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      Post #68684, posted on 11-21-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Just saw it on eBay. Quite a few airlines. Ordered one just now, hopefully the 717 is soon to follow.

      Keep em separated!
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      Post #68691, posted on 11-22-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Yeah I saw those too- Alitalia, Air Canada (not their prettiest scheme, it's the one with the black/ very dark green? tail), Continental ("United" current scheme) and early Swissair. Very excited about these releases. The MD-87 from EE and Mikromir is great.
      Looking forward to the MD-95 and the MD-80 due soon too.

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      Post #68692, posted on 11-22-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Quite excited to build one of these kits. Love the whole Dc-9 series!

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      Post #68696, posted on 11-22-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Does anyone know if it's the same plastic as the Fly kit or is it new?

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      Post #68699, posted on 11-22-2017 GMT-5 hours    
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      Does anyone know if it's the same plastic as the Fly kit or is it new?



      Here you go:

      http://www.pas-decals.ru/forum/novosti/1078-novinki-vostochnyj-ekspress?start=270#33361

      If the thread doesn't automatically take you to the post, look for Post 33361 and it will show you pictures of the test shot. EE has been doing all-new CAD work for these kits.

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      Post #68700, posted on 11-22-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Wow...

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      Post #68702, posted on 11-23-2017 GMT-5 hours    
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      Does anyone know if it's the same plastic as the Fly kit or is it new?



      Here you go:

      http://www.pas-decals.ru/forum/novosti/1078-novinki-vostochnyj-ekspress?start=270#33361

      If the thread doesn't automatically take you to the post, look for Post 33361 and it will show you pictures of the test shot. EE has been doing all-new CAD work for these kits.

      Jodie Peeler



      Thanks Jodie. Itís obviously not the Fly kit. It looks like the MD11 which to mind mind isnít good. That kit looks lovely in the box but is an utter pig to build. My unbuilt Airfix DC-9s are safe from eBay for the time being.

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      Post #68703, posted on 11-23-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      The Dash-8 on the next page looks promising.

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      Post #68704, posted on 11-23-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      I am also eagerly awaiting the Dash-8 (and hoping the aftermarket will bring US Airways final colors for it).

      Regarding the quality of the DC-9 kit, I am entertaining the possibility of buying one and posting a comparison to the Airfix and Fly kits, and doing a build report.

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      Post #68706, posted on 11-23-2017 GMT-5 hours    
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      I am also eagerly awaiting the Dash-8 (and hoping the aftermarket will bring US Airways final colors for it).

      Regarding the quality of the DC-9 kit, I am entertaining the possibility of buying one and posting a comparison to the Airfix and Fly kits, and doing a build report.

      Jodie Peeler



      I'll look forward to that. It will be good to have an impartial comparison. I've never made any secret of my prejudice against Eastern Express which goes back to their early stuff, particularly the A318. The MD11 promised so much (as it should have done at the selling price) but failed to deliver. My partly built example is lurking on top of a book case out of sight pending a decision on whether to try to complete it or junk it and buy Authentic Airliners which I wish I had done from the start.

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      Post #68712, posted on 11-23-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Iíll be eager to hear the comparison to the Fly kit. The Airfix kit is well past retirement age. Nice for its day, but long since eclipsed by technology and expectations.

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      Post #68713, posted on 11-23-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      I'll do it. If anybody can route me to a quicker way to get the new EE kit than the current eBay auctions promise (currently showing delivery to me sometime between Dec. 15 and Jan 2), please PM me. Decals don't matter since I have enough decals here to keep me in DC-9s the rest of my life; just interested in the plastic.

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      Post #68714, posted on 11-23-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      I donít care much for the Fly kit. When I opened my first one (only one) and saw the landing gear as an exact copy of the MC MD80. Told me the rest of the kit was probably not worth an effort.

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      Post #68717, posted on 11-24-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Jodie - try Hobby Terra. Theyíre great to deal with, and ship fast. That said, Iíve had good luck with most of the Ukrainian eBay sellers. The shipping estimate may be due to kit availability. Usually once shipped Iíll have it from UR within five to ten days.

