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Old 02-19-2020, 11:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I continue to work my way through the US major's livery histories and this month it's the turn of the red tails of Northwest. As per usual any corrections are welcome:

https://www.yesterdaysairlines.com/n...-liveries.html

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Old 02-20-2020, 12:51 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Thanks for the great read and showcasing your NWA collection! This was one of my favorite airlines with lots of flights from the thermometer livery, to the Bowling Shoe, to the final livery. It was sad to watch MSP slowly transform from a sea of red tails to a line up of northwest-pointed CITGO Delta tails.

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Old 02-20-2020, 11:10 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Back in the 70's got to fly on the Northwest Orient 747-100s. This is my favorite out of their history of liveries!
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The Thermometer and famous Bowling shoes liveries are my favorite.. i still miss seeing all those 'red tail' DC-10's at AMS back in the days...
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They certainly have had a lot of liveries but, for the most part, it was one evolving into the next until the final livery which was a major 'leap' with little resemblance to the previous.
Thanks also for clarifying when it was Northwest and when it was Northwest Orient. It will be useful knowledge when searching a model database!
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Only flown Northwest in the Bowling Shoe colors, the A320 and 757.
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Bowling Shoe & United's Battleship had some of the best colour. IMO the only airlines able to make a dark odd colour look very Unique and pretty.
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Hi RStretton,

Very nice model pics.

Thanks for sharing them.

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This is one of my favorite liveries. Quite well-represented in the scale, too. About the only missing pieces, I'd suggest, are:

1) Updated 757-200 (and -300)... fingers crossed for an eventual NG release. The previously-released GJ options are awful.
2) Updated DC9-30/40/50... hopefully we see AC do them, now that the DC9 tooling is back in use.

AC did a fantastic job with the DC10's, in this livery. Both Dash-30 and Dash-40; different tail numbers, a couple special liveries, and really nailed the #2 intake on the Dash-40. Outstanding work.
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I thought the "Compass Point" logo was brilliant.
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This is one of my favorite liveries. Quite well-represented in the scale, too. About the only missing pieces, I'd suggest, are:

1) Updated 757-200 (and -300)... fingers crossed for an eventual NG release. The previously-released GJ options are awful.
2) Updated DC9-30/40/50... hopefully we see AC do them, now that the DC9 tooling is back in use.

AC did a fantastic job with the DC10's, in this livery. Both Dash-30 and Dash-40; different tail numbers, a couple special liveries, and really nailed the #2 intake on the Dash-40. Outstanding work.
We are both tracking on the same sheet for what remains to be done in 1/400.

I would also add an updated A330-200. I don't like the shape of the GJ A330 and the colors on the AeroClassics rendition was just not right. I remember really nice flights on this aircraft between Narita and Bangkok.

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Bowling Shoe & United's Battleship had some of the best colour. IMO the only airlines able to make a dark odd colour look very Unique and pretty.
Agreed! When I think of 1990s - early 2000s liveries in the U.S., I think of these two liveries, plus the U.S. Airways dark blue "snazzy Darth Vader" liveries.

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Still missing from my Northwest collection - can't believe this has been overlooked?
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The missing B.707s still needed to be done in 1/400: Uganda Airlines, Air Zimbabwe (rainbow scheme), Air Niugini.

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