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Old 02-22-2020, 07:21 AM   #1 (permalink)
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These photos are mostly from eBay listings and Wikipedia; I bought the Virgin one in December.
— Top: Herpa 400 560252, Virgin Express 737-36NWL OO-VEX, DiMA 15146
— Bottom: Herpa 500 515542, Hamburg International 737-300SP D-AHIG plus two –500WLs

I prefer 737-700WLs over 737-800WLs, as the shorter fuselage compared to the wingspan emphasizes the winglets’ height.
The –300WL is one of the smallest Boeings I’ve seen with winglets, and I think it’s rather cute.
I would’ve thought that Herpa wouldn’t make only one model in this shape, but I can’t find any other –300WLs on DiMA or eBay, either current or completed.
Wikipedia says that retrofitted –300s are redesignated –300SP (which led me to find the above Hamburg –300SP but it’s 1/500th), but “The –400 never included winglets.

A 1/400th model of the smallest Classic, the –500 with winglets or similar wingtip devices would be great, and apparently several operators had them fitted like United, Southwest etc.
Two which stand out as looking the best to me are the two above, Ukraine International & Nam Air (apparently not from ’Nam, but Indonesia!).
As their tail livery extends down onto the rear of the fuselage, it accentuates the short length of the fuselage, making it look ‘cuter’.
But alas, I can’t find any of those on DiMA or eBay neither.

• Do you know of any other diecast models of Classics with any type of wingtip device?

• Isn’t it unusual for a manufacturer to produce a model in only one livery from any given mould?

• And is there a fancy name for when tail liveries extend down onto the fuselage like EasyJet do, but Ryanair don’t?

• And completely unrelated, does anyone else think that plane photos look best when shown travelling left to right, like most of the photos above, or am I just too OCD about these things?!

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Old 02-22-2020, 08:45 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: 737 Classics with winglets — what do you think

Totally agree that winglets changed the appearance of the 737 for the better. I'm in line for a 1:400 737-500 wingletted Southwest Airlines. The left to right preference in photos - might it be a 'right-handed' thing? Doug

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Count me in for a wingletted 737-500 Continental with Star Alliance logo. Well, maybe that's silly to specify which airline alliance logo to put on in 1/400 scale. But hey, other 1/400 collectors blow a gasket for one number in the reg# to be incorrect or one single window to be missing!

Although the winglets may look cool, my #1 gotta have is a United Battleship 737-500 sans winglets.

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Gemini did a handful of -300's with winglets. I think three Southwest's and some Mexican charter airline. I got the mexican one and changed it to Canadian North since classics with winglets are scarce.

Nobody has done a 500 with winglets yet. I want considering putting some from a 300 on a 500 but the latest gemini 500 has cradle wings while the 300 has plugs. It's too bad because Air North operates more 500's with winglets and only one without. Oh well
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I hope another manufacturer comes up with an improved 737-500. Really hope the days we have to settle for whatever 737-500 GJ produces is nearing an end.

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Isn’t it unusual for a manufacturer to produce a model in only one livery from any given mould?
Herpa seems to willing to do this more often than most.

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And completely unrelated, does anyone else think that plane photos look best when shown travelling left to right, like most of the photos above, or am I just too OCD about these things?!
I think a well-composed photo works well either way, but as someone else said above, maybe it's a right-handed bias. Although I think some people might have a preference for seeing the left side because that's how you generally board an aircraft. Let's do an OCD experiment I've been posting photos while selling on Ebay and have typically put them travelling right to left. I'll start posting some the other way and see if they sell quicker.
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I hope another manufacturer comes up with an improved 737-500. Really hope the days we have to settle for whatever 737-500 GJ produces is nearing an end.

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Absolutely! I couldn't agree more.

In fact I'd really like to see the entire range of 737 'classics'; the -300, and in particular the -400 and -500 (plus a winglet set for applying whenever required) done to the same quality as the AC 737-200 or the NG 737-800.






(There's also a couple of -100s I'd like to see done, but I'm not going to hold my breath on that one!)
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I feel the need for a refreshed and consistent 737-200 mould. Or at least some more regular releases from them what have 'em.

But staying on topic, yes I like to see the classics with winglets on.
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