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  1. Hi guys, here is my second finished DC-8. The first one can be found here: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235131153-dc-8-52-air-new-zealand-authentic-airliners-1144/ The -73 was the final stage in the development of this sleek airliner. It had the longest fuselage, the widest span and the most modern engine of that time. The airline only operated this single aircraft for only almost one year, based in Paris CDG in 1993. The kit is from Minicraft and the fit was mostly okay, only the wing span extensions created some problems. Of course, the small deflectors on the engines, the antennas and fuel probes had to be added. The metal colours were done mostly with MiG-Ammo, with some polishing paste by AK. Decals are from TwoSix, with some additions from the kit decals. The aftermarket decal makers mostly forget to provide overwing exit markings, engine details etc. Hope you like the "flying tube", as the long DC-8s were called.
  2. Hi All. Here is my latest finished model. Roden Boeing 720B kit with my own Maersk decals. The blue is painted with Halfords Ford Olympic Blue which is a very close match to Xtracolor Maersk blue Cheers Ray
  3. Hi All. Here is my completed X-Scale Douglas DC-8-32 using my own ONA Bicentennial decals. Kit went together without too many problems, just a bit of fettling here and there (mainly the wing top pylon inserts).
  4. I lived for many years under the flight path of these little commuter planes heading out over Lands End for the Fortunate Isles, and the S61Ns from Penzance heleport too. So I was always keen to build a model and the recent High Wing Group Build was the perfect nudge. The Revell kit turned out to be PK127, the old Matchbox kit. I mentioned early on that I fancied doing the "25 Years" anniversary livery and Ray at 26decals got straight back to say this very style was just finished and available. Perfect synchronicity.....! So this being one of the first in the livery, I thought I should post a few finished pictures here rather than just lurking in the GB area. I managed to get the passenger door opened and some back seats, stairs and some ground crew arranged. The only real snag with the kit is the frailty of the main gear stub axles versus the twisting force due to the design. It's a common source of anxiety for builders of this kit. The decals, it almost goes without saying, worked splendidly and fitted right. The only issue is that window and door surrounds have carrier film "in the middle" so to speak. So the grey lining around the passenger door for example, has to be done in separate strips when the doorway is opened. This would apply to any Decal sheet of course and in no way is meant as a criticism of an excellent product. The only other mod was the repositioning of the prop blades to fully feathered positions, which was achieved by twisting them and hoping 😇🤞 And a set of windscreen wipers. I'm pleased to have one of these on the shelf at last Cheers Gonna have to post this and then come back and paste some more, as it's getting lost by my phone between Flickr and the BM forum......
  5. My apologies for being late on parade chaps, I have been wrapping up a build for the Century Fighters GB (finished yesterday). My first entry for the GB is this Revell Airbus A319 which will be finished in British Airways centenary markings when sporting BEA's Red Square retro scheme. Here are the box and contents photos along with the 26Decals sheet. by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr Time to get on with it now. Cheers. John
  6. Here's my Minicraft 1/144 DC-8, converted to a DC-8-53 using Bra.Z engines, finished using AK Extreme Metal and SMS paints and 26 Decals. WIP is in the Canadian GB here. thanks for looking Julian
  7. Well, I know this subject was quite popular last time but having recently got some decals from Ray at 26Decals to replace those that came with the kit (which were poorly printed) this will be my first foray into this year's GB. Photos taken by me at Ringway on 23 Aug 1966, presumably it was on the Manchester - Prestwick - New York route. I'm aiming to build at least two aircraft but have to get my From Russia with Love entry done before too much will be done in this GB. Regards Mike
  8. Hello all, this is another in the series of old model kits that have crossed my workbench recently. I had one of these in 1966 or '67 and built it as an 8 - 9 year-old would (which I was at the time!), in the amazing Silver City Airways scheme. I even painted it with Airfix paints from their funny shaped bottles. A few years ago I got another one from our friends at KingKit and, as usual, it went straight into the stash. A few months ago, I was looking through 26Decals' website and found that they did a set for the Silver City aircraft, so ordered it in despite the fact that they were laser-printed. I knew enough by then to know that some accurate masking would be needed, and after doing a Twin Otter that also needed accuracy in the masking stakes, I felt I had enough experience. I put out a request for help on this fine Forum in the Classic Civil Aircraft - up to 1968 section for colours for this aircraft, and was rewarded with an amazing amount of help, so a big THANK YOU to all those who chipped in for me there. I did very little to the kit itself, I just added some seatbelts, replaced the 'working' clamshell door