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  1. Masking and painting the red part of the fuselage needs a bit of care and planning. The curve down from the tail, under the wings and on towards the nose is quite a complex shape to mask on a round fuselage. The kit's decal sheet contains red/grey curved lines that go between the red and white parts of the fuselage - you could photocopy the decal sheet and then tape these lines to the model as a guide to positioning the masking tape in the right place. There is also an error on the kit's wings which you'll need to rectify. The A320 doesn't have the small flap fairings in between the 4 main flap fairings on each wing, you should remove all these small fairings. Overall it should be an enjoyable build for a new modeller. Best of luck to you and your friend. Cheers Tim
  2. Hi John That's a really fantastic finish - please, please share your secrets for painting the yellow to white fade. Cheers Tim
  3. Hi Mac I have an unwanted complete set of the kit's decals which I can send you if you are interested. Cheers Tim
  4. Hi Ray Thanks for your great feedback. You're right. Contrails make a very expensive conversion kit, but I honestly didn't think it was worth it as the conversion is so straightforward. I crafted the hump using an Airbus drawing as a template (see below) and from pics on Airliners.net. I just scaled the drawing to the kit's fuselage size and used it to position the kit's nose gear box in the right place (on the blue lines). Add some Milliput, job done and a small fortune saved. Thanks again Tim
  5. Thanks everyone for your great comments, much appreciated. I used the cut out fuselage to make the cargo door and crew door. Unfortunately the largest (forward) fuselage cut was 21mm whereas the cargo door is 26mm wide, but nothing a bit of glue and sandpaper couldn't fix. Thanks again Tim
  6. Something a bit different – an Airbus A330-200F, the cargo version of the A330-200 passenger aircraft. It’s quite rare to see an A330-200F as only 36 have been built to date. Apart from the main deck cargo door, the most visible difference from the passenger version is the distinctive hump under the nose. The passenger variant has a marked nose down attitude while on the ground, so the freighter’s nose gear has been lowered into a fairing beneath the front fuselage to lift the nose so that the main cargo deck is level when on the ground to help loading/unloading. I’ve converted Revell's 1/144 scale Airbus A330-300 into an A330-200F. This is quite a straightforward conversion – the front and rear fuselage shortened, all windows filled, together with fitting a new shorter tail fin and RR Trent engines (both from Braz Models). The nose gear fairing was made by mounting the kit’s nose gear bay in the lower position and sculpting the fairing using Milliput. The open main deck cargo door and crew door are scratch built. The Turkish Cargo decals were home made inkjet printed, with some of the kit’s original decals being used for the detail. I thought that this cargo version would look far better with doors open, so I’ve included some ground crew and equipment: > the cargo loader and pallets were scratch built > the passenger steps are from a Dragon 747 kit > the aircraft tug and towbar are from an Eastern Express aircraft tugs set > the people and transit van are N-scale railway accessories A few more pics below. Hope you like this conversion and cargo apron scene. Thanks for looking Tim
  7. I wouldn't get too excited yet. If you take a look at The Rumourmonger thread here Revell 2017, the news release in German says that, while both are new kits with new engines and sharklets, the A320neo at skill level 3 will be a 'display only kit with no undercarriage' - the A321neo is skill level 4 including undercarriage. I only hope that for the A320neo somebody will produce an aftermarket landing gear conversion.
  8. Hi Mate There's another thread about Virgin's new colours here Virgin Atlantic Colour Guidance It might be worth trying some of the suggested ways of achieving the mica light grey for the fuselage - gloss white I don't think will look right. Hope this helps Tim
  9. Hi Niki Just seen your post. Here is a link to my build of 'Hong Kong Trader' which I think you are referring to - http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234969458-boeing-747-8f-cathay-hong-kong-trader/ I used Nazca decals which are good. The white Hong Kong Trader lettering is a screen printed decal which goes over the green/blue paint no problem. The only issue with the decals is the Hong Kong skyline which has been printed exactly the same for both sides but it is actually slightly different on each side around the Hong Kong Trader lettering. However it is an easy fix by cutting and moving a bit of the skyline. The upper deck door decal is also totally wrong - use the one from the kit decal instead. The diamond shapes in the green/blue paint aren't provided in the decal - these have to be masked. I made a photocopy of the decal and used the decal's diamond shapes as the basis for making paint masks. Hope this helps. Best of luck with your build Tim
  10. Hi Dave That is an amazing -700 build, especially considering that the Revell kit has a host of issues. The whole finish is quite superb. As a matter of interest, did you lift the cabin window line as part of your conversion? Great job Tim
  11. Hi Drew Those of us who work in the aircraft industry probably just know lots of stuff. The beauty of Britmodeller is that if you're struggling with something you can pick the brains of others to get answers. Just keep posting - always happy to help. Cheers Tim
  12. Hi John Yet another fantastic build. I'm always totally amazed at the level of detail you are able to achieve at 144 scale with the doors, interiors, etc. That takes serious skill. Altogether a superb job. Cheers Tim
  13. That's an amazing model. Not only have you achieved a top notch conversion, the paint finish and decals are absolutely superb. A job extremely well done. Tim
  14. Hi Drew The AA 757 is a great kit, I've built a couple and was very pleased with the end result - looking forward to seeing your progress. Re the decals, you could e-mail Ray at 2-6 Decals who I'm sure would answer your queries - he is always very helpful. What I can tell you is: A23 - are the fuselage fire rescue 'cut in area' markings - see Boeing's fire & rescue guide for their location http://www.boeing.com/assets/pdf/commercial/airports/arff/arff757.pdf A25 - is the ram air turbine door on the lower fuselage behind the starboard main landing gear fuselage door - can be seen in this pic http://www.jetphotos.net/photo/8284964 A26 - look like the towing limit lines on the nose gear doors Not sure about A27-29. Regarding cutting, I used a very fine razor saw to remove the resin blocks as close as possible to the part and then finished with some careful sanding on a flat surface to achieve a good join. I also drilled in a couple of small locating pins into each part to help precise positioning when gluing together with CA (just like in an injection kit). Hope this helps Tim
  15. Hi Drew 737-500 fuselage length = 29.79m, 737-300 = 32.18m, difference is +2.39m of which +1.38m is ahead of the wing, +1.01m aft. At 144 scale you would need to add 9.5mm ahead of the wing and 7mm aft. If you want to get all the data yourself you can download the 737 planning manual from Boeing's website http://www.boeing.com/assets/pdf/commercial/airports/acaps/737.pdf Hope this helps Tim