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BAC 111-207 British Eagle - 1:144 Airfix

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BAC 111-207 British Eagle 

1:144 Airfix with Classic-airlines.com decals

 

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I picked up this vintage Airfix BAC 111 at this years Cosford show for £10, in the British Caledonian boxing. Finding this decal sheet at www.classic-airlines.com

I just had to have it, and started building immediately.

 

The kit isn't bad but requires a few basic corrections as it was based on the early prototype, and the first production examples that went into service with British United.

  1. The nose is too blunt, so was built up with Milliput and given a more pointed shape.
  2. The wing fences aligned with the outer flap track need removing, and new ones installed further inboard.
  3.  The leading edge landing lights need to be filled in, I rescribed the wings as well.
  4. An APU exhaust needs to be installed at the base of the rudder.
  5. Refined the shape of the rear cowlings, blending in the 'ring' exhaust to a smoother shape.

 

Careful masking was needed to get a thin white line under the 'cheat line' and the decals needed care in application, but worked beautifully.

I really enjoy building these vintage Airfix airliners, especially when I can put them into long gone liveries that I remember from my childhood.  Ok, they are not to the standard of the stunning Authentic Airliners resin kits, but are still very enjoyable!

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And finally... with the F-Rsin Bristol Britannia;

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Thanks for looking,

 

John

 

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That is very nicely done. Crisp and clean and certainly defies the kits age.

It looks stunning next to the Britannia.

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They are very fine models of classic British airliners and superbly painted. Love em!

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Can`t believe that`s the old Airfix kit ! You`ve done wonders there John

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Fantastic! You've done a great job - shows what can be done with these old kits. I love the airliners of this era - would like to build a few of these, but when I see the prices online put me off - well done for finding one for a tenner! Wish they'd re-release it - can't see it happening though.

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Another beauty John, every bit as good as the -500 conversion you posted a while back.  Any plans for a -475 to complete the set?  :winkgrin:

 

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Very nice

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Hi John,

You've certainly nailed the shape of the nose, not too sharp not too blunt. I'd never have guessed it wasn't an AA kit!

I wish I hadn't just got rid of my Airfix 1-11, I've even got the Maxdecal Aer Lingus sheet for it.:doh:

Chris was meant to be doing one of these British Eagle 1-11's, don't know what's happened to it though.

Keep up the good work! What's next?

Cheers,

Ian

 

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43 minutes ago, Turbofan said:

Chris was meant to be doing one of these British Eagle 1-11's, don't know what's happened to it though.

 

Ian

 

It's still here Ian although having seen John's masterpiece it looks as though it's going to be here for some time to come.

I had intended to do the same scheme but I had better look to something different now.. I have a few schemes in mind but will keep the final choice to myself in case that bloody Viking decides he likes the same scheme and jumps in with another superb build.

Joking aside though, that really is another little beauty John.

 

Chris

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That's great work on an old kit.

 

Looking good.

 

 

 

B R

 

Paul

 

 

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That is absolutely stunning. I really like the fact that you sorted the nose shape out without recourse to aftermarket parts. It shows it can be done.

 

That is a real inspiration.

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Stunning result, especially as you completed it in less than a week!

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Outstanding work again John

 

:thumbsup2::thumbsup2:

 

- Another Viking masterclass !

 

mike

 

 

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Posted (edited)

Very nice indeed.

As others have already mentioned,  you've moved the rather basic Airfix kit on to a new higher level of accuracy. British Eagle and it's various guises seems to be all the rage at the moment - this lovely 1-11, Ian the Turbofans great Britannia (and yours too), Stringbag Chris is working on a British Eagle 1-11 and I'm putting the finishing touches to a Minicraft DC-6 to be finished as Eagle Airways. We really should flood this section with beautiful airliner models and do our best to encourage others to join us - so much nicer than just another Spitfire...

 

Very nice build John, thank you so much for posting it.

 

Jeff 

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Another lovely build John, I have a soft spot for the BAC 1-11, having worked on them in the RAAF for 3 years :D

 

:thumbsup:

 

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20 minutes ago, pinky coffeeboat said:

We really should flood this section with beautiful airliner models and do our best to encourage others to join us - so much nicer than just another Spitfire.

 

Jeff 

 

I couldn't agree more Jeff, in fact I have a minor deluge myself, set to be released over the next few months!

 

Ian

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Great build. It brings back memories of a family holiday summer 1968, when we flew from Gatwick to Majorca on an Eagle 1-11. Still to this day I can remember walking up the rear airstairs of the machine.

 

Thomo.

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Fantastic work - I particularly like the work on the cheat lines.

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Hello,John - Its always a pleasure to view and admire your airliner builds and this delightful BAC 'One-Eleven' is no exception.

Beautifully built and finished she looks superb alongside the 'Britannia'.Both wearing the 'British Eagle Airways' Livery,they're a splendid reminder of the halcyon days of British commercial aircraft.

😉👍 All the very best,Paul.

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John! :cheers:

Your build brought back so many good memories to me; always liked the awful noise this aircraft made when flying over my head. I was a five-year-old toddler when my mum would take me to the domestic airport in Buenos Aires, and we saw it take off back in '93. That was the year Austral Líneas Aéreas decommissioned it from duty. 

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Thank you all for the kind comments, as always it is much appreciated.

 

20 hours ago, Skodadriver said:

  Any plans for a -475 to complete the set?  :winkgrin:

 

Now you've got me thinking Dave, that hadn't occured to me but I think you are right, it needs doing!

 

19 hours ago, Turbofan said:

Chris was meant to be doing one of these British Eagle 1-11's, don't know what's happened to it though.

Keep up the good work! What's next?

 

Ian, I believe Chris is planning to finish his 1-11 in time to celebrate Shergars' next entry at Epsom.:P

 

I enjoyed doing this one so much, I got another and started it;

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The thing was, looking at Nick Webbs site when I chose the British Eagle scheme, something happened to my computer mouse. I think it malfunctioned because it kept putting stuff in my 'shopping cart', and I found out that I had bought these as well

 

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Well, how could I not choose these, I'd only squander my cash on food, petrol, clothes, and stuff like that.:lol:

 

Cheers

 

John

 

 

 

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Very nice!

Somfhow I am missing a Viscount here ;)

 

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That's a clever malfunctioning mouse you have there John! You sure know how to bring these old kits up to date, another civvy stunner leaves the workshop :)

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