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The 3rd Placer

1/144 Eastern Express 737-300 (Soyuz-Atlant)

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Hello all,

Here's my entry, I was drawn to it by the markings. It will be a nice challenge to spray the blue and red paint job. I'm somewhat scared of the kit decals though, there is an aftermarket for a -800 I may have to use if the kit decals fail.

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Ryan

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Another Eastern Express 737. I'll be watching this one to see where/how the kit gets its reputation from...

Jeff

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Looks like someone needs to build a Minicraft kit as a comparison. Good luck with the scheme Ryan.

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Another Eastern Express 737. I'll be watching this one to see where/how the kit gets its reputation from...

Jeff

The reputation is very accurate, as far as I can tell from my build. Good luck Ryan! I think we might need to have our own support group after this...

Also I have an interesting story about Atlant-Soyuz if anyone wants it.

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Well since the GB has officially started here are pics of the kit.

The single page instructions are very simple, note the cockpit insert looks nothing like the part in the illustration! :)

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The small decal sheet is well printed, the finish is very flat...not sure how these will perform during application....

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The fuselage is warped pretty bad, but can be sorted out.

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Though a bit flashy, the gear and engine bits aren't too bad.

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The wing sprues are the sharpest molds of the kit, very nice. While the fuselage has very little or faint panel lines the wing engravings are well defined.

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That's it for know, time to get building!

Ryan

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I see the fuselage warp comes as a built-in extra, free of charge, on all EE 737 kits. I didn't notice that the cockpit insert is that different from the instructions, thanks for pointing it out! and by the way, be careful with the horizontal stabilizers/elevators - for some reason EE chose to mold them in two pieces each, an upper and lower half. These two don't fit together very well, resulting in nasty seams and gaps and the leading and trailing edge. A lot of sanding and test fitting is required to get a somewhat acceptable joint between the two, and then you end up with a completely flat mating surface, making the two parts tricky to align properly. You may also want to sand down the trailing edge to make it more sharp like on the real thing and less of a flat edge at the back. In this case, you would also need to rescribe some of the lost detail.

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I commend people who take on the challenges that EE kits offer, some really nasty flash on that

I think I will keep all my Daco kits though

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Thanks for the tops POTKC, I will watch out.

Graeme and Ray, a little flash makes the seams easier to see! :(

Ryan

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After gluing on the cockpit transparency, a fair amount of putty was required to blend it in....it will take a few more sanding swipes and primer to eliminate the join.

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Looking at the tail end I noticed something was not quite right...yes the elevators are at different heights!

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Last update is on the wings, they have a very thick trailing edge. I did scrape them a bit but still had to block sand the edges to get an acceptable edge, this wing still needs a little work.

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Eastern Express if you are reading this please refrain from fusing together and copying other companies kits. Your quest for quick "new" product turn around and fast cash will only hurt in the long run. This model was clearly cobbled together from a couple of other manufactures kits and it shows with all the problems I have documented. I have some home grown EE kits in the stash and they are great, please give us new products designed from your own company.

Ryan

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The offset on those tail planes is pretty impressive! Is it easy to fix?

Cliff

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Yes. I'll probably raise the one on the left of the screen and fill the resulting larger hole below the part with plastic strip.

Raise it by filing the square hole larger upwards if that makes sense.

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Still clicking along, working on the wing trailing edges and re-scribing some panel lines...boring.

Ryan

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Ugh this kit.

Think I'll push aside until I can get a hold of a Minicraft kit.

Life's too short for this one.

Ryan

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That's a pity. I hope mine doesn't end in the same way...what specifically happened?

And if you get a minicraft kit, you could build it for my suggested Boeing Centennial GB if it goes through!

(Shameless plug)

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POTKC, its a dogs breakfast of Inconsistent or weak panel lines, symmetry, and poor fit.

My time is better spent on something else, when its a chore to build these things its no longer fun.

Ryan

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I'm loading up pics today of a 1/144 Minicraft 777 (Japan Airlines).

Ryan

Btw this project is not dead, I just can't source a Minicraft 737 right now!

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If I was not on the other side of the rock I would offer you one of mine. Postage would be the killer. If you are interested I could investigate postage costs, etc?

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Thanks Ray, I will be attending a quite large model show soon...I hope to find one there!

Ebay is bone dry.

Ryan

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