hinges, sanded off most of the rivets (what surface detail that was left looked like 'oil-canning' so that was good). I re-scribed some panel lines (and got one at least skew-whiff!), and added card to the ends of the control surfaces to get them to fit a bit better. I photocopied the transfer sheet and used that for the demarcation between the white and silver, with the intention of putting the transfers down over the white area. All went well, except for the nose door curved transfers - I got them horribly wrong and had to do a little 'artistic licence' (or a a vague sort of 'what-if'). That is why the doors do not have a thin white cheatline whereas the main markings do. The explanation for this is simple - Silver City Airways changed their schemes a few times, and one of the schemes seems to show no white cheatline, just pure blue. So, in this case, this aircraft had a problem with its clamshell doors, and they were replaced with a pair from another Superfreighter that was u/s, but it had the other scheme on, hence the mis-match. Well, I suppose it is possible. Anyway, here is what I ended up with: Most of the paintwork was from rattle cans - Tamiya Light Grey Primer and White Primer, and Halfords Audi Aluminium Silver. The blue retouching for the nose and other small areas where the transfers needed adjusting was two coats of Revell matt Blue followed by two coats of Revell Gloss Blue acrylics, brush-painted. The wing and tailplane joints were pretty good, but in an ideal world I would have fitted them before painting (they were all done separately for ease of masking), so don't look too closely. The transfers behaved very well, but were translucent, and I was very please that my masking, with the exception of the nose transfers , was pretty much as good as I could have got. All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed my trip down memory lane, another is in the pipeline now as I am about to start the Airfix HM Bark Endeavour, which I had at the same time as my original 'freighter, but I had to get my Dad to build that one for me. That is that, thanks for looking and getting through the waffle. All the best, Ray
  9. Here is my finished Boeing 757-236 in 1/144 scale from the Zvezda kit in the ‘Animals & Tree’s’ World Tails livery from British Airways registration G-CPEL. The aircraft entered service in April 1989 with Air Europe. It then joined the BA fleet in August 1992 where it served passengers out of Gatwick and Heathrow. It was then transferred to FedEx in June 2010 where is was given registration N946FD and is still active with them today. This kit goes together seamlessly with very little sanding and filling required. It’s great that is has both engine options as well as having either the newer blended winglets or the classic wing tips. I’ve never built the Minicraft or EE kits but I absolutely can’t recommend this kit enough! The beautiful decals are from Ray at 26Decals. The Animals and Tree’s livery originated from Botswana and was designed by artist Cg’ose Ntcox’o who is of the Ncoakhoe People of the Kalahari Desert and the design depicts seven jackals at an oasis. It was wore by 7 other aircraft in the BA fleet around the same time. Paints used were Halfords appliance white for the upper fuselage, Halfords Fiat Capri Blue for the lower fuselage and engine nacelles and Halfords Racking Grey for the wings and stabilisers. Metals are a mix of Revells aqua range. The decals are excellent quality and I highly recommend them! I am already working on a few more BA liveries, the B767-300 in the Chelsea Rose livery and a B757 in the Landor livery. As always, all comments and feedback is greatly appreciated. Thank you for looking. Regards, Alistair
  10. Hi All and seasons greetings. Here is my latest completed model: Zvezda kit with 26Decals and Druz144 resin early RB211 engines. Merry Christmas 🎅
  11. This is my 1/144 scale Hawker Siddeley Trident 1C that I built ten years ago from a very old Airfix kit. It's actually the first airliner model that I had built after my youth in the 1960's. With this Trident model I got so hooked on airliners that I have so far built almost forty of them. The old Airfix kit has probably many errors that I didn't notice but the obvious one was that the kit's front landing gear's attachment point is erroneously in the centreline of the fuselage when the location is in fact 61 cm. to the port (4,2 mm in the model). The front landing gear turned up sideways and this unusual arrangement was caused by the need to have more space in the nose for the sophisticated avionics. (Trident was e.g. the first airliner with equipment for a fully automated landing). I modelled the Trident in the BEA "Speedjack" livery for which I ordered the decals from 26Decals. In order to make the blue shade of the cheatline match with the tailplane's colour I discarded the too light blue cheatline decals and painted instead the cheatline and the tailplane with Xtracolor BAE blue paint (the cabin windows were fortunately separate decals). I mixed the light grey shade of the lower side of the fuselage and sprayed the white parts of the fuselage with Humbrol rattle can white. The wings were painted with Vallejo red and Humbrol silver. Building the model was straightforward but quite a bit of puttying and sanding had to be done. In the 1980's I flew many times in business class with this nostalgic three holer between Helsinki and London Heathrow.
