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Old 11-27-2007, 04:29 AM   #1 (permalink)
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.. then you get a superb model that just don't wanna have its pickture taken..... the light and position does funnies on that red stripe...

An infill... kept meaning to get one of these... three cheers for E Bay..















Getting fewer by the minute though...
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Old 11-27-2007, 04:44 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Great pictures as always.
Though I'm curious, why do you use a white background? IMHO slate blue would be better for contrast.
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Old 11-27-2007, 04:53 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Blue can colour the plane... been thinking of some sort of graduated background though... but white does have that sterility.....

Real reason as to white.. ... cos each photo session its some rank old A3 photocopy paper sticky taped to a bit of bent board.. after a couple of models just put down a new piece of paper... surprising just how many tyre (tire) marks you get moving a model around.

One day when mini agent has gone, I have retired and have nothing better to do I will set it up properly, thing is the law of diminishing returns comes in and you find that you can do all the setting up in the world, but if lady luck aint with you that day, you end up with crap photos..

White is also the easiest when it comes to Photoshopping and touching up... (IMHO)

Plonked on stand and five or six shots rattled off outside as it was freezing....



Studio type lighting.. half a day to set up (and another half to take down, before she got home..!!)



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Awesome pictures as always! Never too crazy about Delta B747, but love Delta scheme!
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Old 11-27-2007, 12:23 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Never too crazy about Delta B747, but love Delta scheme!
Agreed. And I feel the same way about the Eastern Air Lines 747. Give me an L-1011!!!!
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Great pictures as always.
Though I'm curious, why do you use a white background? IMHO slate blue would be better for contrast.
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Old 11-27-2007, 04:20 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I own this model, and having worked the real aircraft as both a ramp agent and a gate agent, I was very pleased with the end result. My only gripe was the lack of ship numbers on my example. I see there appears to be a ship number on this example located correctly on the nose gear doors. It should also be repeated at the top of the tail near the leading edge. The first three DL 747s (which had the three window upper lounge, were numbered ships 101-103. The last two, ordered later, were ships 104-105. Although 747-132s, like the first group, they had the multiple window upper lounge.
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I own this model, and having worked the real aircraft as both a ramp agent and a gate agent, I was very pleased with the end result. My only gripe was the lack of ship numbers on my example. I see there appears to be a ship number on this example located correctly on the nose gear doors. It should also be repeated at the top of the tail near the leading edge. The first three DL 747s (which had the three window upper lounge, were numbered ships 101-103. The last two, ordered later, were ships 104-105. Although 747-132s, like the first group, they had the multiple window upper lounge.
My colleague is correct, with regard to the ship numbers and placement. The model represents Delta Ship #103 and this is the number that should appear on both sides of the small, nose gear doors, and the top of the tail fin. With a registration of N9898, it's easy to see how one would surmise the ship number to be 898. Sadly, such was not the case.
Delta's 747's were all -132's and were relatively "early" off the line. It was mid 1977 by the time they were all gone from the fleet, if I remember correctly. In retrospect, it's a shame that they were not around just one year later, when Delta began their very first, operated by Delta, transatlantic flights. As it so happened, Delta leased some long-range TriStars from TWA to begin the new service. Had circumstances been just a little different, or had the route authority been obtained a little sooner, the history of the 747 at Delta Air Lines may have been a bit more significant. Personally, I would have loved to have seen the Widget adorn the 747 for just a while longer.
I know that a lot of people are often surprised when they see a representation of a Delta 747. It's an airframe/livery combination that never really got a lot of play. I've always thought that some of the very best paint that ever made it onto the 747, was the Widget scheme. If fortune and circumstance ever affords the opportunity for Delta to operate the 747 again, I would personally fly to Atlanta to beg the case for a retro-Widget whale, to honor the pedigree that saw the introductionof the very first Boeing jetliner, at Delta Air Lines!


Excellent photos, Agent X, and an outstanding model. For those who have an interest, find this model and add it to your collection. It is quite the showpiece!
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading your post, Yukon 880! I enjoyed reading not just the history of Delta's 747s, but your opinion of this model. I love the Widget scheme and hope to see it on an L-1011 in the coming year or two, and I'm hoping the (upcoming?) MD-11 will be a nice one, too.
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I would personally fly to Atlanta to beg the case for a retro-Widget whale, to honor the pedigree that saw the introductionof the very first Boeing jetliner, at Delta Air Lines!


