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  1. Many thanks for all the nice words guys, much appreciated! Yeah, I noticed that too. It was easy enough to sand it smooth, but it's not something I'm used to from their Resin kit range.
  2. Laat year F-RSIN released the L-14 at 1:144 scale and I couldn't pass it up! I use 12 passengers as a minimum for the models I make, so this aircraft is really on the edge for me. The L-14 is a further development of the L-10 Electra (which KLM also flew) and had room for 12 passengers. The first flight was on July 29, 1937. The L-14 was also known as the Super Electra, Electra Senior and Sky Zephyr, but was ultimately mainly referred to by the type number. The L-14 had a deep elliptical fuselage, compound taper on the trailing edges, twin fins and rudders, and retractable landing gear. Unlike the L-10, the L-14 was a mid-wing monoplane and Fowler trailing-edge area increasing flaps. The L-14 was available in a number of variants, the main difference being the type of engines (Pratt & Whitney Hornets and Wright Cyclones were the options in the original configuration). Lockheed built a total of 112 (civilian) aircraft. The L-14 was further developed into the L-18, which had a longer fuselage and modified wings, but was otherwise similar to the L-14). Northwest Airlines was the first to introduce the L-14 on the Twin Cities-Chicago route on October 1937. KLM was the first non-American airline to purchase the aircraft in 1938. A total of six aircraft were purchased (four of wich for the West Indies). The model kit is fun to make, but really small (about 10cm in lenght). The antennas and the cockpit and window decals are made by me. The wire antennas are once again made from a hair from my girlfriend. The original decals provided with the kit were missing the KLM logo's, but Laurent from F-RSIN was kind enough to send me a new and correct decal sheet. At any rate, a few pictures: My next build will be the Authentic Airliners Convair 440, also in KLM colours. Thanks for reading and see you next time!
  3. Very Nice build! Indeed, if you want quality, Authentic Airliners is the way to go.
  4. Wow, that is a fantastic build! Congratulations on the results. I'm definitely going to build this kit as well.
  5. Beautiful as always Dave! That's a very nice looking 737. Did you use decals for the leading edges (as they are provided with the DACO kit), or did you airbrush them?
  6. Thanks Pin! I'm going to use the AWM kit. But it will be a while before I start with it. Still many more kits to finish first ;)
  7. Thank you all very much for your nice words. It's much appreciated! You are indeed correct! The Tu-124 was the Civilian world's first (four years before the Caravelle introduced them). Iraqi airlines operated the Tu-124 second hand. I think the livery looks rather nice on this aircraft! (https://www.airliners.net/photo/Iraqi-Airways/Tupolev-Tu-124V/2440721/L) I totally agree! I did that with my An-10 as well and I liked that so much I tried to do the same here also. Though you should be lucky, as I live in The Netherlands, and natural sunlight is often hard to come by
  8. My next finished project is the Tupolev 124. I think the Tupolev 104 is the most beautiful civil aircraft ever made, but I want to gain some more experience with metallic colors before I try this one (as I want to make the 104 one of my best). So I thought it would be fun to make the Tu-124 first, which is a little less challenging in terms of metallic colors. The Tu-124 is a smaller version of the Tu-104 (about ¼ smaller) and was intended as a regional jetliner. The Tu-104 was in turn derived from the Tu-16. If you think this aircraft looks like a cross between the Tu-104 and Tu-134 you are correct. The Tu-124 formed the basis for the Tu-134 (in fact, the prototype Tu-134 had the Tu-124A designation, before Tupolev decided the changes were significant enough to warrant a new type designation). The fuselage of the Tu-134 is almost identical to the Tu-124, with the most significant difference being the T-tail and the rear mounted engines on the Tu-134 (Khrushchev flew onboard the Caravelle while visiting France and liked this design so much he instructed Tupolev to build a similar aircraft). The Tu-124 had room for 56 passengers and 165 of them were built. The first flight was in 1960. It wasn’t really an (export) success as most airlines wanted to wait for the Tu-134. That being said, Besides Aeroflot, CSA, Interflug and Iraqi Airways also flew this aircraft. The kit is from RusAir. I normally really like their kits but boy, was the fit poor in this case. Some examples of what I mean: Also the engine part consists of three parts, which makes is very hard to sand. The window and cockpit decals are from the Tu-134 Authentic Airliner decal sheet (as the fuselage is more or less the same, so this works out nicely). The wire antenna is once again graciously donated by my girlfriend. The main metal colour is Inspire Chrome. The few differences in metal colour come from using different coloured primers (white, gray and shining black). The dark metal colours on the engines were made using the metal coloured decal sheets by Authentic Airliner Decals. Anyway, the pictures: My next builds will be the L-14 and Convair 440, both in KLM colours. Hopefully soon, as they are already airbrushed, but we'll see. Thanks for reading and see you next time! Martijn.
  9. Congratulations on another fine build! A wonderful result indeed. I’m planning on building the Authentic Airlines offering in KLM colours in the future.
  10. Very nice build! I like it a lot. I was a regular passenger in this aircraft a couple of times when I had to fly from Brussels to München. Brings back memories.
