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Mike777 06-19-2010 03:42 AM

Skymarks Supreme CO 737: Pics and a Brief Review
 
I received my first Skymarks Supreme this week: the Continental 737-800 (N16234), courtesy of AirlineMuseum.com for $95.00. Overall, I am pleased with this 1:100 scale representation of one of my favorite planes in the livery of my favorite airline. There are however some aspects that could have been better, and I'll get to those in a bit. One thing I was pleased to find is that Skymarks has improved the cockpit windows on these 1:100 737s. Previously, the windows have been too large, and on some, the rearmost windows cocked-up at a ridiculous angle. This topic has come up a few times on the boards recently, especially in regards to the windows of the Southwest 737-700 model. But on my CO 738, the windows seem much more to scale, and no weird angles. The cockpit windows still aren't perfect, and actually the rearmost windows might be a bit too small now, but overall, the cockpit is significantly improved over what's been seen on previous releases.

I was also pleasantly surprised to find that my model has the Star Alliance logo, and not the Skyteam logo like the sample model crownvic posted pics of many months ago.

Anyway, I snapped a few quick pictures of this model. My pics aren't the greatest, but they give you the idea:

http://i50.tinypic.com/33m36sg.jpg
http://i45.tinypic.com/minxc0.jpg
http://i48.tinypic.com/abh277.jpg
http://i48.tinypic.com/1tak94.jpg

These pics were taken with a flash, so some things appear a bit light and washed-out, especially the cockpit and pax windows. They appear to be a very light gray in the pics, but looking at the model sitting next to me right now, the windows look darker and much better than in the pics. The blue and gold also came out a little weird in the pics.

Some observations, good and bad, in no particular order:
  • The fuselage, tail, and wing shapes are nearly perfect.
  • Unfortunately, the engines are angled too far down, and their shape is off.
  • The winglets also look like they need a little more sweepback; the look too upright to me.
  • The landing gear pretty much sucks, especially for something in this scale. The bottom of the nose gear doors follow the curvature of the bottom of the fuselage, which looks weird.
  • The amount of detail is decent, though could be much better, especially for 1:100. (Then again, most 1:100 PacMin type models have minimal detail, so Skymarks Supreme takes the cake in that department.)
  • I really would have liked to have seen all the antennas, drain masts, lights, etc. included on the top and bottom of the fuselage. And of course, the tail-skid, which is a prominent feature of the long-body 737s.
  • There's also some fuselage markings that could have been printed, and outlines of plugged windows would have been nice.
  • I like the colors Skymarks used for the Continental livery on this model. The blue and gold are perfect I'd say, though again, the colors probably look off in my pics because of the flash.
  • The quality and construction of this model are excellent. It feels very solid and heavy, and the pieces fit together snuggly with no gaps.

Overall, I'm happy with this model, and had been looking forward to adding it to my collection for quite some time. I've always been intrigued by 1:100 models because of their size, but the general lack of detail and outrageous price tags for most models in this scale has kept me from buying any until now. The Skymarks Supreme line offers relatively cheap 1:100 models with a moderate amount of detail. (Although again, relative to a typical PacMin, I'd say Skymarks Supremes offer a high amount of detail.) And since they are snap fit, shipping is cheaper and storage easier. These models come excellently boxed, by the way. The model box is nothing fancy, just a plain cardboard box, but the black foam lining keeps the model pieces very secure and protected.

Though not perfect, I recommend Skymarks Supreme models to anyone looking for an affordable larger scale model. Currently, the line consists of mainly 737s and A320s, but I'm really hoping the line will be expanded in the future. And it's looking like it will, as a house colors A380 was recently released, and a couple of MD-80s have been announced.

Hope you guys enjoyed the pics and the review! Feel free to chime in with your own Skymarks Supreme comments and pictures.

robertjon5 06-19-2010 05:33 AM

Re: Skymarks Supreme CO 737: Pics and a Brief Review
 
thanks for the balanced review mike. being a klm fan myself, i have looked at getting several times, the klm 737-800 in this scale from a.r.d @64.95 less 10% discount.
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as you say although not perfect,( i am not an expert or a nitpicker like a lot of people) they do offer very good value for money, and am happy with all the skymarks models i have got. so i think i might just get one of these to add to my klm collection.

Mike777 06-19-2010 04:42 PM

Re: Skymarks Supreme CO 737: Pics and a Brief Review
 
Robertjon, I've thought about getting the KLM as well. I've flown on their 737s a few times, and just love their blue paint scheme. Let me know if you decide to get it, and post some pics!

robertjon5 06-19-2010 06:59 PM

Re: Skymarks Supreme CO 737: Pics and a Brief Review
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Mike777 (Post 804347)
Robertjon, I've thought about getting the KLM as well. I've flown on their 737s a few times, and just love their blue paint scheme. Let me know if you decide to get it, and post some pics!

will do mike!. airspotters also has a b.a a320 airbus, which looks quite good too!!.

