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  1. Hi Mate Sorry, only just seen your request for help. I'd go for your first option - a very light grey over-sprayed with pearl/mica. Do a test first as some Tamiya sprays react with enamel paints. Cheers Tim
  2. I used Xtracolor X123 FS15050 Blue Angel Blue on my Delta A330-300 - if the link below works, you'll see it looks about right. Delta A330-300
  3. This is a previous discussion on Revell's 747-400 kit, tells you most you will need to know about it. Hope this helps Tim
  4. Hi Keith That new antenna is for the GoGo 2k Wifi system BA is rolling out across their fleet. If you Google "GoGo 2k Wifi antenna" there are plenty of pics showing you the shape needed, but I can't see any dimensions to help scaling. Best of luck Tim
  5. Hi Keith Would something like this be of help to you - http://www.airliners.net/photo/British-Airways/Boeing-747-436/4280565/L Cheers Tim
  6. Hi Dave I haven't started my build yet, but having looked at the nose gear bay parts I don't think there is any alternative but to install it as per the kit instructions. In these situations where the nose gear has to be fitted before painting, I've made a protector piece from a small bit of hollowed out polystyrene block which I tape firmly over the nose gear until assembly and any sanding / filling is largely done. It certainly draws your attention to being careful around the aircraft nose and seems to work as I've not busted any nose legs recently (on Revell E190 & E195 which have the same issue). Best of luck Tim
  7. Hi Russell The wing surfaces of early 737s were a mix of natural metal, Boeing grey and corogard. There is a very good description of what colour goes where on the wing over on AirlinerCafe here Early 737s Hope this helps Cheers Tim
  8. Hi John Another superb build - keep them coming as they're an inspiration to keep trying harder! I often travelled on G-ATTP in its later life with Dan Air on the Inverness - Heathrow route. So you've given me an idea if I can get hold of a 111 and decals. Great job Cheers Tim
  9. Hi Mike Fantastic job all round - paintwork, decals and details are all superb. An exceptionally well done 77W Cheers Tim
  10. I've had a crack at doing this livery, so here's my experience. As per Skodadriver's post, I followed the AirlinerCafe suggestion to overcoat Boeing Grey with Clear Mica, and here is the result. It looks OK, but it isn't quite right. The actual aircraft (in my pic below) has a definite tint to the Mica finish on the fuselage and engines. With hindsight, I might have achieved a closer match by overcoating Boeing Grey with a tinted mica like Xtracolor X369 Mica2. Hope this helps anybody contemplating this project. Cheers Tim
  11. Hi There are quite a few decal producers who provide a 're-scale' service for their 1/144 scale laser printed decals. 8A Decs do a 1/144 scale China Southern A320 - see here 8A Decs A320 China Southern You could e-mail John at 8A Decs to see if he could re-scale it to 1/200 for you. I have used 8A Decs and they are very good if you are happy using laser printed decals. And his service from Mexico is good too. Hope this helps Tim
  12. Masking and painting the red part of the fuselage needs a bit of care and planning. The curve down from the tail, under the wings and on towards the nose is quite a complex shape to mask on a round fuselage. The kit's decal sheet contains red/grey curved lines that go between the red and white parts of the fuselage - you could photocopy the decal sheet and then tape these lines to the model as a guide to positioning the masking tape in the right place. There is also an error on the kit's wings which you'll need to rectify. The A320 doesn't have the small flap fairings in between the 4 main flap fairings on each wing, you should remove all these small fairings. Overall it should be an enjoyable build for a new modeller. Best of luck to you and your friend. Cheers Tim
  13. Hi John That's a really fantastic finish - please, please share your secrets for painting the yellow to white fade. Cheers Tim
  14. Hi Mac I have an unwanted complete set of the kit's decals which I can send you if you are interested. Cheers Tim
  15. Hi Ray Thanks for your great feedback. You're right. Contrails make a very expensive conversion kit, but I honestly didn't think it was worth it as the conversion is so straightforward. I crafted the hump using an Airbus drawing as a template (see below) and from pics on Airliners.net. I just scaled the drawing to the kit's fuselage size and used it to position the kit's nose gear box in the right place (on the blue lines). Add some Milliput, job done and a small fortune saved. Thanks again Tim
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