4th Place- Air Greenland 757-200, OY-GRL
When the quality is this good, it takes certain things to rank one 757 above or below the other when they are on the same mould. Beside a sole 787 that I have received from NG, that had a few minor printing imperfections, everything NG touches seems to turn to gold. This however marks my first ever construction based disappointment. I am sad to say OY-GRL arrived with a wheel, and a wheel-and-axel sitting at the bottom of the container. I am glad however that NG has put some tape across the bottom to prevent these tiny pieces from slipping away forever. After some careful work I was able to repair the model. Besides this fact I'm very happy with the model. Anytime you have a model with a base coat other than white, the overlaying features can either be very well done, or they can look downright dreadful. Safe to say, upon first inspection, this is superb.
3rd Place- Iceland Air CARGO 757-200F, TF-FIG
I'm not a lover of freighters. I have a fear few in my collection to represent the major freighter airlines and representatives of aircraft I've seen personally, but it's not an area where I spend much time or money. However, I do admire Icelandic aviation and I do fleet build Icelandair, therefore, this was a fairly easy selection. I may one day pick up the second version that has the special "Absolutely Fresh" titles, but having the standard version is good enough for me. Overall a stunning model.
2nd Place- United Airlines 757-200WL, N532UA
When most if not all 1/400 model aircraft are made in China, by mainly Chinese companies, it makes sense that many manufacturers focus primarily on Chinese or Asian aircraft. The fact that NG is all over the map with each release is incredibly exciting, especially for American collectors like myself. The United Airways "blue tulip" is my favorite of all UA schemes. I've never seen this one in person, but I used to love seeing these UA 757's when I lived in Buffalo, NY. My own photo, there.
1st Place- Royal Nepal Airlines 757-2F8C, 9N-ACB
It was tricky ranking the others, but I knew ahead of time which one would be first. Passenger/Freight combination aircraft I find particularly interesting mostly because for such a layout to be created on an airplane it must be serving a very unique and sometimes isolated location. They are not common and in fact, this may be the only 757 combination ever to have been made. It has been in service for over 30 years so it's truly surprising no one has made it until this time. "Gandaki" appears to be out of normal use and I believe sits in storage and for sale by Nepal Airlines. The model is stunning. It is simple in color but the details couldn't possibly be better. I'm amazed you can still see some for sale.