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  1. This is the Matchbox 747 kit in 1/390 scale. I’ve built this kit in the Revell boxing / Air Canada scene in the past and it makes for a surprisingly good looking model despite the small scale. The only thing that lets it down is the undercarriage. So, this one will be ‘in flight’ on a makeshift stand made from an acrylic rod and one of the always useful and cheap shadow box frames from Jobbycraft. Going for the BA livery of course although I’ll pick up one of the Revell kits and do the Air Canada version in the future… … Providing the decals hold up! I think they will. Yellowing a bit but otherwise seem ok. And this is the Revell version I did and sadly destroyed moving it upstairs. Hopefully this one avoids such an unfortunate demise. Good luck with your builds everyone!
  2. Boeing 747-8F Cargolux LX-VCF “Facemask” (03836) 1:144 Revell A very topical issue from Revell featuring their 747-8F kit in Cargolux’s “facemask” livery, including a real facemask with the Revell Logo. Just what you need for the next trip to your local model shop! The 8F is the freighter version of the 800 series of the 747, with a shorter upper deck bulge than the passenger variant, and no windows in the fuselage sides other than 3 either side in the ‘bulge’. The 800 series is the largest of the 747's featuring a fuselage extension of 18 ft, with a new wing and more powerful and economical GEnx turbofan engines. The 8F freighter has outsold the passenger variant by over 2 to 1 (107 vs 48), with only Lufthansa, Air China, and Korean operating the 8I (Intercontinental) passenger model. Cargolux are among 10 freight companies operating fleets of 8F’s with 14 in their fleet, while UPS is the largest operator with 28 delivered or on order. Sales have been disappointing for Boeing, the 8I passenger variant ceased production in 2017, while the 8F is likely to finish production in 2022. The kit. The top opening box features a lovely photograph of the full size machine looking spotlessly clean on the ramp, and a few detail shots on the box sides. Inside we find Revell's well known 747-8f kit moulded in white plastic, with the sprues packaged in various separate plastic bags, a 28 page instruction booklet, and an A4 sized decal sheet. Detail is lightly engraved, though some of the mouldings are starting to show evidence of flash that will need careful trimming off. The instructions are in Revell's familiar full colour booklet showing a full parts map, separate assembly stages, and four-view decal placement diagrams. Construction begins with the cockpit, yes eve in 1/144 scale many of Revell’s airliner kits feature a cockpit interior, and moves on to 10 stages covering various undercarriage bays and legs. These are all then fitted into the fuselage halves, which can then be closed up with some nose weight added (40 grams noted in the instructions). As with many of Revell’s wide body airliners, a ‘belly’ plate is then fitted to complete the fuselage. The wings and tailplanes are simple upper and lower sections with clear lights to insert in the wing root leading edges. The eight flap track fairing ‘canoes’ are made up from two hales each before fitting to the underside of the wings. Next up are the four well detailed GEnx engines, featuring lovey fan detail. On a previous build the completed fans actually rotated inside the cowls when blown on, such is the finesse of the moulding. The undercarriage can be fitted in the extended position, or left off to model the aircraft ‘in flight’ if desired. There will be eighteen wheels to paint but happily, the hub/tyre interface is nicely defined so it should not be too onerous a task. A substantial stand is supplied to mount the completed model on, should you like to display your models this way. Assembly is completed with the cockpit glazing and various aerials on the fuselage. Decals. The A4 sized sheet of decals is very impressive and looks simply gorgeous. Printing is razor sharp and in perfect register, and the colours look spot on. Numerous small details are provided, and as someone who prefers to keep cockpit glazing clear, I am pleased to see a beautifully printed frame decal with windscreen wipers. Revell have come up with a novel solution to the blue ‘mask’ covering the nose. This simply would not work as a decal, the only realistic way to do it is by painting. So Revell have printed some paper templates to cut out and tack onto the model, using printed lines to line up with panel lines moulded on the fuselage. You then apply your own masking tape to the fuselage, using the paper templates as a guide. They are then removed, and blue nose can be painted on. I really like this solution, it mirrors what I tend to do anyway with my other airliner models where I use a photocopy of the decal sheet cheatlines to cut out paint masks from Tamiya tape. The blue ‘mask’ is then detailed with edging and some ‘flashes’ to represent creases in it. Conclusion. This is a very imaginative issue from Revell, it is nice to see a ‘special’ livery available in a mainstream kit, instead of having to rely on aftermarket producers. Their 747-8F kit is a good one, and coupled with that lovely decal sheet makes for a great combination. Get one while you can, it is a limited issue and I cannot see that it will ever be issued again in the future. Highly Recommended. Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For further information visit
  3. So here we have Revell's 1/390 747-200 in Air Canada livery. Originally released as a Matchbox kit with BA (Landor?) & Air Canada livery in 1990 it was re-released by Revell in '97 with just the updated Air Canada livery. It Has the registration C-FTOC which was infact a 747-100 built in '71 and scrapped in 1999. And here she is.... Not perfect but for £5 and a lick of paint i'm happy with it. 20200130_094006v2 by MikeGBlues, on Flickr 20200130_093943v2 by MikeGBlues, on Flickr 20200130_093914v2 by MikeGBlues, on Flickr 20200130_093841v2 by MikeGBlues, on Flickr 20200130_093807v2 by MikeGBlues, on Flickr 20200130_093745v2 by MikeGBlues, on Flickr 20200130_093731v2 by MikeGBlues, on Flickr 20200130_093649v2 by MikeGBlues, on Flickr Thanks for looking!
  4. 1/144 Korean Air 747-8 Intercontinental LED lights For a while now I have planned a civilian airliner build with the hope of using LED lights. I am aware there isn't many LED builds out there and none which I can follow step by step so it's going to be a huge learning curve. Although I feel a confident modeller I have no experience with electronics, therefore I had to go out a buy a LED kit with battery, circuit board and several nano LED's courtesy of magic scale modelling. They have a section on civilian airliners and supply LED sets for any Airbus, the Boeing 747 (no variant stated) and Concorde. The cost of a set is quite expensive and depending on which way you would like to position your aircraft the cost goes up if you want to add landing or taxi lights. The set arrived a week or so after ordering from Belgium My aircraft is going to be in an in flight position, so I didn't click the option for taxi or take off/landing, however this is what i received:- * Cabin Lights (upper and lower deck) * Cockpit Light * 2 x Fuselage rotating beacons * 3 x flashing strobes for wing edge and tail * 2 x Taxi Lights * 4 x Landing lights What was apparent straight away that all the lights received were plain white including the rotating fuselage beacons and I was also expecting green and red navigation lights. I think its possible to paint the LED bulbs to get the desired colour effect but I don't know how good/bad it will look. It's also possible to use the taxi lights as the missing navigation lights or logo lights however this was not what I was expecting for the money I paid. There is a website called 'small scale lights' which does nano LED's in different colours that look like they may be compatible. The kit is the Zvezda 747-8I. I'd always put Zvezda ahead of Revell as I think they are far superior in quality. Revell kits always seem to come with excess plastic. especially on the more fragile parts of the kit like the fan blades. Whats also apparently obvious about the kit is the sheer size of the aircraft even when compared to large twin engined kits like the a350 and 787. The 747-8I is also quite a stretch on the classic jumbo. However, what doesn't come with the Zvezda kit is the flightdeck. This one I've salvaged from a a350 and because of the taper in the 747s upper fuselage the cockpit is a lot more narrow. Below is 2 a350 cockpits with the one on the left the altered one. The flight deck goes further back on the 747 but with a very limited view it may not be worth it. As my aircraft is going to be in flight i might use the cockpit light underneath the control display to try and show some illumination from the LCDs. I've also ordered some 1/144 scale generic seated pilots from 'Ozmods', I'm expecting them to be miniscule On first set up I have to admit the cabin lights look great (fuselage is just taped together at this point). A slight problem is that It is possible to see the individual lights inside the fuselage from certain angles, somehow i have to find a way of masking the light source from the human eye but still allowing a high degree of illumination (similar to a real airliner with the lights guarded by the overhead bins)
