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Old 07-30-2021, 11:31 AM   #1 (permalink)
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PIA B777-200 "Nature's Orchard" (AP-BHX) - Hogan Wings

This is not a review of a newly acquired airplane, I have it already a couple of years in my collection, and it was even released by Hogan already in 2012. However, I wanted to test to what extent my new Meike Cinema Lens would also be suitable for photographing an object in my studio box. Since this object ended up being one of my aeroplane models (and what a coincidence, it is a PIA ), I finally thought "hell why not, let's make a small review of it". As you can see, for the moment I switched to a caramel-brown background color for my pictures to see to what extent it makes them look better. As already mentioned in general squawk talk I will be more than happy to receive your opinions about it. I apologise for the fact that this is only a small review. I was very busy for my work today, and other reviews are also in preparation at the moment.


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Specifications


Serial number : 35296
Line number : 613
Type : Boeing B777-240(ER)
First flight date (airframe) : 23 February 2007
Delivery date (PIA) : March 2007
Airline : Pakistan International Airlines
Registration : AP-BHX
Name : "Nature's Orchard - Quetta"
Engines : 2 x General Electric GE90-94B


History


The B777-240 at PIA

In the beginning of 2000, PIA expressed the need for new long-haul planes under a marketing plan, which envisaged further point-to-point non-stop services and additions of new destinations, including for example Houston. Boeing 777 models were finally chosen, and this choice was done after taking into consideration a large number of factors including marketing, passenger comfort, operational characteristics, product support, fuel efficiency, lowering of maintenance costs, revenue generation and fleet replacement plan. In 2004, three models of type B777-240ER joined the fleet, introducing the triple seven at PIA.
In 2004, PIA became the launch customer of the Boeing 777-240 "Long Range", receiving two planes of this type in 2006. It was with one of these (AP-BGY, also available in 1/200 scale by hogan) that PIA completed on the then world's longest nonstop flight by a commercial airliner in february 2004. This flight lasted 22 hours and 22 minutes on the eastbound route between Hong Kong and London, the wrong way around the globe. Finally, in 2007, it was AP-BHX turn to join, and was eventually the sixth and last plane of the 777-240 type to be acquired by PIA. (Two B777-2Q8(ER) models followed much later, in 2015). AP-BHX accomodates a three-class layout for 320 passengers (35 seats in Business Class 54 in Economy Plus and 240 in Economy). Together with its sisters she was initially intended to serve on the Singapore and Kualampur route, Kopenhagen and Oslo route and to fly regularly to Amsterdam via Istanbul. Later, AP-BHX was often seen in Frankfurt, Barcelona and Toronto.

Special tail design

On March 14, 2006, PIA, 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. AP-BHX was given the honour to wear the Baluchistan's province tail design. This province stretches from the coast of Makran in the west to the mountain passes of Bolan and Gomal in the north. This is the land of the thousand of years old Juniper Forests. The local craftsmanship reflects the proud Baluch tribal tradition. A striking and colorful reflection of robust creativity is seen in the kilims, carpets and rugs woven with wool, goat or camel hair and mixed yarn. The pattern is mostly bold geometric motifs in primary colors dominated by red.


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The scale model


Specifications


Brand : Hogan Wings
Year : 2012
Scale : 1/200
Serial nr : HG4814G
Material : Diecast plastic snap-fit
Dimensions : Length ca. 31.9 cm or 12.6 in. / Wingspan ca. 30.5 cm or 12.0 in
Comes with : Gear set with rolling rubber tires


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Below : the studio box in which my models are immortalized. You can get these things for prices starting at about EUR 100 / 120 USD if you want minimum quality. I personally think it was a good investment. It does what it is supposed to do, although I also ordered some interesting taxiway plates but these will be delivered only within a couple of weeks.




Below : With this model, Hogan proves once again that very good quality can be delivered for a relatively interesting price. I bought it for about 40 EUR / 50 USD. Well-packaged, solidly built, cleanly-painted, and with optional landing gear. Note that the wooden/metal stand shown in the photos is available separately from Hogan.















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Old 07-30-2021, 11:49 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 07-30-2021, 04:32 PM   #3 (permalink)
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your filming of the model taking it to the next level
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That explains the impressive photography! Your threads join the greats in DAC history with the likes of members like Agent X20, and SuperKungFu. Love the tail art on this one. Definitely makes a presence at the international terminals. More and more I become convinced that Hogan's can rival its diecast metal competitors. Thanks for sharing with us!
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All I can say is PIA needs to hire you for their media content.

Great photos as always!!
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I bet you cant wait for a diecast copy deephalo. A great read as always.Thank you
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Very nice model indeed.

Thanks for sharing the info and pics.

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That tail is quite the piece of art. Do you have any idea who the artist was?
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Old 08-01-2021, 11:19 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Seems to have also been on the 747-200

https://www.airliners.net/photo/Paki...40BM/1181509/L
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your filming of the model taking it to the next level
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All I can say is PIA needs to hire you for their media content.

Great photos as always!!
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That explains the impressive photography! Your threads join the greats in DAC history with the likes of members like Agent X20, and SuperKungFu.... Thanks for sharing with us!
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A great read as always.Thank you
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Thanks for sharing the info and pics.
Thank you very much for these kind words my friends, you make me blush.
Always a great pleasure to share these things with you!


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... Love the tail art on this one. Definitely makes a presence at the international terminals. More and more I become convinced that Hogan's can rival its diecast metal competitors...
It is true. If this model also had antennas, and some of the smaller details that are now absent were also printed, then the model would already come very close.
But again, in terms of price/quality ratio, they are indeed among the best we can find today in the field of plastic models. If you look at them from a certain distance, they are certainly not inferior to metal models.

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I bet you cant wait for a diecast copy deephalo.
That's correct. Anyway, any 1/200 scale PIA that comes out will most probably be added to my collection.

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That tail is quite the piece of art. Do you have any idea who the artist was?
Unfortunately, no idea at the moment. Because I am working on a book about the history of PIA, I currently have a lot of contacts with PIA itself, especially former staff including pilots.
Questions about the artists who created the province tail designs are part of the pile currently awaiting an answer.

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Seems to have also been on the 747-200 https://www.airliners.net/photo/Paki...40BM/1181509/L
Indeed, and also the 747-300, AP-BFY, "Ziarat - The City of Flowers" wore this tail fin. Besides other models (A310, 777-200) also two ATR-42s. I remember flying in one of them from Peshawar to Gilgit.
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Very nice. I flew on this one on PK301 from ISB to KHI on 7th January 2008.
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