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Old 11-22-2020, 03:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Slowly unpacking my collection which was stowed away in boxes since the last two moves and discovering the pleasure of 400scale basement spotting I thought I might open a new thread where I show some of my models in pictures. A few new additions but mostly a bit of older/rarer stuff to share I think.
I'm trying to give some info on each model and the real thing too.


The first one is a rather new one in the collection: my first NG 757.


Northwest Airlines 757-251, N549US as delivered ("bowling shoe" livery)
NG 53152
2020 release

The model:
not much to say about this mould. I simply love it. It's amazing and just looks like a 757. NG's is to be blamed for bringing me back into the hobby.
The only downside on this - although barely vissible with the naked eye - are some paint defects around the nose. Please pay attention to this, NG.


The real thing:
Delivered as msn 26496, #716 off the line in 1996 to Northwest in the livery modeled, it is still active today wearing Delta colors and winglets.


NG Models Northwest Airlines 757-251 N549US by AlexK3800, auf Flickr


NG Models Northwest Airlines 757-251 N549US by AlexK3800, auf Flickr


NG Models Northwest Airlines 757-251 N549US by AlexK3800, auf Flickr






NG, this one PLEASE!!
N634US_AMS_030303 by Michael Kuiper, auf Flickr
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20 years back in time.
Dragon Wings ruled and Jet-X made most of the stuff I wanted.

American Airlines 727-23 N1972 "Astrojet" colors - chrome version
DW/Jet-X JX009B
released in 2000



The model:
IMO still absolutely unrivaled the best 727-100 mould in this scale.
Yes, it has a round #2 intake, but otherwise looks like a 727 - something I can't say about certain other products.
Gears and overall printing/detailing is far from todays standard of course. Small scratches around the engines, not sure if they've always been there.
I'm curious to know where all these brilliant DW moulds are and what they'd look like with todays printing/detailing/gears.


The real thing:
Delivered as 18428/21 to American in Feb. 1964 it stayed with the airline into the 1990s. From 1997 it was briefly seen as CC-CLJ with Aerovias DAP and after being with Aerosur as CP-2322 from 1997 it was finally broken up at Opa Locka in 1999.


Jet-x American Airlines 727-23 N1972 by AlexK3800, auf Flickr


Jet-x American Airlines 727-23 N1972 by AlexK3800, auf Flickr
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Last one for today...

Pan American DC-7C N731PA "Clipper Bald Eagle"
"Pan Am Models"
released in 2009

The model:
That's what I love Aeroclassics for. A nice looking classic prop from the 1950s.


The real thing:
44873/656 was delivered as N731PA to Pan American in Nov. 1956, named "Clipper Bald Eagle", later "Clipper Dauntless".
A few years later was converted to a freighter and after briefly being with Liberty Airlines (?) as N7314 in 1965 it was operated by Trans Meridian as G-ATMF until it was sold to France. It was scrapped as F-BTDJ in November '72 at Nice.


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I like the idea "basement spotting" and Your pictures are perfect. Well defined angles and distance, the background is really good, it provides good contrast.

Also the short note that gives the relation to the real aircraft shouldn't be missing.

Great! Please go ahead ;-)

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You sure know how to make an old Dragon Wings model look superb! That AA B721 is quite the gem!!

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I love the Northwest scheme!! One of my all time favourites. Looked amazing on the DC-10,742 and 744!! I'd love to see it released as a 744 and then see an A330 in the later livery!!
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A lovely little double for today...

Bavaria Fluggesellschaft BAC-1-11-414EG; D-ANDY
Aeroclassics ACDANDY
released 2007

Bavaria-Germanair BAC-1-11-414EG; D-AISY
Aeroclassics ACDAISY
released 2009

The models:
lovely little 1-11 mould by Aeroclassics.

- D-ANDY comes in "delivery" colors, but sadly is missing the name "Schwabing". I'd have prefered white stabs on this
- D-AISY is in the post-merger 1977 colors
Don't want to be too nitpicky on them, just love them.