  5. hi all! Would anyone know who to contact regarding custom decals? I’m planing on building Virgin’s Maiden Voyager 747-287B and I can’t seem to find any decals I could use or modify. Any advice would be grand! Thank you
  6. Hello All, I'm going to build a big one
  7. I've always seen the Pan Am Boeing 747 as THE classic airliner. However I'm not that aware of all the small diferences between the various subversions of the 747, so I'm not sure which version to buy if I want to build a Pan Am plane. I know it has to be an earlier version, but which one? I've been looking at the REVELL 1/144 04863 SPACE SHUTTLE & BOEING 747 as it is a 747-121 (I think). Could that be used? Cheers and thanks in advance Hans J
  8. Hi guys! I finished this Boeing 747-200 plastic kit from revell and made a video about my experiences with it. It's not a great kit, but I feel it turned out ok - let me know what you think! Thanks
  9. Boeing 747-200, pics thanks to Graeme H, taken at the Qantas Founders Museum.
  10. Good day every one I though I would share my latest completion. This is the Revell Cargolux 747-8F. Very nice build totally out of the box. Fit was very good and the detail is (to my eye) excellent. I had issues trying to work out the correct colour, in the end I opted for Tamiya spray can which look ok but on reflection it is way, way too dark. On some photos it looks almost white, on others it is quite dark but no where near my selection. I didn't go for a respray because I used a poor primer (automotive) and was worrying about loosing the detail. The decals are very good but the tail one is very thick and just would not settle into the panel lines no matter how much micro-sol i used. The engines I think are very good and the engineering involved produces a very good looking attempt but some of the fan blades did suffer slightly from short shots or flash and they are difficult to clean up. Over all i am happy with the result, She is a big, good looking beast! I am still quite new to the civvy side of things but I do like working in this scale and looking forward to my next attempts. It does make a pleasant change. Any hoo here are the pics: And here she is joining the rest of my civvy fleet. The Concorde is on its last legs but I have another in the stash to take over Thanks for looking! Cheers now Bob
  11. 747 egg-plane suitably modified. Its proper stand is drying in the paintbooth, so this is a teaser....
  12. Hi all, I'm starting my first work in progress to present you the build of the 1/144 747-400 from Revell. As many of you already know, there are a lot of issues in this kit. I'll be correcting some but not all. Moreover every part had to be cleared from the plastic as it was pretty badly moulded … I'll try to be pretty accurate with the small details … I've already gathered many pictures of the actual plane. The decals are from F-dcal, and I'll probably be going for the F-GITH "license plate". I began by separating the nose from the rest of the fuselage in order to be able to work on it properly. One of the main issues is the nose profile, which is really ugly in revell's kit. I found on the internet ways to modify it. This helped a lot : http://floatingmid.com/nosemod.jpg I also heard the nose was too thin, but I let it as it was. I sanded down what was probably supposed to be the pitots. I will have them in the PE set I ordered … The scribing does not look good here but I arranged that. No filled windows for this one. I'll use clearfix. The joints are filled … I cleared a lot of plastic around the tail … I'll have to add some details here though. When I glued the nose and the rest of the fuselage back together, I had a bad surprise : the nose was thicker than the rest of the fuselage … With a lot of filling and sanding I now have a much better result. Winged added. Not shown here : I tried to reduce the thickness at the back edges. Looks pretty good now. I cut a hole for the nav lights. One of the other main issues is the wing angle. It is to flat and should be more inclined. I chose not to modify that because I felt I wouldn't have the skills to do it … and because I was a little bit impatient too … Here's a pic I took of the tail of a 747-100 in Le Bourget museum of aviation and space. I think I have more work to do with the fuselage joints … I glued plastic card in the inside to strengthen them. A lot of filler had to be added on the joint between the wing and the fuselage to make it "smoother". When I'll receive the Photo Etched set of details I'll start the landing gears and the engines. Jean
  13. Just found this... http://www.authentic-airliners.de/epages/64205758.sf/de_DE/?ViewObjectPath=%2FShops%2F64205758%2FProducts%2FK144-46A Looks like another masterpiece model from AA. Must get me one after saving up a few Euros...
