If you think you’ve read a review of this aircraft before, well you have, but it was the Phoenix version, which was something of a tragedy, back in February (2018). You can find that review here: Phoenix Version
The model did not score well, at just 56%. It had some serious paint flaws – the failure to use metallic pearl paint, a mess of a coach line that had gone seriously wrong and an apparent huge ‘slash’ for want of a better description, in paint behind one wing.
As I said then, I’d wait for the JC Wings version. I did, it duly arrived but to make it viable to bulk ship an order it had to sit at the overseas retailer for three months before getting here, so I’ve only just received it!
This is the first 777F with flaps down I’ve ever seen – it’s only the second all round as the other is an ANA 789.
This was the first of 5 aircraft ordered to replace the 744F’s the company has had for many years. Delivered on November 8th 2017, another was added in May and the third in August 2018.
From a mould perspective there is little or nothing to argue over, it’s pretty good and I’ve no basic complaints.
The aerials and a small dome are all present and correct up top but the one underneath that Phoenix correctly painted red as it’s a waste water heater to prevent icing, is just white.
A real positive is that the correct type of pearlescent paint has ben used, and not a plain flat white. The coach lines are also in the right place, the orange runs uniformly and accurately along the length, curving where it should. The dark green paint is however not pearlescent and it should be.
The worst offender here isn’t the underbody paint, you would almost not notice an issue if you weren’t looking for it. The problem with this model is the upper green is completely wrong. The logo EVA AIR and tail green is around PMS368 on Pantone’s scale, but it’s around PMS356 on the model, which is a substantial shift down the darker scale.
The ‘Cargo’ wording is also too dark, (it looks lighter because of the flash).
Other than that all the technical and other detail is where it’s meant to be, and is neat and properly defined. The clarity of the detail, the “4K HDR” levels they’ve got it to are first rate.
As they were with the 789, these once again, are a tour de force of accuracy and precision. If you have room for in-flight models on a diorama (which I don’t anymore) or you like them on a stand, these are superb addition to the variety of models on offer.
The moulds are exceptionally well executed, superbly fitted, wonderfully detailed and are finished in all the right paint types and colours.
Landing gear, both main and nose is outstandingly good. Quality detailed moulds and tyres, tilting bogies and decent tyres, compliment the model further.
These are far nicer and more accurate than the new Phoenix versions which have a ‘pinched’ look because of the way the fan and rim mould are fitted into the nacelles.
These aren’t perfect but they’re a much better representation. The rim paint is good, the fan colour verging on acceptable, and the nacelles are pearlescent white with all the printed detail. They look good.
The see-through fans are a nice to have and improve the overall look. It’s a good thing they haven’t put in rotating ones, because they’re utterly, monumentally pointless and the down side is a deterioration in accuracy. PLEASE JC Wings do not go there!
The exhaust and cones are all very nicely painted and finished.
Sharp, clean, no upsets, small details abound. Cockpit looks good. Doors are neat and lots of micro detail. Excellent.
Fault free except of course for the aforementioned colour issues!
The pearlescent white is a triumph, the underbody green a slight, but not necessarily dire disappointment. It just needed that touch of pearl to be perfect but most of you won’t be bothered. The logo and tail upper green is a fail, as is the grey “Cargo”. The important orange-red cargo line is good. Please note some of the colours are enhanced in the photos and look brighter because of a full daylight bulb and a flash, in real room light without these benefits there’s a big difference.
8.Score and conclusions
- -3 for the lower dark green – it’s good but not good enough
- -10 for the upper logo and tail green – just way out
- -2 for the grey in Cargo
- -1 for the wrong colour lower aerial – should have been red
Accuracy score 34/50
Shockingly, no issues at all!
50/50 for quality
Overall score: 84%
A significantly superior score to the dreadful Phoenix version. It’s colours that really let it down. That upper green is really the issue here, it’s too significant to be that far out and not score poorly.
Quality wise however, it’s superb, and you have to ask why Gemini whose models are made by JCW, can’t get even vaguely close to this standard!
A really good model spoilt by a single major colour issue.