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  1. Yes -- the 707 family has these versions: 120, 120B, 720, 720B, 320 Intercontinental, 420 Intercontinental, 320B/C, 320B/C Advanced Yes! The kit represents a 707-420 Intercontinental and the only difference between that version and a 707-320 Intercontinental is in the engines. Thankfully, visually that difference is not that big.
  2. Lord Riot, I'd say you don't need to reinvent your Pan Am 707 enterprise at all! Get some Pan Am decals from 26decal. Build the kit as it is. You will have a _Pan_American_Boeing_707-321_Intercontinental. (As in, not a 707-320B or 707-320C, but a 707-320 Intrecontinental. Yes, Pan Am had those in the early jet era when its titles said "Pan American." They hired them out early on to operators like PIA and by the early 1970s sold them on to operators like JAT. But they definitely did have them!) All you have to modify to be true to the original is the engines. And that's _really_ easy! First, flatten the nacelle sides a bit with a few strokes of a sanding stick. Second, add a "chin intake" below the main intake, using a small sliver of plastic card (or yogurt container... whatever), and fair it all in with a smudge of filler. And -- you're there! The Airfix noise suppressors look very businesslike (unless we're about to start counting rivets...) Here is a lovely Pan Am Boeing 707-321 Intercontinental for you. --- Edit: _And_a bit of a bonus, too! The Airfix 707's tail fin is a few millimetres short of the developed 707 and a few millimetres taller than the early 707. Most modellers live with it. Extending it is a bit of a pain, but cutting it down to the early short fin is dead easy. And, as it happens, Pan Am's very early 707-321 Intercontinentals did have the short fin. (If you decide to cut the fin down, you should also remove the underfin -- another dead easy mod, done in ten seconds flat.)
  3. Lovely job! Any problems painting the engine fan case interior? The electric green sidewalls abutting the dark grey fan appear a tad challenging...
  4. Such quereies come up all the time, so perhaps these sites would be of interest: https://www.myfonts.com/WhatTheFont/ https://www.fontsquirrel.com/matcherator https://www.whatfontis.com/ https://www.fontspring.com/matcherator There are others out there but I'm too lazy for them. (By the way, the word font -- or fount in British English -- is wrong for your query. You should use typeface instead. Rant over...)
  5. Up to you which kits you choose. Airfix ought to be available more cheaply at swapmeets as it is less "singing-and-dancing," but I mustn't speak out of turn... Just to repeat, for what it's worth, and in my personal view, Airfix is the better shape. Revell is clearly the more advanced option, with recessed skin lines, crisper edges, fussier detail, and the rest of it... Under paint and decals, the two would sit very comfortably (indeed indistinguishably so) next to one another.
  6. I'd clarify what was meant by "both please." It might just mean she imagines the gear can be movable (after all, it is in many static display models like the one the lady used to own). Or it might mean she wants you to make two models... Which is it? If she definitely wants _two_ models (and not one) -- and if you are up for that -- you can go to town: apart from gear up and down, you can also show the nose up or down, not to mention different liveries, making the duo more meaningful. Scale-wise, Concorde is as long as a 747 even in 1/144, so two 1/144 examples together would be as big as a single 1/72 example. Only you know how that would play out in your friend's mum's house... On kits, Airfix makes a perfectly decent inflight model, but Revell wins if you want wheels and noses down. (I seem to recall the Revell kit was tooled by Otaki, of TriStar fame, back in the early 1970s, though I personally find Airfix more faithful in shape, though cruder.)
  7. I've used similar decals (not AA) and, while they look superb on photos, up close and personal, and if brightly lit, I find them "too much." Only my opinion, of course.
  8. Please give us pictorial references. Not out yet. Should improve on the excellent F-RSIN inasmuch as it has transparent windows.
  9. The Viscount is F-RSIN's best-shaped kit and the nose is brilliant.
  10. Right.. That leaves you with the Revell kit. The alternative (for a fan-engined 707-123_B_) is stretching a Roden 720B. If you want a non-fan 707-123, you have a very painful surgical job (and one with a very uncertain outcome) involving a non-fan Roden 720 and a Minicraft K/C-135 wing. Vintage Flyer Decals do several rather jolly AA schemes, with the nice touch that they are available in either 1/144 scale or Revell's fit-the-box 1/139 scale.
  11. Authentic Airliners makes a 707-120 which is mouth-watering and should be at euro 65. The Revell kit is slightly overscale and suffers from huge rivets, but is otherwise quite decent, was released with fan and non-fan engines in its time, and is reasonably widely available secondhand, sometimes at reasonable prices.
  12. Slight surgery is needed to the wings -- the PW-powered 320 and RR-powered 420 ("the Intercontinentals") had slightly different inboard flaps and a slightly shorter span. There were also slightly fewer leading edge Krueger flaps, but that simply means filling-in some of the inscribed detail. Absolute maniacs with nothing better to do will whittle away some of the aft end of the wing/body fairing, which is infinitesimally (and I mean truly infinitesimally!) slimmer on the 707 Intercontinental. More on the wing here.
  13. Do let us know how you get on, Steve! (Ah, for the vicarious pleasure of watching others model when I haven't got the time! Am getting popcorn... )
  14. I'll second Romeo Alpha Yankee on the nose being okay and the fairing needing to be fashioned from laminations of sheet plastic, rather than from filler which would crumble. Apart from that, and filling-in the engine grooves (Airfix represented them as if they are in "reverse thrust" mode) the fin and tailplane trailing edges need to be thinned down in the time-honoured classical manner, and you have a more than reasonable early 747. Revell's is better overall, but has other issues of its own.
  15. Definitely the correct colour for BOAC 707s until 1964, yellow stripes included. "BOAC Rolls-Royce 707" was the way the Boeing 707 was referred-to by BOAC (well, at least until the Pratt & Whitney-powered 320Bs and Cs entered service), most likely to stress the patriotic aspect. I'd say you have a trevel agent display model there. The decals might have been preserved because it spent its life in a box or in a dark space, away from the sun.
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