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Old 05-06-2021, 03:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello my friends,

This thread is in response to the request from my friend 1:200FreakReturns in the thread "From the book of 1001 nights..." to post some pictures of my beloved "Green Turtle Waters". After my (Pakistani) wife, the second most beautiful thing in my life...

I already talked about this mesmerizing beauty (خوبصورت خوبصورتی) in the following post :
https://www.diecastaircraftforum.com...2-post104.html

I flew with it back in 2008, it was one of her last flights, from Islamabad over Karachi to Manchester. It was one of the planes provided with a tail design representing one of Pakistan's provinces. I personally think the blue Sindh province tile design goes remarkably well with the rest of the planes colours. Unfortunately, she was eventually scrapped near Karachi airport, where many of her remains can still be found.

A note on PIA's province tail designs :

On March 14, 2006, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), the national flag carrier of Pakistan, in its effort to portray the rich heritage it inherits announced a partial change in its livery, specifically aircraft tail, to reflect the colours and artistic excellence of its four Provinces and proudly fly around the globe, for one and all to reflect on its grandeur. In so doing, it had chosen some of the finest of motifs characteristic of the four Provinces comprising Pakistan. Not only was this need for change qualified by the massive change occurring in PIA as a whole, but also reinforced by the national flag carrier’s desire to pool in its humble contribution in the integration of the country as a whole. The result was a colourful tail of PIA airplanes, which in itself is named after the most remarkable characteristic of each province.

A note on Pakistan's Sindh province, and its famous tile artwork :

Situated in the heart of the Indus Valley Civilization, exemplified by the ruins Moen-jo-daro, the Sindh Province in Southern Pakistan has an ancient and rich tradition of art and crafts. Among them, Hala tile work is one of the most striking representations of a craftsmanship that transforms clay into an object of undying and pristine beauty. Exquisitely adorned with electric blue and white floral pattern and motifs, the Hala craft signifies a labour of love and a passion for perfection. These floral patterns and motifs constitute the design of the aircraft’s tail.



Above : the Sindh province.



Above : A typical application of the Sindh province tile design. On the eastern bank of River Indus near Rohri town , Sindh, on one of the smaller hills has a leveled platform on which there are many carved gravestones with chain ornaments and panels of Arabic quotations from the Quran. The principal grave is that of Mir Kasim But the name by which it is more generally known is the hill of the seven virgins.

The real bird

Airplane type : Boeing 747-300 (747-367)
Manufacturer serial number : 23709 LN:671
Engines : 4 x RR RB211-524C2
First flight date : February 1, 1987
Airline : PIA, Pakistan International Airlines
Registration : AP-BFX
Name : "Green Turtle Waters" (during the period it wore its Sindh province Tail)



Large HD pictures from Green Turtle Waters are very rare. Videos are even harder to find.
Here a take-off from Manchester can be seen : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HN7G3NRE8Zk

The scale model

Scale : 1:200
Publisher/Brand : Inflight200
Publisher reference : IF743005
Version : Diecast metal, with stand, fixed gears

The 1/200 scale Inflight200 model is not easy to find. Only 188 have been produced.

Some pictures I just took from the model as it is placed in my cabinet :













Older photos I found on the internet :









Hope you all liked it.

Cheers Deephalo
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Old 05-06-2021, 05:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Sir, I salute and applaud your efforts 👏👏. You didn't just take the fabulous pics (some dark and mysterious) but your post is loaded with info about Sindh, that even I could not have come up with half of it. Truly humbled!! That pic with the reflection 👍 😋!!! I only saw Lahore - Garden of Mughals ( I think that is what it was called) in Karachi at the gate. I was waiting to board an EK flight. Must post the pics here.

Oh dear, it would be a shame to collect diecast and not have this beauty in my collection. I always wanted to but at the time when I saw it, diecast were too expensive ( and still are lol). Diecast collection only began a few months back. The pursuit to now get this has begun. Thanks so much for the post.
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Please excuse me posting an Emirates video here but at the 2:45 mark you will see Lahore - Garden of the Mughals at the gate in Karachi and heading to the runway.

https://youtu.be/JbT097BSOnY
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This photo!!! ♥️!!

https://ibb.co/zSqSy8N
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Yes, they are a nice pair and hopefully could become someday triplets...
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Nice pick up there
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Deephalo, that is a spectacular bird you've got there. A very informative post to go along with it too. Hope you cherish it for many years to come!

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Yes, they are a nice pair and hopefully could become someday triplets...
Good sir, that is a lovely little display with some truly wonderful jets. I also hope they become triplets someday, but first, I need to get my hands on the twins
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Sir, I salute and applaud your efforts
My pleasure.
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One could say "what's in a colour", but I changed several occurences of "Blue Turtle Waters" into "Green Turtle Waters".
I'm ashamed! Fortunately, nobody noticed this...

PS Don't see a way to change the thread title though but okay, the sea in which you find those turtles is probably blue and green at the same time...
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Love the looks of this livery. Was always tempted to add this one to my collection along with the 747-400 (also seen in one of your pics), but somehow they always escaped my collection.
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Beautiful 747, it is the one PIA I have in my collection as well.
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Hey nice ex-Cathay Pacific Airways B747-367 you have there, 67 is CPA's Boeing Customer Code, if you were wondering

on February of 1987 CPA got it delivered from the Boeing at Everett USA, in April of 1999 PIA received it after buying it over from CPA.

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https://www.planespotters.net/airframe/boeing-747-300-ap-bfx-pia-pakistan-international-airlines/34001r?
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