the right choices for my South African B747 Display, thanks for reading and enjoy the photo's

Here the song that goes with it:

Bob Marley & The Wailers Iron Lion Zion
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Old 12-14-2018, 03:52 AM   #3
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Lovely model of a very short lived 747SP Airline operator. Congratulations on the model and your gift / purchase. Happy birthday! Mine was on the 2nd of December fellow Sagittarian. Only, I have been on this floating hotel flying through space for just a few more orbits than you. Happy belated Birthday mate.
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Old 12-14-2018, 09:40 AM   #4
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Many thanks Steve, with this model I now have 28 Boeing 747's, here the entire collection as of now:


Currently I will do some replacements like all them PVC ones well be replaced with proper diecast modles and yeah the DA.C Community kind of gave me the idea and evidence that once you collect diecast, everything that is NOT diecast has to go hahaha

Aah well keeps us collectors busy with such things I guess.
Well the Skymarks models I do plan on replacing first, so my VH-EBU Nalanji Dreaming will be the JC Wings version within the upcoming 10 days, so that is going to be a major improvement.

Will make comparison photo's just to show the major difference from going from Skymarks to JC Wngs and seriously that difference is massive or say larger than life it's self.

So expect a fun topic from me within 10 days
Here a reference photo of this JC Wings QF B747-338, VH-EBU Nalanji Dreaming model I am going to buy to replace my Skymarks version of it:
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Old 01-05-2020, 03:41 PM   #5
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Just a short question about the “white” colour of the fuselage of the B747SP ALLIANCE AIR...
Is it pure white or is it a little bit more beige on this model (as it seems that the colour of its engines is more pure white)???
Thanks in advance for any comments!!!
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Old 01-08-2020, 08:06 AM   #6
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in RL it's just white the model that being, with the photo's whelp colors may vary.
It's pretty white to me , even the pics do make it look more like a light beige than white which it actually is
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Great photos- thanks for sharing..

My father, retired SAA pilot, did his last co-pilot flight on this aircraft before his command upgrade in 1995.

Your reference to Iron Lion Zion- this aircraft was in fact referred to as the "Bob Marley" by the crews, so good job on that...

This was a revised scheme- do a google search and you'll find that the original scheme wasn't as refined!

Great SAA collection!

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Hey thanks Half-Pint

And yea the sidesused to read Alliance before it was repainted to Alliance Air, and the Lion Head tail airt became more detailed after the renaming from Alliance to Alliance Air as livery changes went .

Here a photo from wikipedia showing the older Alliance paint scheme without the "Air" part applied to the name and the different Lion's head art on the tailfin:


And here the model with the revised livery:
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