Thank-you for all the comments. MUCH appreciated!
It seems another 2¢ about the kit is being gently requested. I would build the kit again. Next time I would:
fill the small gap between nacelle and wing
attach the wing section to the fuselage per instructions. (I kept them separate for painting until very late in the process. I had a tough time finessing the connection later. I’m not happy with my result at the joint.)
re-check references: The outer gear door placement is suspect.
Improve the lights/clear part. Both fit and appearance are underwhelming.
reduce the nose weight, by half? (Mentioned above.)
The wipers are optional decals on the Draw Decal set. The windscreen is two layers/decals. The wipers are integral to the surface/second windscreen frames. [Edit: Separate wipers are item 33 on the kit’s “HaribAIR” sheet. Same sheet gives design credit to Nazca, but retains copyright.]
The kit nacelles did not fall together nicely for me. I cut and glued some sprue inside to ensure the plate with the intake stayed aligned. The plate has an alignment pin/knob, but only on one side. The same plates are the only items I remember filing to fit.
Kit has enough detail on the doors and hatches to assist with the long row of window decals. (You note I did not get it 90%+ aligned either.)
SouthWestForests; Thanks for the story/link. The 737-800 intakes seem just as unique as the nacelles of the 737-200's. The '-200 nacelles remind me of the Arado 234.
It has been a long time since the ARC "airliners" group build. Sounds like there are several of us with an airliner in the stash. Happy modeling.
http://www.arcforums.com/forums/air/index.php?/forum/138-the-airliner-group-build/ 1 January 2009 - 1 July 2009