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  1. Evening All Here is my addition to this noble group of Nordic adventurers .Just a place setter for now to be started soon . Comments welcome as always Martin H
  2. Something I have been hiding in amongst all the other builds I am working on is this beautiful old Hasegawa 1/200 original Love Liner200 series McDonnell DC-10-30. At the time of release and despite the 1/200 scale, I felt this to be above and beyond the accuracy of both Revell and Airfix's 1/144 DC-10 kits, and to date, I still do however Welsh Models and Authentic Airliners DC-10s have both far outranked the likes of Revell and Airfix. This particular kit is one of 10 Hasegawa DC-10's I have in my stash, one of which was purchased part (and very badly) built which makes it a spares kit in case any of my stash turn out to be missing parts from storage and their previous owners. Starting life as an Alitalia DC10, I am building this as in a 'What-If' Livery and are using the assembled tail fin and centre engine assembly from the model I have that was supplied already part built, as a guideline for a new tail plane livery. I was also glad it was supplied part built as it immediately highlighted the centre engine and tail fin interior crusty looks which needed attention. I've purchased 3 sets of Nazca Decals detailing sets for some of these stashed DC-10's of mine and will be using one set on this along with the collection of bits I have in mind for the 'What-If' finished livery. So if you are a DC10, tri-jet or 70's widebody civil fan, sit back and enjoy please... The picture below starts to highlight the issue with the tail fin and centre engine as 2 parts prior to assembly - the insides of the tail fin are hollow and the M & F joint lugs will all become very visible when joined. Using the parts from the half assembled spares kit of the same, I took these photos to show what the centre engine would have looked like without any attention - the hollow tail fin and lugs very much visible even in 1/200 scale. So with 2 options to follow i.e. fill the tail fin hollows and remove the M&F join lugs before assembly, or fit an infill skirt, I chose the latter. Inserting the infill tube also left the engine intake with a nice and smooth inner surface as the kits engine interior was horrific. Using some Evergreen 0.5 inch tube, an inner sleeve was made easily, snug and looks great. I was not sure if the extra tubing might make this a tail-sitter so I popped a couple of blobs of lead up front as a make-safe I know its lazy using corroguard decals but it is also a challenge getting them in place and flat so I prefer to have a bash if I have the correct decals in stock I am actually one main wheel short now as I swallowed one by accident while eating tic-tacs from the work bench at the same time as un-masking these - my hands got out of sink So that's where it is. With the BA Negus 737 and TU144 both on the go at the same time, I am unsure how soon this will progress but I really love the kit - just as much as that Hasegawa L1011 I completed a week or so back. Thanks for looking in. John
  3. I'm scaling away from 1/144 to 1/200 over the next few months and back to some of my all time favourite builds from the Hasegawa Love Liner 200 1/200 range. I've been buying up as much of these civil kits as possible on the cheap from shows and auction sites over the last 6 months with the view to having at least 1 of these kits in production in the shadows while other builds take place; however I have taken a plunge and started 3 of these all at the same time this month without any plans to have anything else distract me in 1/144. Here we have the short range 747-400D, the 777-200 and the impressive 777-300ER which rather dominates the other 2 kits and is a constant reminder that the 747 is no longer as big a we used to think when Boeing was master of the wide body 4 engine production line. I will use the Pokémon decals for the -400D but have 26Decals British Airways Chatham colours for the -300ER and the intermediary Waves of the City decals for the -200. The 747-400D kit is 22 years old and has been a pig to get aligned when the fuselage halves went together compared to Hasegawa's later -400 moulded kits which are a dream to assemble. All windows have been filled as the decal sets I have provide the better option of window and cockpit decals. With all the main components now assembled, I am at the filling and sanding stages post 1 coat of primer. Thanks for looking in if this is the sort of build that interests you John
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