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  1. You mean to say there are scales other than 1/72? I've heard rumours that there are other scales but dismissed them as nonsense as I didn't think anyone would want to build in other than the One True Scale of 6 feet to the inch!
  2. Thanks, I think it is in terms of length and bulk, although the 1/72 A-Model Hughes H-4 Spruce goose and 1/48 scale HpH B-36 both have greater wingspans but shorter lengths, and both of their fuselages are a lot smaller in volume than the 1/72 An-225. I can't think of any other larger aircraft kits these three, but stand to be corrected.
  3. Quite a few people have asked me how I was going to display the Mriya, so here's the proof of concept rig that will be refined after I've taken the model to an IPMS meeting on May 17.
  4. Thanks, there is also a 1/144 scale kit by Revell. Here is my mate Dimitri's one sat next to my unfinished model last Thursday, April 28 during a group build session in his garage.
  5. Thank you all above for your feedback, you're very generous with your comments.
  6. I ordered my An-225 from Modelimex in the Czech Republic on February 25th as I wanted to do a Ukrainian tribute build, and the Mriya seemed the best subject I could think of in the "One True Scale". It arrived a month later at my home in Auckland NZ. I estimate that I have put in about 280 hours of work over 40 days straight. To be honest I'm glad to have it finished as it's been a painful build for me, literally, as I'll explain further down. I have made some mistakes, including getting the layout of the striping a little off, and I decided to leave out some of the 650, yes that's not a typo, 650 parts that make up the undercarriage when I realised they would not really be visible. I found the fibreglass components to be easier to work with than might be assumed, but obviously a lot harder than styrene when it came to sanding seams. Some parts fitted well and others not so. For example, 14 of each engine's 16 parts need much filing and grinding to fit. The instructions were not the easiest to follow in respect of the undercarriage which accounts for 66% of the parts. The 32 wheels were the least impressive parts, there being four to a wheel and not fitting well. I didn't fancy cleaning up 128 parts so I used resin replacements by Reskit. I did make a cradle to sit between the rows of main wheels from clear plastic as I did not trust the plastic undercarriage to take the model's weight. I have also now fitted the pitots that I overlooked when taking the photos. I'd rate the decals as some of the best I've used. For those interested, I bought a litre tin of high opacity white car lacquer for NZ$53 sprayed with an el-cheapo car touch-up spray gun (just a big airbrush), compared to 40 or so modelling paint bottles costing $240 I would otherwise have needed. Having built one I could do a much better job on a second one, although in my case I'll apply my knowledge to its little brother I also have to build, Modelsvit's An-124. I underestimated how much I would have to work around the model rather than be seated at my modelling bench. Four spinal surgeries have left me unable to stand for more than a few minutes before pain forces me to sit for a minute to relieve the muscle spasms. So I worked in bursts of 2-4 minutes, maximum, standing bent over a model. The other problem I had with this build is that for most modelling I can brace my arms against my bench to help control my Parkinson's hand tremors and spasmodic jerks I experience, but this build had me standing over the model and working with my arms unbraced. Consequently, there are errors due to uncontrolled movements, plus lots of flaws I have chosen to ignore rather than work standing to fix them. I mention these things because they have led me to accept lower standards than usual. I think to do justice to this kit would need close to 1,000 hours of work and an able-bodied modeller. This is far more time than I can justify for one project as I try to build as many of my kits whilst I still can. As such this is a genuine "3-footer" - that is it's not to be viewed closer than 36 inches (or a little more at one metre), which as it happens, is about the distance needed to take it all in. The model's length is 1,167mm (46") and its span is 1,228mm (48"), which is far too large for any of my existing display cabinets, the largest of which can take a 1/72 scale B-36. So for now I have embedded wire loops in the leading edges of the wings and tail-plane to attach nylon fishing line and suspend it from the ceiling of my modeller's lounge (a room off my office with just display cabinets and chairs), but first I must locate a couple of firm suspension points in the ceiling. That's the plan for now, but yet to be tested. Here it is with some well-known Boeings and a T-72 to the same scale... Well that's Build #12 for the year completed, everything else I have in mys stash, even my unbuilt An-124, seems small! Slava Ukraini!
  7. Hi Mike, It's a superb kit with delectable surface detail, very interior detail, perforations in the flaps, just great all round. I hope to build it soon. I landed mine for NZ$37 (about 18GBP) including postage from Hobby Easy in Hong Kong.
  8. Thanks, Chris, for your very generous comments - I'm glad that you liked them.
  9. Thanks, Colin, I thought you might like the BE2c.
  10. You're most welcome to drop in if you're ever down this way, Mike, (Colin W who posted immediately below you has several times as it happens). Thanks for your very generous comments.
  11. Thanks, Roman, that's nice of you to say as they are among my favourites too.
  12. Sorry for your loss. I suspect that many modellers are a bit obsessive/compulsive perfectionists and with a a collector's drive too. Maybe there is a line or "modeller's spectrum" we all fall somewhere on!
  13. Thanks, Bertie, although a compulsive modeller might be more apt - One of my PD medications for controlling tremors (Ramipex or Pramipexole dihydrochloride) runs the risk of casing compulsive gambling, drinking, sex, drugs, spending, binge-eating, etc. In my case it's boosted what some would say was an already excessive modelling drive! (and my sweet tooth). I actually cut the dose back a bit when I found myself ordering too frequently from online model shops earlier in, what is now, last year.
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