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  1. Hi Mike, Personally I'd just bin the Minicraft kit especially as there's one due from Zvezda soon. Thank you for your praise Paul, it means a lot! It's been a long time since I used any Alclad products but I have recently been using Humbrol Metalcote because it's far easier and I find it's tougher. The big advantage for me is that you don't have to spray it on a gloss black base and once it is dry it can be polished to a nice shine. I used to use Mr Metal Color for the same reason but Humbrol is easier to find here in the UK. Cheers John, yes me too, I can think of dozens of liveries I'd love to see for the new Zvezda kit! What are you working on at the moment? Thanks Julien, Yes I know what you mean by "naked" wings. At least they have the thin black lines which mark out the 'No Step' areas. Perhaps it's an opportunity to really weather them, they are normally the dirtiest part of an aircraft! Which United livery are you doing? Thanks for all the comments everyone! Cheers, Ian
  2. Thanks for all the replies everyone. Cheers Paul glad you like it! The headset cord is just some very fine electrical wire I had hanging around. I tend to keep old electrical devices for any wires to use for detailing my models. Thanks Noel, yes I had to wait for a long time for a sunny enough day here in the North West but I can tell you the temperature wasn't like the Mediterranean!!I Cheers, Ian
  3. Hi, F-DCAL do this sheet of it helps? https://www.f-dcal.fr/decals/index.php?id_product=1058&controller=product&id_lang=1 Cheers, Ian
  4. Hi Einar, Well this is a surprise I was expecting a Roden 720! Another gorgeous model beautifully finished. I have recently completed an AA Pan Am 747sp myself and have to agree about the quality of the kit. Your natural metal finish is very impressive as is the gloss on the white, not too shiny. I like the quirkiness of the SP, it's a 747 but isn't at the same time! Cheers, Ian
  5. Excellent Eric! Are the B17s in the background photos or your models? Cheers, Ian
  6. Thanks for the replies everyone. Hi Alex, Hopefully the AHS ones perform better but at 30+ years they might not. Although it won't harm to clear coat them beforehand what I meant was to float them off the backing paper onto the model surface which has a later of still wet Future where the decal is to be positioned. This should prevent any silvering. Stu, maybe you can get Tamiya X-3 in a spray can? If not I think we should have a whip-round and get you an airbrush! Thanks Neil, oh yes, I'd forgotten about Chris's A300 it's been so long, he was building a Trident 3 too at one time. I thought now he's retired he'd have finished something! Yes we all need to catch up soon. Cheers, Ian
  7. Hi Einar, Just gorgeous! Like many on here I love the BOAC livery too. I've built a Roden Super VC10 as well, but it's your AA 707 which has really caught my eye! I love that wing and you've definitely captured the busyness of all the different panels and shades. Reminds me I don't have nearly enough AA 707s! Or BOAC planes! Are you planning any more? Cheers, Ian
  8. Thanks for all the great comments everyone! Glad my model has brought back good memories Alex, I've been luck to fly on many 757s over the years most recently with TUI to Las Palmas a couple of years ago. We were scheduled to fly on a 737-800 so I was very pleased when a 757 was at the gate. Interestingly it was the same aircraft I modelled a year or so earlier! Are they the Aerocolours or AHS decals? I recommend floating them onto Future. I hope if any new decals come available for the new Zvezda kit the yellow stripe is double printed on white rather than two layers of decal like this one! Glad to bring back some happy memories Nick. You are lucky to be near EMA as there are still lots of 757s still flying there Adam. Unfortunately they are becoming rarer elsewhere though! Hi Sini, I guess it depends on your age, when I first became interested in airliners BA meant Negus so it's what I identify with. You must be younger than me! I think you are partly correct. But only by about 0.5 - 1mm at the rear of the fuselage. Because the 757 fuselage is deeper behind the wing the windows do seem higher anyway and if I remember correctly there is a step down from the cabin into the cockpit! Thanks Dave, yes my 757 collection will accelerate significantly once the Zvezda kit is released, (assuming it's good that is!) as it'll be far cheaper than the AA kit. I hope you find Tamiya X-3 a good match for Landor Blue let me know what you think if you get a jar. I would have mixed some using your recommendation but didn't have any Xtracolor Oxford Blue. Haha, that made me laugh Alan! I take it you're a Landor man? I might contemplate a Landor 757 at some time if Ray reprints his decal but there are loads to do ahead of that though!