The real thing:
- Germanair was the 1968 successor of Südwestflug and was taken over by Josef Schörghuber in 1970.
- Bavaria Fluggesellschaft was established by Max Schwabe in 1957. After the Schwabe family died in an aircraft crash early in 1970, Bavaria went under ownership of Hans Salb who after running into financial difficulties sold the airline in 1974 to... Josef Schörghuber.
Schörghuber kept both airlines running under their own identity, from 1975 on under the same CEO.
In March 1977 both airlines were merged into Bavaria-Germanair. The livery of Germanair was kept, the logo replaced by Bavaria's lion's head.
The airline de facto was dead as soon as it was created as it was sold to Hapag-Lloyd after a few weeks. Only the cartel office kept it alive before it finally was absorbed into Hapag-Lloyd Flug, today part of TUIfly.

- D-ANDY (cn 127) was the first jet ordered by Bavaria, delivered in Dec.'67
In Jul.'70 is was written off after an aborted take off at Girona, but was finally rebuilt in the UK and went on to Dan-Air as G-AZED, then in the US as N174FE and finally ended up as 5N-BAB with ADC Airlines. Broken up Bornemouth in 2000.

- cn 158 was originally intended to be reged D-ANDI, but was delivered to Bavaria as D-AISY in Apr.'70
It only briefly wore full Bavaria-Germanair colors in 1977 as it was sold to Saudi Arabian Gov. in Nov.'77 as HZ-MF1. After sporting different Saudi regs it went on to Libya where it was reported to be wfu in 2004 as 5A-DDQ.


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A lovely little double for today...

Bavaria Fluggesellschaft BAC-1-11-414EG; D-ANDY
Aeroclassics ACDANDY
released 2007

Bavaria-Germanair BAC-1-11-414EG; D-AISY
Aeroclassics ACDAISY
released 2009

The models:
lovely little 1-11 mould by Aeroclassics.

- D-ANDY comes in "delivery" colors, but sadly is missing the name "Schwabing". I'd have prefered white stabs on this
- D-AISY is in the post-merger 1977 colors
Don't want to be too nitpicky on them, just love them.


The real thing:
- Germanair was the 1968 successor of Südwestflug and was taken over by Josef Schörghuber in 1970.
- Bavaria Fluggesellschaft was established by Max Schwabe in 1957. After the Schwabe family died in an aircraft crash early in 1970, Bavaria went under ownership of Hans Salb who after running into financial difficulties sold the airline in 1974 to... Josef Schörghuber.
Schörghuber kept both airlines running under their own identity, from 1975 on under the same CEO.
In March 1977 both airlines were merged into Bavaria-Germanair. The livery of Germanair was kept, the logo replaced by Bavaria's lion's head.


- D-ANDY (cn 127) was the first jet ordered by Bavaria, delivered in Dec.'67
In Jul.'70 is was written off after an aborted take off at Girona, but was finally rebuilt in the UK and went on to Dan-Air as G-AZED, then in the US as N174FE and finally ended up as 5N-BAB with ADC Airlines. Broken up Bornemouth in 2000.

- cn 158 was originally intended to be reged D-ANDI, but was delivered to Bavaria as D-AISY in Apr.'70
It only briefly wore full Bavaria-Germanair colors in 1977 as it was sold to Saudi Arabian Gov. in Nov.'77 as HZ-MF1. After sporting different Saudi regs it went on to Libya where it was reported to be wfu in 2004 as 5A-DDQ.


Aeroclassics BAC-1-11-414EG Bavaria / Bavaria-Germanair D-ANDY / D-AISY by AlexK3800, auf Flickr
Got the Germanair 1-11 aswell. NIce little model.
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Today with what's probably been the rarest model in my collection for 16 years now.