  12. Here's my 1/144 F-RSIN Plastic Britannia built as Britannia 312F XX367 of the A&AEE using 26 Decals, which I've just finished in the Bristol Aeroplane Company group build. Build thread is here. This kit had been sitting in a not-often-visited corner of the stash for a few years, and I hadn't really been planning on building it. My Dad had given it to me for Christmas, and I hadn't been in a hurry to build it - it's not exactly a beautifully moulded kit! But Dad passed away on 3 July and, with the Bristol group build going on at the time, it seemed like the right kit to build. Dad would have liked me to use the BOAC decals that were included in the kit, and that was the plan until they turned out to be pretty terrible decals, which prompted a hasty repaint to allow me to use these 26 Decals that I'd had in the stash for a while. Built OOB, the kit is fairly crude but builds up into a nice enough representation of the Britannia. With a bit more time and effort I think it could be built into a good model. But I think I'll use the Roden kit next time! thanks for looking Julian
  13. Mr. Keihänen (= in English the Finnish surname roughly means "Spearman" 😄 was a very eccentric holiday and business mogul and the real pioneer of the package tour business in Finland. He was the founder and owner of the Spear Tours travel agency and the Spear Air airlines that in the late 60's and early 70's launched the first inexpensive holidays for hundreds of thousands of Finnish holiday makers in Southern Spain and in the Canary islands. Mr. Keihänen had a long hair and was very often seen in his favourite livery i.e. a chinchilla fur coat and swimming trunks🤣. Spearair operated two DC-8-32's that had been bought from Eastern Airlines. There were plans to expand the fleet of the airline but in 1974 the companies went bankrupt because of the heavily increased prices of aviation fuel caused by the oil crisis. I built the Spearair DC-8-32 from a Welsh Models 1/144 scale vacuform kit with 26Decals set. My model depicts the plane christened "Härmän Mimmi" i.e. "the Chick from Härmä", Assembling the vacuform kit was quite straightforward (to be honest I'm not a great fan of vacuform). The wings, stabs and engines were made of resin and the landing gear of white metal. The biggest trouble I had was with the decals. Because of the complicated Spear Air livery I had to fix the decals a lot in the nooks and crevices of the model. Since the decals were laser printed the overlapping of red areas caused immediately a darker seam, The black decal areas didn't have that problem. I bought another decal set for patching up purposes. Luckily enough, I also found a paint that was exactly of the right red shade i.e. Revell's enamel SM330. The cockpit and cabin windows were another story. The cheatline decals had cabin windows with lids but the planes didn't actually have lids but curtains instead. Well, I decided to cover the wrong looking windows with blank cabin window decals from my spares box. As to the name of the plane in the nose I tried to write the minuscule script as accurately as I could with a 0,1 mm black marker pen. I also added a lot of details to the model, and as to the engines I modelled them with the reverses being closed. I painted the fuselage of the model with Tamiya white fine surface primer which I then sealed with Tamiya gloss varnish spray, The metal areas I painted with Alclad polished aluminium. Satisfied looking Mr. Keihänen in his favourite outfit i.e. a chinchilla fur coat and swimming trunks. In the background you can see his two DC-8's. Memorabilia from a Spear Air flight😄
