Cathay Pacific 777-300ER B-KPM New Livery Phoenix 04083 2016

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I decided a couple of months ago to give in to the inevitability of it all, and refurbish the Cathay Pacific collection and convert to the new livery. There would be one exception to that, the special liveried ‘Spirit of Hong Kong’ 777-300ER B-KPB (a JC Wings 2014 model it appears I’ve never reviewed, so expect it done next year during the inevitable model drought after Chinese New Year).

This was the last model to arrive, suitably enough it had to be purchased from Hong Kong, the only place anyone had one.

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You can find a review of the other 777-300ER ’50th 777′, in the now old livery, B-KQX  Here. That’s going to be sold off, along with the old livery 748F.

With the arrival of this model the change is complete, all the way to having a Cathay Dragon liveried A333.  1 x A359, 2 x 773ER’s, 1 x 744F and 1 x 748F are quite sufficient for a Hong Kong based airline into RLSI.

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B-KPM was delivered back in December 2009 so was just on schedule for a major D service and re-spray earlier this year (2016), being the first 773ER into the new livery.

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1)Fuselage

Phoenix seem to have paid a great deal of attention to all of the Cathay Pacific models this year. I wonder if there is a Cathay Pacific shop at HKG? Whatever their motivation, this is a very nice model. Superb detail, high quality HD print of all the technical details, doors and windows. The underbelly colour is precisely level with the green, and the green with the white. No over-laps, no failings no blurs or paint over-runs. All done to a superb degree of precision.

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The aerials are all present up top and underneath there’s the red waste water heater. As a fuselage it’s an exquisite finish, superbly done.

2.Wings and landing gear

The wings may be the correct colour but the gloss is so thick it’s almost completely impossible to see the upper surface flaps detail without angling it to the light in some way. The printed-on detail is excellent, but the mould detail is so heavily obscured by paint it’s more than a little over the top. Same goes for the under wing. The wing leading edges are painted that very nice matt silver finish, and looks realistic.

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Landing gear is well painted, there’s no zinc rot on the doors and the hydraulics are silver, though one could easily argue it’s too bright, it is at least that nice fine silver.

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All of the wheels rotate, are lump free and the main bogies tilt. The nose gear is perfect.

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3.Engines

Generally these big GE units are normally very good, and the rims and fans are. So are the nacelles. The exhaust cones aren’t well painted though, with the dark titanium having overlapped onto the silver, especially underneath the starboard engine.

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4.Nose detail

Beautifully done cockpit, lots of well finished, and printed technical detail, all the way to the Oneworld logo by Door 1 on the port side.

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5.Tail detail

This is where it hasn’t been quite such a success. The vertical stabilizer on the port side where it slots in, appears to have a fair bit of brown excess glue that’s then been wiped away and left to dry by the end of someones finger. I’m pleased to say that a microfiber cloth and a bit of rubbing removed it all without any issue.

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6.Colours

Absolutely first-rate, an excellent job. Phoenix so far this year have vastly improved their colour reliability – it’s not always perfect but greatly improved, just as Gemini’s and JCWings is in chronic decline.

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Why so much black? This is England! Its dark at 3:45pm!

7.Score and conclusion

  • -4 for over-glossing those wings, it’s just too much. It may be all very neat and superbly finished, but there is far too much to be a good thing. There must be a happier medium than this.
  • -2 for the paint issues under the rear exhausts
  • 94% However, yet another astonishingly good model from Phoenix, well over 90% is something I won’t be complaining about, another great model, superbly executed.

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The great thing about this is that in all honesty, generally speaking, Phoenix have made the best range of 1:400 Cathay Pacific models this year, that anyone could want to see. I’m happy enough with this, and with the rest. If Phoenix go on making models to these levels of quality in 2017, we’ll all be happy, but the December models have started to arrive, and I know some people are less than delighted. That old inconsistency thing rears its head again….

My Recommendation: If you can find one and want it, don’t hesitate to buy it.

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