1:180 Scale Plastic Snap-Fit – Boeing 737-300 – Length:6.25" Wingspan: 5.75"
These models from Flight Miniatures are made of plastic and don't need any glue or paints. The assembly is very basic and takes only a few minutes. Assembly consists of nothing more than attaching the wings to the fuselage and then attaching the tail and elevators. Special care has to be taken while attaching the wings since the fitting in these models is quite tight and some pressure needs to be applied. The pressure needs to be applied on the wings and onto the fuselage. Do not, for example, hold the wings from the engines and apply force like that since this will damage and/or break the engine.
The level of detail is very nice and accurate. Wings will show the different panels and sections just as the real thing. The coloring and markings are not decals, so they won't peel off. For the people who are really observant, engines are accurately proportioned and the type of engine is also accurately represented. These type of models are the type which one can see in airline offices and/or at travel agents (when they were still around).
These are not toys, they are not intended to be played with since they are very fragile. However, the constructions is so simply and because they have no moving parts, that casual "flying" (and making noises) will be fine, even if done by a child.
The box measures 8 inches long by 2.5 inches high by 1.2.5 deep
Please note that this is a collector model and is not recommended for children under 8.
The 737-300 was launched in 1981 by both USAir and Southwest Airlines becoming the first model of the 737 Classic series. The aircraft has a typical capacity of 128 passengers in a two-class configuration (137 seats in a one-class coach seating configuration). The 300 series remained in production until 1999 when the 1,113th and last aircraft (ZK-NGJ) was delivered to Air New Zealand on December 17, 1999.
Various modifications have been made to aircraft previously in service. The 737-300 can be retrofitted with Aviation Partners Boeing winglets. The 737-300 retrofitted with winglets is designated the -300SP (Special Performance). Used passenger -300 aircraft have also been converted to freighter versions. The Lockheed Martin CATBird is a modified 737-300 with the nose of a Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II, and a pair of canards, with an F-35 cockpit inside; to be used to flight test the F-35's avionics suite. In December 2008, Southwest Airlines selected Boeing to retrofit its 737-300s with new avionics, in order to improve commonality with its 737-700s, as well as to support the Required Navigation Performance initiative.