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About Whirly

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  1. Airfix B737-200 Air Zimbabwe

    Slowly taking shape... The Authentic Airliners engines are very accurate and rich in details but unfortunately they suffer from being part of the full resin kit also sold by AA: they aren't a straight replacement for the Airfix parts and need adapting to the wings with much sanding, filing and fitting. In the end I could get a quite good result but there's still much work to do with Milliput recontouring the joint, using regular putty would mean loosing all these fine details.
  2. Airfix B737-200 Air Zimbabwe

    Actually I invested no more than 30 minutes in the whole process and I'm not specially skilled: you should give it a try! Thank you Mr B, me too!
  3. Airfix B737-200 Air Zimbabwe

    Thank you Graeme! Some more progress: the wings have been slightly modified to make room for the scratchbuilt gear bay. Then some careful alignment was done before glueing the main and tailpanes. The resin nose is now smooth and fine, no real deal to adapt the shape. Putty was liberally applied and I started assembling the Authentic Airliners engines (front and rear). They don't fit very well, hope I won't loose too many details in the process. Thanks for looking!
  4. F-105B conversion resin in 1/72?

    Actually Airwaves did a conversion but in 1/48, here is an image. In 1/72 nobody ever ventured into a vacuform or resin part, the only viable way remains grafting the nose of the jurassic Hasegawa kit onto something more modern.
  5. Airfix B737-200 Air Zimbabwe

    Hello, finally a new update! Work has been quite slow because I wanted to clear the table from another delayed build and this week I'm on holiday with the family. I started to treat the main wheel-well which is quite minimalist in the Airfix kit. I built up a boxy approximation, close enough for my needs. I remembered to do something for the APU exhaust adding a plastic wall and painting everything black. The resin nose copied from the Skyline kit was carefully cleaned to obtain a mounting plug for the Airfix fuselage... ...where in the meantime some surgery happened. And here is the end result. No big steps seen from the side... some sanding needed to get a smooth joint on the right side. The Airfix fuselage is clearly not symmetrical (at least in my kit) and perhaps I should have invested some time in forcing a better match with the resin section. Oh well, next time... When I'll be back home some serious sanding will happen, stay tuned!
  6. Sorry for letting you wait again for another update I made some little progress with final details; first the ventral antenna masts, done with some steel pins, then the main mast over the nose for the long wire antennas, this is Strutz material for added strenght. I wonder why nobody has reissued this product after the demise of Skybirds 86. The smaller mast is also Strutz, while the arc is done with garden wire beaten hard over an anvil to obtain the flattened shape. Then, when I thought to be on the finish line, another mishap with this damned plastic: while I was drilling one propeller spinner the tip detached neatly in this way, I'm really fed up with all this problems! So, now the last step involving finishing the propellers will take again more time than expected.
  7. Airfix B737-200 Air Zimbabwe

    I tried this method but was not very successful: pure superglue cures too hard for subsequent sanding, so I experimented the trick of adding baking soda as a filler. At first it seemed to get very good results, then a few weeks later I started seeing bubbles growing from the surface, luckily I hadn't applied any decals yet. I discovered that this mixture is highly hygroscopic and can give many surprises if the mass is not completely hardened in all its parts. I find my current method much less risky even if a little more time consuming, by the way I use regular polyurethane resin. Glad you find it as attracting! Any trick shown here is "open source" so you are welcome to use it at your will. In all truth I'm not really sure I haven't copied it myself from someone other many moons ago... Actually this is the first experiment with the resin nose: I measured as much as I could to check for any glaring differences in fuselage section and I was satisfied enough to proceed with casting the copy. I wanted also to complete the "tutorial" with some more images which Flickr didn't like to upload yesterday. Here you can see the result after curing and removing the sellotape: you will be left with a sticky surface because the tape glue reacts somewhat with the resin surface but it can be mostly removed wiping with some denatured alcohol. After that the surface is still quite troubled, but a quick coat with Mr.Surfacer will remedy everyting. So, here you are: a finely smooth fuselage with just a little hint of the windows depressions to guide you in decal application. Thanks for looking!
  8. Airfix B737-200 Air Zimbabwe

    And now some small progress. I started by deleting the side windows with my preferred method, that is by covering the holes with sellotape, punching all the corners with a mini drill to let the air some escape.... ... and then pouring a thin layer of resin from the inside.
  9. Airfix B737-200 Air Zimbabwe

    I found some more useful decals for this build, both from Authentic Airliners. First a sheet of photorealistic windows... and then a really innovative idea, the wing vortex generators rendered as very small drops of resin on decal film, something like the resin rivet details from Archer Products. Aaargh, I see now that I photographed the wrong sheet for the 737! I grant you I have also the right one though. Hope to experiment soon this fine products.
  10. Airfix B737-200 Air Zimbabwe

    Actually the mistake is only in the instructions, the decals are correct. Feel free to comment whenever you want, being nitpicking is the ABC of building great models Oh yes, I was expecting a tide of Zvezda -800 builds, but the old Airfix Classic is still very appreciated.
  11. Thank you Cliff! I was just wondering if someone is still looking for updates in this group build The end is in sight but there are many small details and additions to complete, otherwise a small model like this won't be much different from a Corgi diecast. For example this is the front U/C which Minicraft treated quite badly: I made from scratch a new retraction strut and landing lights. Other terribile parts are the propellers: here you can see on the left the untreated one and on the right one complete rebuild, I only have to make three more (needless to say they broke in spinner and blades as soon as I tried to sand the edges....) At least I can now get some satisfaction from the nearly finished item sitting on its legs: the gracious lines of the Connie are clearly there!
  12. Great news! I have two NOVO kits halfway but I welcome a modern kit with decals, there are so many variations for this subject.
  13. Hello, I'm glad to join this group with a build I have too long postponed. I saw the real subject, one of the last -200 in passenger service, during a wonderful trip to Victoria Falls for my tenth wedding anniversary. I well remember the contrast of this beauty with a modern BA A320 parked nearby: shiny metal wings and lower fuselage, the loud hiss of the turbojets, something I hadn't seen for years in european airports. Back to my home I immediately started searching for a decal sheet and I found a nearly suitable one in the Classic Airlines range: a few mail exchanges with Nick Webb later I had in my hands just the right decals, I only needed a decent kit to make justice but this proved quite a task. Over the years I accumulated the Airfix kit, Authentic Airliners ADV engines and a replacement nose I made myself duplicating the very good nose of the DACO kit. This GB came just at the right time to push me doing this model, so here are the raw materials: And this is the real plane, in all its shining glory! Thanks for looking Fabio
  14. I'm glad to report that decal application went quite well with the new sheet, the only problem was a certain stiffness which could be remedied only with a stronger softening liquid, but this had sometimes negative effects on the Gunze paint. Well, you live and learn: Cartograph doesn't mean necessarily top quality all around, probably it depends on how much the kit manufacturer is willing to pay...
  15. Another little progress adding the dark metal panels behind the engine cooling gill, I used Testors Metalizer Titanium for that followed by its sealer. And then the last touch for now are the metal leading edges for the engline cowlings. Alclad Aluminium to avoid any paint leaks under the tape. This should let me finally approach a new attempt at decal application, hope the new round will go better