Sheet #

Apollodcal 44011 for Boeing 737-800


Livery North American Airlines

Review By:

Scott Van Aken


For Revell Germany 1/144 B.737-800

Recently, I read where airliner modeling is the fastest growing segment of the plastic kit industry. If you look at what has been released by kit makers in the last few years, I can believe it. For over a decade, it was a real drought of injected plastic airliner kits in the most common scale, 1/144. Hasegawa kept releasing their 1/200 Love Liner series, but for some reason, that has never really taken off as an airliner scale and it is too bad as the Hasegawa kits really are well done.

Anyway, for the longest time, the most recent kits were the Airfix trio of B.727-200, DC-9-30 and B.737-300. This was fine, but these aircraft were being replaced in service with newer types and modelers still had no new injected kits. Sure, there were resin kits as well as some very nicely done vacuforms, including the superb efforts by Welsh Models in the UK, but most modelers shy away from those alternative sources.

Finally, in the last 4 or 5 years there have been a number of new Airliner kits. Minicraft, Academy, and Revell of Germany have produced a number of kits of the most wanted aircraft. Especially Revell of Germany. They have done a number of Airbus variants and have just recently released a B.737-800 which is apparently selling quite well, judging by my difficulty in finding one!

Naturally, most people are looking for aftermarket decals with which to decorate their new -800 and Apllodcal has produced a very nice sheet of the North American Airlines -800. This is a superb effort by Apollodcal and includes everything you need to make a super model. A very nice touch is actual paint chips of the two major colors in NA Airlines livery so that you can mix and match paints. I have already mentioned how nice the instruction sheet is and what to expect from these decals in the 757 review, so won't bore you with repeated information other than to say that Apollodcal has provided a super sheet and having the chips and a color photo of the real aircraft is a big plus for airliner modelers.

In all, it looks like a superb sheet and one that should look great on that new Revell 737-800 kit that has recently been so difficult to obtain around here.

Please note that I deliberately degraded the image of the decals to prevent unauthorized duplication. The sheet was also darkened quite a bit so that the white will appear against the background of the sheet.

Review copy courtesy Apollodcal 

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