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  1. Absolutely fantastic Ian I’ve really been looking forward to seeing this beauty finished! You really can’t go wrong with the AA 757. Bit of a ‘lump to the throat’ moment as I have many happy memories attached to both the airline and this particular aircraft. 10 out of 10 from me!!
  2. That looks amazing, it certainly does ‘scrub up’ well! Kicking myself that I didn’t get hold of one when you were selling them earlier this year
  3. Elegance personified! Such a beautiful clean build-she looks marvellous.
  4. Wow! What an amazing ‘clean’ build. Beautifully finished-I love it!!
  5. This looks lovely, Belkits certainly present more than their fair share of challenges. Hats off to you for the paint job, it’s a very neat finish. I’m in the middle of doing the 2017 Ott Tanak Fiesta RS-certainly not for the faint hearted. Not sure I’ll brave enough to post the end result in the RFI !?!
  6. Hi Ian-great to see you back on BM, and true to form another beauty emerges from your hangar! Seriously well done with the SP it’s sensational. I keep checking the AA website to see if it’s back in stock, as I really want to have a crack at a Saudia RR bird. cheers, Nick.
  7. What an absolute stunner Dave-you’ve done her proud! The 60’s and 70’s really were the golden age of the British independents. I think this bird ended up with Monarch after the demise of Invicta. A sister ship to my rendition of ‘kilo mike’ Nick.
  8. That’s an absolutely wonderful ‘whistling wheelbarrow’ there Viking! I’ve been dying to see the Air Anglia decals applied to an Argosy, and you’ve certainly done it justice I’m really loving the nostalgic element to all the civvies that being posted in the RFI recently. Nick.
  9. Stunningly finished Caravelle-well done on getting it over the line. There’s nothing worse than battling with a model, though some would say it’s all part of the fun!?! I really rate Classic-Airlines decals as they have a really diverse range of decals for both 1/200 and 1/144.
  10. Beautifully executed 321 Michael. You’ve lost none of the delicately engraved panel lines in the painting process, and the photorealistic flight deck windows look superb-brilliant work! Sad to see how many great U.K. airlines have disappeared, or been gobbled up by the ‘big boys’ over the years
  11. Incredible Moa. The floats and beaching gear are a work of art in their own right. Beautifully captured too!
  12. Ahhh the joys of staff travel-not for the faint hearted !!
  13. Here is my latest, and possibly the last of my lockdown builds for a while (?) Monarch Airlines operated a fleet of 7 Boeing 720B’s through the 70’s and into the early 80‘s, forming the backbone of their fleet. Operating from many U.K. airports on inclusive tour flights mainly to the ‘Med’, Canaries, and on a short and not very successful Caribbean programme. This particular example started life on lease from Northwest Airlines to TWA in 1961, before going back to its original operator in 1962. Monarch acquired ‘Kilo Mike’ in January 1972 and operated it for approximately 11 years until replaced by new technology Boeing 757’s! KM ended it’s days at Davis-Monthan AFB, as part of the U.S Airforce’s programme to re-engine it’s KC-135A’s. The model is the exquisite Authentic Airliners example which comes with a choice of either turbojet P&W JT3-C’s, or turbofan JT3-D’s. As Monarch operated turbofan examples I’ll be able to use the spares on my Roden B720 that is currently a in my stash. The decals are from 26 Decals screen printed range, and although beautifully printed, proved a little problematic in that as soon as they were placed on the model they immediately bedded down onto it and stubbornly refused to move. Sadly this resulted in some of the smaller decals tearing, and the model being a little devoid of detail. Despite the aforementioned problems I’m pleased with the end result. Once again thanks for taking the time to look, and as always all comments and feedback is gratefully received. Cheers, Nick.
  14. What a magnificent beast! A very impressive and beautifully finished model. You should be justifiably proud of that big Tupolev. Like you, I swear by the Humbrol Metalcote range for a good NMF.
  15. Thanks for all your kind words of encouragement guys-very much appreciated. Nick.
  16. Thanks very much. Hopefully be able to do a few more Hasegawa 1/200’s before my eyesight moves me onto 1/144 or larger scales-oh the joys of getting older!