DC-9-21 Scandinavian Airlines System SAS; LN-RLM "Reidar Viking"

The model:
I always deperately was looking for a model of a Sporty-9. As chances for a release were little, I decided to do my own as soon as a good mould was out in 2004.
A SMA Continental DC-9-30 release (SMA040301) served as donor. I cut it up, shortened and customized it according to 9-21 specs. I also decided to do "flaps down" - wanted to improve it to a better detailing using custom photo etched brass later on, but never really got to it. So it still is the way I finished it in October 2004.
I've posted a few "in progress" pics in the old custom thread here

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The DC-9-21 was basically a mix of the -30/40's engines, wings and the -10's short fuselage to cater the requirements of SAS for short runway ops.
LN-RLM; 47304/440 was delivered new to SAS in January 1969 and carried the name "Reidar Viking".
Almost exactly four years later in Jan.'73 the aircraft aborted take off at Oslo Fornebu, overran runway and came to a halt on the frozen Oslo Fjord. Everyone on board was able to walk away before the airframe broke through the ice and sank. Even though the crash itself did little damage, the salty water damaged the airframe beyond repair and it was written off and broken up.


SAS DC-9-21 LN-RLM "Reidar Viking" by AlexK3800, auf Flickr



Note to self: next time, don't be lazy and also paint the engines white instead of leaving them as is...
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I forgot I had the Jet-X AA B721. Great little model.
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Today with what's probably been the rarest model in my collection for 16 years now.

DC-9-21 Scandinavian Airlines System SAS; LN-RLM "Reidar Viking"



I'm not sure what I find more impressive. The deployed slats and flaps or the cleanup of where you made the cut(s?) to shorten the fuselage.

Awesome work!
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That DC-9 is... just... amazing!!! You did a great job with it.
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I'm not sure what I find more impressive. The deployed slats and flaps or the cleanup of where you made the cut(s?) to shorten the fuselage.
My thoughts exactly, superb! I wish we'd get a good short body -9 mould released but I never would have thought of doing it this way.
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Speechless on the SAS DC-9!!

Is this just the tip of the iceberg on what other surprises you will be revealing from your collection?

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I'm not sure what I find more impressive. The deployed slats and flaps or the cleanup of where you made the cut(s?) to shorten the fuselage.

Awesome work!
Same here. That looks absolutely amazing. Definitely beyond my skill (and patience) level.
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Speechless on the SAS DC-9!!

Is this just the tip of the iceberg on what other surprises you will be revealing from your collection?

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Thanks all.

No iceberg, sorry.
I did quite some "experimental" modeling back when I had the time to. Different projects in different scales. The 9-21 was the only 1/400 I finshed in time as I really wanted to have it. Some fantasy models as well, but most of the stuff (and there was plenty) remained unfinished till today as I barely had time to since moving home in 2006. I hope to find the time over Christmas to reactivate some of those projects.
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Love this new type of thread Phantom II. Your photos are awesome and very clear. I love your addition at the bottom of the real thing!! Just fantastic!
Your DC-9 blew me away!! Amazing skill you have there. What a transformation too! Excellent stuff! Like to see more please!
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Lovely models, but I'm most impressed with the SAS DC9, incredible!
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Amazing work on the SAS DC-9....
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First. Glad to have you back on the forums, and can't wait to see more of your photos. Second. Respect. That custom work is top notch, maybe the best I've ever seen. Cheers!
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Thanks again for all your comments.


An old one for today...

United Airlines 747-422 N178UA "Saul Bass"
Dragon Wings 55120
released around 1999/2000


the model:
IMO still the mould that replicates the shapes of a 747-400 best in this scale. Proper PW powerplants with their pylons. The overall detailing and printing of course is lightyears behind today's standards. Though it is remarkable that DW got the wing pttern more correct than any subsequent releases. Ok, they also missed the bare front section of the stabs, but that's something that's usually ignored in any scale.


the real thing:
not much to say here. 24385/820 delivered to United in this scheme Nov. 1990. It stayed with the airline - sporting all four major liveries - until it was retired in Oct.17 and part-out Victorville.


