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Skodadriver

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    Civil aircraft in 1/144 scale .... and cats.

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  1. There are no hard and fast rules and you won't go wrong if you bin the kit windows and fill with Milliput from the inside. Being a mean sod and not wanting to use more Milliput than I need, personally I would superglue the kit glazing in place then apply a thin "skim" coat of Milliput on the outside. (It's a good idea to run strips of masking tape just above and just below the windows to keep the Milliput where it needs to go). Once it's dry the Milliput can be lightly sanded down. That's what I did on my three recent-ish Zvezda builds, a 738, a Tu-204 and a 737-700. Solvent-based glues and fillers are better kept away from window openings which often have very thin edges, hence my use of superglue and Milliput. Hope that's some help Dave G
  2. Scat singing has been around since the early 20th century - prime dinosaur territory! Put simply it's wordless jazz singing. Most jazz singers scat the odd verse from time to time and Ella Fitzgerald and Mel Torme were particularly well known exponents. It's a musical form I tend to admire rather than enjoy but done well it can be very entertaining.
  3. Strangely enough I was having thoughts along similar lines. I haven't seen the A-Model kit in the flesh (so to speak) but provided you can figure out some way of joining the Airfix fuselage to the A-Model wings it should be do-able. A few years ago I built a hybrid Roden/Minicraft DC-6B which involved joining the Minicraft fuselage to the Roden wing and it's amazing what plastic sheet, Milliput and determination can achieve! The critical dimension for the Comets will be the width of the fuselage. Any significant difference between the two kits will lead to problems with the wing roots which might make the project unworkable. Most other things can be bodged. I haven't seen the decals in the current Airfix kit but if you are concerned about their accuracy alternatives are available from Ray at 26. Dave G
  4. I can't imagine it being anything else. I probably used more solvent than normal because the green and gold stripes which should have been parallel were not and I had to do a lot of nipping and tucking to make things look respectable. I was pretty unimpressed and eventually the model was stripped back to the bare plastic, fitted with BraZ engines and re-finished as Zoom.
  5. I'm lucky to have extremely wide-ranging musical tastes although I don't like traditional folk, country and western or rap. My teenage years spanned the mid 1960s to the early 1970s and bands like the Beatles, the Stones, Cream, Hendrix and Deep Purple formed the soundtrack to my youth. In parallel with this my school music teacher greatly encouraged my developing interest in classical music. It was a big help that our local lending library had a superb record section, an absolute treasure trove of classical and jazz recordings all available free of charge. My parents were baffled by the way I would buy "Disraeli Gears", "The Who Live at Leeds" or "Are You Experienced" while borrowing library copies of Bach Cantatas, Mozart Symphonies, Beethoven piano music and big band jazz, particularly Count Basie and Louis Bellson. I was a weird teenager and I'm still a weird OAP. Nowadays classical is my main enthusiasm particularly Bach, Bruckner, Vaughan Williams and Rachmaninov but I still enjoy good, entertaining rock and most forms of jazz. I agree with @Bullbasket that a lot of what passes for music today leaves me cold but there are still plenty of excellent rock acts - The Cure, Muse and Joe Bonamassa are just three of my own favourites. Dave G
  6. Last week I did click and collect on the Halfords website and ordered two cans of "Halfords Gloss White Spray Paint 500ml". As I expected I received Appliance White when I picked it up from the store. I don't ever remember the website referring to "Appliance White" and as far as I know Halfords only sell one variety of acrylic gloss white which isn't part of their car range. It will be a bit of a bummer if Appliance White does go and we have to find an alternative but there are plenty of other spray can whites on the market. I would be more concerned if Racking Grey was under threat.