  14. Here is a picture of my model of the Finnair DC-8-62CF. It was the first four engined jet airliner of the Finnish flag carrier. I was an enthusiastic fourteen year old plane spotter and when the first DC-8 landed at Helsinki airport on February 8, 1969 I was on the tarmac with my father and a big crowd to greet the plane welcome to the Finnish soil. That particular DC-8 was christened "Paavo Nurmi" after the famous Finnish Olympic medal runner. With these new jet airliners Finnair started scheduled flights to North America and the four DC-8's of Finnair continued to be in use until 1985. I built the 1/144 model from an excellent Authentic Airliners resin kit. There were absolutely no problems in assembling the model. I added the photoetch parts of the kit to the DC-8, as well as some additional details that I scratch built myself. For a long time I had waited for good quality Finnair decals for the DC-8 and at last 26Decals launched a very detailed set that I immediately bought. For the cockpit and cabin windows I ordered a set from Authentic Airliners decals. The Finnair livery is quite simple but in its simplicity IMHO very elegant and beautiful. Of course, I'm quite a bit biassed in my comment 🙂 I painted the white areas of the fuselage with Tamiya Fine surface primer that I then coated with Tamiya Gloss varnish spray. The metal parts were painted with Alclad White aluminium. For the light grey engines and the corogard of the wings I used Vallejo USAAF Light Grey. As a 14 year old plane spotter I was a very frequent visitor to the new Helsinki airport terminal. Behind in the photo You can see the open air observation deck and the brand new DC-8-62CF.
  15. As I'm only involved in the Lockheed Group Build over the next two months, I thought that I would try to build my MD-11 alongside the Tristar. It will certainly be finished as one of those in the KLM fleet that I've flown on - probably PH-KCD "Florence Nightingale" but perhaps PH-KCE "Audrey Hepburn" The kit comes with decals for the later (narrow cheatline) livery but I've also got the 26Decals for the delivery scheme with the wide blue & white cheatline - which would be much easier to mask / paint. So far the four sections of the fuselage have been assembled: The two port sections were glued together on a sheet of glass - although this still left a small gap on the outside of the joint. The two starboard parts didn't fit as well, so I added the tail section to the complete port side first and then the forward section. The above photo shows the results of an initial round of filling, sanding, priming and rescribing - not too bad (sorry forgot to take a photo before starting this process) Looking at the side profile some more filler is needed just above the red ball Mike
  16. This is my DC-8-51 of the Finnish airline Kar-Air. The company bought the plane from Eastern Airlines and it was taken into use in November, 1971. The plane was used in chartered flights to southern holiday resorts and the flights at that time were quite moist to say the least. So the pilots gave the plane the nickname "Drunken Mike" after its call sign OH-KDM. The plane was also called "Viirupyrstö" or "stripe tail" because of its elegant livery. I modified the plane from the 1/144 scale Minicraft DC-8-71 kit. The fuselage of the DC-8-51 series was 11 metres shorter than the -71 so the kit's fuselage had to be shortened correspondingly about 7,8 cm. Luckily enough Minicraft had marked the cutting lines inside the fuselage for the different sub types of the DC-8. Before joining the fuselage halves together I had to add quite lot of weight to the nose in order to avoid the plane being a tail sitter. Another major modification was to install the right types of engines i.e. Pratt&Whitney JT3D-3 to the wings. In the aftermarket I found three alternatives, the Contrail, the Braz-models and the Authentic Airlines' resin powerplants. I chose the AA engines which were of high quality. To be installed they required slots to be cut in the wings of the kit. As to the front landing gear of the kit I had to cut it to the right length of the DC-8-51. I also added lots of scratch built details to the model. The decals for the DC-8-51 of Kar-Air are from 26Decals. I ordered cabin and cockpit window decals from Authentic Airliners. To paint the white areas of the fuselage I used Revell's 04 white enamel. The underside of the fuselage was painted with Xtracolor X139 and the coroguard with Xtracolor x150 (Canadian Voodoo Grey). For the the metal areas I used AK Xtreme's metal-aluminium.