  17. Thanks very much for your kind comments
  18. Well not really! It’s actually Eastern Airlines 5th TriStar that was used for the 1972 summer world tour by the Lockheed Aircraft Company of California. The aircraft came to the U.K. to be demonstrated to the two British customers for the TriStar- Courtline Aviation, and BEA. Arriving at Luton airport the headquarters of Courtline, 305 was adorned with Court titles and logos in preparation for promo flights around various U.K. airports, ending with a flight to Palma, on the island of Mallorca-a typical destination for the airline. The next stop for 305 would be a short hop down to London Heathrow, where BEA titles and tail markings were hastily applied in preparation for further publicity flights and a residency at the ‘Farnborough 72’ trade show. Onto the model, this is the venerable but still very accurate Hasegawa example first rolled around 1980! Sadly these models are becoming rarer all the time and commanding extortionate prices on auction sites. The only mods I made were to add the early type thrust reverser jacks to the RB-211’s made out of plastic Rod, and the extendable tail skid (courtesy of a pin!) Paints used were Halfords appliance white, Xtracolour light aircraft grey, and Humbrol chrome silver from a rattle can. The only problem I encountered with the build was with the Classic Airlines decals. Although beautifully printed they did not seem to match the Hasegawa model, and required some trimming and touching up. One place where this is really noticeable is the Courtline titles on the aircrafts belly which do not represent how they appeared on the actual aircraft-and after referencing and re-referencing numerous photos of 305, it is not my painting skills at fault(!) Overall though I’m pleased with the finished result in this unusual hybrid livery. Any comments or feedback is much appreciated-Thanks for looking.
  19. Stunningly built model and exquisitely atmospheric images too boot Moa-superb work! I remember a few years ago attempting to beat the Mach2 kit into submission, and failing miserably-needless to say it ended up in the bin. Although most would consider the Seabee an odd looking aircraft, I find the quirkiness of it to be really endearing-definitely in my top 5 list of favourite aircraft. One of the best scenes in ‘The man with the Golden Gun’ is a Seabee putting in a very spirited and sporty performance as it tries to evade Chinese radar on the way to Scaramanga’s private island-only for it to end up as toast courtesy of Mr Scaramanga’s high energy beam!!
  20. Hi Ian, Thanks for the tip re the paint stripper, I’ll certainly keep an eye open for it. I used oven cleaner on this occasion which worked fine in the past on plastic kits, but clearly didn’t like resin! For the engines I used Humbrol Chrome Silver (191) directly from the spray can. It’s really good stuff, is easy to apply, dries quickly, and is very forgiving. However the best bit is that it can be either left very bright or polished with cotton wool to what ever shade of aluminium you want-the more you polish it, the darker it goes. I also used it for the leading and trailing edges on the DC-10’s wings. I also like the fact that when it is sealed with varnish it looses none of its shine. Looking forward to seeing your next build. Rgds, Nick.
  21. Hi Dave Yes it’s always good when we have a few civvies on posted in RFI-but they do seem to come along like buses To be honest it was seeing some of the great builds that have been posted on here that spurred me on to finish this old diesel10 Rgds, Nick.
  22. Hi Challenger350PILOT, It’s the Authentic Airliners DC-10, the PE parts I used were the ones supplied with the model in the form of undercarriage parts and aerials-albeit I didn’t add the 3 nose mounted pitot tubes as they were minuscule in size and I have fat fingers Rgds, Nick.
  23. Hi Abandoned Project- yes it’s completely OOB, it’s the resin Authentic Airliners DC-10-30 with the earlier style GE CF6-50 engines. Rgds-Nick
  24. What an absolute stunner Dave! The finish is superb as are your photographic skills. Wonderful!!
  25. After a long hiatus I’m back. In fairness I started this model well over 12 months ago but due to a recurring loss of mojo, it kept returning to the shelf of doom for what seemed like an eternity! When I did eventually go back to it in earnest I intended to finish it in the PIA delivery scheme, however this scheme proved to be particularly challenging! Unhappy with my efforts I ended up completely stripping the paint off it, not very successfully I may add. I briefly toyed with an doing an Air Florida machine, but quickly moved onto something a little simpler as by this point I just wanted it finished. Anyhow here is the eventual end result, Iberia’s second DC-10 - christened ‘Costa Dorada’ after the north eastern Catalonian costal region. The decals are by 26 decals, with the Authentic Airliner Decals providing the flight deck and cabin windows. The obligatory Halfords Appliance white, and Racking grey were used straight out of the rattle can for the airframe. As a interesting footnote the real aircraft featured paintings by the Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dali in the passenger cabin!
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