Yankee Alberts: US Boeing 737-300s
It is rather disappointing that since I published the European 737-300 wishlist back in April 2020 not a single one of the models has been made. However, given that there are multiple US and Canadian stores now working with Panda (El Aviador, Waffle Collectibles, Prairie Diecast and RM Model Store) I have some small hope that a list of US series 300s won't be as ignored as the Euro list.
Coverage of US 737-300s hasn't been awful - thanks largely to Aeroclassics using the Panda mould in the past. They produced 24 737-300s including some really sought after and nice models such as USAir and Piedmont. That doesn't mean there isn't still scope for plenty more US series 300s.
Additionally, Gemini Jets and JC Wings have been using their 737-300 a little in recent years but sadly the mould isn't great and some of the releases have been disappointing (United Saul Bass) or copies of already released Aeroclassics versions (USAir, American, Western).
Several of the older Gemini releases (mainly Southwest examples) use the Phoenix mould, which frankly is a piece of poo, so you can't even count on them. Lastly there are a variety of old Herpa and Dragon Wings versions - none of which are particularly great.
The result is that of the 70 or so North American 737-300s at least half of them are obsolete or just unimpressive. Others remain unmade altogether. Here are over 50 contenders from the US alone.
1980s and Trunk Airlines
It is surprising that so many of these haven't been made or have only been made eons ago by Dragon Wings (aside from the Saul Bass United made recently very poorly by Gemini). I am especially surprised nobody has attempted a CO 737-300!
There have been 11 Southwest 737-300s made and Aeroclassics covered the standard schemes, however the only special schemes made using the Desert Gold scheme were a pair of old Herpas. Meanwhile all the wingletted Canyon Blue Gemini versions use the horrible Phoenix mould. So there is plenty of scope for proper treatments of the following:
Lonestar One N352SW
California One N609SW
Arizona One N383SW
Silver One N629SW
Triple Crown N647SW
Shamu One N334SW
Frontier operated 19 737-300s over the years with their varied animal tails. Not all wore different animals on each side but most did. So far only Dragon Wings has attempted any of these excellent schemes.
West Pac briefly lit up the skies with their logojets. There have been a few in 400 scale made but the only decent effort was the Colorado Springs version by Aeroclassics leaving all of these open for production:
In terms of airlines this is actually quite a short list but in terms of liveries it is much longer. I think many of these schemes would sell very well and many are made more viable by how similar they are too each other. Let's hope that unlike the Euro list this one gets more traction.
McCoy aviation, Jeffrey Isbell
14/10/2021 02:10:48 pm
I would definitely get the Sams Town and Durango western pacific 733's
16/10/2021 04:06:10 am
These suggestions are excellent! Continental West was an attempt to build a hub in San Jose when there were still plenty of capacity there. Sunworld did the same in Las Vegas. Morris Air merged into Southwest Airlines building up their presence on the west coast and in Salt Lake City. Like Win Air, it was a precursor to JetBlue. Sunworld also flew DC-9s. The B737-300s and DC-9s flew in two different liveries. As far as I am aware the DC-9s never had to yellow stripe and stylized sun. Likewise, the B737-300s never flew in the script titles and sunset tail. Add a Royal West BAe-146 for the transition era of Las Vegas from the hub Republic inherited from Hughes Air West and then abandoned, and the build-up of Southwest and America West to the hubs for American and Southwest today. Thanks for the memories!
16/10/2021 08:48:09 pm
Great list Richard! To my knowledge, Herpa, AC and Phoenix have released 4 Western Pacific logo jets between them. I have them all. I would certainly buy any release were they to be done.
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