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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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!
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. I modelled the The Pan Am Boeing 747SP from an Authentic Airliners 1/144 scale resin kit with the billboard decals from 26Decals and the cabin/cockpit windows from Authentic Airliners decals. As always, the quality of the AA kit was excellent and the 26Decals went on very well without difficulties. The white part of the fuselage is Tamiya Fine surface primer covered with Tamiya clear gloss spray. The metal areas were painted with Alclad polished aluminium and the light grey parts with Xtracolor Canadian voodoo grey X150 On October 30, 1977 Pan Am made history when the Boeing 747SP "New Horizons" N533PA completed an amazing around the world flight over both the North and South Pole in a record 54 hours, 7 minutes. Named ‘Pan Am Flight 50’ this amazing flight was a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the airline. The flight started at San Francisco with three stopovers, in London, Cape Town and Auckland. New Horizons is in fact the very same plane (N533PA) that I have modelled. For some curious reason, when painting the plane with the new billboard livery the company also changed the name of the aircraft to "Clipper Young America". However, they kept the image "Flight 50" on the fuselage.
  17. Hi All. Here is my latest completed model the AModel Caravelle 10R in Transeuropa livery. Cheers Ray
  18. Hello all. This has been one of my most enjoyable builds recently, and there has been a lot! I was going to do a British Eagle Britannia, but I was very unsure about my masking skills. 26Decals did some laser-printed markings for that, but I had been warned that accurate masking was a must. I looked at 26Decals' website, and found this subject as silkscreen printed markings, so I went for that instead. The build itself was a delight, this is by far and away the best Roden kit I have built, and the markings behaved impeccably. The build is OOB, except for the aerial wires which are InfiniModel rigging line. I still failed the masking test, I did not take into account the nose contour, so I had to fill that in by brush (just below the red stripe and aft of the black nose). I filled the cabin windows (mostly okay but do not look too close), and I may have had to fill some other luggage door outlines. All in all though, I hope I have done justice to this graceful aircraft! I did find one small anomaly with the markings. The black cabin windows were printed in two blocks either side. the aft 4/5 fitted the locations perfectly, the longer strip would not line up and left a slight white surround to the windows. On the starboard side, I cut the longer strip into smaller sections, but in truth I should have done them individually. I am not sure if they were printed slightly wrong, or if I stretched the red cheatline transfer when I added that. I only used Tamiya primer for the main paintwork, White and light grey. Humbrol 127 was used to retouch where I had mis-masked, and to amand where the brush-painted Humbrol 60/19 reds had bled through the masks (despite 'sealing' with gloss varnish.) Anyway, I hope you like this, I certainly enjoyed it! Well done Roden and 26Decals. All the best, Ray
  19. Season's Greetings Folks, Disappointing year really, lots of models started, few completed. This is the Revell 1/144 Airbus A380 with TwoSix Qantas Airways decals. It was built for an Australian colleague after they saw the Air New Zealand B787-9 built for a Kiwi colleague. May be it was me, but this kit fought all the way and practically refused to be built. First the wing dihedral was completely off, still cannot understand why, the end result being that the wings drooped so much the engines touched the ground. I ended up cutting hacking chord wise slots in the upper wing surface (two per side) and manipulating the wing angle section by section until the engine clearance look reasonable. Queue lots of filling and sanding of about a third of each wing's surface area, oh may be half dozen times until I was satisfied. And then a full rescribe of the upper wing surface. Things were so bad I contemplated starting again and bought a second kit. Not sure I have the will to endure this again... Enough ranting you get the picture. Other corrections were the body gear doors, shortening the length of the wing gear legs (so the body gear no longer hang in the breeze), and filling lots of fuselage sink marks. Paints were Halford's own Plastic White Primer, and Gloss Appliance White, first time used straight from the can due to the sheer size of this model. Fed up with Xtracolour Airbus Grey I tried the Revell Aqua 50/50 Blend of 371/374, which looks good, but some reason it turned into an unsprayable gloop in my airbrush even with Revell's own thinner. So I reverted to Xtracrylix ADC Grey for a pale grey, which is too warm a grey, but will have to do. And Xtracrylix Neutral Grey for the corroguard. Plus various Alclad shades for the engines. Kit decals worked well, even the wing walk markings, but why the spinner spirals are printed yellow is a mystery. 26Decals were incredible as always, exceptionally thin, very tolerant and snuggled down nicely with MicroSet and Sol. The final annoyance was that the damn thing doesn't fit in my photo studio, compromising the photos! Best regards, Darren
  20. I present my Revell Boeing 747-436 G-BYGC in the retro livery BOAC to commemorate 100 Years of British Airways. I have always had a soft spot for the 744, ever since I went to LHR as a child and watched them fizz over my head on the approach to 27R... she is an awesome piece of engineering to see up close. The kit was OOB, with the decals from Ray at 26Decals and Authentic Airlines for the windows and cockpit decals. The RR engines were kindly given to me by a fellow modeller on this forum, for which I am very grateful for . It was the ‘Iron Maiden’ version of the kit, which I wasn’t ever keen on making. The kit itself is very tired now, and the fit isn’t the best... it required an awful lot of filler particularly around the lower section of the fuselage and where the wing box section meets the fuselage. It’s such a shame as this lovely giant is slowly fading away as Airlines seek to replace her with more modern and eco efficient aircraft. The paints used for this model were Halfords appliance white for the upper fuselage, Halfords Racking Grey for the lower fuselage, wings and stabilisers. The coroguard sections is a lightened version of Revell 374, with various Revell Aqua acrylics making up the metals. The decals are absolutely stunning and really bring this model to life, complimented with the AA Windows. I have a few more projects on the go at the moment, and I just recently brought the Revell 773 kit to make ANA’s Star Wars BB-8 livery. I can only hope that I have done this lovely aircraft justice... as always thank you for looking and any constructive feedback and comments are always welcomed. Regards, Alistair
  21. My entry for this Group Build is as the title says: a 1/144 Revell DC-10 finished in British Caledonian livery as G-DCIO with decals from Ray at 26. So that's two references to the tenth anniversary via the aircraft type and also its registration Box shot and first fill on windows: The rest of the parts: and finally the decals: I'm intending to build with no afterparts or any major surgery - if the shape is slightly "off" anywhere I can live with it. Regards Mike
  22. Hi All. Here is my freshly completed AModel Caravelle in SATA. Decals by 26Decals (of course) and all paints from rattle cans.
  23. Hopefully there is plenty of time to build and finish these two Airfix 737-200 kits, with BA "World Tails" livery: As there aren't too many parts (and windows have been filled), the main time should be taken with applying the blue / white livery and the decals (I've not used Ray's laser printed decals before, so hope they go on as well as his screen printed ones). Chosen aircraft are G-BGDF (Delft Blue Daybreak) and G-BKYB (Blue Poole): A question for the Mods: as these are the same kit, can I build them in parallel in one Thread? Regards Mike
  24. Hi, I was wondering if anyone has used 26decals decals and would care to share a word about the ordering process and quality of the products? Many thanks in advance! Cristian PS: Ray at 26decals sure answers questions very fast!
  25. 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
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