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Old 01-24-2021, 12:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Last night, I was reading an article on British Airways' love of the 747. It made me feel a bit melancholy. Living alone and being isolated due to COVID didn't help. lol. I then found a YouTube video of BA's delivery of their first 747-400 series aircraft, G-BNLA and G-BNLB. They were so excited to receive these aircraft and no wonder. They were great!

Admittedly, I've not been much of a collector of BA models, though I've owned a few. However, Gemini or JC Wings, would you PLEASE release a model of G-BNLA? It has such historical value. Inflight200 released it 11 years ago, and I may be getting this release confused with another (or other) IF200 BA release(s), but I think some of the models released developed paint cracking issues on the underside of the fuselage. Isn't it time to release it on your great 747 mould? Given it would be in Landor livery, I suspect you'd have more than just a few buyers.

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Old 01-24-2021, 12:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Beautiful plane! I had the IF200 release and the cracking of the belly paint wasn't too bad on mine compared to others, but in fear of it progressing I sold it. I thought JFOX did a release of this livery!?
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Yes - the IF Landor release of BNLA and CIVB (children’s conference) both suffered from the paint cracking issue. Hard to believe that those models are over a decade old.
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I thought JFOX did a release of this livery!?
They released 'City Of Norwich' G-BNLW.
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Beautiful plane! I had the IF200 release and the cracking of the belly paint wasn't too bad on mine compared to others, but in fear of it progressing I sold it. I thought JFOX did a release of this livery!?
JF did BNLW

G-BNLW British Airways (Landor) 747-400 by ukjohna, on Flickr
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Beautiful, thanks for sharing! So they did the livery, but not the reg./name of the one KLM4me was referring to!
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I believe this one now resides at DUNSFOLD aerodrome. along with GN-CIVW? hope to go see it once covid restrictions are finally lifted. only 30 miles from me. but would preferred the BOAC 747 instead. that's a 250 + mile round trek to Wales.
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I believe this one now resides at DUNSFOLD aerodrome. along with GN-CIVW? hope to go see it once covid restrictions are finally lifted. only 30 miles from me. but would preferred the BOAC 747 instead. that's a 250 + mile round trek to Wales.
G-BNLA was scrapped in October 2009. According to Wikipedia, the three 747s at Dunsfold are: G-BDXJ, G-CIVW and G-BNLY.
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G-BNLA was scrapped in October 2009. According to Wikipedia, the three 747s at Dunsfold are: G-BDXJ, G-CIVW and G-BNLY.
I think Robert meant BNLY, the Landor heritage livery.
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Very cool thread, that release from JC Wings isn't that old afaik, as G-BNLW goes.
Should not be that hard to find, well my guess anyway.
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