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About Malair

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  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Malair

    Tu 134 Zvezda 1/144

    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.
  5. Very nice build! you don't see many wheels-up displays, so it's great to see one so nicely made.
  6. 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?
  7. 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!
  8. 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.
  9. Thanks for the nice words guys! I was afraid of that too at first, but in the end in didn't give me any troubles at all. It is important that you keep the instruction manual at hand though, as you need to use the correct parts. The fit is excellent, so no troubles there either. The only thing is that you have to fill and sand a bit more, but that's about it. Having build both the Revell and now the Zvezda offerings, I do have to say that the Zvezda one is the superior kit and I would reccomend it over Revell (although the Revell kit isn't too bad either).
  10. Hi Ian, Thanks for the compliments! You're absolutely right about the primer. What’s even more frustrating is that I know that, but I was out of white at the time so I used grey temporarily with the idea of latter applying the white primer, before airbrushing the acrylic, which I then completely forgot! Like you said, lesson learned (and also it was actually pretty grey outside when taking the pictures). The 8A decs are not specifically designed for the Zvezda kit as far as I know, but they fit perfectly. That is a good price for those decals. Might get a few. Thanks!
  11. I’ve been really busy with work and private life lately, but things have settled down a bit so I finally managed to find some time to finish this model. My latest build is the A320-200 from Zvezda in the colours of Amsterdam Airlines. This short-lived Dutch airline operated from 2008 until 2011. As most of you know this model kit is really great, although I struggled a bit to get the engines attached in a straight way. Also the red is a bit too dark (I used gray primer, but should have used white instead) and the windows on the left side are a bit too low. Other than that I'm pleased with the way she turned out. Decals are from Flevo Decals. Cockpit, window and door outlines decals are from Authentic Airliner Decals. Corogard and cargo door decals from 8A Decs. The display bases are all 80 x 80 cm and made by myself. My next build will be the 1:144 PS-84 / Li-2 in Aeroflot colours from Eastern Express, which (just as my DC-2) is part of a Dutch Group Build effort. Anyway, thanks for looking and see you next time!
  12. Thanks for the nice comments guys! Or a (partly) orange KLM 777!
  13. Thanks for the nice words guys! I did not know that some other airliners adopted an orange livery as well for a while. Interesting!
  14. Thanks Orion! I didn't know either before doing this subject. I think that one of the fun aspects of this hobby is that you learn new things everytime you start a new project!
  15. Thank you very much guys! Much appreciated.