SAS Scandinavian Airlines 737-800 LN-RGI ’70th Livery’ JC Wings LH4018 1:400 March 2017

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Yesterday (10th April) was the 50th anniversary of the flight of the first 737-100, so this week we stick with one airline, and two very diffrent 737’s from two very different manufacturers.

One of 29 current 737-800’s operating for SAS, the aircraft was delivered in February 2014, named Turid Viking. In early 2016 she was painted into the 70th anniversary livery – the most significant thing the airline did to celebrate it really, as excessive expenditure seemed unwise during an ongoing restructure.

JC Wings announced the model in May 2016, as with all things JCW these days, their unreliability delayed its arrival – ten months. In fact the original order I made for it I’d cancelled about six weeks prior, fed up with waiting. Indeed I wasn’t going to buy it at all but it cropped up on eBay on a low cost overseas website, so I snapped the model up for what amounted to £22/$28USD.

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This week is SAS week so we have this today, and another SAS model on Friday. They’ll make for an interesting comparison.

I know some people don’t like the new JCW 1:400 738 mould – it has it’s issues but they’re not as severe as the A350 by either JCW/Gemini or Phoenix.  This mould is one we’ll have to live with as it’s pretty new in the grand scheme of things, and Gemini of course, use it too.

The colours – mostly the blue, are part of SAS’s new corporate look for their on board catering, magazines, amenity kits, and general marketing, designed by Swedish design agency Bold. The aim is to have some distinct new blues and enable their use across the airlines assets.

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First impressions of the model are quite good it has to be said, colours look good on first glance and so does the general detail, so let’s see how it fares…

1.Fuselage

Technical detail is first class, no issue and no obvious or other mistakes. In fact it looks remarkably precise. Aerials look appropriate and to scale, never mind that they are both well seated and pretty much the best I’ve seen on a small aircraft model. Two up and two down and they look very good indeed.

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The thing that has worked well is the paint and colour transition of the blue rear half – really excellent, so much so that I’m actually astonished JCW pulled it off, especially baring in mind their recent colour, and other paint cock-ups.

Logos and detail print are superb.

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2.Wings and landing gear

The wings are excellent, good detail, properly painted in the correct colours, neat, accurate moulds. The winglets are also excellent, with the correct colour blue and the SAS logo inside and out.

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Landing gear is excellent, tyres, on wheels, no lumps, well fitted, all of them rotate. Nose gear continues to be a minor challenge with the tyres pressed up against the doors, but that’s probably the worst part about the model.

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3.Engines

The engine exhausts are a little off but not by much. They could have done with the cone being a darker colour. The nacelles are good, and this time at least the plastic engines are properly attached – unlike the last Tui specials. The red paint is excellent, the fan and engine interiors fine. The same issue has however, occurred with the left engine, where a continued problem with the plastic mould on the inner rim stops the paint being applied as well as it should be.

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4.Nose detail

Frankly amazingly good. All the way down to the flags on the nose, the StarAlliance logo, and the cockpit windows in general.

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5.Tail detail

Despite the horizontal stabilizers (I hate them being plastic), everything looks superbly well done. No complaints.

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6.Colours

What can I say? JCW have been exceptional in their colour failings for a year, and all of a sudden they surpass themselves with a stunning level of accuracy, and a generally ultra amazing paint job. Outstanding. How? Why is this quality not this high on every model?

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7.Score and conclusions

  • -4 for the nose gear, it really ought not be jammed against the doors like this. It was the same on the last two models as well.
  • 96% is an outstanding score.

It isn’t perfect. There are small blurs and a little bit of paint leak here and there, but they are not naked-eye visible, and that’s what counts.

This model may be over due by 10 months but it has to be said it’s a highlight model and a strikingly attractive aircraft. having waited so long, it doesn’t seem as bad when it’s this good, bu that nose gear is poor and detrimental to the overall quality.Oh, and they even matched the box to the new blues!

My recommendation: get one, it’s gorgeous.

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