Sun Country Airlines 737-800 '2019s Colors' by NG Models
NG Modes Part Number: 58047
Manufacturer: NG Models
Right off the bat, this is a stunning livery. Rarely do we see topographical elements included in paint schemes. I'm thrilled about what Sun Country has committed to and it's been exciting to see this particular aircraft flying overhead. Lots of good things these days from Sun Country Airlines and none of that boring 'Euro-white nonsense.
NG Models always brings its 'A' Game when it comes to style and presentation. The topographical elements utilized in the new Sun Country scheme are also incorporated into the design of the box.
Another feature that I really love is the size of the box. For some reason, some companies package their 1/400 737s in boxes that are much larger than what's necessary. NG efficiently packages and protects their 737s and it really helps on the storage side of things as I'm sure with most collectors, the 737-800 is a very high volume airframe in collections. This box is once again an example of the NG Model's value of attention to details.
If I had any qualms with the construction at all it would be that the engines don't seem to be as snug to the cowlings as they could be or normally are but this runs into 'splitting hairs' territory and I don't wish to do that when the model largely is up to anyone's satisfaction.
As NG ages there have been more frequent rumors and examples of shortcomings in the category of construction but I see no evidence needed to perpetuate such claims and I can give the model full marks for all components of construction. All other fitted components are neatly snapped together and are free of unsightly gaps or crookedness.
The most key component of the 737 mould is the front quarter. Getting the nose, the nose gear, the gear door, the cockpit windows and the correct angles around the cockpit help differentiate this aircraft from any other. With those components combined and with the addition of antennas, a well placed gear housing and an almost perfect front gear hight you have in my opinion the best 737-800 nose in the 1/400 scale.
Going further down the aircraft other details like properly placed antenna (I love the offset belly antenna) and curvature of the fuselage as it makes way to the wing joint are flawless. The thickness of the wing and its main structural components seem to be perfectly to scale.
Another of the best attributes of the NG -800 mould is the quality of the winglets. I have yet to come across one that disappoints. So often in 1/400 scale medium to narrow bodied aircraft that have winglets don't have good looking winglets. The issue is usually down to the scale, thickness and printing. Even on this tiny canvas, the Sun Country logo is easy to make out and it is in these tiny details that the 737-800 from NG pops.
As the focus of the model goes from the midpoint to the rear, good printing shows the quality of the moulding. All stabilizers are very well shaped and snuggly fitted to the fuselage.
In focusing on the high level of detail, there still is no fault to be found. Painted on illuminations, gear door detailing, full coating of gear wheel hubs and even the tiny surfaces of antennas are all executed without flaw. This is an example of why people DON'T mind paying almost 50 USD for a 1/400 scale model. In fact, on the open second hand market, it's likely that the model, only a few months old at this point will likely fetch quite a bit more. The monetary value of the model is of overall little importance to me, but the way in which it was made and how well it resembles the 1/1 version means a great deal.
It's hard to say if NGs mould, or paint and printing is better, but both are astoundingly good and beg the question, what is everyone else's excuse in 1/400 for not hitting this level of quality while still asking for the same amount of cash? A fair question asked by any collector in my opinion.