Further information is now available regarding the forthcoming Zvezda 1/144 scale Boeing 757-200 kit that we have all been eagerly awaiting. It is expected to be released in late July 2021, though will likely not be available in the US until sometime in August.
It has been added to our web site, and we are now accepting pre-orders. While I have ordered a lot of this kit, I do expect sales to exceed initial supply. Deliveries will be “first come, first served”, though I may have to limit quantities sent to individual customers if demand significantly exceeds stock.
STS44-393 British Caledonian / Caledonian BUA BAC 1-11-200 / -500
STS44-394 Dan Air London BAC 1-11-200 / -300 / -400 / -500
Finally, one more from DRAW Decal. Apparently BraZ is to release a conversion kit for the Zvezda Boeing 767-300 kit to a series 400. The BraZ conversion is scheduled for release late in 2021, I will bring more details once known.
The kit includes a detailed cockpit, the option to have the ‘L1’ door in the open position, a separate rudder, optional extended or retracted leading edge slats, and option extended or stowed trailing edge flaps.
As previously described, the kit includes both PW PW1100G-JM and CFM International LEAP-1A engines. The decal is for SAS, and as such uses the CFM engine. The PW’s go to the spares box. The engines are a work of art, with two separate fan disks ahead of a ring of stator vanes. Th e main cowl is in three pieces – left, right and a separate cowl leading edge.
The landing gear gives the option for both extended (in flight) or compressed (on the ground) oleos. I’ve never seen that in an airliner kit!
Clear cockpit and cabin windows are provided, along with a display stand.
Consequently the kit the option to be built in three configurations: Version 1 is in flight, with the gear up, flaps and slats retracted. Version 2 is on the ground, with compressed landing gear oleos and your choice of flaps and slats extended. Optionally the L1 door can be modelled open, with a small vestibule visible through the open door. Version 3 is either take-off or landing (not sure the flap angle is why the question), with gear down (extended oleos), and with leading edge and flaps extended.
In summary, the flap and slat options make for some interesting diorama possibilities. They could, however, be a bit fiddly if you want to build a row of them. As ,said, the landing gear leg options are something I’ve never seen before, and adds an element of realism to a gear down flying model.