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Old 10-04-2019, 03:45 AM   #1
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As the man Doug said a few weeks back in his thread (https://www.diecastaircraftforum.com...ep-family.html) it is great when the community pulls together to help fellow collectors. Like Doug I too have been blessed by the 1:400 fairy in the guise of plane737 who contacted me knowing that the Magic Models Gabonese 747 was my ultimate holy grail.You may recall my near miss acquiring one back in 2018: https://www.yesterdaysairlines.com/m...earch-of-gabon

Jimmie graciously offered to sell it to me for a reasonable price and I also picked up a lovely Jet-X SAA 747-400 at the same time. Both models crossed the Pacific in good order and have arrived at the Yesterday's Airlines hangar.

Thanks to plane737 both will be making an appearance at the blog to investigate their histories in the coming months. Awesome!!

Air Gabon and SAA 747s by rstretton, on Flickr

Air Gabon Boeing 747-2Q2BM F-ODJG by rstretton, on Flickr

South African Airways Boeing 747-400 ZS-SAV by rstretton, on Flickr
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Old 10-04-2019, 10:03 AM   #2
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Jet-X released two SAA 747s together, the other being ZS-SAL which I have. I think the only difference is the SAA/SAL roof titles are transposed, as well as name and reg change. These are excellent models, but I'm not sure which 747 mould they use? Do they have their own which is rarely used, or do they use someone elses as this looks very much like the BigBird mould? The only criticism I have is the shade of orange on the tail, which I feel should be more vibrant rather that a somewhat 'pale muddy brown' colour!
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The missing B.707s still needed to be done in 1/400: Ethiopian, Uganda Airlines, Air Zimbabwe (rainbow scheme), Kenya Airways, Air Niugini.

DC-8s still needed to be done in 1/400: UAT, Iberia ('80s scheme), Air Ceylon, Surinam Airways, Air Spain

Aeroclassics Comets still missing- Dan Air (4 & 4C), United Arab Airlines/Misrair/Egyptair, Kuwait AW, Sudan AW, East African AW, Saudi Royal Flt.
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Old 10-04-2019, 11:23 AM   #3
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Pretty sure the Jet-X uses the Dragon Wings mould. All of the ones I've had look identical to DW.

Magic, on the other hand, seems to be its own mould. It's similar in construction to BigBird, but there are some noticeable differences. The biggest one is the 3 grilles underneath the fuselage. BigBird's are just printed on, but the Magic has them moulded in. The nose gear is slightly different as well. To me the nose of the Magic is a little rounder, but I'm not 100% on that.

I'll post some comparison pictures shortly.
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Plus the Magic has the raised nav. lights on top of the fuselage. Nice finds!

My buddy in Chicago that does customs did the Air Gabon 747 that was on Ebay a few months back. He also did the Air Zaire. I am surprised none of the MFGs have done the Air Zaire 747, 737, or Caravelle!
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Magic = Phuket Air (KLM Colors)
BigBird = Virgin Atlantic

It's a -300 vs a -200 but I don't think either brand's versions of the other differ in the areas that I highlighted above.



Magic - Grilles moulded in


BB - Grilles printed on


Nose gear differences


Magic nose looks rounder to me but ??
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Happier than a pig in s**t you finally have this. Glad I could help! SAA 744 not too shabby either. Wow those pics are beautiful btw, the lighting used as well as the background really makes them pop. Thank you and Doug, Rich for the kind words. That's what this hobby is and should be about anyways. I want to pass my models along to people who will get more joy out of them than I ever did.
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Plus the Magic has the raised nav. lights on top of the fuselage. Nice finds!

My buddy in Chicago that does customs did the Air Gabon 747 that was on Ebay a few months back. He also did the Air Zaire. I am surprised none of the MFGs have done the Air Zaire 747, 737, or Caravelle!
The Air Zaire NEEDS to be done imo. I have had it on my Wishlist to the manu's for years. I even went as far as inquiring to do a 150-200pc run on commission from a manu no longer in business. The African fleet will not be fully complete until this beautiful bird becomes reality!
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Pretty sure the Jet-X uses the Dragon Wings mould. All of the ones I've had look identical to DW.
This is the later Jet-X after its break with Dragon when they made BAE 146s, DC-9-10s etc. This SAA 747 I think uses either the BigBird mould or a copy of it (i.e. the BigBird mk2). The gear legs are a bit short but otherwise it is a great casting.
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This is the later Jet-X after its break with Dragon when they made BAE 146s, DC-9-10s etc. This SAA 747 I think uses either the BigBird mould or a copy of it (i.e. the BigBird mk2). The gear legs are a bit short but otherwise it is a great casting.
Thanks for the info Richard. I guess another way to verify DW versus ? is the use of plastic wings/tails. DW's landing gears were awful too specially the front.
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Speaking of moulds, this is my Air Namibia 747-400 from NetModels. Who's mould was used to do this? Not the prettiest thing in the world, but displays well and is the only game in town so...........

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Jet-X released two SAA 747s together, the other being ZS-SAL which I have. I think the only difference is the SAA/SAL roof titles are transposed, as well as name and reg change. These are excellent models, but I'm not sure which 747 mould they use? Do they have their own which is rarely used, or do they use someone elses as this looks very much like the BigBird mould? The only criticism I have is the shade of orange on the tail, which I feel should be more vibrant rather that a somewhat 'pale muddy brown' colour!
Jet-X (used to) have their own mould which isn't as good as the BB mould but it's still very good.

Old Jet-X used the Dragon mould but that was much earlier.
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Jet-X (used to) have their own mould which isn't as good as the BB mould but it's still very good.

Old Jet-X used the Dragon mould but that was much earlier.
Yeah I covered the series 100/200 in a mould review: https://www.yesterdaysairlines.com/b...47-100200.html

The 300s probably follow the same pattern but not sure about Net Models. For the series 400 there seem to be even more random moulds out there
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