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  1. Thanks guys! That is eerie indeed! You will enjoy the building the Tu-204 kit. I'm looking forward to your results, especially with the Air Koryo livery. One thing to note though is that the decals are designed for the Rus-Air kit (at least my Cubana decals were), so you might have some fit issue's when applying them on the Zvezda kit.
  2. More than that I think, it's the same picture! (although I scaled it differently on purpose because at some airports the lines are as thick as the front wheels of an avarge airliner, and I thought it looked more impressive that way. On hindight I might have overdone it a little. Either that or the printing company overscaled it :p). FYI, you can find the original stockphoto here: https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-airfield-marking-on-taxiway-is-heading-to-runway-134523255.html
  3. Hi Ian, Thanks! I had zero problems with this build (nice for a change). The undercarriage is as detailed as other Zvezda kits, but I found the engines to be a but less detailed. Yes, the window decals are from 8a Decs as well. Nope, I made this one myself, based on some pictures I bought from Shutterstock. I made all the other bases myself as well (you can find more on my A320 RFI thread). I'm looking forward to building the kit as well. The AA kit is really, really great! Way better then the F-RSIN offering and that kit wasn't too bad already.
  4. I have a great affection for Russian (or Soviet) civil aircraft and the Tupolev 204 is no exception. Bearing a striking resemblance to the 757 (my girlfriend couldn’t tell the difference), the Tu-204 was poised to replace the Tu-154, but due to political and economic turmoil never became successful as Tupolev’s predecessors (although technically there was nothing wrong with the aircraft) I was planning to build the Rus-air version (also a very nice looking kit), but when Zvezda decided to release the Tu-204, I decided to build that version instead. The kit by Zvezda is great (as always) and comes highly recommended. I wanted to build something else than the Red Wings version (you see that livery on Russian forums everywhere) and since I have never had a livery from South America, this seemed like a good opportunity to build something in the colours of Cubana. The decals come from 8a Decs, with some extra details from the Zvezda decal sheet. The cockpit decals are from PAS. You can find the (Dutch) build report here in case you're interested. My next project will be either the Authentic airliners Convair 990 in the last Spantax livery, or the Rus-Air Antonov 24 in Aeorflot colours if that kit arrives sooner than expected. At any rate, thanks for looking and hopefully see you next time!
  5. Beautiful build Dave! I've build the Il-18 from Easter Express years ago and while not a bad kit by any means, your build convinced me to buy the Rus-air kit as well (together with their An-24 and Be-200). The Il-18 is a great looking aircraft and deserves a kit to match. I will be looking to your build for inspiration.
  6. Great looking build! I quite like the SSJ100 and as a fan of Russian aircraft I should really start building the one I have in the stash. As far as airliners go, Zvezda is one of the best brands out there (apart from Authentic Airliners, but that is a whole different ballpark)
  7. Very nice build! The 720 is an aircraft that deserves more love from modellers. Great job!
  8. Wow Ian, another winner! That is a killer conversion and wonderful end result. I think it was a good idea to redesign and print your own decals so they would fit. Keep up the good work my friend!
  9. Thanks Dave! Yes, you are right. Their Li-2 was simply a rebox (the different engine intakes of the Li-2 weren't even included). I would say that it's even worse than the Minicraft offering (the engines were just terrible). Simply always go for the Roden kit IMHO.
  10. Thanks guys! Yeah, I have one more too. I will make that one in a KLM livery, but I'm still debating which version of the livery. That project will only start by the end of the year though.
  11. Very good build! I'm really itching now to build one as well. I'm a big fan of Soviet civil aircraft. You can't beat those designs.
  12. Very nice build! you don't see many wheels-up displays, so it's great to see one so nicely made.
  13. What a fantastic build as per usual Ian! Love it. The Tristar is the last Trijet I have yet to build and I have the AA kit in my stash as well, but due to time constraints haven't got around to it. Only decals for the metal you say? That really isn't noticeable, that looks great! Especially on top of the wings. I was wondering for a long time how to approach that, but maybe your decal option is the solution. Did the coroguard decals fit nicely?
  14. It's been quite some time since I last posted something, or finished a kit in general (family and business obligations got in the way). At any rate, my latest build is a PS-84/Li-2 in Aeroflot colours. At first I wanted to build the Eastern Express offering, but that kit is plain horrible. I decided to throw that one in the trash bin and build the excellent Roden kit instead (after all, the only major difference between the DC-3 and the under license build PS-84 are the different engine intakes and the fact that the passenger door is on the other side). I used the photo-etch detail by Bregun for the intakes and some of the antennae. The decals are from the Eastern Express kit and the cockpit and window decals are once again made by me. I wanted to use more metal colour variaton (as I did with my Authentic Airliners KLM DC-10), but it didn't work out quite as I wanted. Next time I'm going to experiment more with different backgroud layers (so not only High Shine black, but also some matt, gray, white, etc.). In the end I simply decided to make the aircraft more dirty and worn. As these were workhorses in Soviet times, I guess that is only fitting. Anyway, the pictures: I will stay in Russia, as my next project will be the Zvezda TU-204 kit in Cubana livery Thanks for looking and see you next time!
  15. Thanks for the compliments! You're absolutely right. This LI-2 is a pig of a kit. Shame, because I think their other Soviet offerings (IL-18, AN-10 for example) are pretty nice. I'm going to abandon this kit in favour of Roden's DC-3 (after all, the only real difference between a Li-2 and DC-3 is the passenger door and the engine intakes.
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