  17. Finnair and Flybe had a joint operation for Nordic area's regional traffic from 2011 to 2015. Their fleet in Flybe's livery consisted of several ATR 72-500 turboprops. After the co-operation ceased Finnair have continued to use the planes under the brand name of "Norra". As to Flybe, they filed for bankruptcy in May, 2020 but I've heard rumours that they will return to the skies later on this year financed by the investment fund Cyrus Capital. However, I don't know whether it's true. My model was a very tough kitbashing project mating the longer fuselage and wings of F-RSIN's ATR-72 kit with Italeri ATR-42's engines, propellers, landing gears and wheels. The decals for the plane I ordered from 26Decals. There was lots of puttying and sanding to be done and at some point I got so tired of the job that I almost threw the whole thing to the bin. Finally I made it and the outcome could be worse. Had I, however known how difficult the project was going to be I probably would have skipped it and decided to wait for a new ATR 72-500 kit. I primed the whole plane with Mr. Surfacer 1000. For the white areas I used Tamiya Fine Surface primer which I then varnished with Tamiya clear gloss TS-13. The underside of the Flybe livery is blue and in my eyes the closest shade was Revell enamel paint nr. 50. I also scratched quite a lot of details to the model and used Vallejo acrylics and Humbrol/Revell enamels for the smaller parts.
  18. This is my model of the Dutch manufactured short-range jet airliner Fokker F28-1000 Fellowship. The plane made its maiden flight in May, 1967 and during the next twenty years total of 241 Felloships were built. The first airline to operate the plane was the Norwegian "Braathens S.A.F.E." (= South America and Far East) The company had a total of six Fellowships in their fleet. One of them crashed in December, 1972 near the Fornebu airport (the old airport of Oslo) because of navigational error. Afterwards the company decided to delete the somewhat misleading abbreviation SAFE. I built the model from a 1/144 scale Authentic Airliners resin kit. The Braathens livery decals are from 26Decals and the cockpit/cabin window decals from Authentic Airlines. Building the kit was straightforward without any problems. I sprayed the upper side of the fuselage with Tamiya Fine surface primer which I then covered with Tamiya clear gloss spray. The underside of fuselage and the wings were then painted with Mr. Hobby grey 1000 primer. Since the primer was of the right grey shade I covered it with the Tamiya Clear gloss spray, as well. For the smaller details I also used Humbrol enamels and Vallejo acrylics.
  19. IMHO the most beautiful jet airliner of all times is the Caravelle. In the 1960-80's they were widely used by various airlines, most of them European ones. For instance the Finnish flag carrier, Finnair operated several Caravelles of different types during 23 years. One of the Caravelle operators was Alitalia whose old livery looked very elegant (in my mind very much smarter than the airline's later green, white and red livery). I built the Alitalia Caravelle VI-N from the excellent Authentic Airliners 1/144 resin kit. The decals I ordered from 26Decals. The assembly of the resin kit was, as usual, straightforward and without any problems. However, the same cannot be said about the decals.The problem was the cockpit area where they didn't fit at all. The cheatline namely consists of horizontal white and blue lines that spread wider at the cockpit area. In order to get all the lines horizontal on the convex surface of the fuselage tip I had to cut each and every line off the decal and attach them one by one. In fact, I had to order another decal sheet from 26Decals to get the more material for the job. In the end I think I managed reasonably well. I painted the white areas of the fuselage with Tamiya fine surface primer which I then sprayed with Tamiya gloss varnish TS-13. The metal areas I primed with Tamiya gloss black TS-14 and sprayed with Vallejo metal colour-aluminium shade. For the landing gears, wheels, and smaller details I also used Humbrol enamels and Vallejo acrylics.
