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  1. Ha! No, it certainly looks like it though, its 'CGI' water using an effect in an old Paint Shop Pro program I have
  2. I've just built quite a nice 3D printed resin Cessna 206 kit by VFR Models. Its nicely detailed with quite good internal detail & not too much finishing (sanding of scan lines) required. I chose to put mine on floats rather than the wheels provided, using Constanza Edo 3430s intended for their Piper Cherokee Six kit. . I had to increase the height/chord of the rudder and add the ventral fin as the 206 floatplanes need more area. Untitled by Harry Follas, on Flickr Untitled by Harry Follas, on Flickr IMG_6239 by Harry Follas, on Flickr Untitled by Harry Follas, on Flickr Untitled by Harry Follas, on Flickr
  3. ...its starting to resemble "Convair Corner" here again, if anybody knows NZ's Auckland International Airport they'll get the drift IMG_6032 by Harry Follas, on Flickr I'm building ZK-CIE this time for a Air Chathams captain IMG_6073 by Harry Follas, on Flickr
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  5. livery & detailing in progress...not looking too bad for a kit bash 9 by Harry Follas, on Flickr 4 by Harry Follas, on Flickr 7 by Harry Follas, on Flickr
  6. Progress...painting this up as Talofa Airways 5W-JMJ. I built up the little aircraft tug provided with the MU-2 doner for a bit of fun 4 by Harry Follas, on Flickr 1 by Harry Follas, on Flickr 3 by Harry Follas, on Flickr 7 by Harry Follas, on Flickr
  7. ...some subtle shape changes around the forward fuselage and nose + the repositioning of the nose wheel to its correct location. I have also added winglets seen on the '690B model onwards and cut out the triangular notch in the base of the rudder (on all '690s) and added gear doors. Yes I also sourced the Broplan IAI Westwind from Aviation Megastore along with the Croco Aerocommander kit. There are very few Aerocommander kits left anywhere now, they must've been a very low production run IMG_5884 by Harry Follas, on Flickr IMG_5879 by Harry Follas, on Flickr
  8. yes very lucky everything fitted together! looks like both model manufacturer's must've used fairly accurate drawings when they designed/scaled their kits
  9. I flew in an Aerocommander 690 a couple of years ago from Samoa to American Samoa return...have been thinking about how to recreate one as a model in 1/72nd scale. I knew that the Croco resin Aerocommander 560 kit might be a good starting point, however then there were the issues with extending the fuselage, the wings and the engines to consider. A bit of research and some scale drawings indicates that a fair part of the 690 encapsulates components from the original. The wing extension in the '690 just incorporates a new parallel chord centre section (plus some winglets which were incorporated later versions of the aircraft: B model onwards) A parallel search on the Jet Commander which used a stretched Aerocommander fuselage got me thinking (ahh---Aurora did a Jet commander kit, however now unobtanium & expensive!). The jet commander design however was sold to IAI (Israel Aircraft Industries) and marketed as the Westwind!! I decided to taKe a punt and bought both the Croco resin kit and a Broplan vacuform IAI Westwind 1123 & do a bit of a kit bash. Engines for the project were donated by a Hasegawa Mitsubishi Mu-2. Here's progress so far, its very much a build this bit...check drawings...put aside...think about how to do the next bit...contemplate...contemplate...measure up, build some more... Untitled by Harry Follas, on Flickr Untitled by Harry Follas, on Flickr The dis-membered parts fortunately fit together like they were meant to Untitled by Harry Follas, on Flickr Untitled by Harry Follas, on Flickr Interesting to compare next to the Croco Aerocommander 560 IMG_5856 by Harry Follas, on Flickr Engine nacelles built up around the MU-2 components, the rear of the nacelle is largely formed with milliput. The wheel wells came from the IAI 1123 model Untitled by Harry Follas, on Flickr Untitled by Harry Follas, on Flickr
  10. Easiest way to go in 1/144 Steve, is the Welsh CV580, I did one years ago. The Bristol & Argosy are also Welsh Untitled by Harry Follas, on Flickr
  11. I have to agree...the Mach 2 kit is basically unbuildable without half a packet of Milliput ! It would be nice to see a half decent injection molded Convairliner
  12. yes, well I used to think vacform was hard...
  13. Untitled by Harry Follas, on Flickr 26 built...still going...sigh
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  15. here we go again! The retirement of the last Convair 580 in NZ has seen me get a couple of requests to build a couple of models of the last aircraft: ZK-CIB flying with Air Chathams. Its a combi conversion of the original aircraft so in addition to updating engines etc (and scrapping a Hasegawa P3 kit!) I had to infill cabin windows and scribe in a cargo door. Here's progress so far . Have to admit that Mach2 plastic is absolute SH**! and without half a packet of Milliput, this model is not buildable (even with the original piston engines)! Untitled by Harry Follas, on Flickr Untitled by Harry Follas, on Flickr Untitled by Harry Follas, on Flickr
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