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wallyinoz

Mach 2 1/72 Viscount converted to an 800 series

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wallyinoz    1,458

Convered using Hamilton Hobbies fuselage plug. I just couldn't find the love for this one I cut a lot of corners finishing it. I know it's a Viscount but there is just something about this model that either does not seem right or just doesn't "do" it for me.
The only thing I am happy with is the decal design..I found this a really attractive scheme.. I enjoyed that. (thinking of doing a B707 in this scheme now)

anyhoos, I am calling it done
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Jessica    0
1 hour ago, wallyinoz said:

I know it's a Viscount but there is just something about this model that either does not seem right or just doesn't "do" it for me.

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I think it's the engine nacelles. I know that the -800's nacelles were bulged, but those have a neck on them like they're peanut shells. The bulge is much more subtle in 1/1 scale. Your finishing looks excellent, and it's a pity there wasn't a better model underneath it.

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wallyinoz    1,458
57 minutes ago, Jessica said:

I think it's the engine nacelles. I know that the -800's nacelles were bulged, but those have a neck on them like they're peanut shells. The bulge is much more subtle in 1/1 scale. Your finishing looks excellent, and it's a pity there wasn't a better model underneath it.

 

Peanut shells!   :lol:  Yes! and just like in nature each one is subtly different..I found the engineering of the wing to nacelle fairing and nacelle fairing to the the engine very in-exact when I had all the engines on the first time they looked like a test cricket wicket keepers hands.. bent and broken fingers going in all directions! had to break them off and do a lot of filing and filling to get everything aligned

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ROBOT    64

Wally,

you Keep building the planes that I can only dream about ! Vacform Britannias, Viscounts, all I ever wanted in my cabinet !  Your builds are just lovely executed, and the liveries suit them very very well! Another stunning plane to add to your collection of builds and my collection of reference builds :D

Tell me. how did the mach 2 kit go together ?

Thanks for sharing your wonderful builds with us,

Olli

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wallyinoz    1,458
23 minutes ago, ROBOT said:

Wally,

you Keep building the planes that I can only dream about ! Vacform Britannias, Viscounts, all I ever wanted in my cabinet !  Your builds are just lovely executed, and the liveries suit them very very well! Another stunning plane to add to your collection of builds and my collection of reference builds :D

Tell me. how did the mach 2 kit go together ?

Thanks for sharing your wonderful builds with us,

Olli

Hello again Olli, thanks for your kind words

 

building the Viscount takes care, you cannot assume that parts cemented in a position of "best fit" are going to result in a correctly aligned components, the engines here are a case in point, the fit is not terribly good, lots of filler is required gluing the parts on to the wing "square" will NOT result in the engines being correctly aligned fore and aft or up and down.

the fuselage halves go together pretty well BUT the forward fuselage half shapes are not symmetrical, when viewed from above it looks like the nose bends around a little to the right (it doesnt it just looks that way because one half is about 1 mm fatter than the other) I thought at first that this was because I made a mistake aligning the fuselage extension plug but my centre lines are spot on left right and up down because I jigged all the pieces when gluing them together.

The cabin windows are all different shapes and alignment I filled the buggers and decaled them, this looks better (to me) and is much easier to align emergency exit markings etc.

undercarriage and doors are clunky, prop spinners need a lot of filling, prop blades need a lot of finishing.

The cockpit transparency is very deeply framed, and the frame shape / sizes are wrong far too thick so I filled the window "dents" flush with the incorrect framing and masked / painted a more correct  window layout. the kit decals have been reported by others as not being complete to properly finish the standard model, I did not like what was on offer anyway and made my own. wing to fuselage fit needs filler to get the blend right (I just could not be bothered, I painted all the components before putting them together and I didnt like the model enough to go through the tedium of masking filling sanding remasking painting

 

other than that the kit is perfect

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zebra    842

Nice work Wal. I'm very fond of a Viscount - they took me to see my grandparents in the Isle of Man many times, including G-BFZL (with Manx Airlines) - and we could really do with a nice 1/72 Viscount 800 kit (and a 748, and a Herald, and a Friendship, and a 1-11, and so on...). I'd buy several.

