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Old 11-29-2019, 08:58 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default The AF B 737-200s of the Caribbean network

These two aircraft used by Air France on the Caribbean network were the first B 737s operated by the airline and the only two B 737s to receive this livery.

Leased from Northwest Airlines and based at Pointe à Pitre, they were used for services linking the major island airports, Miami and Cayenne in the French Guyana.

Delivered in Nov 1974, these aircraft had a livery very similar to the brand new A 300s.
Much later, in 1983, AF introduced its own B 737s on the European network, they received the "Concorde livery" (barcode) which was adopted for all the aircraft except the Caravelles.

Decals are from F-DCAL, very good but they are a bit to thick for application on complex and curved surfaces (forward fuselage) so I made a copy on thinner clear decals.

As usual, the cockpit windows did not match the model, I had to compromise, after seven attempts I had something looking good, not perfect but good enough.
I had a close look at the cockpit windows of my 707s, 727s and 737s ...they are all different ...
So this one is not too disturbing.

This custom model cannot be compared to what can be obtained with tampo printing, but now decals are very thin and we can have something quite presentable.
Also, using photos and taking our time, things are exactly where we want them to be and if there is something wrong, we are the only ones to blame.

This aircraft was named Antilles, the name of the second one was Guyane, registered N4504W.

Next model will be much older and will have six engines.

Jean Pierre.
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Old 11-29-2019, 09:52 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Fantastic job Jean Pierre. I have wanted this model for a long time but in diecast is was only available in 1/400. It’s time to find a Hasegawa B-737 kit and order some decals!
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Looking good Jean Pierre and great modeling skills there. Decals do prove to be hard work to make yourself or obtain from sources. I like the history too very much. Thank you Jean Pierre
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Great job, Jean-Pierre, as always.

Hear you on the cockpit windows. Had a similar experience with cockpit windows of a Boeing 747... Will try to post some pictures later.

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Beautiful model and work!
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Thank you all, I appreciate your comments.

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That is a very nice B737 in this livery. The cockpit windows are not bad at all, especially given the scale (we all know some tempo printed models that are much worse...)

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That must be something out of the box ;-)



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Great custom model! Two thumbs up!

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She turned out very nice.
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Great looking models. That story behind them gives them that extra shine.
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Very nice build there. Just wanted to let you know in your story you said they were leased from Northwest Airlines, they were actually leased from Western Airlines. Northwest never operated 737s, but I must say a guppy in Northwest thermometer livery would look pretty damn good though.
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Very nice build there. Just wanted to let you know in your story you said they were leased from Northwest Airlines, they were actually leased from Western Airlines. Northwest never operated 737s, but I must say a guppy in Northwest thermometer livery would look pretty damn good though.
Of course Western ! I stand corrected.

Certainely the consequence of my old age ... All my documents say Western ...

Thank you for your kind words.

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