Iran Air B747SP EP-IAD.
This is an old generation model produced by Herpa, so the belly, the engines and the landing gear can't be compared with new generation models nope with 1:1 airplane.
Let me start from port side
The beautiful Iran Air logo has an interesting story:
IranAir Logo History
After the Iran National Airline was registered as a national company, it officially started under the acronym "HOMA," made by combining initial letters of the Persian phrase. For both brevity and clarity, Iran National Airline changed to IranAir.
To choose the logo, a logo competition announcement appeared in Kayhan and Ettelaat newspapers in 1961. Judges came from the College of Fine Arts.
Inspired by an image atop one of the columns at Persepolis, a young Iranian's sketched the competition's winning image. Edward Zohrabian was only 22 when he drew the well enduring logo of the Airline of the Islamic Republic of Iran by drawing upon a series of ancient Iranian motifs. His most significant inspiration was Homa, the Persian mythological griffin, which can be found in prosperous Persepolis and described in the books of R. Grishman, the famous French archeologist who specialized in ancient Iran.
The griffin atop the Persepolis column has three distinct characteristics: an eagle's head, a cow's ears and a horse's mane. Without legs, according to some accounts, the griffin never rests, living its entire life flying invisibly high above the earth, and never alighting on the ground.
The color offered by the designer was turquoise.
So, as you can see from the comparison, Herpa was able to realize a perfect replica of "Homa"! The manufacturer was able to reproduce each single hair on the head and upper body of the mythological beast realizing a masterpiece. We are referring to many years ago, when Herpa was still producing old generation models and the skills/instruments weren't so "perfect" as today; this should be make reflect us about how much some things were getting worst with the progress, also seen the many flaws in current models and with less difficult logos than Iran Air "Homa".
In fact this logo is really difficult to reproduce by Herpa did a wonderful job.
The curved shape under the tail, typical future of the SP version, is well done, even if the tail ends almost straight while in the real airplane it ends curving on the fuselage, with the black strip continuing until the end of the tail fin.
Good the black section on the upper part of the tail fin with the two letters AD present.
Of course some details are missing on the cone section, above and below the tail rudders, but this is an old generation model...
Rear door, 15 windows, second door; ok for the registration, EP-IAD, below five windows, not good the "Persian written" above the windows line because in the real model it takes 10 windows while in Herpa model it is too short, just 8 windows: the written is the Persian translation for "The Airline of the Islamic Republic of Iran" ,هواپیمايی جمهوری اسلامی ایران
and maybe Herpa wasn't able to reproduce it perfectly.
As you can see, in the real airplane, after the second door from the rear part, there are 21 windows: these are divided into 6 windows (space) 1 window (space) 4 very close windows (space) 2 windows (large space) 1 window (large space) 1 window (large space) 6 very close windows.
In Herpa model the windows-partition is not respected: there are 13 windows (large space) 1 window (large space) 1 window (large space) 6 windows (= 21 windows as the real airplane).
This is a pity because, even if OG model, the non respect of these important details on the fuselage make the model less attractive and, especially, less similar to the 1:1 airplane. The non-respect of the windows disposition is not linked to technology or skills but to not attention to details!
Nice the Iran flag above the last four windows (right colors), completely wrong the written "The Airline of the Islamic republic of Iran in Herpa model: the place is right (it takes two close windows and the two single windows) but the disposition of the written in Herpa model is wrong.
As you can see from the comparison above, in the real airplane
the written is divided into two parts:
The Airline of the
Islamic Republic of Iran
while in Herpa
model it becomes
Islamic Republic of Iran
Another bad mistake, an important flaw not acceptable even with an OG model!
In my opinion Herpa written was too big and, instead of make it smaller, to respect the space in which the written had to enter, they divided it into three parts. But this is wrong, absolutely not acceptable!
Third door, at the same level of the wings section of the belly, 9 windows. "IranAir" written is well done, with "Iran" above 6 windows and "Air" above the last three windows, good size of the letters as we can see from the doors height.
The 10 windows of the top section of the B747 are well done and well positioned respect the windows below, the written and the third door.
Then the front door and 14 windows until the nose radar-cone section; the written "Boeing B747SP" above the 7th-8th-9th windows is missing, the cockpit windows are stylized 8but this is an OG model), the small door on the upper section of the B747, before the cockpit windows, is present.
The nose section misses of some details: radar-cone black line, Pitot tubes, some squares and rectangles, some straight lines.
Also the engines are wrong: the rear cone is missing, the front section is grey instead of white, Iran Air logo and some lines are missing (but this is an OG model).
The starboard side
in the next post.
P.S. Thanks for your reading, for comments, suggestions, reflections: as you can see and understand it is really difficult to make these reviews because i try to explore everything about the model and the real airplane, comparing them in each detail.
Ciao and thanks.