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Gerrardandrews    447

Lovely looking models, top draw, and a hard kit by the sound of it.

We do need 1/72, some are classics, and would make great models, come on Revell, time to make some money 💵😊

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Meatbox8    1,251

It definitely seems to be the nacelles that look a little odd to my untrained eye.  Otherwise a really stunning model of the quality I can only dream of. 

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wallyinoz    1,458

hi guys thanks for your kind comments, on another website someone posted a picture of this same airframe in manx service.. when I saw it I kicked mysyself as I thought it a really nice scheme but I am blowed if I am gonna build another one of these.. then I had a thought.. the manx scheme cheatline arrangement was exactly the same as BMA so I had a 5 minute play with my BMA decal design:

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I could strip the BMA decals and manx-ify the model! with no painting required!  will I or won't I?

 

 

 

mmm

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kapam    339

A fine-looking model!  Great work!

 

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zebra    842
19 hours ago, wallyinoz said:

hi guys thanks for your kind comments, on another website someone posted a picture of this same airframe in manx service.. when I saw it I kicked mysyself as I thought it a really nice scheme but I am blowed if I am gonna build another one of these.. then I had a thought.. the manx scheme cheatline arrangement was exactly the same as BMA so I had a 5 minute play with my BMA decal design:

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I could strip the BMA decals and manx-ify the model! with no painting required!  will I or won't I?

 

 

 

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I'd love to see that. I think the dark green needs to be darker though. Many years ago I tried painting a Welsh Models Shorts 360 in Manx colours - it didn't come out all that well, but I remember the dark green was a good match. Pretty sure it was Humbrol no. 3 Brunswick Green (and here's one of those funny little coincidences - my grandparents lived on Brunswick Road in Douglas). I'm really going to have to start buying up kits for the Manx fleet.

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Ivor Ramsden    63

I'm rather late seeing this thread!   The dark green in the Manx scheme is Deep Brunswick Green. The pale green varied quite a lot from one aircraft to another. Somewhere I've got the paint codes from an original Manx Airlines paint scheme diagram but they are manufacturer's codes rather than standard names, so not much help.

 

I repainted a full-size Bandeirante in the early Manx colour scheme a few years back. I did it outside during a wet and windy Manx summer. It was much the same as painting a model apart from using about 3 miles of masking tape and every old newspaper from the local area. I don't think I'll do it again; 1/72 is much easier.

 

Wally, your ace Viscount build has spurred me on to dust off a Mach2 Viscount that's in the loft.

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cngaero    1,109

Wally, your models are always a joy to behold, and this is no exception. Maybe it is the attractive BMA scheme, maybe it's because it's such an iconic aircraft, but most of all it's because this is another masterclass in aircraft finishing.

As you said that BMA scheme is nice, but I have to agree that the Manx scheme is very appealing............Or what about a Viscount in Aer Lingus livery.

Go on, you know you want to do two more!!!!

Thanks for sharing it with us.

 

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vh-bob    657

You have done a great job on this despite the quality of the basic kit. I have a Carvair stalled at a late stage due to Problems with the Mach II DC-4 kit it is based on. I should have saved up the $100.00 and bought the Revell one.

 

 

  Well done,   Trev.

 

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Widow 65    242

My favourite livery for a Viscount, takes me back to when I first saw it "in the flesh", igniting my interest in all things that fly, but not naturally!

 

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Beautiful and a joy to behold. I think Jessica hit it on the head as I am no Viscount expert but I was drawn to the nacelles for some reason but let me say it does not detract from what is a first class build.

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Colin1967    232

This is a lovely build and finish for me, your builds are an inspiration and encouragement to us all, more please !  And thanks for sharing.  Please don't get downhearted about this build I would love this is my collection.  Regards Colin.

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