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  1. Very nice. The decals from are good to work with. This is pretty simple scheme from Iberia, I'm still not a fan of their new current effort it's just too much like every other modern livery and doesn't really stand out. Have you any other airliners on the go at the moment? Jeff
  2. Very nice build John. The Minicraft Douglas kits turned out to be their best (apart from the DC-3, Rodens is better but still not perfect). I'm currently putting together their DC-6 and have a DC-8 almost finished. Shame their Boeings weren't great. That's a great choice of colours, you just need a couple of horses stood by it ready to be loaded - Aer Turas became well known for race horse movement around Europe. Two great models, thanks. Jeff
  3. Lovely! When? Jeff
  4. Beautiful little model. Excellently built and painted. Jeff
  5. Superb! What an intro. I love the weathering, just brilliant to see the dirt streaks and grime of flight. I put my Roden VC-10 back in its box, I found it wasn't doing anything for me, it may come back out again after seeing this one. This is the scheme I intended to do and bought the decals from as it comes with both styles of titles. Very nice and please do a WiP of the KLM A330. Jeff
  6. Thanks Nick, I can always find the time to stick something together. I've got loads on the go, some nearly finished, others waiting for a bit of enthusiasm to restart them. Yes indeed it's been much too long!! Jeff
  7. Temptation? Well, I'll forgive you if you are.
  8. Thank you Keith. On YouTube there's a brief clip of a couple Britannias flying over Africa where it can seen that the exhaust staining builds up quite heavily if not removed. But I doubt this was ever a feature of RAF Britannias - they have to be used to create the stains!! Actually, to be fair the basic scheme of white/ blue cheat line/ light grey was used by numerous smaller operators after they acquired the retired RAF fleet. It just requires the fuselage titles to make them along with the RAF decal sheet.
  9. Thank you all for your comments. The matt black paint under the metal top coat didn't turn out the way I wanted. If you look closely at the paint finish, there seems to be areas where the metal coat is shiny and other areas where it appears to be frosted - around the wing/ engine sections and a few patches on the wings. I'm not sure if this was a reaction to the undercoat or even the plastic causing a few issues. Either way it's not what I wanted. I was aiming for the greyish oxidised colour aluminium adopts after a while. I may even try this new fangled painting method called black basing. As for adding more Britannias to my collection, well I've dug out a very nice sheet from for a Canadian Pacific Brit and have put it next to a 26decals Aer Turas sheet...but I've also been looking at my Minicraft C-97 as I flick through a book called "Shadows". If only I could find "International Red Cross" decals or someone who could print me a few. Thanks Martin, when did I do Italian?
  10. Thank you all very much for your kind words. Martin those photos are simply brilliant, I'd love to have lived around Gatwick at that time. Dirk (Orion) whilst reading about the history of some airlines from that era, there appears to have been weeks between flights with the aircraft parked up waiting their next venture. Imagine that today!! Mind you back then, some early companies used aircraft like the Bristol Freighter and Vickers Viking to fly long distance flights (UK to South Africa or Far East) - imagine that!! I can just about cope with 8 hours flying from A to B. Jeff
  11. Hi all, Here is another Britannia that I made a few months ago. It has languished on the 99% finished shelf just requiring the addition of antennae, nav lights and a one or two other things not covered by that lot. Transglobe can trace its origins back to the registration of a company called Air Links in 1958 who used a Dakota purchased from Aer Lingus. Over the next few years, Air Links flew a series of inclusive tour flights with the Dakotas and later Hermes aircraft (which commenced operations with Air Links in 1962) all over Europe, sometimes leasing out their aircraft to other operators as required. With the introduction of the three Hermes, the Dakotas left the fleet. However, with the increasing popularity of the IT flights, Air Links began searching for a Hermes replacement and initially thought they had found it when the they started negotiations with BOAC to buy their 100 series Britannias then parked up at Cambridge. But BOAC wanted too much money and Air Links walked away. Aware of the pressing need to replace or supplement the Hermes fleet, Air Links bought some C-4 Argonaut aircraft (there's a beautiful colour picture of G-ALHW resting at Gatwick in June 1965 on page 52 of Adrian Balchs' fantastic book Vintage Glory - this is probably the one book I want to be buried with - I love it) and together the fleet roared all over Europe during the 1965 season carrying passengers to such destinations as Brindisi, Zurich, Barcelona, Palma with some long range charters to the Middle and Far East for MoD trooping flights. May 1965 marked the introduction of the Britannia to Air Links fleet and shortly afterwards changed its name to Transglobe (August 1965). From then on, the Argonaut fleet were slowly withdrawn as more Britannias entered service, with two of the type ready for the start of 1966 operations followed by another in May. Expansion plans by the company saw them purchasing six CL-44 and applications for trans Atlantic passenger routes. Finally being granted permission to operate the CL-44 and given the licences they sought, Transglobe started passenger trans Atlantic charter flights in mid 1968. However, competitors were flying these routes with jets and so a couple of the CL-44 were leased to Trans Mediterranean Airways as passengers preferred the speed and newness of the jets. Suddenly in November 1968 operations ceased as the major shareholding companies sought to wind up the company that had been having financial difficulties for a number of years. As detailed in my IAS Britannia thread, this is the lovely model put out by Roden. This was the first one I built just after its release. I hadn't intended to build it, merely dry assemble it but things went so well that glue was used and by the end of the day the model was more or less built. Painting took the route of Revell matt black enamel then Tamiya XF-2 white followed by a couple of Kleer coats. The underside natural metal was AK Interactive xtreme matt aluminium. This over the matt black didn't work, so next time I'll use a gloss black. Decals came from 26decals and worked very nicely. However, I chose to leave the windows unfilled and noticed that the decal cheatline window spaces didn't fully line up with the kit. Not sure if I stretched the cheatlines a bit applying them, but Revell Aqua Lufthanse blue (I think) matched almost perfectly and was used to touch up. It's been sat on my 99% finished shelf which, sadly, means it'll probably never been fully completed. Once a model ends up there that's it. All i need do is add some antennae, paint a couple of nav lights and that will be it fully finished. Don't study the nose area too closely, the anti-glare panel is a bit rough. On with the pictures Thanks for looking, Jeff
  12. This is very exciting- my all time favourite jet aircraft. Can't be far off if sprue shots are being posted.
  13. Well, in an effort to encourage Roden to release more 1/144 airliners, I've bough quite a few Britannias, Carvairs, DC-3 and even the B720 (inspite of all the *expert* opinion claiming it's a pile of s**t). I have a few of the new VC-10 but the one I started has gone back into the box - I wasn't overly impressed with it, with either moulding quality issues or a few shape problems I'm still deciding on whether it's me not knowing the subject better. A new Roden Viscount would be very welcome and I'd be over the moon if a Vanguard appeared too. I'll even splash out an buy their forthcoming C-5 Galaxy. With the Britannia nose wheels, as I mentioned in the opening ramble to this, the nose wheel axle is a pin compared to the chasm of the location recess on both wheels. So when I've attached the wheels, both have been right up against the nose leg. I'm looking forward to seeing your fleet posted soon! Jeff
  14. Lucky you!! That's an era I'd love to have lived in (not saying you're old, but I was a little pinky coffeeboat then and even though I did live in it, I was in single figures) and seeing all those props and early jets. Jeff
  15. Do you remember seeing these aircraft? If you do, you're a very lucky man!!