  14. Iron Maiden's (chartered, I think) 747 suffered some damage on the ground this week; http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/iron-maidens-ed-force-one-11030798 looking at it, it looks to me as if the engine will need a complete new cowling and maybe a new engine, if any part of it has been damaged in the incident. Any ideas out there as to the possible time it might take to repair the engine (and undercarriage, if the story is right) and of course the cost of a new cowling and/or engine, or engine repairs? I couldn't see the R R logo on the cowling, so I am assuming it is an American engine. Some of us Iron Maiden fans are wondering how much tickets for concerts might go up by, depending on the cost of repairs/insurance!! John Oops! looks like I have already posted something previously posted. Apologies.
  15. Afternoon folks. My two favourite airliners are the 747 and Concorde but for years I have struggled to do a decent job on 1:144 kits with most of them now having been binned off! So last summer I decided I needed to have another go and take more time at getting it right. I had already bought the Revell 747-400 and the Zvezda 747-8 but I didn't want to go Lufthansa on both so started to loom around for other schemes. As luck would have it someone was selling the Landor decals on Ebay so I bought hose and cracked on with the Revell kit. It is as it is so any errors are mine but I am pleased with the result although it is far far from perfect! The kit itself is pretty awful and I hope one day Zvezda will do a version of the 400 as I enjoyed building the 747 8. As regards the Zvezda kit that was an easier build and the engines are excellent. Of course there are not many users of the 8 but I happened to be on the Draw Decal site a few months ago and noticed the Pan Am 747-800 FLIGHT OF FANCY decals and immediately I ordered them! I love the Pan Am scheme and will get more of these to do other airliners in the future. These decals went on well broadly speaking although the blue colour is a little patchy but this may well be how I applied them as I hadn't worked with these kinds of decals before. I used Halfords appliance white for the Pan Am and Revell and Xtracolor enamels for the Landor scheme. I will do some better pictures at the weekend so bare with these! chris
  16. Hi civil aircraft enthusiasts I'm going to build an early 747. It is next up after I've finished my Zero. It has to be a Pan Am with three upper deck windows - they were the ones I saw in the late '70s as a child. They blew me away. I loved Pan Am and I loved 747s. I've wanted to build this for a long time but it wasn't until I had to spend an additional couple of quid at Hannants to get free postage that I bought the 26decals http://www.26decals.com/STS44107-Pan-Am-late-Boeing-747-121-screen-printed-decal. The next day I went to my LHS and bought the Revell 747 SCA/Shuttle kit and ordered the Extratech detailing set for Revell 747s http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/EX14423. Turned out to be an expensive way of avoiding Hannants postage charges The decals arrived today. They look lovely and I'm pleased that the instructions provide some livery advice. BUT, I open this thread to all who can offer advice because this will be the first proper civil aircraft I've ever built and I want to do a good job of it. Any hints and tips will be greatly appreciated. I have some questions: -26decals call for natural metal finish. Which would be most appropriate? I want to use one of the Alclad shades but I don't know which one would be best. This http://www.austinsms.org/Alclad-Lacquer-Metal-Finishes.phptells me there are 17 shades of NMF. I'd like something shiny, very lightly weathered. 105 Polished Aluminium? I don't know. -26decals call for Corogard. Never heard of it. What is this Corogard of which they speak and what shade might best represent it? -I can deal with gloss white and gloss Boeing grey. 26decals kindly provide an xtracolor code (X301) for the grey. I've never used xtracolor before so when I put in my order to Hannants I need to buy xtracolor thinner. I'm good with that. Part of me wants to use the actual window apertures - there aren't any clear styrene parts for the windows so this will be tricky. I am not sure that glue 'n' glaze will be suitable - I don't want uneven concave windows. Can anyone offer advice (or a good link) on how decent flush clear windows might be achieved? I know nothing! I am happy to mask and paint the blue strip along the windows but do not know what would be the most appropriate shade of blue or the order window making and blue painting should be done - I definitely don't want to have to mask a bazillion windows - unless there is a relatively straightforward way of doing it. It might be best to fill the windows and use the decals, but it wouldn't feel right to me. I would really appreciate any advice on these issues. Best wishes Danyel
  17. Hello everyone, Haven't posted anything in a while, due to 'technical difficulties' , but here's my latest completion, it's a but rough in a few places and the Shuttle was being a pain because it wouldn't stick to the 747, but I got there eventually. Thanks for looking, Ryan
  18. It seems I finally found a perfect place for photo sessions Dragon "cutaway" kit with TwoSix decals. Mostly out of the box
  19. Hi there, I know I have seen a few different posts about this topic but would anybody have a diagram in how to convert a Revell 1:144 747-200 into a 747 SP? Thanks.
