Sometimes something unusual crops up cheaply on eBay and I swooped on this as soon as I saw it.
Delivered to Atlas Air on the 23rd March 2012, Gemini produced the modle in 2013.
The aircraft has a long history. Originally delivered to Asiana in July 1993 as HL7286 and leased from GPA, they sold her five years later in March 1998 to Iberia as EC-GTI. She was then sold to GECAS who leased her to Kenya Airways as 5Y-KQW in January 2002. She was returned to GECAS in July 2005 as N227MT, who immediatly leased her to Air Canada as C-GHPH. At this point she was refitted with 24 business class and 223 economy.
Air Canada use the aircfat until October 2011 when it was withdrawn at Vancouver and ferried to Atlanta for servicing. She was then transferred directly to Atlas Air who used her as a passeneger aircfat for four years, when they withdrew her from that market, and sent her to Tel-Aviv in Israel for a full cargo conversion. She’s now officially, a 767-3Y0ERBDSF and was transferred to the Polar Cargo brand inside Atlas Air’s global brand.
The aircfat carried the standard Atlas Air livery then the DHL rear half and Polar logo in blue at the front post conversion. At 25 yers of age she’s probably got a good 15 years of cargo operations left in her.
I always liked the Atlas Air livery and this stands out amongst the others. It’s a simple enough design the 767, perhaps the simplest expression of a commercial airliner there’s ever been, and maybe ever will be. While the last passenger versions have long since passed, the United States Air Force is busy paying through the nose for an over-priced, over specified tanker version, and will be for years to come yet. FedEx and UPS continue to take delivery of new freighter versions.
The fusleage is the standard Gemini fare, a mould so old it must date back to the 1990’s. However it’s neatly done, with no flaws and everything about it looks really good.
The print is excellent, technical detail is first rate for 2013 Gemini, the paint is scorchingly accurate and there isn’t a blur or wavy paint line to be seen.
It’s a bog-standard 767, but looses nothing for it, it is what it is and it’s been made exceptionally well.
Do you remember the days when Gemini were the kings of colour and quality? I think 2013 was one of the years they bounced back from a less than wonderful 2012, before crashing out again in 2014, picking back up in 2015 and then begining a long slide that hasn’t stopped going down hill since then.
The wings on this are the right colour, with superb paint and not so much of it detail has been swamped.
It’s a cradle mould and it fits tightly and almost seamlessly – something that rarely happens now.
This one is fitted with the silver wheeled landing gear they’ve seemingly abandoned out of cheapness again. The bogies don’t rotate but the wheels are free-rolling, and the tyres are lump free and look quality. The nose gear is excellent too.
Fitted with 2x GE CF6-80C2B6F’s they’re a good shape and good colurs. The fans are too bright but they’re reasonable rather than glaring. If anything the aircfat itself had highly polished rims that aren’t quite as bright on the model, but that’s being very picky!
Really rather good, nice markings, fine and thorough, more than adequate for a model of this size and the year it was made. Windows look good, picot tubes are there, nose markings excellent.
Superbly fitted, painted and detailed.
Theblue and the yellow are spot on. The only mild downside is the yellow is painted over the blue in the tail and it looks a tad weaker that it should. It’s not a big deal, but it could be better.
8. Score and conclusion
If you’re wondering, I’ll score models up to five years old but not older. To be a 2018 Model Of The Year candidate they have to arrive and be scored after 22nd Dec 2017 but before Friday 21st Dec 2018, and must be a new release.
Based on the standards of build at the time, its outstandingly good, no deductions.
If this had aerials, and you’d bought it today, you’d be delighted. Really, there’s nothing wrong with it, no build issues, paint issues, gear issues, errors. A quality Gemini model as they used to be, but even by the time this was made, really good models were lss common.
Overall score 100%
I’ve had this sat around since before Christmas 2017, but have only just run out of new models to review. I’m a little surprised it’s as good as it is, not everything from 2013 was as well made. Gemini could never manage anything this good now I’m sad to say. They don’t care enough and they lack the enthusiasm and expertise to do so.