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Thats some great photography! Looking forward to some of my favourites like the BB400 747s and NG L-1011s.
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When a 1:400 mould is done right a blown up picture of it only makes it look that much better.
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Love the diesel 9.
And everything else... But that DC-9 is something else.
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Nice technique - reveals how nice these models really are, Doug
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I'm making my collection more historic and am very excited to see what 747's NG comes out with. Hoping for Air Canada and CP air for sure, just hope they aren't too expensive
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I'm making my collection more historic and am very excited to see what 747's NG comes out with - just hope they aren't too expensive
Knowing NGM as we do, they'll likely release a show-stopper that will evolve to perfection with successive releases. Probably won't be cheap, but cheap refers to quality, and NGM doesn't do cheap, so we'll pay a bit more, and gladly. These are good times with the hobby, Doug
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Thats some great photography! Looking forward to some of my favourites like the BB400 747s and NG L-1011s.

Thanks.
So far the only NG L-1011 I have, but it was the first model I received in years after taking a long break from collecting. I've posted these pics already in an other thread.
Must have for me as I remember seeing quite some ATA TriStars in the early 1990's at NUE while they moved troops for Desert Shield/Storm.


American Trans Air L-1011-50 TriStar; N186AT
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the model:
Awesome mould by NG about which enough has been said already. I just love it and those early ATA colours.


the real thing:
cn 1074 was delivered as an L-1011-1 to Delta Air Lines in May 1974, registered N706DA.
In late 1984 it was modified to L-1011-50 standard and entered service with ATA in Jan'85 as N186AT.
It saw quite a number of leases in the 80's and carried the titles of Air Algerie, Air Afrique or Icelandair.
ATA retired the airframe in 2003 - it also visited my hometown airport one last time in '03 -and it was finally broken up at Roswell in 2006.


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My alltime favourite livery for today.


South African Airways 747-244B ZS-SAN "Lebombo" (delivery colors)
BB400
year 2005

the model:
Well, despite of all its flaws I still like this model. Attention, I might be a bit nitpicky here...

Much has been said about BB400's 747 moulds. Most agree that it is a good mould. Well, I called it acceptable in 2005 with its off shaped v.tail, the rather crude engines and the pylons being one piece with the wing which is a killer for detail/accuracy.
BB (and the factory they came from) was notorious for a sometimes sloppy research, artwork design and qc. On this model this was apparent.
- titles, springboks and name should have been black, not blue which I found highly annoying
- the model's missing the white reg. letters "SAN" underneath the radome and the bare front section on the stabs
- I'd have liked the IATA logo in a much darker blue if not black

Still, this thing looks really good on the shelf and I'm glad to have one.
But I'd be all over NG doing a new one to their 2020's standards! So far I keep my fingers crossed for the upcoming 747SP. Don't mess it up NG!


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20239/160, ZS-SAN "Lebombo" was the first 747-244B delivered to SAA in October 1971. By mid/late 1970's it got its satcom aerial (the small hump behind the upperdeck) removed and received a small livery update ("Super B" titles above the aft cheatline) It kept this awesome livery until mid 1985 before it was repainted.
SAA retired the airframe in Nov.'03 and it made its last flight on March 5, 2004, when it was ferried to the SAA museum at Rand airport.


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And another orange tail...


South African Airways A300B2-200 (B2K-3C) ZS-SDB "Gemsbok"
Aeroclassics ACZSSDB
released 2008

the model:
Aeroclassics has got a nice A300 mould. My only complaints would just be the usually a tad to high printed cheatline and the engines. AC has such nice moulds for both early and later CF6-50C2.. variants on their DC-10-30, but not on their A300s which is quite a shame. Both A300 and DC-10 share the same powerplants in common nacelles - why not in 400scale? For this release the engines are ok being of the earlier type.
The rest of the model is quite nice with my only issues being the titles (not 100% happy with their layout/spacing) A few minor paint defects get vissible in the picture but aren't really a big deal to the naked eye.
All in all a very nice model in my SAA collection

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037 initially took of under the Airbus test reg F-WUAU in Nov.76 before being delivered to SAA as ZS-SDB in December. It was named "Gemsbok" and stayed with the airline until April 2001. It joined Onur Air in Nov.'01 as TC-ONY but apparently was wfu after the 2005 holiday season at Istanbul Atatürk.



