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How to make a 737 Answered

Southwest has put out a video showing the construction of one of its newest Specialty Planes. It's all done in just 2 minutes, 30 seconds, too. It's like watching a kit being put together. Also love seeing the application of the paint job in a succession of masking and painting.

Check it out and be sure to mute the soundtrack.

via Core77

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Wolf Seril
Wolf Seril

9 years ago

Sweet, now I have a use for that 747 fuselage I have collecting dust in my basement.

I knew I saved that for some reason.

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lemonie
lemonie

9 years ago

Good film, very nicely put together. I wonder what price on the paint-job?

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PKM
PKM

Reply 9 years ago

High, I'd imagine- wouldn't you hate to be the guy positioning the stencils for that?

"Oh no, there's a wrinkle... 11 feet above the wing... guess I'd better take it off and redo it"

I'd like to know how they do the registration to make sure all the different colours line up properly.

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rbstimers
rbstimers

9 years ago

Awesome! I'm going to go build one now!

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bowmaster
bowmaster

9 years ago

Ohhh!!!! This is how it's done. I got a kit for one of these online the other day for $50, and it didn't come with instructions.

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n0ukf
n0ukf

9 years ago

Is there any indication anywhere what the elapsed time is between fuselage rolling in and painted plane rolling out?

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Tool Using Animal
Tool Using Animal

9 years ago

God that music was dreadful, says someone voluntarily attending a Jazz concert saturday.

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lemonie
lemonie

Reply 9 years ago

You don't know dreadful - turn the volume down 'cos it's MIDI

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gmoon
gmoon

9 years ago

Wow, nice video...

Another "wow" about the soundtrack comment. Mute the video if you don't care for modern jazz (I think it's awesome.) Sounds like Jean-Luc Ponty, or some other modern violinist following in Stephane Grappelli's footsteps...

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fungus amungus
fungus amungus

Reply 9 years ago

I should have said "horribly inappropriate." I still think it's a pretty poor choice of music for this video. The combination here doesn't work.

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gmoon
gmoon

Reply 9 years ago

Modern "swing" invokes a "Kenny G" reaction in some folks, particularly if it's bad (or if that person hasn't hear much good swing.) But swing is still appropriate for movement...

Anyway, we'll call it a matter of personal taste.

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lemonie
lemonie

9 years ago

I don't rate Philip Glass much but the video is great:

(YouTube stuffs-up the lovely fluid-motion though)
KoyaanisqatsiI

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caitlinsdad
caitlinsdad

9 years ago

 I think the guy testing all the controls was piloting the flight I was on once in the same way.

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wenpherd
wenpherd

9 years ago

Ooh, cool i always wanted to make one. But i wonder where i can order the parts...........

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kelseymh
kelseymh

9 years ago

Great find, Ed!  I love the bits where they're doing QC on the controls and landing gear...

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xana
xana

9 years ago

five stars