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Eric Mc

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About Eric Mc

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  1. Another one I missed originally. Lovely job.
  2. Lovely build. By coincidence, I've just started building the same kit in the same marking. I'm a bit young to remember EI-AOR but I certainly remember EI-ARS, which Aer Turas operated until 1976. I have a set of Aer Lingus marking for the Carvair which are from S&M Decals.
  3. I hadn't seen that build. Now that I have I'm not sure if it's encouraging or discouraging :). That is one neat rendition. To make mine a bit different, I'll try and add a bit of weathering as the pictures I've found of the real EI-AOR does show that it wasn't exactly pristine. With so many places to post builds on forums, I'm never 100% sure what the best location is for in-progress reports. The Classic Airliner sub-forum here can be a bit quiet but I'll keep the build reports here but will put the finished result in the mainstream finished model forum.
  4. I'm on a bit of a classic airliner kick at the moment. As well as the 737, I'm having a go at the Minicraft Douglas DC-4 kit. It's a fairly modern kit (1990s) so fits well and has nice recessed panel lines. The kit is available with in different boxings with a number of decal options. This edition comes with a very nice set of 1950s Pan Am markings. However, I want to do the model as an Irish Aer Turas DC-4 operated in the 1960s.The aircraft involved is EI-AOR which was used in the 1965/66 period. It's before my plane spotting days so I don't remember this one at all - although I do remember EI-ARS which Aer Turas flew until 1976. First job was to add some weights to the nose. I've used some nuts to provide the weight and applied some PVA glue to keep them in place. The full size DC-4/C-54 had a tendency to sit on its tail so they often made use of a tai9l prop when parked or being loaded to prevent any embarrassing see-saw moments.
  5. Of course it's down to modellers. We all have our own tolerance levels as to how "out" we are prepared our finished models to be. Until the day a fairly accessible, modern and relatively easy injection moulded kit of the Vanguard is released, we haven't got much choice. Maybe Mikro Mir might be minded to have a go - seeing as they have recently released an Argosy.
  6. It looks to m,e that the space plane is essentially a winged booster. It doesn't carry people and has no internal cargo carrying capacity. It's effectively a winged rocket and fuel tank. It carries its payload in an expendable module. In some ways, it's the reverse of the original Space Shuttle concept. Rather than throwing away the tank, you now recover it.
  7. I initially sprayed the entire nacelle Valejo aluminium. I then masked off the nacelle leaving the rear portion free to accept Alclad jet Exhaust. It seems to have overlaid the acrylic Valejo with no ill effects. The great thing about Valejo acrylic metallics is that they appear to be more robust than Alclad and therefore can accept masking tape without lifting when the tape is removed. This is the first time I've applied masking tape to Valejo metallic paint so it was a bit of an experiment. I was pleased with how it performed and will undoubtedly be using Valejo metallics again. I haven't abandoned Alclad. I still like them. However, when I know that I will need to mask over an initial metallic coat, I'll be using Valejo for that base layer in future The leading portion of the wings and tailplanes as well as the leading edge of the tail fin on 737-200s were also polished metal. So the next task will be to apply Valejo Chrome to those areas. I have a set of 737-200 Corrugard decals for the wings and tailplanes so I won't need to paint those areas again. The tricky part of painting the early 1970s Aer Lingus scheme is getting the curved demarcation between the white on the top part of the fuselage and the light grey undersides where it curves down on the forward fuselage correct. The reason why it has to be correct is because where it the two line end up on the nose cone delineates the diameter of the black radar nose. It was difficulty in getting this right which stymied my previous attempt to complete this particular model.
  8. I'm away for a few days from today so the 737 build will stop for the moment. But it will recommence once I get back. Since the above pictures were taken I've sprayed the engines Valejo aluminium and sprayed Alclad Jet Exhaust on the rear third of each engine. The next step on the engine will be to paint the front ring of the engine another shade of Alclad as they do appear a bit different to the rest of the engine body. These early JT8D engines had auxiliary "blow-in" doors. Airfix moulded them as raised lines but they were removed by me during the sanding and filling process. I'll replicate their presence using squares of metallic shaded decal.
  9. If the Manc had Merlins, would it have been able to get off the ground?
  10. By much? Are they correctable? Do they spoil the finished model?
  11. This kit was started over eight years ago and then ended up sitting on the "shelf of doom" and was later put back into the stash . I've decided to make an effort to get it finished at last. It's the venerable (1969) AIrfix kit of the 737 which is fairly accurate if you want to build one of the very early versions of the Series 200 737s.. Luckilly, I want to build one of the original Aer Lingus 737 248s that were delivered in 1969 and 1970. The decals are by 2-6. This is as far as I got back in 2008 - As you can see, I blanked off the cabin window and filled and sanded the flight deck windscreen because I intend to use decals for all the windows. In 1/144 this is my preferred option. More so with this era of Boeing airliners because the windows all featured metal surrounds. Decals are the only way to show this in 1/144, in my opinion. Over the past couple of days I have primed the airframe using Halford's Grey Primer (as usual) and I've primed the engine nacelles in gloss black ready for Valejo aluminium. I've just started using these Valejo metallics and I am quite impressed. Even though I am a fan of Alclad, I think these new Valejo paints are pretty much a match but are even more user friendly being acrylics.
  12. Look forward to saying hello.
  13. I hope to be there with the Farnborough IPMS team. I always enjoy the Salisbury show.
  14. You sound like a well rounded personality - apart from building model kits of course Will you be going to the IPMS Salisbury Show on 3 June?
  15. Car on fire?