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      Post #70674, posted on 09-13-2018 GMT-5 hours    
      Seen on Facebook this evening... A pretty much fictional paint scheme, but the plastic will be good!


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      Post #70675, posted on 09-14-2018 GMT-5 hours    
      I look very forward to this kit ... how amazing that we will have outstanding kits of every 737 version ever built!

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      Post #70676, posted on 09-14-2018 GMT-5 hours    
      The livery looks pretty close to me
      https://www.flickr.com/photos/smartjunco/28041014683

      All the best
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      Post #70678, posted on 09-14-2018 GMT-5 hours    
      excellent!!! I hope Zvezda does the 9MAX as well!!

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      Post #70681, posted on 09-15-2018 GMT-5 hours    
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      The livery looks pretty close to me
      https://www.flickr.com/photos/smartjunco/28041014683



      Yeah, I'd forgotten the first aircraft had that bare bones scheme. I think they're making the full blue scheme the standard factory house colors going forward. They showed art of the 777X in the red/orange version seen on the 747-8I prototype, but they will appear in the blue version.

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      Post #70709, posted on 09-18-2018 GMT-5 hours    
      Saw that Zvezda announced the kit will be available sometime in October.......

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      Post #70817, posted on 10-14-2018 GMT-5 hours    
      And now available on eBay.
      Some seller has shown a box that appears to contain etched metal fan blades- not sure if this is a special version or they all will have it included. I ordered one from a trusted seller for about the same price as suggested in the UK.

      Jeff

      Edit- looking again it seems the etched metal and mask set is a special from Armata.

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      Post #70818, posted on 10-14-2018 GMT-5 hours    
      Yeah, no extras in Zvezda boxes. Just ordered one for less than US $28 shipped from Lithuania. Hard to beat that.

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      Post #70819, posted on 10-15-2018 GMT-5 hours    
      Just ordered mine too.
      Now hoping on some on some Silkair decals.

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      Post #70857, posted on 10-22-2018 GMT-5 hours    
      update - just received mine today from a UK seller who supplied it quicker than my other one that is still slowly winging its way from Lithuania.

      It's as you would expect from Zvezda, very nicely moulded. It is the standard 737-800 kit (less the engines) with the addition of a frame that makes the -8max. The engine blades are split into two halves, Dreamliner style, to allow the very curved leading edges to be correctly formed. The new parts include a wi-fi blister for the fuselage top, new tail planes and tail cone though oddly the intake lining is two parts unlike the -800 where they were one piece, still not a big problem.

      Should you choose to use the decals, they're glossy and very nicely printed with a small A5 colour printed painting guide, paints referenced to their own and now Tamiya (not Humbrol on their previous kits).

      Jeff

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      Post #70858, posted on 10-22-2018 GMT-5 hours    
      Was just looking at the photos of it on Facebook. They didn't change the APU intake aft of the R2 door, which needs to be done on the MAX. The geometry of the entire aft fuselage, not just the APU exhaust cone itself is different on the MAX. The changed geometry allowed them to eliminate the small vortex generators above the horizontal stabs on the MAX.

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      Post #70859, posted on 10-22-2018 GMT-5 hours    
      Hi all,

      Zvezda MAX8 sprue photos have just been uploaded to AC, courtesy of Jedrek. Looking at photos of the sprues, I think it is generally a nice job. Most of the noticeable changes to the rear fuselage occur behind the rudder line, with the exception of the APU intake, as Jennings noted. The MAX uses a door which is flush with the APU off and extends into the airflow 17 degrees in flight and 45 degrees on the ground when it is operating. Clearly they were trying to use the -800 fuselage, but the APU inlet can easily be sanded and filled with minimal drama. I also noted that the retractable landing lights on the wing-to-body fairing are still part of the moulding, and should not be present on a late model -800 and all MAX airplanes. The pylon to wing situation on the kit looks good. Here are some photos of the actual aircraft for comparison.






