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      Post #79827, posted on 01-14-2022 GMT-5 hours    
      Greetings!

      About an hour ago I came downstairs, glanced out the window and happened to notice a box on the steps outside the front door. "Hmmmmm" says I. Now what could this be? A glance at the return address showed it to be from Atlantis in Deer Park, Lawn Gisland, New York. Inside were 5 Boeing 707 kits, a receipt and a 2021 catalog! I had forgotten ordering them back in November...

      The kit is, as many of you were afraid, just a repop of the United "720" kit of several years ago, but in white plastic with Boeing colors (red and blue), BOEING 707 titles, a clear plastic display stand, and the EXACT same chin scoopless, funky sound suppressored engines. All of the engine issues are fixable of course, but we were all hoping for the original, original engines, but did not get them in this kit... (sigh)

      Oh, well... If you missed out on that United "720" of a few years ago, here is your "chance" to get one of these, but at twice the price!

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      Jeff Jarvis

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      Post #79828, posted on 01-14-2022 GMT-5 hours    
      I got the same kit, IIRC, and I built that AA 707 many many times as a kid, those are the engines that came with the original release. I could be wrong.

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      Post #79830, posted on 01-14-2022 GMT-5 hours    
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      I got the same kit, IIRC, and I built that AA 707 many many times as a kid, those are the engines that came with the original release. I could be wrong.


      Greetings!

      I have an original Revell release of the American Airlines 707 Jet Flagship, and these engines in this current release are different. The pods appear pretty much the same, but the chin scoops are missing and the sound suppressors are different. Originally, they were organ pipe shaped, as the JT3C-6 engine had fitted. As mentioned, though, they should be fixable with only a little work.

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      Post #79831, posted on 01-14-2022 GMT-5 hours    
      You read it here first. Thank you Jeff for the open the box report. A little sad about the about the engines but not really unexpected. The 720 release was in 2000 so one would think those molds would be the "easiest" to locate. As you mention and we've discussed earlier the engines are "oh so close" but not quite the original ones. Pretty certain they represent Rolls Royce Conways that were in an Aer Lingus release.

      Any interesting text/descriptions in the instructions? Remember that the United 720 release instructions state that the 720 had Rolls Royce Conway engines.

      Looking up Scalemates the KC-135 kit was last released in 1980 and had the original P+W turbojets though without the sound suppressors. 42 years ago was the last time those molds/engines were made which is a LONG TIME.

      I remember the United release back in 2000. Yikes....I'm getting older.

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      Post #79833, posted on 01-14-2022 GMT-5 hours    
      Greetings Ken,

      No, the instructions do not mention any "Far out" facts (known as BS), but do discuss how the 707 design developed/evolved into other models.

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      Post #79842, posted on 01-15-2022 GMT-5 hours    
      They are releasing the AA 707 later this year.

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      Post #79845, posted on 01-15-2022 GMT-5 hours    
      Of course, Aer Lingus never operated a 707 or 720 with RR Conways. In fact, no 720 series or 707-120 series had them. Conway operators is a short list and all are intercontinental types.

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      Post #79846, posted on 01-15-2022 GMT-5 hours    
      Stevej....
      Interesting about the American release. What is your source of info?

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      Post #79851, posted on 01-16-2022 GMT-5 hours    
      Some irony that both Boeing and Revell quickly upgraded the engines from turbojets to turbofans. 54 years later we modelers are "obsessing" over the turbojets. I bet "back in the day" that Revell were pleased with themselves with the modern upgrade to the fans.

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      Post #79853, posted on 01-16-2022 GMT-5 hours    
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      Stevej....
      Interesting about the American release. What is your source of info?

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      My source was the catalogue that came with the model, expect last quarter 2022.