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  1. Hi everybody, let me present you one of my models that I finished recently (more to follow). This is a Zvezda 737-8 Max in the new Icelandair livery (pink version). The special thing about it is that the whole livery including the large titles and the complete tail was painted. I did cut some masks on vinyl tape on a plotter, see last picture. It took me quite some time to finish it, I started in march 2022 but was left frustrated with the pink / magenta as I couldn’t find something fitting from Tamiya and Mr Hobby (the only colours I normally use – for good reasons) I tried Vallejo ones. They look okay and are okay to use but they are super bad in sticking on the subject. Masking over it means removing some colour, at least from my experience. I was so frustrated that I eventually gave up and made a TUI 737 out of it that I’ve shown here before. Nevertheless it was a kind of unfinished business for me and as I somehow like the new Icelandair livery and particularly the pink one I tried again and was lucky to find MR Colour CR2, which is a special series that is meant to be mixed and you can easily get any pink tone out of it with excellent results and the colour also stays on the plane 😉 Working with those Vinyls can be tricky, as they are quite prone to paint edges, so one has to be super careful to paint with thin layers and rather low pressure and to just have as much layers as needed to be opaque (Otherwise it will looked jagged). It takes patience, but gives you good results, as the close up of the tail shows. Other models that I also did with Vinyl tape will soon follow. Decals are from Authentic Airliners. Now enjoy the photos, appreciate some comments / feedback! Thanks, Julien Making off:
  2. Resin Cast Beacons for Airliners (CR144809) 1:144 Counting Rivet Models We’ve received some upgrade sets from our new friends at CRM, the initials standing for “Counting Rivet Models”. They’re new to us, and based in Hamburg Germany, creating highly accurate sets for the airliner community, which is to some extent an untapped market, as most aftermarket companies seem drawn to the military side of things. CRM are part of the new wave of producers that are using technology such as 3D printing to create their products, and it shows. Their sets arrive in a clear blister pack with a card header within, which has a QR code that leads to the instruction page of their website, cutting down on recycling, as most instructions get thrown away after use. Hold your phone’s camera up to it and follow the link to their download centre in your browser of choice, which has the instructions available for download in the de facto standard PDF format. If you’re wedded to your desktop or want to see it in larger text, follow this link here. This useful set contains a single casting block in clear red resin that contains ten teardrop-shaped beacon light lenses that are standard on most airliners, plus three tiny bead-type lights that are specific to the Boeing B737, which would be different, wouldn’t it? To use them, just cut them carefully from the upstand with a razor saw, being careful not to grip it so hard that it pings off into the undergrowth, falling victim to the always ravenous carpet monster. They can be attached to the model using PVA or super glue (CA) as you wish, and a useful tool for holding such small parts is either a wax pencil, a sticky-jewel picker tool, or a piece of Blutak rolled into a point. Stick the lens carefully onto your weapon of choice, then apply glue to the intended location or the bottom of the part, applying it to the model and holding it there until it cures. They’re a big improvement on painted styrene bumps that might get lost during seam sanding, or clear parts covered with clear red paint, and you should have enough for at least a few models if you don’t lose any. Conclusion These parts are perfect for replacing moulded-in or missing beacons, or just as a general upgrade to the detail and finesse of the beacons on your latest model, exceeding what’s usually provided in most airliner kits, all for a very reasonable price. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  3. Here is my latest update of an Airfix golden oldie - the Boeing 737 finished as G-BMEC of Air Europe while operating for British Airtours in 1983. Between 1983 and 1986 Air Europe and British Airways had a “swap lease” arrangement which gave BA access to Air Europe aircraft particularly in the winter months when their own aircraft were undergoing scheduled maintenance. It benefitted Air Europe by keeping their aircraft in the air when there was less demand for holiday charter flights. Updating the old Airfix kit to Advanced standards was good fun. Here is a quick run down on what I did: 1. Cockpit roof and windscreen replaced with spare part from Zvezda 737-700 (much easier to fit than the Daco part). 2. Zvezda kit used as pattern to reshape the Airfix nose. 3. Wheel wells opened up and main well fitted with a “roof” cloned from a Daco kit using Oyumaru and Milliput. 4. Lowest hinge on fin/rudder filled. 5. Daco p/e used for pitots and other small details. 6. Engines replaced with LACI JT8D-15s. These are beautiful and LACI have really nailed the appearance of the Advanced engines, at least to my eyes. You also get the choice of open or closed thrust reversers. Fit to the Airfix wings is adequate rather than good but the end result is way better than I could have achieved by modifying the kit parts. Paint is Halfords Appliance Gloss White and Racking Grey with metallics from Tamiya and AK Interactive. Decals are a mix of Classic Airlines and Flightpath with detail decals from the spares box and an Authentic Airliners windscreen. Coroguard is also by Flightpath. Thanks for looking and constructive criticism is always welcome. I haven’t decided on my next Airfix update but a Trident and an A300 do their best to catch my eye any time I’m in the loft. Dave G Posing with another couple of Airfix upgrades - the DC-9 and Caravelle: The gorgeous LACI engines assembled and primed:
