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almonkey
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Posted: Friday, January 12, 2007 - 02:23 AM UTC
hi all heres a couple of pics of a kit i started in early december, while i was camera-less. its the airfix 1/144 737 kit that will be built oob. i bought this kit after i worked on a couple of jobs that were under the flight path for east midland airport, and spent rather too much time looking out of windows whenever airliners were flying overhead! this kit comes with raised panel lines, that i have rescribed simply by running a #11 blade along the lines, then sanding it all down. as mentioned previously this kit is a tail sitter, something not mentioned in the instructions, i should have put weight in the nose to make sure but the main wheels are quite far back, so it looks like it would sit right.......
until you put the main gear legs on!
thats why theres a door missing in one of these pics, so i could stuff blu tac through it

this pic shows the re scribing after i sanded down all the ridges

this side is pre-sanding, the lines all have a double ridge giving this side a "boiler-plate" look
betheyn
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Posted: Saturday, January 13, 2007 - 05:44 AM UTC
Looks good so far Phil, what markings come with the kit ?
How was the fit of the fuselage ?
I remember building one as a kid and the fuselage was warped, it ended up in the bin as I didn't have the no how of correcting the problem then .
Andy
almonkey
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Posted: Saturday, January 13, 2007 - 10:16 PM UTC
the markings on the box artwork are an air france aircraft, however the two sets of decals are for B.A. and lufthansa! i think this is a heller kit with the original heller artwork but with airfix decals. the fusalage is'nt too bad a fit, i had to do a little levelling out but nothing to drastic. at the minute its in primer, i've done some more filling and its coming on nicely.
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Posted: Saturday, January 13, 2007 - 11:20 PM UTC
I have thought about doing airliners, because of the colourful schemes, but so far none have taken my fancy. This looks pretty good though, apart from having to re-scribe, and it looks to be a decent size, even at 1/144.
Keep us posted Phil
Mal
almonkey
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Posted: Saturday, January 20, 2007 - 02:26 PM UTC
update time! i've painted the pale grey colour all over, and a lot of the rescribed panel lines have disappeared! not too bothered as this is only a test bed for rescibing and in 1/144 i don't think panel lines wuold be too visable anyway (thats my story and i'm sticking to it!)
anyhoo it needs a bit more filling still, then another coat of humbrol 40, then i can have some fun with the BA dark blue, and alclad panels


almonkey
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Posted: Monday, January 29, 2007 - 03:19 AM UTC
update time! i masked each wing section individually, then used alclad alaminium on the panels, then i used masking tape that is designed to go around curves for the fusalage. it went around all right but did'nt quite snuggle down so the line is a bit ragged and has ended up lower on one side! i might just paint the blue up to window level then bring the grey down to it as i could then use the windows to make sure i've got it level
-and i thought german nightfighter schemes were hard!