Following on :
A loooong time ago, Daco granted us with a B-737-300 and to go along with it, beautiful sets of decals for Western Pacific airplanes. They were also released in 1/200th scale. The major problem is that, as it has been said, Hasegawa released the B-737 in both -500 and -400 types, but as no Japanese airline used the -300, this type never came out.
The solution was to customize and shorten a -400. The method proposed in an other thread may be agood one. I used my own, having been satisfied with it when I made the Aéropostale 737-300 (see above).
I am not fully satisfied with the result, as the decals are rather thick (and tend to break when drying on sharp curves) and have quite a lot of overlapping areas.
Softening liquid is required.
Daco instructions apply for its own version (1/144), and he probably had no chance to try them on this model !
Therefore, concerning some areas, these instructions are not suitable for the Hasegawa’s.
Unfortunately, I realized it to late, the decals already wet and on the kit, which explains they are a little wrinkled and damaged at some places as I had to remove them (with the damages and the rage you can imagine).
So, the result in the back part around the fin and the back door is not accurate if you compare it with a picture of the real airplane. The orange shape aft of the wing is also set too low.
But I was satisfied with the way I made the fuselage cuts as the windows and other decals fit on the fuselage.
On this very type, the problem with the decals occurs in the back part. On this kit, the horizontal tail is one piece and is set through the fuselage, while the vertical tail comes last to lock it from the top.
The tail decals must be applied first with the vertical tail on, then cut around the base of it, make the slots for the horizontal tail to go through, remove the fin and then assemble the tail elements back together. This last stage can wait until the end. This will apply for other decals such as The Simpsons
The decal sheet is full of tiny details and you'll need a lot of patience to look out for the numbers and the order they must be put on.
I have a spare set and intend to make the next one a perfect one. But Broadmore seems to be a nice option too. What about the Simpsons ! You just the need too many 737s.
I can reassure those who made this kit before on one point : the rings removed from the -400 can be used on a -500 to build a-300.
This post has been edited by AV O: 25 June 2012 - 04:35 PM