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Great stuff Alex. Spot on!
I particularly liked this recent look at your SAA models. As an ex Saffa and active member of the SAA Museum Society ( at the time/ late 80's early 90's), I remember these aircraft well. Especially the A300 ( Gemsbok). I saw it many times at the then Jan Smuts Airport and was also fortunate enough to have flown on the very same aircraft from JHB to DBN. I used to love the A300 and had good memories of it as I did with many of their aircraft! Will post some pics if I can.
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Here are some of my pics from those good ol days!! These are in an album of mine. Being prints before everything went digital.
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Former Yugoslavia today...


Adria Airways DC-9-33RC YU-AHW (1980's colors)
Aeroclassics / Hangar Club HC-016
released 2006

the model:
Released as a Hangar Club special this model was made on the Aeroclassics 9-30 mould which is the re-tooled (nose, seamless tail) successor of the above shown SMA. From this angle I'm still not sure which nose is actually better. The model represents the short lived 1986/87 scheme, looks just fine and I like it. Quite a shame there's still no good 9-10 mould.


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47530/624, YU-AHW was delivered in April 1971 to Inex Adria Airways and carried the name Sarajevo. From March'86 the airline appeared as "Adria Airways". The airframe was completely repainted to Adria's new colors soon after and saw some lease to ZAS of Egypt. After being re-registered SL-AGB in '91 and S5-ABG in '93 it left Adria in '95 to Avioimpex as Z3-ARA where it flew until '01. IIRC it was sent for maint to ATItech at Naples in 2002 but wasn't paid for. AFAIK the airframe is still there minus some parts..


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A wonderful model, which I treasure, too.

The scheme persisted until 1993 but only on their MD-82 as far as I remember.
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That Adria is a model I covet. The AC DC-9 is miles away superior to the SMA though.
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YU again, Hangar Club again.

DC-10-30 Jugoslovenski Aerotransport JAT; YU-AMA
"Official Olympic Carrier"
Aeroclassics / Hangar Club ACYUAMA
released 2008


the model:
the Aeroclassics DC-10 is known to be a very nice mould. This release was a Hangar Club special featuring YU-AMA as it appeared in 1983/84 advertising the Sarajevo Olympics in 1984. As usual for a HC release it was a variation of a regular release, here YU-AMB that didn't have the Olympic titles.


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46981/259 was delivered new to JAT in December 1978. It was operated in those JAT colors (only received a grey belly after maint by mid 1980's) until it transfered to French register initially as F-GNBB in late 1993. It served with Express One as F-OKBB, and was briefly leased to Shabair (Congo) in late '94 before receiving full Air Liberte colors as F-GPVE in December that year.
It was finally taken over by Continental as N37077 in 1996 and was wfu in 2001 to be part out at MHV the following years.


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Former Yugoslavia today...


Adria Airways DC-9-33RC YU-AHW (1980's colors)
Aeroclassics / Hangar Club HC-016
released 2006

the model:
Released as a Hangar Club special this model was made on the Aeroclassics 9-30 mould which is the re-tooled (nose, seamless tail) successor of the above shown SMA. From this angle I'm still not sure which nose is actually better. The model represents the short lived 1986/87 scheme, looks just fine and I like it. Quite a shame there's still no good 9-10 mould.


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47530/624, YU-AHW was delivered in April 1971 to Inex Adria Airways and carried the name Sarajevo. From March'86 the airline appeared as "Adria Airways". The airframe was completely repainted to Adria's new colors soon after and saw some lease to ZAS of Egypt. After being re-registered SL-AGB in '91 and S5-ABG in '93 it left Adria in '95 to Avioimpex as Z3-ARA where it flew until '01. IIRC it was sent for maint to ATItech at Naples in 2002 but wasn't paid for. AFAIK the airframe is still there minus some parts..


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Got the JAT too! Awesome model and so glad I got it when I did!
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Back with some more photos.
Today with my favourite jetliner, the 707. Double feature...

