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  1. 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 !?!

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  2. 1 hour ago, RidgeRunner said:

    Very nice, Nick. I only few on one of their 720s and it was G-AZKM! I picked up a vacant seat on the return leg from Rimini in September 1979 after a day hanging around the base. It was a flight deck seat trip but because my planned return was a BAC 1-11-500 the seat was occupied by one of the cabin crew. I was therefore stuck in Rimini. Monarch came to my rescue! :)




    Ahhh the joys of staff travel-not for the faint hearted !! 😰

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  3. 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.


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  4. On 07/07/2020 at 10:42, Skodadriver said:

    What a lovely, unusual model in a scheme I've never seen before. Congratulations on a fantastic build and thanks for sharing :clap2:


    I wish there was an injection moulded TriStar kit of equivalent quality in 1/144. I don't build in 1/200 but there's no arguing that Hasegawa made some of the nicest airliner kits ever produced.


    Dave G

    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!

  5. 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. 

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  6. 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!!😞

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  7. 39 minutes ago, Turbofan said:

    Hi Nick,

    Welcome back and what a return, a gorgeous model excellently finished and presented!

    The AA DC10 is a lovely kit and considering its size is an easy build. Would've loved to have seen it in PIA colours but never mind. I know the feeling of having problems and stripping everything off to start again it happens all too often to me! If it happens again I can recommend Home Strip Paint and Varnish remover. Brilliant stuff and really easy to use. You can get it at B&Q.

    Which paint did you use for the engine nacelles by the way?

    Anyway, thanks for sharing.



    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.



  8. 7 hours ago, Skodadriver said:

    Welcome back.


    Thanks for sharing your magnificent DC-10 which certainly doesn't show any sign of the issues you had. The Iberia red/orange/yellow stripes always looked better on a larger aircraft and the DC-10 really suits them.


    We've had a great run of civil RFIs in the last couple of weeks and it's an interesting coincidence that you posted your DC-10 shortly after my Aviaco DC-8 which in real life had been displaced from the Iberia fleet by the arrival of the DC-10s!


    All the best


    Dave G

    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.

  9. 4 hours ago, Challenger350Pilot said:

    Quite a nice build, and I'll join the chorus of welcoming you back! Love the Iberia livery. Did I miss something? Can't for the life of me tell which kit this is...and did you add any PE parts or details? Thanks for sharing...nice pics, too...the sunlight makes those Iberia stripes pop right out!! 

    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.

  10. 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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