  7. Hi Ian I think most of the superlatives have already been used but that really is magnificent. The photos are amazingly realistic as well. Part of me says I want to do the -200 conversion myself but the other part says I could never match your standards! Many years ago I built a China Yunnan B767 using the Flying Colors sheet and had a similar problem with the gold but the discolouration didn't appear until after the model was completely finished. It isn't a recent issue and ever since I've steered clear of anything of theirs that has gold on it. Glad you eventually got such a good result. All the best Dave G
  8. Not sure how I missed this first time round but I'm glad to be able to catch up now. I like both the A350 and the new Aeroflot livery so that's two for the price of one in my book! Well done and thanks for posting. Reading about other people's ways of doing windows makes me very glad I'm a dedicated window decal user - life is much less complicated! When I did my Air China A350 last year I used the excellent Authentic Airliners window decals and I was very happy with the result. Maybe something to think about for your next build? All the best Dave G
  9. Excellent rescue, well done. I know from my own experience that restoring an old model can sometimes be more work than building a new one. The US Air 767 which flew in BA colours was the shorter -200 version but as Abandoned Project says there was one "BA" 767 which wasn't RR powered! As long as you are pleased with the model (and you have every right to be) that's what matters. Dave G
  10. Very nice work as always John. That is definitely one of the more attractive air force liveries. The Bird Dog is cute and must have been a fun build. I don't think my eyesight would be up to it nowadays - the F-RSIN Trislander is about as small as I can manage! All the best Dave G
  11. Thanks for the comments and likes which, as always, are much appreciated. Thanks Paul. I don't do WIPs because most of my models take a long time and, more importantly, because I don't really do anything usual or special. Given the quality of your own building, it's me that should be learning from you and not vice versa! The "plumpness" of the Revell fuselage is a bit of an issue but not enough to put me off. It's about 1.25mm greater in diameter than a Zvezda 738 and because Revell didn't make any attempt to replicate the "lobe crease" the lower fuselage is too fat. The lobe crease on the 707/727/737 is very subtle, so much so you that you really only notice when it's not there. i tried the old trick of scribing and filing but as I said in my introduction it really didn't have any effect and I'll need to be a bit more radical if/when I build another one. Sometimes there are inaccuracies you just have to accept and as long as I don't display the model alongside a Zvezda or Daco 737 it looks OK. I'll pm you a response to the other points you raise rather than take up the thread. Thanks Ian. As I said to Paul, the "plumpness" is something I'm willing to live with although I have to watch which models I park alongside the 727. I should have described the Revell kit as "probably the least inaccurate injection-moulded 1/144 727" rather than "probably the most accurate...."! Tridents and Comets are a while off yet although I did find a partly-built Trident I'd forgotten about which gives me a start. Thanks John. There is a DC-8-63 in the offing. It should have been finished before the 727 but I have had problems with the decals (entirely my own fault, no reflection on F-DCAL) and I need to decide whether to try to retrieve the situation or strip the decals and start again.
  12. Here is the Revell Boeing 727-100 in the classic orange and blue of Hapag-Lloyd circa 1984. The inspiration was this, one of my all time favourite airliner photos, although my model depicts an earlier version of the livery. The kit first appeared in 1964 and has been reissued on and off since, most recently in the colours of Germania whose 727s were actually leased from Hapag-Lloyd. Although it’s probably the most accurate injection-moulded 1/144 727, the Revell kit suffers from sunken windows, raised detail and rashes of rivets. However with a bit of t.l.c. it scrubs up quite nicely and my aim was to create a reasonable likeness rather than absolute accuracy. Anyone who wants the perfect 727 will need to look to Authentic Airliners. The outline shape is pretty good but to my eyes the windscreen is slightly too upright and the tip of the nose cone is too blunt. I replaced the cockpit with the spare clear section from a Zvezda 738 which was an amazingly good fit. Using the Zvezda model as a pattern I added a little Milliput to the tip of the nose then sanded until everything looked OK. I don’t claim 100% accuracy but I think it’s a bit better then the original. Revell have rather overdone the slope on the top of the number two intake which makes the opening too small. Thin plastic, superglue, Milliput and a few minutes of carving and sanding quickly put things right remembering that on the 727-100 the intake was slightly oval. Still with the fuselage, there should be a faint hint of “lobe crease” level with the bottom of the main door which I represented by light scribing with a P-cutter followed by a few strokes from a triangular needle file. I’m not sure I got this quite right and I will probably rethink it if I build another Revell 727. Otherwise it was a case of getting rid of the rivets, smoothing out the lunar landscape of sink marks on the wings and re-scribing the raised lines where appropriate. I replaced the kit wheels with a resin set from Brengun intended for the Airfix -200 but easily adapted for the Revell kit. Paint is Halfords Appliance White and Racking Grey with Revell Aqua 30 Orange on the fin. Natural metal is by Tamiya and Revell Decals are by Flightpath with Authentic Airliners windows, Scaleliners coroguard and some odds and ends from the spares box. Flightpath confused themselves with the door outlines and gave us 737-style outlines with white lower sections instead of the 727s’ characteristic dark blue ones. Luckily I was able to source some thin dark blue decal stripes and curves then do a sort of decal jigsaw puzzle, mildly annoying at the time but worth the effort. Replacement nose wheel doors, pitots, aerials and other sticky-out bits are from a Daco P/E set intended for the 737. The is the third “classic” airliner kit I’ve built recently (the others were the Airfix Caravelle and DC-9) and it certainly won’t be the last. I’m already eyeing up the Airfix Comets and Tridents in my stash. Thanks for looking and as always constructive criticism is welcome. Dave G
  13. To the dedicated airliner modeller it is a thing of beauty. Go to your local Halfords, buy a can of white primer and a can of their Appliance Gloss White. Practise on an old scrap model. Not a total solution but an awful lot better than trying to brush paint gloss white whether enamel or acrylic. Oh and trying to navigate Halfords' website might even persuade you that Hannants' isn't so bad after all
  14. Hi John What a beauty! I wouldn't have guessed it was the Airfix kit if you hadn't said so. You certainly know how to get the best out of the Airfix oldies. It's been a while since I looked at an Airfix 707 but I think it suffers from my biggest modelling pet hate - wings split on the upper surface. Well done for such an impeccable natural metal finish on the wings which must have involved a great deal of filling, sanding and re-scribing. Inspirational as always. Dave G
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