  20. Boeing 747-200 Thai International Revel 1:144 Been building this on & off for a couple of years now, and finally declared it finished today. It is the Revell E-4B boxing, with decals taken from the 747-200 Thai boxing, supplied by my good mate Mr Stringbag who will be doing the BA version at some point, so kindly let me have the Thai set. I had a problem in that I left the windows open to glaze them with Microscale krystal kleer later as all the windows were cut out on the cheatline decal. The problem was the holes didn't line up very well so progress was slow as I had to section the decal into inch long peices. It could still do with some silver window surrounds, but I haven't been able to locate a set for a 747. One day I will! Here we go; And the obligatoty 'with something else' picture. This time the smallest Boeing in service, the 737-500. Thanks for looking, John
  21. Ok so on a whim I bought yesterday this kit from my local hobby shop and have decided it will be my next project. The thing is I haven't made an airliner for 30 years and in my mind are the horror experiences of making them as a kid! So I need some advice if I may: 1. Livery - this kit comes with the Boeing livery which is nice but I wondered what were some other good options? 2 Build - what is the wisdom re cabin windows these days? Put the supplied clear parts in or leave them out? How to paint the kit and not make a hash of the windows bit essentially! 3. Paint - gloss was always my Achilles heal so was thinking of Halfords appliance white? Any help would be appreciated Thanks Chris
  22. Right folks, this has been a long time in the making. I started this back in summer last year, before my life took a few turns for the worst. Building this kit was only ONE of the tribulations... It's the Revell 1/144 kit, originally meant to be the Lufthansa version, but I wanted a British Airways Landor version. That meant buying an Airfix version for the correct decals and the engines, which turned out to be a waste of time as the decals were scuffed and the engines were pretty useless lumps. I ended up getting the Draw Decal set and some resin engines, and still had to rob the wheels from the Airfix kit as the Revell ones were mis-moulded. As General Melchett observed, it'd have been easier and cheaper to get the Dragon kit and replace the decals! Anyway, after much kitbashing, scratchbuilding, filling and sanding, the finished article is finally here. I was hoping for some decent weather to photograph it in outside, but as I'm off work this week that's a forlorn hope...so, kitchen table it is. Hope you like it: Now, what's next? Cheers, Dean
  23. Hi all, Back again. I must admit it's been a while since I've posted any work on the site, due to a combination of taking over a mate's business with the corresponding increase of workload, a painful split with my longterm girlfriend, sessions working in the middle east and the fact that my current build is an absolute pig. Anyway, enough whinging. Some time ago I bought a Revell 1/144 Boeing 747, in the Lufthansa boxing. I'd always liked the look of the Jumbo, and when I was deciding what kit to start next, this presented itself. I decided I fancied a British Airways Landor version, which meant I had to look around for some BA markings, but while I was doing that I found an old Airfix BA Jumbo at a model show going for a tenner. Ideal - that'll solve the problem of the Revell kit having P+W engines when I need RB211s! Not so - the Airfix engines were pants, and the decals were scuffed beyond use. I ended up ordering a set of resin engines, and getting the BA markings from a swap with a fellow Britmodeller who was after a Laser dinghy. Right, after the dramas of sourcing the right bits, on with the build. The initial test fits didn't look promising. The underbelly had a distinct short shot look to it, meaning that the underseam was a bit see-through: The area which supported the undercart was also an ill fitting insert: It was around about now that I realised I needed so break out