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Old 06-02-2020, 06:29 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Premier Portfolio "737 MAX" models from TUI UK.

Hey everybody.

It's not my usual style (1/400 for me! ), but whenever I'm on a flight, I have to see whether they sell those 1/200 snap-together models.
I've flown with TUI Airways (previously Thomson) quite a few times over the last few years, and noticed a lot of obvious mistakes with these models.
But, before you state the obvious and say that these models are just souvenirs, take a look at these....

Model 1: 737 "MAX 8" from August 2018

You're about to see why I put the words "MAX 8" in inverted commas...

[IMG]TUI Airways 737-800 - Scale 1/200 - Premier Planes by Cianan Kelly, on Flickr [/IMG]

Not looking too bad...

[IMG]TUI Airways 737-800 - Scale 1/200 - Premier Planes by Cianan Kelly, on Flickr[/IMG]

Ouch! How can you give something the wingtips from a different aircraft!?

[IMG]TUI Airways 737-800 - Scale 1/200 - Premier Planes by Cianan Kelly, on Flickr[/IMG]

I spy a 737-800 in disguise...Or some poor research from PremierPlanes?

[IMG]Not sure how that got a license? by Cianan Kelly, on Flickr[/IMG]

Not sure how that got a license from Boeing...

This model would make a near-perfect 737-800, but as a MAX, it is shockingly inaccurate; the rear fuselage is that of the NG, as are the split-scimitar winglets, and the only parts of the model that make it a 737-8 are the engines; even they are too small!


Model 2: 737 MAX 8 from April 2019

Thankfully, as we're about to find out, this model is a little better...

[IMG]Looking mostly the same... by Cianan Kelly, on Flickr[/IMG]

I see no difference...

[IMG]Ah, this is change for the better methinks. by Cianan Kelly, on Flickr[/IMG]

The winglets have finally been corrected! (Apologies for the low quality of this shot, it's quite hard getting your telephone to focus on something this small)

Sadly, however, that is still the only difference.
We still have the wrong fuselage, and, despite being pretty well-made, small engines with *gasp!* silver interiors! However, is change on the horizon??

Model 3: 737 MAX 8 from July 2019

It would appear that just a few months can make a lot of difference!

[IMG]Amazing! by Cianan Kelly, on Flickr[/IMG]

That's looking stunning!

[IMG]It's finally the right shape (if a little too long) by Cianan Kelly, on Flickr[/IMG]

The rear fuselage is almost perfect, though a bit too long.

[IMG]Tailskid!? That's some detailing! by Cianan Kelly, on Flickr[/IMG]

I never thought we'd see a 'tailskid'!

Alright then...
This model is looking much better in a lot of ways.
There's even something better about the shape of the nose, and to see the correct fuselage is amazing, and the tailskid was an unexpected detail.
However, the rear is quite a bit longer than it should be, leaving the model looking a bit strange. Focus on the rest though!

Conclusion
The first model was nothing like a 737 MAX, you just cannot avoid it...If only they'd sold it as the -800, there would've been fewer mistakes even if it was left as we saw it.
The second one perfected the wingtips and moved it closer towards being a MAX, but not close enough.
Meanwhile, the third model (sadly quite hard to find, and that really is a shame), perfected almost every aspect, but loses out because of the tail being too long.
Overall, the newest one is the best, and the one I would recommend if you're flying TUI, but overall, we must remember that these aren't serious models, and only intended as souvenirs. That being said, I'm pleased to add that Premier Planes recently unveiled a perfect 737 MAX, and it's sold by Ryanair and Enter Air, a Polish carrier.
Let's hope that TUI soon follow suit!

Regards,
astra-airlines
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Old 06-02-2020, 08:39 AM   #2 (permalink)
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no gears? ;(
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no gears? ;(
Sadly the inflight sales models rarely have gears.
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