Cathay Pacific 707-351C VR-HHB
"green box models"
released 2003

Cathay Pacific Cargo 707-351C VR-HGQ
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the models:
VR-HHB was the first ever appearance of what later was known as the Aeroclassics 707-320B/C mould, closely followed by some other Cathays like HGQ, before the first official AC releases were available later that year.

The difference between these two models is amazing. There's barely anything similar concerning the artwork, with HHB appearing very "basic", if not wrong. HGQ is definitely more correct, though I've never seen a pic of it with windows and cargo titles - though that doesn't mean it didn't exist.
Both have early -320B style nose gears, AC offered the propper 320C-style only with much later releases.
It also took a long time of critiquing and plenty of releases to finally get those very basic and generic wing inspars to some more correct shape, and even some more time (and posting artwork) to have them where they are today, including the walkways.
Even though HHB isn't essentially correct, I still prefer it as it has the better cockpit.

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VR-HHB, 18747/369, was delivered new as N357US to Northwest Airlines in April 1964. With Cathay 1975-1980. It then carried various regs with different operators and finally ended up with Air Cargo Plus as 3C-JZW. Retired in 2002 at Polokwane where it was scraped years later.


VR-HGQ, 18964/453, was delivered new as N363US to Northwest in November 1965. With Cathay from 1973, later converted to freighter. Various regs and operators from 1982, ended up with Angola Air Charter as D2-TOU. Last destination in the early 1990s: Manston, where it served as fire trainer before being broken up some years later.


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Those are very nice early release classic CX 707s. I have one of these "green box models" releases from 2003, but it's a different registration, VR-HGP. It has the later style variation of the registration being located in the cheatline rather than on the tail.
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Got the JAT too! Awesome model and so glad I got it when I did!
Lucky catch! A really lovely model which Phantom has captured so well here in this great thread. I managed to nail the regular release, YU-AMB, a few weeks back.
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Used to be my most favourite 737 in the collection, and for many years - while others were falling apart - I was hoping mine wasn't affected by zinc rot - until the wings started to bend a few years ago...


Olympic Airways 737-284Adv. SX-BCA "Apollo"
Aeroclassics AC18071B
released in 2003


the model:
depicts my most favourite Olympic livery, the short lived "rainbow" colors.
Very early it became clear that a larger batch of models would suffer from contaminated zamac and that this OA model was among this batch. While I saw post over post with collectors complaining about their models desintegrating, I was lucky to see mine being not affected. Only a few years ago I noticed one wing starting to bend upwards and immediately knew what that meant. I succeeded in getting the model out of the box without breaking anything to get this picture. I give it a few more years to finally fall apart...


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21224/463 was the first 737 to be delivered new to Olympic. It arrived in June'76 with the reg. SX-BCA and was named "Apollo". The model shows the airframe in the beautiful but very short lived colours in use in the early/mid 1990s. It spent its entire life with Olympic and was finally retired in late 2001. The engines were sold, but the rest of the frame is part of the Olympic Airways Museum based at Athens old Ellinikon airport.


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Used to be my most favourite 737 in the collection, and for many years - while others were falling apart - I was hoping mine wasn't affected by zinc rot - until the wings started to bend a few years ago...


Olympic Airways 737-284Adv. SX-BCA "Apollo"
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the model:
depicts my most favourite Olympic livery, the short lived "rainbow" colors.
Very early it became clear that a larger batch of models would suffer from contaminated zamac and that this OA model was among this batch. While I saw post over post with collectors complaining about their models desintegrating, I was lucky to see mine being not affected. Only a few years ago I noticed one wing starting to bend upwards and immediately knew what that meant. I succeeded in getting the model out of the box without breaking anything to get this picture. I give it a few more years to finally fall apart...


the real thing:
21224/463 was the first 737 to be delivered new to Olympic. It arrived in June'76 with the reg. SX-BCA and was named "Apollo". The model shows the airframe in the beautiful but very short lived colours in use in the early/mid 1990s. It spent its entire life with Olympic and was finally retired in late 2001. The engines were sold, but the rest of the frame is part of the Olympic Airways Museum based at Athens old Ellinikon airport.


