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Irish leasing specialists CityJet were the only European airline with a fleet of Sukhoi SSJ-100s. Between 2017 and 2019 they operated seven SSJs on a mixture of their own services and wet-leases to Brussels Airlines. Four aircraft were painted in full Brussels Airlines livery but despite positive passenger reaction Brussels terminated the leases early without giving any public explanation. Complex maintenance and poor availability of spare parts were probably factors. Matters can’t have been helped by the SSJs not being able to serve LCY forcing Brussels to continue using their elderly Avro RJs. Following the termination of the Brussels leases CityJet disposed of the SSJs and replaced them with CRJ 900s. The Zvezda kit is OOB apart from a few small details from plastic strip. It’s a pleasant build, the only annoyances being the need to fill various sink marks without destroying the detail (thanks goodness for Mr Surfacer 500) and trying to detach the halves of the nose wheel leg from the sprue without breaking anything. White paint is Halfords as usual. Blue is a mix of Revell 54 and 350, roughly 1:2, plus a few drops of black. Light grey is Humbrol 196 with a tiny spot of 42. Natural metal is mainly Tamiya TS-17 Livery decals are available from Drawdecal and Nazca. I had both sheets in my stash. Neither is completely accurate and the best that can be said is Drawdecal are less inaccurate so I went with them. I added Authentic Airliners windows. Detail decals are mainly from the “technical lettering” sheet by Revaro plus a few from the spares box and the kit sheet. It has nothing to do with the build but when I was researching photos of Brussels SSJs I was amused to see EI-FWF apparently suffering from silvering decals on the fin proving that it’s not just a problem for modellers! Thanks for looking and as always constructive criticism is welcome. Dave G
Last year (up to 2019) : OO-SNB http://www.google.fr/search?q=tintin+brussels+airline&client=safari&rls=en&prmd=ivns&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjaz5LY9_vLAhUDwBQKHfovAMYQsAQIKA http://press.brusselsairlines.com/brussels-airlines-et-moulinsart-creent-un-avion-tintin-unique-au-monde http://www.google.fr/search?q=tintin+brussels+airline&client=safari&rls=en&prmd=ivns&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjaz5LY9_vLAhUDwBQKHfovAMYQsAQIKA Looks like a maker was faster than anyone... : http://www.airlinercafe.com/forums.php?m=posts&q=9812 2 weeks ago (up to 2022): OO-SNC http://www.airliners.net/photo/Brussels-Airlines/Airbus-A320-214/2802665/L/&sid=630ad8830dac8ef2d1066eca57a5b8fc http://www.google.fr/search?q=Brussels+airline+Magritte&client=safari&rls=en&prmd=ivns&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwivoY2zpv7LAhWMbRQKHQCPCh8QsAQIFg 1 week ago (for the Belgian National team Euro) : OO-SNA http://deredactie.be/cm/vrtnieuws.francais/Economie/1.2620670 Earlier : http://www.google.fr/search?q=Brussels+airline+diables+rouges&client=safari&rls=en&prmd=ivns&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjkzM2HqP7LAhWHuBoKHTXbBTsQ_AUIBQ October 2013 OO-SND http://www.flying-zone.be/reportages/2014/2_rep_2014_RedDevils.php June 2014 http://press.brusselsairlines.com/brussels-airlines-emmene-les-diables-rouges-au-bresil