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      Post #70883, posted on 10-25-2018 GMT-5 hours    
      Hi all,

      As far as I can see from the available photos here in the database Zvezda have used the same nose gear strut from the 737-800.
      However the 737 MAX 8 nose gear strut is 8 in / 20.32 cm longer.
      This eguates to 1.41 mm in 1/144 scale.
      As I have not received my MAX 8 kits to compare it to -800 kit can anyone confirm this ?
      If I'm correct this might affect the stance of the kit.

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      Post #70884, posted on 10-25-2018 GMT-5 hours    
      Yeah, same nose strut. With a small spacer it could be possible to extend the kit part to at least give the correct height. Not a biggy really.

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      Post #70886, posted on 10-25-2018 GMT-5 hours    
      Looking at the sprue photos, it's the exact identical sprue from the -800, and I'd be shocked if they changed it.

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      Post #70887, posted on 10-25-2018 GMT-5 hours    
      No they didn't, as I wrote above...

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      Post #70891, posted on 10-26-2018 GMT-5 hours    
      Got my MAX 8 today from Lithuania. As with every other Zvezda 737 I've bought, the tip of the vertical fin on one side was snapped off. Every single one.

      Need better packaging Zvezda!

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      Post #70892, posted on 10-26-2018 GMT-5 hours    
      Hi all,

      The scale eight-inch nose gear length is not terribly noticeable, unless you have it parked next to another 737, then you see it. The MAX sets at a more level attitude on the ground, where others tend to look slightly nose down. If you see a lineup of fuselages at the gate, you can immediately pick out the MAX without seeing the other identifying features. Modification should be easy, or perhaps we can talk G-Factor or SAC into doing something....




      Also note the lack of a nose gear mounted taxi light. This has also been moved to the wing root "fixed" landing light area using LEDs and reflectors. This configuration is also seen on late model NG airplanes. It still looks strange to me but, boy, do those new lights work!

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      Post #70893, posted on 10-27-2018 GMT-5 hours    
      One of my -8max kits has quite badly warped tail fins. Another 737-800 kit had severely warped left outer wing. It's quite a gamble at times buying a Zvezda kit hoping it's not too warped and twisted!!

      As for asking SAC to provided white metal replacements - I'd pass on that as he/they just copy the kit part. And also the few that I've bought have been so poorly cast they were useless. Probably easier to insert a 1.4mm spacer between the two halves of the nose leg and add a base for the drag strut to sit on.

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      Post #70897, posted on 10-27-2018 GMT-5 hours    
      Dan, I see a Max 8 Walkaround from you in our future.

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      Post #70899, posted on 10-28-2018 GMT-5 hours    
      Looking at the photos of the 737-8 Max kit on this site, I noticed in the decal placement guide, decals # 43, which I believe would be the tail illumination lights, are shown on the lower surface of the horizontal stabilizers, should be on the upper surface.

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      Post #70907, posted on 10-28-2018 GMT-5 hours    
      Hi Ahmed,

      That's a great idea! I will work on putting together a MAX walk-around as soon as possible. I will need to get paired with a MAX and have a turn time long enough to get all of the photos, so it may be a bit. I will keep you posted...

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      Post #70908, posted on 10-29-2018 GMT-5 hours    
      Thanks Dan! That'll be great. Take your time, no rush.

      Regards,

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      Post #70975, posted on 11-12-2018 GMT-5 hours    
      Wow great kit!
      I finally got mine, itís good, really good!
      I really hope someone makes good Southwest decals for it!!!
      And I mean the real decal makers and not the ones that just talk about doing something
      That never happens but criticize a lot!!!

      Walt
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      Post #70980, posted on 11-13-2018 GMT-5 hours    
      Walt,

      Check the vendor link on this site. I've used 8ADecs.com for several Southwest 737-800 models. Plan to do the same when I build a Max. Though stripes are provided, I prefer to paint them.

      Bill