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      Post #70557, posted on 08-12-2018 GMT-5 hours    
      Hey Guys

      Greetings to every one... I was browsing Ebay this morning and I saw EE Md-80 Eaerly available for sale in different liveries Hawaiian Airlines, TWA, JAS, Magic Life, USAir and Midwest.. does anybody have pics of the kit with all the parts in the box?? What you think about this MD-80??

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      Post #70562, posted on 08-13-2018 GMT-5 hours    
      It may be apples to oranges, but if the MD-80 looks as good as the MD-87 in terms of the nose, landing gear struts and vertical stabilizer, I think this will be a good kit. What I really want to see are the TWA decals for the twin-stripe kit. But I am sure that someone will post that they will wait for Kurt's release because that is the knee-jerk reaction anymore on this forum whenever a kit is released.

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      Post #70563, posted on 08-13-2018 GMT-5 hours    
      Is Kurt even planning to do an MD-80?

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      Post #70564, posted on 08-13-2018 GMT-5 hours    
      Sprue shots of the Eastern Express MD-80 and MD-83 kits are posted here:

      http://www.pas-decals.ru/forum/novosti/1078-novinki-vostochnyj-ekspress?start=378#36497

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      Post #70565, posted on 08-14-2018 GMT-5 hours    
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      It may be apples to oranges, but if the MD-80 looks as good as the MD-87 in terms of the nose, landing gear struts and horizontal stabilizer, I think this will be a good kit. What I really want to see are the TWA decals for the twin-stripe kit. But I am sure that someone will post that they will wait for Kurt's release because that is the knee-jerk reaction anymore on this forum whenever a kit is released.



      yep, that is the general boringly predictable reaction!!!
      The EE MD-87 kit is a little beauty. Very nicely moulded plastic and fine detail. I see from the sprue shots linked above, this new release continues the theme.
      Now, if only it wasn't so expensive...


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      Post #70570, posted on 08-14-2018 GMT-5 hours    
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      It may be apples to oranges, but if the MD-80 looks as good as the MD-87 in terms of the nose, landing gear struts and vertical stabilizer, I think this will be a good kit. What I really want to see are the TWA decals for the twin-stripe kit. But I am sure that someone will post that they will wait for Kurt's release because that is the knee-jerk reaction anymore on this forum whenever a kit is released.



      Sorry - meant to say VERTICAL stabilizer.

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      Post #70729, posted on 09-21-2018 GMT-5 hours    
      Does anybody have an MD-80 kit yet? Any thoughts? I am thinking about getting one but for $50...need some more convincing.

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      Post #70731, posted on 09-22-2018 GMT-5 hours    
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      Does anybody have an MD-80 kit yet? Any thoughts? I am thinking about getting one but for $50...need some more convincing.



      Why not go for one of the bagged Minicraft kits that Greg Drawbaugh is selling? It's a very good kit and any issues are easily fixable. Greg is only asking $12 plus postage which is a bargain.

      https://www.shopdrawdecal.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=44%2DMD80%2DA

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      Post #70732, posted on 09-22-2018 GMT-5 hours    
      But the MC kit isn't shiny and new

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      Post #70733, posted on 09-22-2018 GMT-5 hours    
      As someone who's as curious about the quality of the EE MD-80 kit as is Billy, I too want to know what the new kit is like. I don't think either of us seek to be persuaded about the Minicraft kit. It's out there, a lot of them have been built, and I think we know it's a good kit that's widely available. But the inquiry is about the new EE kit, please.

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      Post #70734, posted on 09-22-2018 GMT-5 hours    
      If you have any of the other EE kits of the DC-9/MD-80 family, you can see that the quality of the MD-80 kit is the same. That said, if you look at the linked photos above and closely look at the engine sprue, you will see that although it is marked MD80/MD83, the engines are the same as the MD-87 kit, as indicated by the long strakes at the front end of the engine. These are incorrect for the MD80/83, but pretty easy to correct.

