So far NG Models have made an amazing 119 Boeing 757-200s under their own name. HYJL wings have made a further 15, Aeroclassics 18 and DreamAir 2. These 154 aircraft, within a couple of years, accounts for more than half of the 306 1:400 757-200s made. NG have been especially good at producing a range of hybrids, with the Republic/Northwest group a particular highlight.
Then there is the one-off Honeywell release, which was truly outstanding. Even so with over 1000 production aircraft it is easy to find more 757s to be made and what was supposed to be a short list has ballooned into over 90 models, of which I'd buy most!
Impressively 33 of their 757s have been G-reg versions giving the UK a focus in 1:400 it hasn’t ever received before over such a time period. Many of the most vital UK 757s have now been made – such as Monarch (original colours), Air 2000 (original colours), Air Europe, Britannia, Thomas Cook, Thomson and lots and lots of BA. There are still plenty of schemes to deliver though.
It was great to see the original Air 2000 scheme but it'd be lovely for them to be joined by the later 'Tapestry' and 'Starfish' liveries too:
Thomas Cook Legacy
The major IEA/Airtours/MyTravel arm of UK charter business in the 90s has so far been ignored but featured some very nice 757s. Inter European in particular had one of my favourite schemes. All these airlines merged at various points and ended up in the Thomas Cook group:
Flying Colours was on the other Caledonian side of things but also ended up as part of the Thomas Cook group merging into JMC Air in 2000:
Like Air 2000 with Monarch's original colours made there is still room for the later two schemes:
Canada remains heavily under-represented in terms of 757s, which is a shame especially given its often strong links to UK charter companies.
Nationair was a major visitor to the UK in the early 90s. The hybrid Ambassador scheme below is particularly interesting:
Russia became quite an important destination for second-hand 757s during the early 2000s although a few made appearances earlier than that.
There are of course lots of US airline Gemini Jets released 757s that could do with replacement also, however these are not top priority for myself:
My Top 10
If it were my choice for my top 10 from these I'd be picking the following:
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