  11. Everyone thanks again for all your nice words! I always try to go for realism, so I'm glad to see that you guys think I more or less managed to reach that goal
  12. Thank you all very much for your kind words! That is much appreciated I think you mean the An-12, as the An-10 was retired in 1974 I'm sure I will find to time to work on some models. I'm currently working on the F-RSIN L-14 (KLM), Eastern Express IL-14 (Aeroflot), F-RSIN DH91 albatross (Imperial), Authentic Airliners Convair 440 (KLM) and the Authentic Airliners Comet 4C (Mexicana). The idea is to build all of them together up to airbrushing them. As all of them have al large chunk of metal colours in them, I can airbrush them at the same time and thus save on time when cleaning my Airbrush . Do you have anything in the works? Some nice conversions coming up? Yes, I really like the RusAir kits (I still love Resin in general, especially the Authentic Airliner kits). I have bought most of the RusAir kits. I have build the An-148, Yak-40 and of course the An-10 already and I still have to build the IL-18, An-24, An-140, An-12, Tu-124 and yes, also the Tu-114. The Tu-114 is such a fantastic aircraft and I really want to build that one. But first should my new modeling room be completed (probably around June), so I have more space to display the models The decals from RusAir are fine, but I wanted to use my photo-realistic window decals. The cheatline of the RusAir kit is continuous (the Eastern Express decal cheatline has the windows stenciled out) and as I have to print the round window decals on clear decal paper, I couldn't use them on the RusAir decals. I could also have used white decal paper, but then I would have had to cut out all the windows individually, and that's almost impossible with such small round windows.
  13. My latest build is the Antonov-10A in Aeroflot colours. A little background on the An-10: The An-10 is a further development of the An-8. The aircraft was produced at the same time as the An-10 and An-12 (the An-8 was put into service in 1957, the An-10 in 1959). The An-8 was initially intended for military purposes, but was later also used for Aeroflot cargo transports (Eastern Express has a kit of the An-8, FYI) The An-10 was developed and produced at the same time as the An-12. The An-10 as an airliner and the An-12 for the transport of (military) cargo. The main difference between the An-10/12 and the An-8 are the engines (four instead of two respectively) and the pointed nose of the An-8. The An-10 and An-12 are identical up to frame 41, at which point the An-12 starts with the cargo door section. The An-10 was popular with passengers because of the spacious fuselage (4.1 meters) and the fact that the plane could take off from unpaved runways (tickets could in some cases be bought in the plane itself, for example, after which it departed when all tickets were sold, which is hard to imagine today!). The aircraft could hold about 100 passengers, but it was also produced as a passenger / cargo mix (52 passengers, 1040 kg of luggage and 9080 kg of cargo). Incidentally, the An-10 payload / TOW ratio was much lower than that of the Il-18 (which Sergey Il'yushin considered a design flaw of the An-10). However, in the communist Soviet Union there was plenty of kerosene and the benefits of the An-10 were considered more important than economic benefits. However, the An-10 did not become an export success, which the Il-18 did. In total 104 An-10 aircraft have been built. Originally the An-10A had a "triple tails" version like the An-10 sans suffix version, but was later fitted with two central ventral fins at the bottom (this is also the version I have made). This made the device more economical, but it caused much more vibrations in the cabin. Initially, the An-10 was widely used by Aeroflot, but it was not really a success story. During the first few years, there were many reliability issues (from 1959 to 1961, as many as 670 defects had been detected and corrected), as well as some very serious stability and control issues, resulting in a few accidents. The most famous of these was in 1972 when a famous singer and actor was killed. This caused so much public outrage that Aeroflot decided to retire the type in 1973. Thus, the An-10 was the first turboprop airliner to fly in the Soviet Union, the first turboprop airliner to be produced in the Soviet Union, and the first turboprop airliner to be withdrawn in the Soviet Union. The An-12 is still flying today, albeit with low numbers (I have seen them fly over my hometown of Oosterhout, The Netherlands, with a lot of noise, en route to Eindhoven). 1248 of the An-12 were eventually built. The model I have made is from the excellent resin kit from RusAir. Eastern Express and AWM also have kits, but I like the one from RusAir the best, plus I have good experiences with RusAir (see also my Yak-42 and An-148 from a few years ago). The decals are from the Eastern Express kit. All the window decals were made by myself. I used Tamiya white for the top of the fuselage and Inspire Chrome for the belly, wings and stabilizers (with Alclad aqua gloss sprayed over it, to make it less shiny). I used ModelMasters Steel and Aluminium for the other metal parts such as the leading and trailing edges. The wire antennae were made using a hair from my girlfried, which she graciously donated. Anyway, the final result: Edit: I see now that the 74 has disappeard from the starboard side registration. I will correct this later on. And a few in the morning sunlight: This will be my final model for a while, as our second child will be born within two weeks, and that will take up a lot of my time ;). Thanks for looking and see you next time!
  14. Thank you all for your nice words! I agree! I love the KLM livery, especially on the DC-10 and Boeing 747-400. Actually, that's not weathering, that's the original colour. I know some guys that work for KLM and they have commented that the underside and the engine cowling are in fact very light grey and not white. This was done deliberatly to make any dirt streaks less obvious.
  15. Many thanks for all the nice words guys! That is very much appreciated. I made it myself. I purchased the artwork on one of the stock photo websites and adapted it via Photoshop to make it fit a 60 x 80 cm frame (extended the grass on the Runway for example). I then had it printed on Forex (which isn't cheap btw, but it gives such a nice result and it a very lightweight material). I flew onboard the 767 with the big blue cheatline in 1998. KLM changed it's livery in 2002 and by that time the 767's were already being phased out. As such only three KLM 767's were given the updated livery (PH-BZM, PH-BZK and PH-BMI). As for the engines, I thought they were fine (but I'm hardly an 767 expert). They at least look better than the Revell engines, which look nothing like the real thing. That being said I would still rather have bought an Authentic Airliners 767, but they offer only the -200 variant and I wanted to make a 300ER variant. Haha I hear you about crying babies and complicated decals. Usually around this time decal also rips in various places, making it even more frustrating
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