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  1. BAC 1-11, Airfix 1/144 Classic-Airlines.com decals. I don't normally do airliners in 'house' colours. much preferring to build them in actual airline liveries, but when I saw this on the Classic-Airlines.com website I thought it was very attractive. My son bought me the sheet for Christmas last year, so I thought I'd better finish it before Christmas this year! The Model is from the old Airfix 1-11 kit, with the nose made more pointy with Milliput, the wing landing lights filled in, and the wing fences cut off and replaced inboard with plasticard. The decals are laser printed on a constant sheet of carrier film so need cutting around, but behaved very well. G-ASYD spent its entire life with BAC/BAe being used a a prototype/development aircraft. It was in fact stretched to become the prototype series 500, and the shrunk again to become a 400 series aircraft with the 500 wing. Anyway, I think it makes an attractive little model, and the Airfix kit is still worth building if you can find one. And a family shot with a couple of other Airfix 1-11's, also with Classic-Airlines decals: Thanks for looking, and Happy Christmas! Cheers John
  2. Here is my latest update of a classic Airfix airliner, the BAC 1-11 finished to represent Laker’s G-AVBY as she appeared in 1972, a sort of early logojet. Before anyone asks, I have no idea who Lady du Pont was or why she was so desirable although my wife thinks du Pont was a brand of swimwear. Anyway, whatever Bravo Yankee was advertising I think she makes an attractive and unusual subject. (Edit - Thanks to @Dave Swindell for providing correct info about Lady Du Pont. See his post below). The model would have been finished sooner but Covid -19 meant the eye surgery I should have had in March was delayed until August. My perspective was all to pot making close modelling work a difficult chore rather than a relaxing hobby and things like stringing aerial wires were a complete no. Now that I can see properly again Bravo Yankee is finally ready for inspection. I used the replacement resin nose sometimes available from Ray Charles of Two Six Decals. While filling the seam round the replacement nose I also ran a bead of Milliput along the fuselage roof which Airfix have moulded almost flat and sanded it to a more realistic rounded profile. The APU exhaust and RDF fairings were easily made from plastic tube and sheet respectively and the fuel duct to the APU was added from stretched sprue. The wing fences are inaccurately positioned for the production aircraft. I replaced them with brass fences from one of the PE detailing sets which Ray sold a few years ago and which I wish he would re-issue. Before fitting them the Airfix fences were removed and the raised wing detail sanded down and re-scribed. The Airfix landing lights were filled and wingtip lights added from clear sprue in the usual way. The PE set also provided badly needed replacement engine fans as well as aerials and undercarriage doors. Paint is Appliance White and Racking Grey from Halfords with AK Interactive Aluminium and a little Rub’n’Buff on the engines. Decals are a mix - basically an old Flightpath sheet (I had forgotten how much I liked Flightpath decals) with Du Pont titles and logos from Classic Airlines. As always I used Authentic Airliners windows. AA provide the windscreen in four separate sections. I found these fiddly and difficult to align, not helped by a slight asymmetry in the resin nose, and eventually I applied the Flightpath one piece windscreen and overlaid the AA sections which means the cockpit is a little darker than it should be. Thanks for looking and as always constructive criticism is welcome. Dave G .... and finally posing with my other two recent Airfix updates - the Caravelle and the DC-9-30
  3. A new One Man Model project: a 1/48th British Aircraft Corporation BAC 1-11 3D printed model. Source: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1414254868770840&id=100005590215920 V.P.
  4. Airfix BAC 1-11 500ED. Two-Six British Airways 'Landor' decals. Ok, so if you want a beautiful, accurate 1-11 500 then you need to get hold of the Authentic Airliners resin kit. But I got this out of the stash and thought I'd have a bit of fun improving it and converting it from a short bodied 200 series 1-11 into the stretched 500 series. I've thouroghly enjoyed it from start ti finish, and have a second 500 under construction as well now. Lots of work with sheet plasticard undertaken, full build log Here The main changes were extended fuselage, extended wingtips, new wing fences & flap tracks, engine pylons, engine hushkits, and a reshaped nose. The decals from Two-Six were superb and a delight to use. A plus is that the sheet covers all BA Landor 1-11's incluing the short bodied 200's, so if you don't want to do all the extending work, you can just do the wing fences, flap tracks, and nose. I chose to do G-AVMO which was preserved at Cosford for many years and is now at east Fortune in Scotland, very fitting really as it was named 'Lothian Region'. Enough words, here is the completed conversion. And 'with something else' - another 1-11 500, this one a Welsh Models Vac with Two-Six BEA decals. Thanks for looking. On with the second conversion now, which will be in BEA Red Square finish, to show the BEA/BA 1-11 500 in its first and last schemes. John
  5. BAC 1-1 200 Converted to 1-11 510ED I've been rather busy with the day job taking me away from home for long stertches of time this year, which has affected my modelling time. I've not been able to use my workbench, compressor/airbrush much, so found myself looking for something to make with minimal tools paints etc. I came up with this, the old Airfix 1-11 which has been around for forty odd years, and figured I could do some cutting and gluing to improve and convert it. It has a few problems, the main ones being that the nose is too blunt (correct for the very earliest 1-11's though) ourboard wing fences needing deleting and moving inboard, wing landing lights deleting, and flap track fairings need lengthening and altering to 'canoe' type. To make it more interesting I decided to stretch the fuselage to a 500 series aircraft, with extended wingtips. And then I realised I'd need to 'hushkit' the engines. Interestingly, I have an original issue of the kit, and the most recent boxing hasn't half seen the box size grow! Decals will be for the final 'Landor' scheme the BA 1-11's wore before retirement. Not wanting to cut up 2 1-11 kits for the fuselage extensions, I rolled some 20 thou plasticard into half rounds, sawed the fuselage halves fore and aft of the wing, and on a flat surface glued the extesnsions to the insides of 1 fuselage half. Thats 18.1 mm forward and 10.5 mm aft. When that was set the next day, I did the other side, matching it to the one already done. and putting it on a flat surface to set. This left a big recess to fill in and build out the fuselage side. More rolled plasticard (curved around my x-acto knife handle) filled in the recesses, with quarter sections. one on top and one on the bottom, then the side. White milliput was slathered on and left to set. A fair bit of sanding followed to flush the extensions in with the rest of the fuselage. I didn't take any photos unfortunately. I cut a vertical slot in the nose and glued in a rough profile of the new more pointed nose shape, build up around it with milliput, and sanded it all to shape. It;s a huge improvement over the blunt kit shape. The glazing fitted nicely so I will leave it clear. It was sanded to belend it in and polished back to clarity with micromessh. The wings received attention next, with new tips cut roughlt to shape, glued on and then sanded down to shape. The flap track fairings wer cut off, and I sawed slots into the wings for new plasticard ones. Likewise the outer wing dences were removed, a stlot marked out with an olfa p-cutter where the new ones went, and new fences glued in. They were approximately shaped first and the sanded down to proper size one firlmy set. The engines needed some thought. The 'Hushkits' are a long extension on the rear. I found some bombs that had the right cross section to do the job, and cut them to size. I didn't like the engine mounts as they have half on the fuselage and half on the engine cowling making for a pig of a job to eliminate the seam down the middle. So I made new ones from plasticard, and sliced the kit items off. Engine pylons are on now. I'll have to figure out how to do the 'crinkled' exhausts on the hushkits now. Wings, tail and engines can then go on, and priming can commence. Thanks for looking John
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