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      Post #70735, posted on 09-23-2018 GMT-5 hours    
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      As someone who's as curious about the quality of the EE MD-80 kit as is Billy, I too want to know what the new kit is like. I don't think either of us seek to be persuaded about the Minicraft kit. It's out there, a lot of them have been built, and I think we know it's a good kit that's widely available. But the inquiry is about the new EE kit, please.

      Jodie Peeler



      I apologise for trying to be helpful. I'll know not to bother the next time.

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      Post #70736, posted on 09-23-2018 GMT-5 hours    
      Thank you for the responses all. I went ahead and ordered the Iberia MD-87 kit since its available from USA vendors. I think I'll pick up the JAS MD-80 kit also from Hobby Terra and build it into AA colors for my dad who flew them.

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      Post #70737, posted on 09-23-2018 GMT-5 hours    
      Thank you for the helpful observations, Gene.

      Billy, when you get the MD-87 kit, please share your in-box and build impressions here.

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      Post #70742, posted on 09-23-2018 GMT-5 hours    
      Sorry if I offended, certainly not my intent. I also thought I was being helpful.

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      Post #70746, posted on 09-24-2018 GMT-5 hours    
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      Sorry if I offended, certainly not my intent. I also thought I was being helpful.



      There's no need to apologize, Gene. Your input and observations were helpful. You pointed something out about the engines that I'd missed when I looked at the same thing, and I appreciate your doing so.

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      Post #70754, posted on 09-25-2018 GMT-5 hours    
      Will do. I plan on building it right away in the 1 month time frame I have out of the box with Iberia.

      I ordered the JAS MD-81 kit from ee-models on Ebay from Russia. Does anybody have the Liveries Unlimited AA MD-80 decal sheet I can buy ?

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      Post #70951, posted on 11-09-2018 GMT-5 hours    
      Greetings!

      My $.02 worth is that they are both nice kits in general. The Minicraft kit offers both tail cones with every boxing, whereas the EE kit offers one or the other (only the pointed early one is out now). The EE kit offers the nosewheel and main gear FOD deflectors while the Minicraft does not. Neither of them addresses the wing kink on the inboard leading and trailing edge area, and both of them need some rescribing of the inboard ground spoilers. Based on price only, go with the Minicraft. Otherwise, if price is not an issue, it is pretty much a tossup as the EE kit has a little more/better detailing, such as the brakes molded on the MG wheels and the aforementioned FOD deflectors. I have several examples of both kits.

      All in all, because of price mainly, I'd go with the Minicraft kit, but they are both pretty nice OOB and amenable to detailing.

      Regards,
      Jeff Jarvis

      PS: At the moment, the Minicraft kit is quite easy to obtain in bagged form for $12.00/kit, and becomes an even better value when bought with a decal of your choice included for less than they would be "A la carte" at their normal prices. Both Draw Decal and AHS in the USA are offering kits with decals included for special lower pricing when ordered together, and there are lots of choices. Check them out! I have no business ties or interest in any of these vendors, but have had very good service from both of them in recent weeks. S&M also carry the bagged Minicraft kit in the UK. As well, I would certainly recommend the EE MD-80 kit if they can be found conveniently. And, as a bonus, if you want the Minicraft DC-8 kit, all three of these vendors have them bagged with BOTH the long duct JT3D-3B/-7 and the CFM-56 engines in the bag.

      God's "Curse" to aviation!

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      Post #70959, posted on 11-10-2018 GMT-5 hours    
      Thanks, Jeff!

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      Post #70963, posted on 11-11-2018 GMT-5 hours    
      I picked up quite a few Minicraft kits from Mel of S&M models at Telford yesterday. The EE kit is nice (I think very nice) but as Jeff has pointed out, it still isn't the definitive MD-80. If I can find it a better price though, I think the added features such as better fuselage and u/c detail would be enough for me to buy it in preference to the Minicraft kit. But until that day, it's Minicraft (and as many as I can get) for me.

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      Post #70973, posted on 11-12-2018 GMT-5 hours    
      Holmes757. Check this if you haven't seen it:



      https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/264035115883