  9. Hi Sam, Fantastic! One of the best Concorde models I've seen. And I love your base, well done! I agree about the Bra.Z windscreen, for me it is an essential on the Revell Concorde too. I don't think the nose is drooped too much it looks fine to me. Love the detail work on the nose gear. Looking forward to seeing more Airliners from you, what are you planning next? Cheers, Ian
  10. Hi Alex, Wow that really is bright! A 1 hour build, that's crazy! I wouldn't imagine the painting took much longer either, there's not a lot of masking to do. Would've looked great in 1/144 with some AA windows. Who did the 1/144 decals? Cheers, Ian
  11. Although I'm not a fan of the Landor British Airways livery I do quite like their Caledonian Airways scheme . I picked up a copy of the Welsh Models Aerocolours decal from a model show many years ago and have finally got around to building it. Paint is Revell 371 for the Pearl Grey and Tamiya X-3 Royal Blue which I think works well for Landor Blue. Halfords Racking Grey was used for the Boeing Grey and Humbrol Metalcote Polished Aluminium for the wing and engine leading edges. Coroguard and white door outlines from the Flying Colors 757 detail decal. I'm not too impressed with the decals as they have silvered a bit possibly due to their age. Had I known this would happen I would have floated them onto a puddle of Future rather than directly onto the paint surface. Hopefully when the Zvezda 757 kit comes out there will be some new Caledonian decals available and I'll remove these and reapply some new ones. Until then here are some pics. Hope you like it and thanks for looking. Any comments and criticisms gratefully received! Cheers, Ian Ps As a bonus please check out this link https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235091968-pushback-and-start-up-approved-caledonian-2357/
  12. I've recently finished this Authentic Airliners 1/144 Caledonian Airways Boeing 757 and thought it would make a change to display it with my scratchbuilt British Airways Douglas DC10 Tugmaster. It's not a very complex diorama but I quite like it. Figures are from Preiser. Hope you like it and thanks for looking! Cheers, Ian
  13. Hi Ray, Really love this one! Beautiful finish, which NMF did you use for the engines? Cheers, Ian
  14. Wow Diogo I've never noticed that before and I've modelled the whole Negus fleet! Cheers, Ian
  15. Hi Neil, Beautiful finish on this beast! Do you decant the Halfords colours into an airbrush or spray straight from the can? The finish looks lovely and smooth. Nice sharp masking too. I think it's a cunning move to build a model for someone you see often that way they get to store it but you can still see it whenever you want! Must try that when I build an A380 or another 747! Cheers, Ian
  16. Hi Diogo, Fantastic! You've done a great job on this model I'm particularly impressed with your weathering on the wings and base of the tail, always the dirtiest part of an airliner! Definitely one to be proud of. Looking forward to your Swissair 747-200! Cheers, Ian
  17. Hi Michael, The Revell kit will, out of the box, get you a 747-400 but it's an old mould now, not very accurate and commands a high price in ebay. Authentic Airliners produce the most accurate -400, available with the correct engines, but is resin and expensive, 150EUR. But easy to build. If you like converting kits the Zvezda can be converted to a -400 fairly easily but you will need to source the correct engines and scratch build the winglets. I have recently completed this conversion. https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235084013-1144-zvezda-qantas-747-8-to-747-400-conversion/&tab=comments#comment-3901043 The correct engines are available from Hannants https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/BZ4015 Virgin Atlantic decals are around but depending on which livery you want to model you may have to wait until a set pops up on ebay. Hope this helps. Cheers, Ian
  18. Hi Stu, I'm nearly finished my Caledonian 757 and I have used Revell 371 for the Pearl Grey and Tamiya X-3 Royal Blue. I'm pleased with how these colours look on the model. The grey is spot on in my opinion and the blue is, for me, about as close as I'm going to get. Landor Blue seems tricky to nail down as it looks almost black in some images but far bluer in others. The model should be in RFI soon so you can judge for yourself if these colours work for you. Hope this helps. Cheers, Ian
  19. Hi Neil, Yes, as I thought, it does finish it off! Splendid job. It is possible to mask the inspars it just takes a long time! https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235037624-1144-airfix-iberia-airbus-a300b4/&tab=comments#comment-3023900 Cheers, Ian
  20. Hi Martijn, Very, very nice! Your photography is outstanding, I love the shots on the taxiways best. Love your natural metal finish but the icing on the cake for me is the antennae and your decal windows. Really brings it to life! Occasionally see, and hear, an AN10 flying over my house and yes you're right they are noisy! Good luck with your new arrival hopefully they will sleep well so you still have time for some modelling! Cheers, Ian
  21. Hi Ray, Very, very nice! Clean and crisp modelling. Is the Amodel kit much of an improvement over the old Airfix kit?I Cheers, Ian
  22. Hi Mike, Great to see this finished, I think you've done a great job on it! As Dave says it's an unusual livery which I don't think we've seen on here before. Glad to help with the walkways, it's the little details like this which really help finish off a model so I don't understand why they were left off. I wouldn't worry about your minor issues none of them are obvious. It just looks like a nicely finished model and looks good alongside your BA 319. Looking forward to seeing your BA neo! Cheers, Ian
  23. Hi Alex, Another great model from you, I don't know how you churn them out so quickly! Always good to see a BEA red square liveried aircraft and yours is no exception, maybe it's just the photographs but I think the grey seems a little too dark though? I wonder why they didn't paint any aircraft in the BEA Speed Jack livery? Cheers, Ian
  24. Hi Julien, Welcome to Britmodeller, good to have another airline modeller around. What a great introduction, beautifully finished. Good to know the colours you've used as I have the new Zvezda A320 neo on the way and might be finishing it in this livery. What did you use for the silver engine colour? Great idea for the landing gear replacement. I think Revell made a mistake not including undercarriage as an option. Looking forward to seeing more from your work bench! Cheers, Ian
  25. Hi Neil, This is a great example of a classic Airfix kit. Love the Lufthansa livery on an A300. I think your use of the Draw decals details makes all the difference and if you can add the coroguard it will really finish it off. Cheers, Ian
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