ANA 772ER JA741A “Hello 2020” Phoenix 1:400 04191 May 2018

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Once again, I picked this on its novelty value and the fact it has a good two years of life in the livery before being boxed and stored.

Its a bog-standard 777-200ER, one of the last to be delivered in passenger configuration new on 19th April 2012. Fitted with 21 business and 384 economy, powered by a pair of PW4074’s. She was painted into the Olympics livery ‘Hello 2020’ in January of 2018.

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The model arrived damaged because AircraftModelstore.co.uk failed to pack the box properly, so an engine and tail vertical had to be glued back on. I’m getting pretty good at this after all these years and it looks seamless!

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The livery combines Olympic rings colours red, green, blue, yellow and black, at least one of which appears on every single national flag in the world. The images are a cross between sporting practices that take place at the Olympics, and many of the sights and landmarks of Tokyo and Japan in general.

Quite why the tail section has pink one side and beige the other, I don’t know!

Yet again, Phoenix seem somewhat confused about registration details on their box. At one end it says JA731J, on the other JA741J, when the aircraft is actually JA741A. The aircraft model is correct. Unusually the box colours on the model diagram aren’t accurate either – often these are better than the model itself, but in this case quite the other way round. It seems whoever is responsible for box design, both in 1:400 and 1:200 is not that good at it.

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1.Fuselage

I know some people don’t like Phoenix 777 noses, but its OK. The rest of it is entirely standard and has been in use for years now.

The wi-fi dome on the roof is, at last, impressive, with a good fit and the aerials, three up and one under (painted red), all well placed and seated.

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The graphic print is of an exceptionally high standard. Phoenix have done a superb job of it, it’s detailed and through and astonishingly spot-on for colour. A really outstanding job.

All of the technical detail, windows, doors, minor logos, are all first class. In fact it’s one of the best special livery jobs I’ve ever seen on a Phoenix model.

2. Wings

The inserted wings are an exceptionally tight fit and a remarkably accurate and detailed representation of the real thing. The aluminium leading edges, a good level of colour, a less saturated in paint upper surface, the wide centre aluminum panel, all of it excellent.

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3.Landing gear

Silver, but a finer paint type and not exclusively bright hydraulics, all of the wheels work and rotate and the tyres are pretty much lump free. The gear doors aren’t too bad either, which is a good thing. Nose gear is excellent.

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4.Engines

These are the new see-through types, with a push-in rim and the fans inserted from behind. They’ve missed off the black rectangle in the 5 o’clock position on the nacelles. However it does have a P&W logo! I could also argue that the exhaust detail is a bit lacking – the paint and colours not spot on.

While I  love the new see-through the silver fan is still far too light, although more aluminium than bright and lurid.

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5.Nose detail

No complaints from me, I think it’s excellent overall, with the caveat that the thick silver window frames just don’t exist on the real thing. Otherwise plenty of tech detail, StarAlliance logos, all excellent.

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6.Tail detail

Outstanding quality and detail. Nothing more to add, it’s that good.

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7.Colour

Really this thing pops, the colour is outstanding, right across the board, a Phoenix triumph. Nothing at all to complain about!

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8.Score and conclusions

Accuracy

  • -4 for the engine minor inaccuracies – they may be passable if you don’t know the difference, but they’re not right.

Accuracy score: 46/50

Quality

NO ISSUES

Quality score 50/50

Overall Score 96%

Sometimes the least likely thing surprises me with its overall quality and accuracy. This is one such time. Yes the engines have an issue but nobody will notice it or especially care because at this scale you can barely tell the difference.

Phoenix have done this proud and its a very fine model, worthy of anyone’s collection.

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