  20. The Comet was the first commercial jet airliner in the world, introduced in the 1950's. The first versions of the plane had, however, several tragic accidents in flight because of metal fatigue in the fuselage. The rectangular cabin windows started to crack from the corners causing the disintegration of the fuselage. After a long research on the cause of the accidents the next versions of the Comet were built with reinforced fuselages and oval cabin windows. I decided to build the model in Olympic Airways livery. In the 1960's the company flew Comet 4B's between London and Athens in co-operation with BEA . Personally, I travelled a couple of times with Dan Air London's Comet 4's between Helsinki and London in the 1970's. I built the model from quite a challenging A-Model kit and for the Olympic livery I used the 26Decals set. The biggest flaw of the kit is its wrong size, which I only found out too late. It's not 1/144 scale but rather about 1/148 (for example the Airfix Comet kit is of the right size). Thus, the A-Model kit is that much smaller in every respect ! Building the model was a long struggle during which I almost threw in the towel. Applying and correcting the cheatline decal at the cockpit area was also a pain in the neck. I scratch built a lot of details and I also used the Comet photoetch set of NH Details. Especially the antennas and the wires near the rudder were challenging to get right. For the wires I used 0,08 mm EZ-line. The white areas of the model I sprayed with Tamiya fine surface primer and then with Tamiya clear gloss spray from rattle can. The metal parts I painted with Alclad white aluminium. In the end I sealed the decals with Humbrol clear gloss acrylic varnish.
  21. When I was a plane spotter in my teens some 50 years ago TWA and Pan Am were just about the only international US airlines I knew of. Unfortunately these nostalgic liveries have long ago disappeared from the skies. The story of Trans World Airlines ended in the 1990's when it went bankrupt and was purchased by American Airlines in 2001. As far as Boeing 727 is concerned, its maiden flight took place in 1963 and the production of the plane ended in 1984. In total 1832 planes were made. For me as a classic airliner modeller it was a must to have on my shelf models representing the both iconic airlines. For TWA's part I decided to build their Boeing 727-200 in the elegant delivery scheme. This three holer was quite an old kit by Minicraft in 1/144 scale, from somewhere in the late 90's. Detailwise it wasn't nearly the quality of Minicraft's current airliner kits. I had to do some puttying and sanding of seams but in all the model went quite well together. I also had to add some weight to the front so that the plane wouldn't be a tail sitter. I bought a Skyline Details' photoetch set for antennas, wipers, pitot tubes, etc. I also had to scratch build and correct several details. The decals I used were 26Decals for the livery, Authentic Airliners for the windows and Nazca decals for the stencils and coroguards. I painted the fuselage with white Tamiya Fine surface primer which I then sprayed with Tamiya clear gloss TS-13. The metal areas I primed with Humbrol gloss black and sprayed them with AK Extreme metal-aluminium. I finished the model by sealing the details with Humbrol Clear acrylic varnish and also used Vallejo and Humbrol colours for smaller details.
  22. In my opinion the Boeing 737-100 in Lufthansa’s livery looks very elegant. Way back in the 60’s their baby 737 was a common sight at the Helsinki airport. I built the model from an Authentic Airliners resin kit. The decals are from a 26Decals sheet. For ages we've seen the same familiar rudder scheme on Lufthansa's fleet. The cheatline has disappeared but the Lufthansa "meatball" has still stayed on. Now the company have renewed their traditional livery. IMHO its a pity!
  23. This is my model of Aer Lingus Boeing 737-200. I especially like the Irish airline's colourful livery with the green upper fuselage and the white shamrock on the rudder. In its time this scheme must have been a breath of fresh air amongst the rather conservative white fuselages of the 1970 and 80's I built the model from an Authentic Airliners 1/144 scale kit. The decals I used are from 26Decals, Nazca decals and Authentic Airlines decals.
  24. Hi All. Here is another of my completed models this week. It is the Eastern Express Boeing 747SP which went together really well after cleaning up the parts.
  25. This is my BAC Super One-Eleven I built some time ago. In my opinion the ”Negus” livery scheme used in British Airways planes in the 80’s was very elegant with the blue underside of the fuselage, the speed bird above cockpit and the Union Jack colours in the tail. I built the model from an Authentic Airliners 1/144 scale resin kit. The British Airways decals are from 26Decals. The cockpit and cabin window decals from Authentic Airliners.
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