Air New Zealand 787-9 ZK-NZE 1:400 Phoenix Item:10936 May 2014 Release

Decent packaging from Phoenix

Decent packaging from Phoenix

The aircraft is a model of a 787-9 which at the time of writing is dues to go into service with ANZ in the next few weeks. ANZ are the first to take delivery of the 787-9 and this one is painted in the new All Black scheme. The box is really nice, Phoenix seem to have got to grips with the packaging on this and it really works.

I was genuinely excited taking this out of the box because to be frank, it’s simply stunning! A quick scan around the model for all the bits being intact and no paint damage yields a great deal of pleasure. Everything I can be so critical of looks at first glance like its verging on perfection straight off.

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1) Main Fuselage

It’s black, and being black its shows every single thing that has a different colour and Phoenix have done an excellent job of getting everything where it should be and in very neat detail. It really is a credit to Phoenix to get everything done to such perfection.

At RLS International it looks amazing
At RLS International it looks amazing

2) Engines

These are the massive Rolls Royce Trent 1000 engines rated at 74Klbs thrust and the nacelles are beautifully made, assembled and painted. Engine detail is excellent, though not the see-through HBE fans of Witty, they are still exceptionally good and the paint is perfect. The exhaust cone detail is of special note and the anti-noise serrations spot on. Usually there is clear RR badge on the engines but in real life as on the model, this is missing.

3) Landing Gear

Painted metal with detailed struts and hydraulics, fully rolling wheels but the bogies sadly don’t tilt. Spot on. No cheap plastic here.

4) Tail fin and stabilisers

They look so good and are so perfectly straight, flawlessly mounted, just as you would hope for, outstanding. A lot of the graphic detail folds in to here and it works wonderfully.

The view from above
The view from above

5) Wings and underbody.

Phoenix use the push in wings which are painted white top and bottom, spot on and problem free. Even the registration under the starboard wing is accurate for position. Not vast amounts of underbody detail but no complaints about what is there. The Phoenix logo is white on black but doesn’t impinge on the overall look. The hole for a stand fits the standard Gemini chrome types.

A superb model.
A superb model.

6) Colours 

I still say that black is one of the hardest colours to carry on anything, from cars to ships and planes. It can obscure much but at the same time it has a habit of highlighting any flaws, especially the smallest. Therefore when there are no flaws and the 787 as a shape being so natural and lacking harsh lines, carries it even better that the 777-300, it looks even more stunning.

The original 773 and the new 789 together
The original 773 and the new 789 together

7) Overall score – we start at 10.

And we stay there. Flawless, once again Gemini-humiliating in its brilliance, they must so wish they could make models this good all the time. Phoenix have raised their game no end. I paid £23.95 for this ($40.25 US/$43.72 Canadian/$43.53 Australian/$47.17 NZD) and it’s worth every single penny. Indeed it’s worth every penny of anyones money if this hobby is a passion and it deserves every credit I can give it. A great model for a great airline – Phoenix deserve every commendation. I think its the best Phoenix model I have ever seen.

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