Skymarks Supreme British Airways Airbus A320 Scale 1/100 SKR8301

and a iberia a320.

Buy your Skymarks Supreme at Airspotters.com

crownvic 06-20-2010 12:08 AM

Re: Skymarks Supreme CO 737: Pics and a Brief Review
 
Im glad you finally got this model Mike...I just went into the archives to see how long ago that I posted my sample photos and it was last september! Wow finally 10 months later....who would have thought! I will be getting the A380 you mentioned, as regretably I sold the sample that I had to a fellow DACer who is an A380 nutjob a few months ago and had to have it...That too was one that was aquired 2 years ago..its amazing how long it takes for the final deal to come around...

Mike777 06-20-2010 03:52 AM

Re: Skymarks Supreme CO 737: Pics and a Brief Review
 
Russ, yeah, I'm glad I finally got this model too! I think it was announced back in February 2008 with a release date for sometime in late spring '08, or something. And it just kept getting pushed back by 3 or 4 month increments. And finally, over two years later, I have one, although it's been out for a few months now.

I remember when you were selling that A380. Man, a 1:100 A380... what a beast! Hey Russ, do you have any info on future Skymarks Supreme releases? Any new moulds?

asj410 06-20-2010 07:22 PM

Re: Skymarks Supreme CO 737: Pics and a Brief Review
 
Sweet write-up, Mike! I'm also disappointed at the lack of detail for a model in this scale, but it seems a nice model otherwise. Speaking of big models, I recently found out that Kurt Lehmann is venturing into full 1:72 kits, with the 727-200 to be his first release. I need to go out and win the Powerball so I can buy me one of those! That is guaranteed to be a SWEEEEEEEEEEEEEET kit with some awesome detailing!

Saladin747 06-20-2010 09:12 PM

Re: Skymarks Supreme CO 737: Pics and a Brief Review
 
Looks very nice. 95 dollars though, that would break my bank by about 95 dollars lol

Mike777 06-20-2010 10:57 PM

Re: Skymarks Supreme CO 737: Pics and a Brief Review
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by asj410 (Post 804616)
Speaking of big models, I recently found out that Kurt Lehmann is venturing into full 1:72 kits, with the 727-200 to be his first release. I need to go out and win the Powerball so I can buy me one of those! That is guaranteed to be a SWEEEEEEEEEEEEEET kit with some awesome detailing!

Paging Brad Shinn!LOL

asj410 06-20-2010 11:24 PM

Re: Skymarks Supreme CO 737: Pics and a Brief Review
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Mike777 (Post 804651)
Paging Brad Shinn!LOL

Holy crap. No kidding. I bet Brad could do some crazy stuff with one of those kits! Kurt said it'll likely be about two years before the kit is released, so I've got some time to hit the lottery (I bet this kit ends up going for like $200+US). But I HAVE to get one. With as much work as I've put into my KMC kit, I know it'll still never meet the kind of expectations I would normally hold for a kit that size. That's how bad the KMC kit is. And just thinking about what Kurt could do in 1:72 after seeing what he's capable of in 1:144, I can't pass up an opportunity at one of those kits! He said he's only making about 20-25 in the initial run, so it's going to be SUPER limited.

crownvic 06-21-2010 04:50 PM

Re: Skymarks Supreme CO 737: Pics and a Brief Review
 
Just spoke to the US sales mgr for Risesoon/Skymarks....as for future 1/100models nothing planned right now...MD-80 samples have been sent to 4 different US airlines awaiting approval..that could take several weeks for one and as long as a year for the others..A sample A380 has been to sent to Qantas but that too can take months...as for other carriers flying the a380 right now, a few samples of each are in the works and will be sent to those carriers as well...I know this is all kind of vague, but basically the airlines are never in a rush when it comes to models....Skymarks does plan to do most of the A380 operators, but again it will take several months to years to come to light...

gottols 07-16-2010 01:55 PM

Re: Skymarks Supreme CO 737: Pics and a Brief Review
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by crownvic (Post 804798)
Just spoke to the US sales mgr for Risesoon/Skymarks....as for future 1/100models nothing planned right now...MD-80 samples have been sent to 4 different US airlines awaiting approval..that could take several weeks for one and as long as a year for the others..

Hopefully this approval will trigger a highly needed rework/reshape of the tailfin which is more like
MD-87/MD-90 type IMO...


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