Aer Lingus took on four 757-200’s in 2014, outfitted with 12 business class and 165 economy seats. This, along with 2 others are fully a 757-2Q8. All four are operated on behalf of Aer Lingus by ASL Aviation Group, to whom they were sold by Air Contractors in 2015/16.
EI-LBS (formerly OH-LBS), was originally delivered to Finnair in 1998 in an all economy 227 seat layout. Finnair leased her out to Excel during 2006-2007, and she was returned to ILFC then leased to Air Contractors, who used her on various operations until 2014, when the group were committed to Aer Lingus. The winglets and interior were re-fitted in 2007 after she was handed back from Finnair. While many 757’s are fitted with the much sought after Rolls Royce RB-211, these are fitted with P&W PW2040’s.
All four are likely to be removed from Aer Lingus service as the new A321neoLR’s come on stream from mid-2019. These are not going to receive the new livery, and that’s why they’re so important to collectors.
NG have been remarkably quick to work with collectors and deliver liveries of aircraft long missing from collections, and this is one greatly sought after.
The excellent and now well used 757-200 mould continues to be issued by NG on models that have long eluded other manufacturers. In fact it’s been so stunningly popular it must leave brands like Phoenix, JCW and Gemini wondering what on earth they gave up on the type so quickly for.
Let’s face it Gemini believe they’re entitled to high prices for brand recognition, not quality. NG Models are achieving premium prices, working with collectors and listening to their needs, and gaining brand recognition at a pace that only the relatively new modern social media platforms and online sales outlets have made possible. Gemini might be 20 years old, but they’re looking decidedly geriatric in their approach and thinking, and NG are making them look seriously old hat. They always said they listened to buyers but we all know they didn’t. NG do and its paying dividends.
Just think how many retailers now have NG on their websites – front page listed with the other majors. And now we have a situation were NG are even making more of popular models on second and third runs. You’ve got JCW who barely manage to supply anything in less than 6 months from the day of its order, Herpa are no better or even worse, Phoenix couldn’t get a colour right if their life depended on it and Gemini quality can be horribly hit and miss and is hideously over priced, never mind the dullest choice of models since the start of time. And that mostly caused by lazy profiteering on “let’s do yet another”…fill in the aircraft type: UPS 767, Delta 767, 757, 772, all the usual favourites.
So here we are again with a 752. A model type I’d pretty much given up on seeing in this livery.
It has to be said quite simply. There’s nothing wrong with it at all. It’s exemplary, superbly put together, superior to any other mould ever made of it at this scale. It has aerials, all correct and present and installed with accuracy and forethought. No gaping holes.
The paint and printed detail is another tour de force, outstanding quality and definition. It’s so good, the cynic in me constantly asks how long can it go on?
As with all of the 752’s so far, the wings are excellent and superbly fitted. No loose or fallen out wing this time. It’s a lovely detailed mould, with the paint quality that allows for high levels of realism, the one thing that other model makers often forget matters, as they seek out high gloss “showroom” finishes that have decorative but no “real appeal” – and I’m claiming that as my new coined phrase!
3. Landing gear
There is a minor but continued weakness in the nose gear, seen in all three I’ve purchased so far. This one wasn’t quite level but was soon made to be. I’m a little bothered by their longevity. I’ve recently had a spate of older 2014-15 Phoenix models where wheels are simply vanishing, falling out, and so on. One A380 has its entire main gear needing re-assembly – every wheel has fallen off as it sat on display! I don’t want to go down that path with these.
Having said all that, the main gear is as ever, very good.
The Pratt & Witney’s are excellent, it’s the first 752 from NG I’ve had with them as the others have had the RB-211’s. From the side they look the part, with good detail and excellent exhausts.
And the best bit, and this is what pleases me with NG, they’ve got an excellent intake rim finish and the fans are a realistic colour with outstanding detail. I don’t care they’re not see through or some gimmick best suited to 1:200 or larger, as long as they look the part and are the right colour.
A slight detrimental – it’s not terrible, but you know how nit-picking I have to be – is the engine pylon fit to the wings, not quite tight enough (we’re talking fractions of a millimetre here), for the metrically impaired, lets just say that means it’s really really really small as issues go.
A triumph of accuracy and detail, simple. You can just see the nose gear was off kilter before a tweak restored it.
6. Tail detail
Magnificent, superbly painted, fitted, detailed with outstanding graphics.
Again, a total success, outstanding accuracy. By way of comparison, it makes you wonder how Phoenix get it so wrong so often?
8.Score and conclusions
- -2 Nose gear issue
- -1 pylon issue
Overall score: 97%
What can be said? Another outstanding model from NG – long may it continue!
My recommendation: buy buy buy!