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  1. 72topia and Arctic Decals are to release 1/72nd Karhumäki Karhu 48 & 48B resin kits. About the type: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karhumäki_Karhu_48B Source: https://www.facebook.com/arcticdecals/posts/pfbid02EgkvuC2d9thk7263YvsyuDzYnofopPH6z1HMbcAt8iUhmKo5epAG6zaZpjBwcWVhl V.P.
  2. The German Junkers F.13 was the world's first all-metal airliner manufactured at the end of WWI It was a cantilever-wing monoplane, with two pilots in an open cockpit and an enclosed cabin compartment for four passengers. Over the years 322 planes of this type were manufactured and they were used by a many international airlines. The Finnish company Aero Oy (nowadays Finnair who, in fact this year are celebrating their 100 th anniversary of operations) inaugurated their operations on March 20, 1924 by flying mail from Helsinki to Tallinn with the Junkers F.13 type D-335, After the ice in the Gulf of Finland had melted the planes' skis were changed to floats. Between 1924−1935 Aero had a total of seven Junkers F.13 planes in their fleet. In addition to Tallinn the other destination was Stockholm. The Finnish Air Force and the Border Guard were the other Finnish operators of this plane type. The Revell Junkers F.13 kit in 1/72 scale dates back to the 1990's. The boxing I bought included decals for the Aero Oy livery but I additionally bought the Arctic decals set which gave markings for more versions of the Finnish planes. The kit was of good quality and the quite small number of parts had good fit and almost no flash at all. The only tricky part in the assembly were the floats and the many struts, One needed a great deal of accuracy and patience in building the construction and attaching it so that it was correctly in line and not tilting to any side. I warmly recommend to build the floats and the struts separately and attach the "mess" to the fuselage only at the end. After having assembled the kit I first primed it with gray Mr. Surfacer 1200 and sprayed it then with Tamiya's Glossy black TS-14. The metal areas were then air brushed with Ammo's polished aluminium lacquer. Since the hue of the metal in the actual plane was satin I first attached the decals and at the end air brushed the model with the acrylic satin varnish of Vantage Modelling Solutions. This new Polish stuff was excellent in my opinion. Since the whole plane was made of very dense corrugated metal I had bad doubts of how the decals would stick to it without silvering. Strangely enough there's only little silvering to be seen.
  3. After WWII the Finnish government acquired a majority shareholding in the Aero Oy (nowadays Finnair) and decided to purchase nine surplus Douglas C-47's out of which six were modified for the peacetime commercial traffic. The plane that my model depicts, reg. OH-LCD was built late 1943 at Douglas Aircraft Company's works in Long Beach, California. The plane was then transferred to England and among other operations took part in the Normandy landings, as well. After a long history she was finally purchased and operated by Finnair until 1970 and christened "Lokki" or in English, Seagull. Nowadays, she stands at display next to the Finnish Aviation museum near the Helsinki International Airport. I built my model from an old Italeri 1:72 scale C-47 kit. Since the fuselage had an opening for the cargo door I had to build the OH-LCD which was one of the Finnair DC-3's having that configuration. The kit was easy to build and the fit of the parts was good. As to the details I have understood that the Airfix DC-3 is somewhat better but I am pretty satisfied with the Italeri one. For building the Finnair plane I had to make some minor modifications and to use just a couple of the military version's parts of the kit. The metal exhaust pipes are from Moskit and the resin tires are flattened (I don't remember the manufacturer). The hair raising moment happened when three masked windows fell into the fuselage. Despite all my precautions the white glue didn't stick properly! After having recovered from the shock I decided not to open the glued in fuselage but instead to push in all the remaining cabin windows, too and to use clear tape for the window holes. With a very sharp knife I cut the tape as close to the window openings as possible and it really worked. I think that the outcome is even better than using the window parts of the kit. The decals I used were the excellent and very detailed ones by Arctic decals. The set had markings for all the different versions of the Finnish DC-3's and it contained a sturdy package of info and pictures of the different DC-3 versions and liveries. I primed the model with Mr. Surfacer 1200, covered it then with Tamiya TS-14 gloss black spray. The metal paint I finally air brush painted on the model was Ammo's A-Stand Chrome lacquer. I also used Vallejo Air's metal paints and Tamiya TS-13 clear gloss spray.
