Hasegawa 1/200 Boeing 737-700 'ANA'
|REVIEWER:||Scott Van Aken|
|NOTES:||Kit includes a stand|
First envisioned in 1964, the 737 entered service in 1968. Forty years later it has become the most ordered and produced commercial passenger jet in the world. It is Boeing's last surviving narrow-body airliner, sometimes serving markets previously filled by 707, 727, 757, DC-9 and MD-80/90 airliners. Continuously manufactured by Boeing since 1967 with over 8,000 ordered and over 5,800 delivered as of 2008, there are over 1,250 737s airborne at any given time. On average, a 737 departs or lands somewhere every five seconds.
The 737-700, and subject of this kit, replaces the older 737-400 and even older 737-200. It also filled the gap left by Boeing's discontinuation of the McDonnell Douglas MD-80 and MD-90 after Boeing's merger with McDonnell Douglas. The 737-700 was the first of Next Generation series when launch customer Southwest Airlines ordered the variant in November 1993. The variant was based on the 737-300 and entered service in 1998. It replaced the 737-300 in Boeing's lineup, and its direct competitor is the A319. It typically seats 132 passengers in a two class cabin or 149 in all economy configuration.
For those modelers wishing to model a USN or USAF C-40, then this would be the version on which it is based. Most of those are 737-700C versions (C for convertible, meaning it can be configured as passenger, cargo or a combination of both). The large cargo door is on the left side of the aircraft, just behind the main passenger entrance.
Hasegawa first issued its 'Loveliner' series of 1/200 airliners back in the late 1970s. At the time, the aircraft had raised panel detail, open cabin windows, and landing gear that could only be modeled in the 'down' position. This latter feature required the modeler to expend considerable effort to do a wheels up display, as often times main gear doors folded into each other when the gear was down. As cabin window configuration was not always the same, it would require the modeler to fill in those not needed. However, this was not a problem for a number of modelers who liked this feature.
This latest in the series has no cabin windows, no cockpit window, optional 'wheels up' landing gear door parts, and fully engraved detailing. Things that are not changed are the inclusion of a display stand, and engines that will have a seam on the inside of the intake that is nearly impossible to remove. The only option that Hasegawa would have to fix this is to provide a single inlet ring that goes back past the fan. This would probably cause difficulty in blending in the seam, but it may be better than the way it is now. Many modelers will use resin replacements to alleviate this.
Tail planes are one piece and the wings have a lower insert that goes from inside the engine pylons, across the lower fuselage to the other side. This section also has the landing gear well, making for a sturdy construct. Thanks to the option for wheels up, one can build this in flight. For ground use, a hefty screw is provided to give the proper nose weight.
Instructions are standard Hasegawa and use Gunze paint references. The planes are basically overall white with medium grey wings, tailplanes and lower fuselage. The decals are very nicely printed and allow one of two ANA aircraft. Of course, cabin and cockpit windows are included. The decals are the latest new wave type and should react favorably to setting solutions. The simple livery would make this an ideal first airliner for someone
Obviously these kits sell well. This one is superbly molded and at a Japanese price of 1600 yen, is a good buy in the home country. Thanks to the general simplicity of this one, I can recommend it even to the newest airliner modeler.
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