phil1 Posted June 13, 2021 Share Posted June 13, 2021 Jet2 757-200 & 737-800 1/144 I'm currently working on a diorama for Newcastle Airport but as I've progressed with that I've neglected to add my aircraft builds as part of my work in progress. These 2 examples will be of the same Jet2 livery and will be Newcastle regulars. Although Newcastle has a heavy Jet2 presence the classic 737-300s have gone and also the aging 757-200s. However ignoring the current disruption the 757 does make an appearance for New York trips and various other charter flights normally positioned from Leeds Bradford or Manchester. I don't have a specific registration for the 737 but the 757 will be G-LSAB which has been newcastle based and includes winglets. It also has the same metallic finish as the 737 fleet as some of the 757's have an older gray paintjob. The Revell kit has error such as a mighty set of super sized winglets so for the cheap price the Zvezda kit is a no brainer. It's obviously been covered before but the kit is beautifully detailed and snaps together really well. It also has alternative winglet options such as the non-winglet tips found commonly on the classics (and some NGs) and the alternative scimitar type found on the TUI NG's. one small problem is the cockpit glass doesn't blend well with the fuselage. To overcome this I used superglue over the surface which once dried allowed me to blend the 2 surfaces smoothly. Some unnecessary mini sections to add that come part of this kit, make sure you've got a good eye and a pair of tweezers. This piece I actually dropped and lost but luckily I had a spare! The 757 options are limited. I've went with the Minicraft C-32 kit and the braz conversion. Zvezda need to hurry up and bring out the 757 tool, I'd imagine it's going to be popular You can see from the minicraft build that it's not quite right. It's not abysmal but the tail is too square, the cockpit window area is angled incorrectly and there's almost a hump (a bit like the 777 rest area) just above and behind the cockpit. Some of the bodywork detail is nicely scribed and the parts actually fit together well. the nose is fine but the cockpit window is too far forward The tail is too wide, this is made obvious if you look at the width at the top conversions always get messy remove the link inside the fuselage, the braz piece won't sit right otherwise. You have to watch out because some parts of the circumference the plastic goes from thick to wafer thin. I found it was wise to leave some excess resin on the front bottom of the tail to fit in a hole in the fuselage, this way the tail is more secure when superglued to the base a good comparison the kit includes the giant wing tabs which can be a pain. If you lucky enough for them to fit then it's wise to keep them on otherwise they are not going to be very secure. As covered before this kit as a issue with the undercarriage where one set sits higher than the other, unfortunately this means inevitably you may have to hack the tabs off one wing and try and level it with the other wing, this will create a nasty gap but is necessary to have the thing sit on it's wheels. If your doing it in flight then you'll probably get away with the wing tabs and the position of the wings I got some winglets imported from the US (at an extortionate price). They are extremely fragile and have a tab that fits on the top half of the wing. Sadly the lower portion of the wing does not fit on well as a result and a lot of sanding and thinning of the wing is required. I actually bought the zvezda 737 after this and I live with regret as it would have been easier to modify the spare scimitar winglets for the 757, they are a very similar size and shape. they include a nice little trailing strobe light as mentioned before the repositioning of the wing creates a gap. too big for filler or milliput. I admit I nicked this idea from somebody else's fine minicraft build but it is basically just spare sprue (from this kit) plus lots of polystyrene cement allows for a nice plastic pace. don't inhale this stuff! drys as plastic and makes the wing less likely to snap off fairings added under the wing and starting to look like the mighty 757 Another major problem is the plyons, as you can see it has the engines pointing nearly 45 degrees up. This is important....don't sand them to the correct shape which is what I stupidly did. just hold the plyon at both ends a bend the plastic (gently) till it straightens out and sits level on the wing. I did this with plyon no2 and it's perfect, unfortunately no1 needs completely reshaped with milliput. oops. final thing to add is a couple of VHF antennas, they are barely noticeable on the real thing but I wanted a little detail added to the top of the fuselage As mentioned this is part of my airport diorama and both planes will sit on the apron in front of the building 7 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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