I decided to post this here (not on Custom Models section) because I think this thread could maybe bring some more discussion about Herpa A320-family tooling (both current and NGV moulds)... and also because I consider this as a minor modification, not enough to be called as a real "custom model"
Anyway... just got my JetBlue A321 and I've decided to modify it.
I was avoiding this model because of the horrible NGV mould. The nose gear tire is too big, the nose is too long, and the engines/pylons are huge. The engine sits too close to the ground (models with IAE engines seem to be the worst).
However, since I buy models to use in my airport, it was kinda unavoidable: I had to buy a JetBlue A321, since it is present on many Caribbean airports.
After seeing Carlos "Faucett Peru" nice pylon modifications on this thread
, I decided to take a shot too.
And also, I had some spare landing gears, so I also replaced the tires with smaller ones (from Herpa NG1 737NG).
Here's the model without the engines and nose gear tires.
Looks like a brand new A321 for JetBlue, parked up at Hamburg Finkenwerder, awaiting the engines before delivery flight
I've used a nail file to trim down the pylon. It was a damn boring job, but someone had to do it
there's a bit of metal dust on the fuselage, but I wiped it off later.
The pylon might not look like the real one, but IMHO it looks much better to see the engine closer to the wing now. I've also moved the engine a little bit forward.
Unfortunately it doesn't seem to be only a pylon problem: the engine is also a bit too big, and the shape of it doesn't help. The "Jetblue.com" titles look crooked now because of the new engine position.
Here's a comparison pic.
So, these were the modifications:
- Smaller nose gear tires
- Trimmed engine pylons
- Engine placed a bit forward
I wish I could figure a way to reduce the nose size, but that is definitely too complicated for me
If Herpa had done these corrections when they still had the NGV mould, it would actually be a very nice mould. The current mould is also nice, but some flaws still remain.
Hope you all enjoy!