Excellent photos, Agent X, and an outstanding model. For those who have an interest, find this model and add it to your collection. It is quite the showpiece!
I too enjoyed reading a bit of Delta Air Lines history. I am a bit curious though... was'nt the B727 in use with Delta prior to the B747?
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Very nice!
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Old 11-28-2007, 09:55 PM   #12 (permalink)
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The 747 was the first Boeing aircraft Delta operated. The 727s came in in 1972 with the Northeast merger, although Delta had ordered 15 727-232s just before that, none had yet been delivered.
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The 747 was the first Boeing aircraft Delta operated. The 727s came in in 1972 with the Northeast merger, although Delta had ordered 15 727-232s just before that, none had yet been delivered.
Thanks SDF, I appreciate the info. I would have almost bet $$$ the B727 was used before the B747 with Delta. Just goes to show you how great it is to learn something new everyday. Thanks again!
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Excellent photos, Agent X, and an outstanding model. For those who have an interest, find this model and add it to your collection. It is quite the showpiece!
I also have this model in my collection. It's one of my favorites...this along with the PA Billboard 747. Just a sharp, classy looking model. For anyone interested in obtaining one, I have a couple of these Delta's available for purchase, one of which is on ebay right now. Just let me know.

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Nice release!!!
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading your post, Yukon 880! I enjoyed reading not just the history of Delta's 747s, but your opinion of this model. I love the Widget scheme and hope to see it on an L-1011 in the coming year or two, and I'm hoping the (upcoming?) MD-11 will be a nice one, too.
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Thanks for the comments!

My pal SDF is sharp as a tack and right on the money once again!

I'll support the TriStar and the MD-11 too, though I hope that someone will give us the rare Widget MD-11, currently depicted in my avatar. The tail of the DC-10/MD-11 was/is unique, and I always thought it best to paint the Widget like it was on the DC-10. As far as the DC-10 goes, I hope we get a 1/200 model of that one too!
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Beautiful plane, beautiful pictures, interesting news... that's what I call a good thread!

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I'll support the TriStar and the MD-11 too, though I hope that someone will give us the rare Widget MD-11, currently depicted in my avatar.
HE did release the DL MD-11 Widget under its Sep-Oct 2007 release announcement:

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I see that there's a slight difference between the tails on the model and your avatar. Does that represent two different eras for the Widget livery? Which is newer? Thanks!
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I see that there's a slight difference between the tails on the model and your avatar. Does that represent two different eras for the Widget livery? Which is newer? Thanks!
Thanks for your comments and information, much appreciated.
The MD-11 in my avatar is one of the pair of MD-11's that Delta initially leased from Mitsui to begin operations with the trijet. The tail was painted with the widget design that was very similar to that worn by every Delta DC-10 that came before.
Later on, the decision was made to place the letters " D E L T A " within the blue field of the widget, just like every other aircraft in the fleet. I'm not sure if any of the MD-11's besides the Mitsui pair, ever wore the DC-10 style widget or not.
Personally, I think my avatar represents the more attractive design and I'd love to see a model of the same.
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The MD-11 in my avatar is one of the pair of MD-11's that Delta initially leased from Mitsui to begin operations with the trijet. The tail was painted with the widget design that was very similar to that worn by every Delta DC-10 that came before.
Later on, the decision was made to place the letters " D E L T A " within the blue field of the widget, just like every other aircraft in the fleet. I'm not sure if any of the MD-11's besides the Mitsui pair, ever wore the DC-10 style widget or not.
Thanks for the info! I've learned something new about the DL Widget livery today!
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Thanks for the info! I've learned something new about the DL Widget livery today!

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Yes ... hats off ....
While we're in the general area can I ask another Delta livery question ?
Can you (anyone ?) explain how / why Delta went from widget to interim ... interim to delta-flot ... and now to .. what .. widget 2 ? ...
Was there some thought process in each change ? .. or was it change for change sake ? ... I collect all the widget & post-widget schemes .. but have never understood the changes ... ?

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If fortune and circumstance ever affords the opportunity for Delta to operate the 747 again, I would personally fly to Atlanta to beg the case for a retro-Widget whale, to honor the pedigree that saw the introductionof the very first Boeing jetliner, at Delta Air Lines!
Hey Yukon, have you flown to Atlanta yet?
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.... yea a 744 in widget livery.... omg....
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I suspect when he wrote that statement he did not expect Delta would ever fly a 747 again.
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I suspect when he wrote that statement he did not expect Delta would ever fly a 747 again.

And you would be correct!
I never really thought that Delta would see the 747 again, and I doubt that they plan to keep the Redtailed birds they've acquired for very long. Not sure if it would look quite right to have the retro-Widget scheme on the 744, what with the extended upper deck, but I reckon it would be worth giving it a shot just to see. It is a shame that the NWA Cargo 747F fleet will not see Delta colors, nor will the two remaining 747-251s that see plenty of activity hauling our military troops and other frequent charters. Those two airplanes would be perfect candidates for the Widget scheme but sadly, they are mere months away from retirement from the fleet.

Ironic that I stopped back by this thread today after a lengthy absence and just happened to read my own words...
realizing that now I have to eat them!

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Sorry, I just could not resist. I have been "on the fence" about buying this model for over two years now, and I did a search to see Agent's photos and started reading the thread. Happy to say, I've just ordered this marvelous model.
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