The 707 was built for 22 years, running from 1957-1979. This aircraft was delivered in 1967 as a 707-321C. The base 707-320C was a convertible passenger–freight configuration, which became the most widely produced variant of the 707.
The 707-320C added a strengthened floor and a new cargo door to the -320B model. The wing was fitted with three-section leading-edge flaps which allowed the deletion of the under-fin. A total of 335 of this variant were built, including some with JT3D-7 engines (19,000 lbf (85 kN) takeoff thrust) and a takeoff weight of 335,000 lb (152,000 kg).
It’s strange to think these days that most 707-320Cs were delivered as passenger aircraft, airlines believing the cargo door would increase second-hand values.
The addition of two additional emergency exits, one on either side aft of the wing raised the maximum passenger limit to 219 on the passenger version. Only a few aircraft were delivered as pure freighters, this was one of them. One of the final orders was made by the Iranian Imperial Air Force for 14 707-3J9C aircraft capable of VIP transportation, communication, and in-flight re-fuelling tasks. They were never delivered.
When we think of four engined aircraft there’s something about them that assumes size. The reality is a 707 is almost exactly the same size as an A321!
Pan Am went through quite a few livery changes over the years, this is probably the simplest and overall it’s the one I’m most familiar with.
PanAm Models seems to have been just an Aeroclassics label, and I found this on eBay for a paltry amount of money. Cargo isn’t always popular, and old cargo even less than current. And yet, to quote that Australian comedy duo, Kath & Kim (currently having a revival thanks to Netflix), “its noice, it’s different, it’s un-yoush-all”…
It seems to be a highly competent reproduction mould-wise. The paint is outstanding, really looking the part. It’s so neat and detailed It could be far more modern.
These older aircraft weren’t festooned with aerials, so the fact it doesn’t have any becomes irrelevant score wise.
The technical detail relative to the size of the model is just as good.
Overall there is nothing to complain about in any way.
The wings are huge for such a small aircraft, but it was a different age and four engines require somewhere to hang!
The mould is a cradle fit, but you’d barely know it, it fits perfectly and relatively seamlessly for the period. It’s also wonderfully detailed and painted with a finish that looks as realistic as could be reasonably achieved.
This is to be fair the place it lets itself down most. The massive black tyres on spigots look incongruous and the gear, if anything is a bit too big and too high especially at the nose.
Despite the tyres, the nose gear hydraulics are remarkably finely detailed, if you can see it behind the huge tyres…
Powered by 4 Pratt & Whitney JT3D-3B’s,they’e so small compared to modern jet engines with their ultra-hi-bypass fans they seem more like rocket pods. They are neat, well painted and accurate to look at, even if they do have silver fans. They’re so small how you’d do them any differently without a single hair brush – and by hand, I doubt there’s much else you could do.
Its outstanding, windows, paint, quality, detail, all first rate, nothing to complain about at all, especially baring in mind its a 2004 model.
You simply can’t fault it and the tail aerial, painted silver, is one of my favourite ‘vintage’ design items on these old aircraft.
No complaints at all, a great job.
8. Scores and conclusions
Its not entirely fair to score it but as a guideline, only the landing gear would bring it down, so I’d in fairness, minus 3 for that. Overall score 97%. It’s really, really, good for its age and period!
As a conclusion, I can admit to having flown in an E3 Sentry (the 707 as an AWACS) back in the early 80’s. You never saw so much exhaust and crap come out of the back of a jet engine in an emergency take off from a German air base. Until a B-52 did the same thing.
As a model, it’s extraordinarily competent, different, interesting and quite rare. I’m very pleased with it.