Olympic Airways 737-284Adv. SX-BCA by AlexK3800, auf Flickr
That's shocking!!! Did AC ever get on top of this problem??
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That's shocking!!! Did AC ever get on top of this problem??
Yes - see my Zinc rot piece here: https://www.yesterdaysairlines.com/zinc-rot.html

Ultimately Aeroclassics changed factories
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The old 'uncontrolled decompression' - how far will they take realism with our models? Doug
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Used to be my most favourite 737 in the collection, and for many years - while others were falling apart - I was hoping mine wasn't affected by zinc rot - until the wings started to bend a few years ago...


Olympic Airways 737-284Adv. SX-BCA "Apollo"
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depicts my most favourite Olympic livery, the short lived "rainbow" colors.
Very early it became clear that a larger batch of models would suffer from contaminated zamac and that this OA model was among this batch. While I saw post over post with collectors complaining about their models desintegrating, I was lucky to see mine being not affected. Only a few years ago I noticed one wing starting to bend upwards and immediately knew what that meant. I succeeded in getting the model out of the box without breaking anything to get this picture. I give it a few more years to finally fall apart...


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21224/463 was the first 737 to be delivered new to Olympic. It arrived in June'76 with the reg. SX-BCA and was named "Apollo". The model shows the airframe in the beautiful but very short lived colours in use in the early/mid 1990s. It spent its entire life with Olympic and was finally retired in late 2001. The engines were sold, but the rest of the frame is part of the Olympic Airways Museum based at Athens old Ellinikon airport.


Olympic Airways 737-284Adv. SX-BCA by AlexK3800, auf Flickr
Sorry to see the model like that, still love the Olympic scheme though.
Was the fuselage always cracked like that (how long ago did the cracks start to appear)?
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Sorry to see the model like that, still love the Olympic scheme though.
Was the fuselage always cracked like that (how long ago did the cracks start to appear)?

I remember I noticed the first clear deformations when I packed the model for moving home in 2012, so that's 9 years in good conditions. Wings started bending and very slight cracks had appeared on the fuselage.
Another eight years past and it looks like that.
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Today with something I thought I had long since sold. I must have had two of them...
First time out of box for this picture!


South African Airways 747-312 ZS-SAJ "Ndizani"
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released 2002/3

the model:
DW did two versions of "Ndizani". This is the 2nd version and also depicts the later airframe (post Olympic) - an SAA exclusive (?) according to the database. I remember getting them cheap in a German shop.
This with state of the art printing, gears and detailing and DW would still have something. Where did all those moulds go btw? Worn out and scraped?

the real thing:
23027/583, originally delivered to Singapore Airlines in June 1983, Wilmington Trust (?) lease that kept its original reg N116KB.
Went to SAA in Jan'96 as ZS-SAJ, given the name "Ndizani" (flying to new heights) and painted in this colorful livery for the Olympic Games 1996 in Atlanta.
The airframe kept those colors throughout its life with SAA, but they were slightly altered with a shop visit. Initially had grey engine nacelles which were changed for white, and a few other minor changes.
"Ndizani" went into storage in 2004 but never was reactived again. Scraped in 2009...


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Another 747, BigBird this time.

American Airlines 747-121 N743PA
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released in 2005

the model:
Hangar Club release done on the BB400 mould, same as the SAA above.
For whatever reason the model was coated off-white and the printed details were even more so. The model has "Astrojet" printed on whereas AA offered the 747 as "Astroliner". Still an interesting look on the shelf.

the real thing:
19650/24 built for Pan Am in March 1970 as N743PA, the airframe was leased by AA when new in an effort to boost their 747 ops in 1970. It came already painted in basic PA coatings so it spent its few months lease in this hybrid scheme. It should last with PA until their end - although already sold and leased back and also got some modifications like an SCD installed in 1986 to serve in the civil air reserve fleet (CARF).
It was bought by PALS as N490GX but went on to Tower Air (Cargo) as N617FF in 1995. Ended up as S2-AFA and after many years of rotting away at Johor Baru it was finally broken up around 2018.


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