Pan Am 707-321C N457PA PanAm Models 2004

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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).

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Heathrow 1970 note the change in logo.

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.

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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”…

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1.Fuselage

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.

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2.Wings

The wings are huge for such a small aircraft, but it was a different age and four engines require somewhere to hang!

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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. PanAm-707C-N457PA-PanAmModels-cpywrtJonChamps2019 6.jpg

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3.Landing gear

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.

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Despite the tyres, the nose gear hydraulics are remarkably finely detailed, if you can see it behind the huge tyres…

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4.Engines

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.

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5.Nose detail

Its outstanding, windows, paint, quality, detail, all first rate, nothing to complain about at all, especially baring in mind its a 2004 model.

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6.Tail detail

You simply can’t fault it and the tail aerial, painted silver, is one of my favourite ‘vintage’ design items on these old aircraft.

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7.Colours

No complaints at all, a great job.

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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.

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4 thoughts on “Pan Am 707-321C N457PA PanAm Models 2004

  1. “The reality is a 707 is almost exactly the same size as an A321!” Exactly – and the A321NEOs are now qualifying for intercontinental runs, many the same routes that the 707 used to fly. A nice fit for the airlines, but a terrible one for the pax. Single aisle hell for ten hours – scary flashback. Doug

    Also, I have this model, and really like it.

    1. Well I’ll be trying one next year! Some friends have just moved to Hertford CN, and AerLingus A321LR’s started flying their last week! I’ll let you know!

  2. Not a fan of the B707 as i was not alive when they were built nor flying,well the odd few may still have been about? Though its Aeroclassics i am concerned about of late! This model above seems to make the mark but the recent Tristars they have just released are just awful!! Please Avoid and get the NG ones especially the BA Landor livery one thats a 500 version as its Exquisite!!

    Its strange with Aeroclaasics ,they are becoming a bit like Phoenix! They can do an amazing model then follow it up with a duff!! Generally Aeroclassics make good stuff but i had to go to an arms length to get a particular livery that was done by them,JCwings,Phoenix,Inflight200 & Herpa brands and managed to find out the ‘knock-out version’ was done by Panda. Thanks to AVMegastore they located one for me as no-one in the UK could help and frankly that Panda made the Aeroclassics one look bad! The livery in question was a A330-200 China Southern :Asian Games livery Nazarinia. Panda was miles ahead on that livery and all the others looked a joke/poorly done. just shows you have to look around.

    I suppose it goes with old classics models like above,you never know what you may find! I am still trying to find a dream Lockheed Constellation model! Its my all time favourite aircraft as its Majestic.
    Regards all.

    I like to see Jon Champs review on the NG BA Tristar 500 /Landor livery if has the model? Only thing missing that Ng still do not do is jewel warning lights that Aviation400 does at this scale.Also engine exhausts blue hue on aircrafts that have it,like b787/A350 etc.

    I am sure Jon is going to get hold of the NG B787-9 model thats just been released on pre-order! It would be interesing to see the NG take on this white paint chosen for their VirginAtlantic B787-9 model.

    1. The Virgin Atlantic is in order along with a couple of AV400 A350’s. I am not a fan of Andrew Klein (nor he of me), but I understand for very personal reasons he was not as hands on of late as in the past. Hence the change in quality. The UK£ exchange rate has seen prices rocket here so AC has gotten to be too expensive to waste money on for mediocrity.

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