  4. Saab 340 was a twin turboprop airliner designed for short-haul flights and regional air traffic. The manufacture and marketing of the plane was a joint operation of the Swedish Saab and the North American Fairchild Aircraft Corporation. A total of 430 planes of the A and B versions were built until 1998 when the production of Saab 340 was ceased. When I learned that the Arctic Decals had made a set of Finnaviation's Saab 340B in a special Santa and reindeer livery I decided to model that version of the plane. The only kit available in 1/144 scale was Welsh Models' Saab 340. It was, however, wholly made of resin and not vac-form as usual. The kit was quite simple to build but the quality didn't quite reach the level of the best resin kits on the market. There was some dry fitting, sanding and puttying to be done but the assembly was by no means challenging. Quite a big hole had to be drilled to the solid resin nose for the necessary weight. Otherwise the model would have been a tail sitter. Additionally, I scratch built many extra details to the model. For instance I cut the cockpit windows from a spare set of Authentic Airliners decals to make the cockpit look more, well authentic 🙂 As usual I first primed the model with Mr. Surfacer 1000 spray. Then I painted the whole white model with Tamiya fine surface primer coated with Tamiya gloss varnish spray. Christmas is already around the corner and hopufully all "good modellers" know that Santa Claus lives in Finnish Lapland. So, with this model of Santa's Express I'd like to wish all my colleagues Merry Christmas The small size of the Saab 340B can be clearly seen in the comparison with the DC -10 The Finnaviation Saab 340B at Helsinki Airport (the photo is courtesy of Mr, Teemu Tuuri from Finnish Aviation Photography)
  5. Fokker F27 Friendship was a turboprop airliner built by the Dutch aircraft manufacturer Fokker. The maiden flight of the plane took place in November 1955 and in total 586 Friendships of different sub-types were built until 1987. Finnair operated three F27's in the 1970-80's. They replaced the Convair 440 Metropolitans of the airline in the short domestic routes. The Finnish Air Force's Transport Wing used a couple of F27's, as well. The only kit available in 1/144 scale was Doyusha's F27 which I managed to buy from a Japanese mail order firm. In a nutshell the kit was very plain and simple, lacking a lot of details. The building of the model was straightforward but adding all the details (antennas, air scoops, anti-collision lights, etc.) was time consuming. The biggest challenge, however, was to rebuild the main landing gears and wheels which in kit were totally out of scale and shape. The laser printed decals for Finnair's Friendship I ordered from the Finnish manufacturer Arctic Decals. They were excellent and went on the surface without any problems. To avoid any scratches I coated them first with Liquid decal film. I painted the white areas of the fuselage with Tamiya's Fine Surface primer which I then coated with Tamiya's clear gloss spray. The underside of the fuselage, the wings and the landing gears were painted with Xtracolor light grey X139. For smaller details I used Vallejo acrylics and Humbrol enamels. 6
  6. I decided to model the Authentic Airlines 1/144 Convair CV-440 Metropolitan in the Finnish Karhumäki Airlines' livery. In the early 1950's the three Karhumäki brothers founded an airline called Karhumäki Airlines or Kar-Air. The company first operated four DC-3's followed later by two brand new Convair CV-440 Metropolitans. Kar-Air's operations consisted of chartered holiday flights and scheduled domestic traffic and for a long time they were the biggest competitor of Finnair. Later their fleet further grew with a DC-6B, a DC-8-51, an Airbus A300 and ATR 72s. Eventually, Kar-Air were taken over by Finnair in 1996. BTW, if you ever happen to fly to Málaga airport in Spain you could pop into the next door aviation museum. Among other interesting things there is on display a CV-440 Metropolitan painted in Kar-Air's livery (that's probably because Kar-Air's Convair Metropolitan reg. OH-VKN was the very first airliner to land at the inauguration of the new Málaga civilian airport in October, 1959). There were no difficulties in building the kit. Since AA do not include any instructions in their kits I had to dig up info from the net concerning the positioning of the multiple photoetch details. I also scratch built a lot of additional details to the model. My wife also contributed to the construction by giving me a strand of her hair for the antenna wire I also had to drill a deep hole in the resin tip of the fuselage and fill it with a lot of weight (lead fish sinkers) to prevent the plane from being a tail sitter. The hole was then closed with a separate radar dome. The kit includes long and short domes as separate parts. The excellent Kar-Air decals I ordered from the Finnish company Arctic Decals. As usual, I painted the upper fuselage with white Tamiya Fine Surface Primer which was then sprayed with Tamiya Clear gloss rattle can varnish. The metal parts were covered with Alclad white aluminium. For the smaller details I also used Humbrol enamels and Vallejo acrylic colours. Convair CV-440 Metroplitan in Kar-Air's livery at the Málaga aviation museum. Actually it's not the very plane, reg. OH-VKN that was the first to land at the newly inaugurated civillian airport. Additionally, the radar dome is not of the right shape, it's too pointed. When visiting the museum I was, however, told that a correct shaped long nose is under construction.
  7. I started this with all good intentions during the Float Planes GB last year but could not get into the groove to go on with it. I have now progress it and can start to see the finish line in sight. The scheme it will be finished in. I started by opening up the windows behind the main doors with templates supplied in the kit The interior went together without fuss And the rear modified windows were filler with Testors Clear cement. They have a brownish tinge after drying which is a bit disappointing The prop was next, the kit has a twin blade prop supplied but this aircraft has a Harzell three blade prop, so I dug a donor out of the spares and modified it as best I could and the almost finished product The float struts were next, the sets needed modifying by added an extra one one the 2 mains and the forward ones also needed rejigging (no pictures yet) I added some weing in the forward fuselage just in case ( even though it sits on long floats and buttoned it up It is headed to the paintshop to paint the roof and floats next
  8. Finally finished (on the shelf of doom for around 3 years) RVHP 1/72 King air I know it could be better, there were many mistakes made along the way, I only wish my work was as good as Arctic Decals work Thanks for looking
  9. already in progress, earlier build WIP pictures lost to matrix someplace...but new project build pics are here. 1st decals of...about 6 million! moving right along: hours later... That's the majority of the decals, I didn't put in the no smoking and instrument panel decals...seriously, they're included! There's even Dzus fasteners and over center snaps on the cowls (haven't seen that in 1/32 let alone 1/72!) Anyhoo thanks for looking PS the model isn't accurate (the real plane doesn't have the cargo pod nacelles)
  10. This will be my first entry. Been hanging on to this one for a while waiting to start.
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