December 2019

Embraer E-190

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Embraer 190

KLM Cityhopper, Bristol-Amsterdam, 2019

Revell 1/144

Brazilian aerospace company Embraer have sold over 1,500 examples of their sleek E-Jet regional airliners since it first flew in 2002.  Powered by two modern, quiet and fuel efficient General Electric  CF34-10E engines, rated at 18,500 lb (82.30 kN), the E190 and longer E195 can carry between 100 and 124 passengers, depending on seat configuration, over an effective range of 2,400 miles.  

KLM Cityhopper are one of the main European users, with 32 190s, 17 of the smaller E175 and orders placed for a further 21 E195s to be delivered from 2022.  

KLM’s Embraers operate out of Amsterdam Schiphol airport on short haul routes between various European cities.  Although small inside with narrow aisles and low roofs, they are well appointed and comfortable for travellers.

This is my second Revell E-jet model, having built the original E-195 issue in Air Dolomiti markings back in early 2017.  However, as I have been flying regularly on the Cityhopper aircraft for the last year, I was keen to make one in KLM colours, so jumped at the opportunity to build Revell’s latest modified release, acquiring a reduced price example from my local mial order specialist, Jadlam Racing Models and a set of marvellous 26 Decals providing the correct colours!  These decals actually came from Schiphol - everyone other than the superb Aviation Megastore at Schiphol was out of stock, but despite my flying past/over it regularly every fortnight, I’ve never managed to get into the shop, so mail order was required!   

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In 201& it was revealed that the Dutch King Willem-Alexander has been flying part time twice  a month as a pilot with KLM for the last 21 yrs, including, it is believed, routes on the Cityhopper fleet from Bristol to Amsterdam,  but is now converting to the Boeing 737-800 which is widely used on slightly longer routes by KLM and has been procured as the new Royal Aircraft.

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The real thing - A KLM E-190 departs from Stuttgart airport

Photo by  Juke Schweizer - Wikipedia  - This image is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

The main difference between the two kits is the the shorter fuselage of the 190, although it also seemed to me that the winglets were also slightly modified. The kit assembles easily and is provided with rather plain Lufthansa markings.  A black plastic card backing was placed behind cabin windows (forgot to do this on my previous build), with the decals themselves providing effective window glazing.  Relevant parts of these were combined with the 26 decals, using Revell 50 gloss enamel for the distinctive KLM blue.  All the other paints are Humbrol enamels, hand brushed as always with a coat of Klear to assist in decal application and finished with Micro Satin-cote