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Old 06-12-2019, 03:15 PM   #1
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Last week I received the China Southern 737-800 manufactured by NG Models. Although I’ve been nit picky with the mould, it looks like they’ve indeed made some improvements, the mould was near perfect to begin with, but the first thing I noticed right away with the new model is the angle of the main landing gear, the previous models had their main gear perfectly straight up and down, this model has the new gear tilted back very slightly, just as on the prototype, and wow, does it look good !!! Such a minor change, but it really just sets the model off. Also the vertical stabilizer is a little more snug and has the smallest little gap under the rudder, absolutely perfectly executed. I do still think the nose gear is ever so slightly too tall, also still missing the wing tip nub on the winglet version. With those observations said, I’m really glad NG made the minor changes that they have made and it just makes a great model even greater. It’s truly a stunning mould and you would amiss not to have at least one in your collection. A true 99.9 of out of a 100. I look forward to many more 737 models to come. Keep up the excellent work, your attention to detail is amazing. Thank you , ToddCB
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So, this is Todd's idea of 'just having fun' collecting 1/400 scale diecast airliners. And Todd's close scrutiny to detail exactly mirrors my particular enjoyment of the hobby. If we are currently forking out a minimum of $40 per model (not including shipping/handling charges, also rising), why should we not expect exact scaling and detailing? Different strokes for different folks. We all do indeed enjoy the hobby, but in different ways. Keep 'em flying, Doug
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Hmm, have they actually corrected the angle or is it possibly a one off? Could have actually been changed...

My biggest observation are what you said as well, the nose gear length is too pronounced. NG have this similar issue with their CRJ200 gear, giving it almost an extended in-flight look. I do think they need to modify the gear for a more accurate ground look.

My second observation, as you also noted, is the 'nub' near the winglets. I don't notice this too much, but given NGs quest for excellence, its doesn't seem out of their wheelhouse to make these changes.
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Thank you for your responses, I should have added the main reason I am nit picky with NG is that they listen and seem to be very keen on making the most detailed models ever, and in 1/400 that’s kinda tough to do. And good as their models are, they are already refining their moulds even more , such as the 737, 757 and 787. Seriously who does that ? The moulds were really great to begin with, and they just keep fine tuning them, truly a passionate manufacturer. Anyways, have fun collecting, I certainly am. ToddCB
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Hmm, have they actually corrected the angle or is it possibly a one off? Could have actually been changed...

My biggest observation are what you said as well, the nose gear length is too pronounced. NG have this similar issue with their CRJ200 gear, giving it almost an extended in-flight look. I do think they need to modify the gear for a more accurate ground look.

My second observation, as you also noted, is the 'nub' near the winglets. I don't notice this too much, but given NGs quest for excellence, its doesn't seem out of their wheelhouse to make these changes.
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Old 06-13-2019, 03:58 AM   #6
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I wonder if NG will, at some point, expand upon the work they have put into this mould by developing a series of different fuselages. Wings, engines, tail surfaces and undercarriage are common across the 737NG family. New fuselage moulds would allow for them to add 600/700 and 900 series examples to their catalogue while retaining use of already extant tooling. Like they are doing with the A330 family, 200/300/700/800/900...
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Old 06-13-2019, 04:04 AM   #7
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Its brilliant that we've got collectors who care about detail. It enables the manufacturer to up their game for future releases and make any improvements. It also gives them an idea about what there customers think. I myself have the ryanair and KLM retro 737 on order. Keep up the good work.
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It’s truly a stunning mould and you would amiss not to have at least one in your collection. I look forward to many more 737 models to come.
It sure is a great mould indeed but i just wish NG could also make the shorter 737-700 as well..
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It sure is a great mould indeed but i just wish NG could also make the shorter 737-700 as well..
They probably will get round to it eventually, I would quite like to see a 737-500 winglets and a 737-300 winglets.
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