the filler on this build. Unfortunately, the rear APU exhaust was also a short shot: Oh well, on with the scratchbuilding. I decided that nothing would be visible on the flight deck, but was determined not to go down the route of blacking out the windows. To that end, I needed some sort of structure in there to prevent the see through effect. A simple card structure roughly painted black sufficed: I also glued several lead balls to this bulkhead to prevent tailsitting later. Once the fuselage was together, the windscreen was found to have wide gaps which had to be filled with shims made of plastic card. The area was then sanded flush and polished back to clarity. I took the precaution of laying masking tape over the transparent part and cutting out individual window masks before the frames were obliterated during sanding. These masks were then carefully transferred to a piece of plastic card for safekeeping and will be used to remask the windows for airbrushing the fuselage later. The current state of the windscreen is this: Also, the wings are on, and several rounds of PSR leads to this: The join was abysmal, and took a LOT of cleaning up and rescribing to get to this stage. Still, it's starting to look like a plane now: It's big, though. While the putty was drying on this, I worked on the engines. The resin ones from Bra.Z were nicely detailed, but as they come in two parts with the casting plug on the mating surfaces, getting the two parts to line up was a case of sanding a bit, testing, sanding a bit more, testing...four times over. Still, got there in the end: After a lot of masking and airbrushing, the Alclad Steel went on the fan blades, exhaust and the spinner, Aluminium went on the intake ring and the interior of the intake, Airframe Aluminium on the pylon, and Dark Aluminium was sprayed over the internal panels, carefully masked off to represent the darker areas seen on reference photos. The spinner tip was then given its matt black colour. I'm hoping to do the spiral on this with a white pencil, if I can get it pointy enough. Once the dark blue was on and the whole thing was given a coat of Klear, it looks like this: Still needs a black wash to give depth to the fan blades, I think. The wheels. Oh, the wheels. The moulds in the Revell kit were so old and worn out that mould slippage had resulted in the kit wheels resembling a badly assembled bagel: I had a choice of either doing it wheels up, or cannibalising the Airfix kit. C'mere, you...oh damn, the wheels are bigger than the Revell ones. So's the axle, which meant that I had to very carefully drill out the holes in the Revell bogies (the Airfix ones were nowhere near detailed enough) to accept the axles from the Airfix kit. Blimey, it's a right lash up this build, eh? The Revell undercart was painted Alclad Steel: And the Airfix wheels were sprayed Steel and then the hubs masked off using tiny punched discs of masking tape so that I could brush on my favourite tyre black, a colour which refuses to be airbrushed unfortunately: So there we are. At the moment, I've got the wings and tail painted in their Alclads, and the next step will be to get some colour on the fuselage. I'll keep you posted as to progress... Cheers, Dean
  24. Hey All This is my Revell 747SCA, in the last livery worn by the jumbo. Fun build, very odd one. The kit does show its age abit, but it was stillfun. It is the new release 747sca by revell, 1/144. Heres thew photos :-) Thanks for looking Bradley
  25. 3rd build, hopefully not being too optimistic here!! This will be progressed when there's nothing I can do on the DC9 and VC7, the main object of this one is the conversion ot the fuselage into a cargo 747, and shortening the stretched upper deck back to it's original configuration. The rest of the kit looks like a straightforward OOB build, with possibly some scribing round control surfaces as there doesn't seem to be any difference between these and the panel lines. Decals look excellent and areby Two Six.
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