Zvezda 1/144 Boeing 767-300
Scott Van Aken
New mold kit, includes display stand
The Boeing 767, built in Everett, Wash., alongside the 747, can carry
from 200 to 300-plus passengers. The 767 is a wide-body, double-aisle jet, but,
like the smaller standard-body 757, is designed for fuel efficiency. Both planes
have nearly identical digital cockpits, allowing crews to be easily qualified on
both. The 767-200 was first ordered in 1978, and the last was delivered in 1994.
Its extended-range model (767-200ER) entered service in 1984. The 767-300 was
first ordered in 1986 and was followed by its extended-range model, first
delivered in 1988.
The 767 family currently includes three passenger models -- the
767-200ER, 767-300ER and the 767-400ER. The 767-400ER, which first flew in 1999,
can carry 304 passengers in a two-class configuration more than 7,000 miles. The
767 Freighter, based on the 767-300ER fuselage, rolled out in May 1995 and was
first delivered in October 1995.
is the second Zvezda 1/144 airliner that I'm aware of and like the first,
they have chosen something operated by Aeroflot, which makes sense. The
molding of the kit is quite good with nicely done engraved detailing. The
lone glitch I found in the molding are some span length sink areas on the
horizontal stabs. This is undoubtedly due to the thick plastic there as
Zvezda has molded the elevators as one piece on the upper tail plane half.
Break out the filler and rescriber as this is rather deep.
Back to the rest of the kit. The long fuselage has been developed with open
windows into which one puts long clear window sections. Some people like
this and others would have wished for a blank window area, the windows being
represented by decals. One benefit of the latter is that not all 767s have
the exact same window arrangement, so decals obviate what might be some
filling and cutting if using aftermarket decals for another livery. The kit
has no cockpit and no cabin. It can be built either on a stand or on its
wheels. If the latter, 20grams of weight will need to be added to the nose
to prevent tail sitting. If the former, a hole for the stand will need to be
The rest of the kit is pretty standard airliner stuff. These kits are
generally not parts intensive and doing wheels up will cut the parts count
pretty much in half. Instructions are well done and should provide no
obstacles to even the newest modeler. Livery options are quite limited. You
can either do the box art
from Aeroflot or the more flamboyantly painted Boeing demonstrator. Frankly,
I doubt if many have the painting skills to the the demostrator plane as it
requires the very close blue and grey striped area of the aft fuselage to be
masked. Not only that, but the 767 logo for the tail is quite faint on the
decal sheet and will probably blend in with the light blue fin. Decals are
well printed providing only the white stripe for the demonstrator and the
red stripe for the Aeroflot plane. Much masking will be needed even for the
simpler Aeroflot scheme. I'd like to think there are aftermarket options for
this kit, but it may be too new for that as of yet. My personal experience
with Zvezda decals several years ago was not good as they silvered rather
badly. Perhaps these are better.
It very much looks like a nicely done kit, aside from the sink areas. The
results of one's efforts should be a super, and pretty good size airliner.
It seems to already be a popular kit. The two my LHS got in were both sold
in the hour I was over there last week.
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