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  1. Time for John's update! ๐Ÿ˜‰ The wing exhausts were placed into position but without any glue - these were simply used to ensure the separate engine intake sections were correctly aligned with the back ends. The engine intake furthest from the camera is setting; the closer intake is about to be positioned next to the exhaust and clamped, before applying the glue: Everything in place (the exhausts are still just resting on the wing, not glued): Then the exhausts were removed for painting separately on a warmer day: Finally the inboard elevons were attached in a drooped position, after chamfering their forward edges: Outboard elevons next - they need a bit more fettling to get a good fit, due to the wing tips curving downwards...
  2. I haven't done anything to this one for a week, as I was waiting for a package to arrive: Six pieces of resin - two wing root extensions, two wing tip extensions and two winglets. Plus a tin of paint for a size comparison: Now I have these, I think my next step will be butchering the fuselage to make the wings detachable - it's just too large otherwise! My plan is to join the wings together and blend them into the fuselage belly, but to have this entire section separate from the lower fuselage. I think it should work...!
  3. Stay posted John, Iโ€™m working on Concorde today!
  4. Youโ€™re both added to the list - thank you!
  5. From the artist's own website here she explains it was only applied to eight aircraft. It was not used as much as it could have been, but the same can be said about many of the later tail fin designs...๐Ÿ™ I've PM'ed you about this - I might be able to help!๐Ÿ‘ Cheers John! Work on the refurb continues. The nose gear bay was removed and the remains of the undercarriage were discarded, just keeping the doors: The large doors were a single piece of plastic and went back into the same place easily. The smaller doors were the ones that hung down and needed to be retracted - I glued these together on bent paper to introduce some curvature: Then added scrap around the recess to give them something to glue onto, as they were too small for the gap: Once in place copious amounts of filler were added: The tail skid also needed to be retracted. First it was gently removed: And then eased into the gap and glued: The next stage is sanding everything - windows, joint lines, gear doors, the whole lot! It should look a bit different next time I post.๐Ÿ‘
  6. Thanks John - it's a graceful looking aircraft.๐Ÿ‘ I've spent some time with my polishing cloths today and improved the windows considerably. There a few issues though - it appears the resin was thinner than I realised on some of the panes and I've sanded/polished all the way through them... However, the ones that are still intact are now smooth and flush with the fuselage, so it's not been a total failure: The opacity is from the inside of the windows, where the masking tape was applied. Next time I will have to sand that smooth and well before closing the fuselage, as it can be seen from the exterior. This has been a useful mule so far for trying out new techniques - I will know how to better approach this task next time. I have a cunning plan for the damaged windows - I will fill them but then paint over them with white primer. I'm hoping that when the window surround decals are applied it will look like the cabin blinds are down. It might work!๐Ÿ˜
  7. You know me too well Mike! ๐Ÿ˜ The refurbished model was originally destined to become G-BNWV, a long haul aircraft in the "Colum" scheme. Decals were consequently purchased from F-DCAL: I'm not entirely sure what happened next, as it was over a year ago... However, it involved scanning these, making a few amendments and reprinting them - I couldn't help myself as I felt there was room for improvement! My corrected "Colum" decals will now go onto one of the two new builds. The refurbished model is going to be a 'what if' model. I will depict it as G-BNWY, an aircraft that was repainted from the 'Landor' scheme straight into the 'Chatham' livery when the world image designs were being phased out. As an aside, the 'Chatham' livery it received was different from the current version, as the red/blue/red bands on the tail fin were lower, leaving a larger expanse of white at the top of the fin. Photos of this aircraft from that era look slightly odd as a result! If the world image liveries had continued, G-BNWY would have received one too. I'm going for "Grand Union", one of the entries that won the Sunday Times competition to design a new tail fin and based upon the artwork on the sides of barges on the Grand Union canal - hence the name of this design. Out of interest "Chelsea Rose" was the other winner from this competition and was used much more extensively. Here's the image I'm replicating: Quite an underused design, appearing on just eight aircraft. The 767 never received this one, so I thought that made it a good choice for this model! As for the third kit, the jury is still out - there's plenty of time to decide!
  8. It's that time of year again when I find all sorts of new projects making their way towards the workbench...! I know I have plenty on the go already, but most of these are awaiting paint which requires better weather - I spray outdoors and need warmer, drier conditions. As @Paulaero will understand, these other models are generally at least 95% built, which qualifies me to start on something new in the meantime! ๐Ÿ˜ This build is partly a new challenge and a bit of repetition too. The new bit is refurbishing one of my older models and this will form the bulk of this thread. The repetition part is concurrently building two untouched Revell 767-300 kits, which I did here a couple of years ago and I don't see any point in documenting it here again! However, these kits will throw up a few challenges along the way (more on this when I get to those parts!), hence their inclusion into this thread. Let's start with the model to be refurbished. I would guess that I built it around 20 years ago, when my modelling skill set was rather more limited than it is now. It is the Revell 767-300, with RR engines and built to depict G-BNWA which I flew regularly at back in 2003. The model has been in the attic for years and I think it must have been dropped at some point too - luckily I still have most of the pieces: It's certainly been neglected and the attic did it no favours - it's covered in grime: The refurbishment will consist of the following tasks- 1. Open the fuselage up and fill the windows with Milliput 2. Removal of the damaged undercarriage and rebuild the model with the gear doors closed 3. Replacement of the missing windscreen (the only piece that I cannot find!) 4. Removal of the old paint and re-spraying with an accurate demarcation line and correct shade of blue 5. Production of custom decals to give the model a new identity To complete this introduction, the other two models in this build were purchased cheaply but with a few pieces missing. More importantly though, they both have the sprues for the RR engine option, so these will be built as BA aircraft. Here are the sprues: And another shot, showing the first task completed - Milliput is applied: It is well past its 'use by' date and quite dry and crumbly, but perfectly good enough for this job!
  9. As a former -400 pilot, Iโ€™m very happy with the position Iโ€™m now in. Final answer!๐Ÿ˜
  10. Go for it Paul, it looks at least 96% done! ๐Ÿ˜ Great finish too!๐Ÿ‘
  11. I donโ€™t like quoting myself, as it seems pretentious. However, Iโ€™ve just picked up the conversion kit on eBay tonight. My thanks to @BritJet for letting me know it was listed - cheers! ๐Ÿ‘ I did - hereโ€™s a picture: Note the size, compared to a 1/144 A350 and a 12โ€ ruler! Anyway, more on this soon. Iโ€™m off to amend the thread title for a third timeโ€ฆ!๐Ÿ˜
  12. This totally floats my boat, so count me in!๐Ÿ‘
  13. Nice selection Tim, youโ€™re on the list as number 20!
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