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      Post #68735, posted on 11-28-2017 GMT-5 hours    
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      I'll look forward to that. It will be good to have an impartial comparison. I've never made any secret of my prejudice against Eastern Express which goes back to their early stuff, particularly the A318. The MD11 promised so much (as it should have done at the selling price) but failed to deliver. My partly built example is lurking on top of a book case out of sight pending a decision on whether to try to complete it or junk it and buy Authentic Airliners which I wish I had done from the start.



      I'm a bit surprised that you think the Airfix kit is still better, I can't tell from the sprue shots what the nose is like, and if it has the very distinct DC9 faceted nose which is not present on the Airfix kit, but I can see that it has the fuselage crease line which is such a pain to add to the Airfix kit.

      I do rather think that some of the corrections I have to do to the Fly kit still make it a much better proposition than the Airfix kit

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      Post #68736, posted on 11-28-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      If you aim for the very distinct DC9 faceted nose and fuselage crease line you would probably be very happy with this one built by Kurt. Available as -10, -30, -50 series.
      When comparing EE, Airfix and Fly its probably fair and worthwhile to mention the AA again, its such a sweet kit and even features optional extended flaps.




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      Post #68737, posted on 11-28-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      If only I could build them like that one ^^^ I'd be really happy!

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      Post #68738, posted on 11-28-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Jennings, thanks for the tip about HobbyTerra. I am watching the website to wait for the kit's listing. I am also checking eBay daily, as it seems a couple more sellers have the kit available and the prices are starting to find their level.

      I will close a deal soon on the Eastern Express kit and begin my comparison build, work and other factors permitting. I know the issues with the Airfix kit pretty well but haven't spent enough time with my Fly kit to get a handle on it. I will, of course, be comparing all kits with the various drawings and other material I have here.

      If you can afford the investment, of course, Kurt Lehmann's kits are the way to go - but as I often remind y'all, they're not within everyone's price range. For me they are kits I can afford exactly one of, if that.

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      Post #68739, posted on 11-28-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      I have the Authentic Airliners DC-9-50 with the extended flaps/slats. It is outstanding and worth every penny!

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      Post #68740, posted on 11-28-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      I donít think anyone doubts the quality of Kurtís kits. Kurt is a true craftsman, and his kits reflect that. However, many people simply canít afford the prices that Kurt has to get for his hand made, boutique products, so simply saying ďKurtís is betterĒ isnít really helpful to many (most) folks. Both have their place.

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      Post #68744, posted on 11-29-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Hi Jodie,

      The EE kit sure looks promising. I have had a few happy Airfix DC-9 builds and like the kit a lot. I am looking forward to seeing your build experience with the Fly and EE kits and hearing your opinions about the comparison!

      Which paint schemes are you thinking of? There are so many great choices with the DC-9...

      Cheers,

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      Post #68745, posted on 11-29-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      hi Dan!

      I'm still up in the air (ha ha!) on liveries for the comparison build. I have what seems like 17,000 options in my decal stash already and there are so many others available from the various vendors. One will likely be Eastern, since our local airports seemed to always have one around when I was a kid, and my childhood ambition was to fly DC-9s for Eastern. So much for that. But, I digress. The others? So many possibilities, and I'll probably still be trying to decide halfway through the build itself.

      The Airfix kit is an old friend and I've built several over the years, and with a little attention it can still be built into a perfectly cromulent DC-9. I haven't looked closely at my Fly kit but it does correct a couple things that had bothered me about the Airfix kit. The Eastern Express kit looks like it's covered most of the bases and I'll be interested to see how well it builds. And I have built Kurt's DC-9-50 (as one of the Delta -50s I got to fly on before their retirement), and it is a gem.

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      Post #68748, posted on 11-29-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Yes, too many choices! Eastern will look awesome.

      I am on the fence with my future DC-9 build as far as livery. I am looking at a -50 series with either Hawaiian Air or possibly putting two of Clint's Republic -30 decals together. I still haven't decided....

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      Post #68749, posted on 11-29-2017 GMT-5 hours    
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      hi Dan!

      ...And I have built Kurt's DC-9-50 (as one of the Delta -50s I got to fly on before their retirement), and it is a gem....

      Jodie Peeler



      I've also got one of Kurt's -50s that I'm going to build as the Last DC-9 I ever flew. Delta ATL-LIT my first year of law school. Can't believe its been so long ago!!

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