787-9 template
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Boeing just rolled out an Air New Zealand 787-9 from the paint booth, and it hit me like a ton of bricks. Not only because I thought it was one of the coolest looking airliners ever, but it was because I couldn’t believe that the 787-9 is so far along in production. Yeah, I haven’t been paying attention to the latest commercial aviation news, and it caught me totally off guard that the first stretched version of the 787 is just about to be launched.

Thankfully, all I had to do was stretch my original 787-8 template a bit to get this one out the door. And I found it interesting that it wasn’t even all that much of a stretch. This -9 variant is not even the longest 787 Dreamliner up Boeing’s sleeve – there’s actually an even longer one (the 787-10) in the works that will be coming out very soon. And you can bet that I’ll create a template of it as soon as I can get some good quality photos of a production model.

787-9 line drawing

Technical line drawing of a Boeing 787-9

I’m going to be a bit honest and tell you that I had to take a wild guess when it came to drawing the part lines on the fuselage of this aircraft. There aren’t a lot of good reference photos of this thing yet, so the part lines that you see are not completely accurate – but I don’t claim any of my illustrations to be perfect, so this is going to have to do (for now). I’ll update these drawings sometime in the future when I run across a detailed depiction of the sectioning on these Dreamliners.

It’s a good looking aircraft though, isn’t it? I’m still not sure I like the shape of the nose in these side view illustrations, but it looks pretty good in real life. And this little bit of a stretch is just what the 787 needed IMHO. The -8 was always just a bit too stubby for my tastes, but this -9 has the perfect amount of length without looking too long and lean (kind of like how the 777-300 is).

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8 Comments

  1. Jo

    Your templates and liveries are really beautiful do you reckon you could find time to do a 757 i would love to be able to one of your templates to make my own. great stuff

  2. Norebbo Author

    As a matter of fact, I just finished templates of the 757-200 and I will be posting them very soon. Look for them sometime in the next few days!

  3. keesje

    Hi Scott, great work 🙂

    It seems at this stage, Boeing is avoiding 787-8 sales, because commonality with the 787-9/-10 is 40% only.

    The 787-9s are much more mature / popular. It could be that when Boeing has sold the 787-8’s on order, they go back and make a 787-8 mk2, having 90% commonality with the 787-9/-10. And maybe adding ~2 meters / seatrows longer to improve market attractiveness and improve airframe efficiency. Could you create such a 787-8 stretch / 787-9 shrink? I would discuss it at the large aviation forums & link to the illustration at Norebbo. Rgds

  4. Norebbo Author

    Thanks! Interesting idea about a 787 stretch – I hadn’t thought of that before, but yes, that makes sense. I’d love to help but I’m so backed up on other projects right now (including trying to finish the A340 series) – there’s just not enough time in the day, unfortunately. If I were you I’d bring this up on Airliners.net – it would be interesting to see what everyone there thinks about this.

  5. Andy Elliott

    Great template. When are you uploading a template of the Boeing 787-10?

  6. Norebbo Author

    Thanks! I’m actually still trying to collect good reference material for it right now. There’s not much out there quite yet…

  7. Fox

    can you try a mc-21 soon?

  8. Richard

    great drawings-just one minor nitpick on the 787-9
    the 787-9 forward fuselage has a gap in the window band just forward of the 2nd door [where the frame extension is put in]
    from the forward door, it’s 9 windows, a 1 window gap, 5 windows, then the 2nd door
    some airlines blank out the window closest to the 2nd door, so that there is only 4 windows
    some airlines also blank out the 1st window behind the 1 door
    for the -10, the 5 window extension is just forward of the 2nd door, & looks like in front of the rear door

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