IntroductionBeing one of the most popular widebodies in the late 2000s and 2010s, the B777-300ER no doubt has become the flagship or even backbone of many airlines longhaul fleet across the globe with over 830 aircrafts being delivered to almost 50 operators across the globe since 2004. Such numbers means that this type will be having a lot of variety on possible liveries for manufacturers to choose from - which means many business opportunities on the grab.
So, 77W moulds in 1/400 scales has been prevalent, especially in recent years with most newjoiners (AV400 and NG) both owned one of their's. Except Aeroclassics(Due to AK's hate towards 777 family) and Panda(Who lacks funding), every major player at 400 scale owns a set to their own, making it one of the most competitive Boeing widebody jet.
Toolings in today's comparisonConsider that there are so plentiful options for me to choose from, I shall make it clear on my selection criteria upfront:
1) Only moulds that are still active will be considered (Nope - Dragon Wings will be excluded)
2) Only slot in will be accepted into comparison (I don't think there are any legit reason to manufacture a 777 with cradle seam in mid-2010s - let alone 2023, so no, Gemini's mould will not be included)
3) Usage of the mould shall be steady (Yea I won't include Herpa/Hogan's 777 as they release on 400 scale too infrequently)
First up will be Phoenix offerings - dates from 2007, Phoenix has done plenty updates to keep it up with the heated competition in the 777 market - with the latest update happened in 2018 when Phoenix developed a larger, see-through engines to fix the achilles heel of their 777 with mixed response.
Coming next is JC Wings 2016 offerings - being credited the first 777 to reach the height of counterpart Phoenix offerings, it really shined with cheaper price and a very convincing package that many are pleased - but are they really THAT convincing as many think?
Moving on we have Aviation400's 2019 mould. With no linkage with the previous iteration AV400, the new team utilize their experience on 200 scale and move it to the 400 with various new features which are either love-it-or-hate-it, like marmite.
Finanlly being the newest of the bunch, NG's 2022 mould are generally seemed to be an rushed job which lacks the finesse and attention to detail that NG strives and excel - especially the ground cleareance which just looks like a large baguette moawing grass with the two humongous GE90s - but are these opinions founded?
MeasurementsFor all measurements caliper are used - so I can get a reliable results that can reach 0.1mm - with the maximum absolute error stands at 0.05mm.
Ground - Engine top
Ground - Engine bottom
|N.A.||N.A.||73cm - 99cm|
1.8mm - 2.475mm
P.s. - the dimension figures shown at Wiki (FAA TC) are the ones that exclude engine nacelles - so no usable figures for me
Ground - Fuselage top
|Real||8.46m - 8.78m|
21.15mm - 21.95mm
|2.26m - 2.58m|
5.65mm - 6.45mm
It is also funny to note that NG would probably be the most accurate mould that showcase properly related dimensions for demonstrating the effect of aircraft weight - as despite within figure limits, AV400 and PH mould have conflicting figures on displaying the weight effect (The fuselage-ground clearance at AV400 seems to showcase a lightly loaded 77W, but the engine-ground clearance at AV400 display a heavily loaded 77W. PH has the opposite situation.)
For fuselage, immediately obvious is AV400 is narrower than other 777s. they do indeed lead to the problem of distorting the proportions of a 77W, which leads to an undesirable side effect that will be displayed below.