  4. Here is the Daco Skyline Boeing 737-500 finished as LN-BRC “Håkon IV Håkonsson“ of Braathens S.A.F.E. in the second version of the airline’s red white and blue stripe livery. About 30 years ago my wife and I flew with Braathens on what should have been the short hop across the North Sea from Bergen to Newcastle but because of fog we were diverted to Manchester along with most other flights bound for airports in the east of England. The handling companies were inundated and obviously scraping the barrel to get road transport. I still shudder at the memory of the three hour journey to Newcastle in darkness and fog on a clearly unroadworthy bus with no heating, stinking of diesel and driven by a delightful individual who responded to a mild complaint from one passenger by threatening to dump everyone on the hard shoulder of the M62. The passengers included several large, hairy and disgruntled Norwegians, probably oilmen, so it was maybe just as well for him that he didn’t actually try! Anyhow, the nightmare bus journey was in no way the fault of Braathens and I have been “going to get round” to a model ever since. The one poor quality photo of the aircraft which I snapped at Bergen suggests it was LN-BRC hence the choice of registration. The build is pretty much OOB apart from the addition of a few small fairings from plastic strip and replacement of some of the small detail parts with photo-etch. Paint is Halfords Appliance Gloss White and Racking Grey with AK Interactive aluminium on the lower forward fuselage. Other metallics are by Tamiya and Revell. Livery decals are a mixture of an ancient Liveries Unlimited sheet (copyright date 1996) and the more recent Lima November sheet 144-506. Detail decals are from the kit and windows are by Authentic Airliners. Thanks for looking and constructive criticism is always welcome. Dave G I IMG_1231 by David Griffiths, on Flick Just for fun, a full set of Daco 737s -300, -400 and -500
  5. One of my many ongoing projects I am working on. The very old Aurora/Monogram 737-100,it must be 50+ years old and was for many years the only 1/72 Boeing 737. There is now the much more detailed BPK kit,which I also have in my stash,along with the -200. The reasons why I bought this old kit was because I was interested in that kit for a long time,it has the very early engines and it was sold at a reasonable price. This was the Monogram boxing with United Airlines decals. United never had this version in their fleet,so I was thinking what to do. As I already built a LH 737,it had to ve a bit different. Solution was found in one of my books about the 737;one of the test aircraft,it was already painted in LH colors although with the old logo on the tail. Upon delivery the fin was repainted in the familiar all blue with the yellow circle and the crane logo in it. As there is no decal sheet available in that scale for this livery,I had to paint all by myself. One of the reasons why I put it back more than once and worked on other projects. Getting the tail logo and the rest of the livery painted was a tedious time consuming measuring and masking job,as there is/was not much detail on the fuselage to refer to for the layout. The build of the kit itself was mostly straight forward. I only tried to reshape the front a bit to make it more accurate and the engines needed a bit of work too. The fanblades had to be installed a bit further back and under the engine exhaust,some kind of reverser fairing (is it called that way?) had to be added. The kit is fairly basic,no wheel wells or much other detail,but I did not bother too much as I also intended to keep the character of this old kit. Paints used were Gunze white primer,sealed with Gunze Premium clear,Testors silver and aluminium for the fuselage underside. Gunze chrome aluminium and burnt metal for the engines. Testors voodoo grey for the wings and wingbox. Coroguard panels are done with my own mix of Tamyia metallic grey and light grey. The decals come from the BPK 737-100/200 kits,the crane in the fin was cut out from a Revell A310 LH sheet and the windows are from Authentic Airliners. A lot of work,but I am pleased how it came out. Cheers Alex A comparison between the 737-800 (BPK) and the -100 gives a good impression on the types evolution
  6. My latest finished build is the BPK Boeing 737-800. The build was started last year and dragged a bit due to some issues,which lead me to stop on this kit for a while and concentrate on other projects. I actually planned to have clear windows,but the clear parts for the cabin windows had a terrible fit,which I could not solve satisfactory. Another problem were the paint masks for the windows which not only had to be applied for each single window,it took a good 2 hours for both sides,the results after painting were rather disappointing. I also spent a considerable amount of time on the cockpit,but I thought there was something not quite right with the window sizes.When I was applying the silver window frames from the Authentic Airliner decal sheet,I realized that the frames of the decal did not match with the clear part at all.So in the end I oversprayed the windows and used the AA window decal instead. The overall fit is good,careful cleaning and preparation of the parts is a must. Some major issues are in the instructions. Sometimes its difficult or impossible to make out where some parts have to go or in the worst case,are completely wrong placed. Also some parts are not used,at least for the Qantas version,but they are not marked at all so you will have to find out yourself. Also if one follows the instructions concerning the landing gear,it will be impossible to glue it on its position later. I found out its best to build up the gear by installing the legs first and then add all other parts .DON'T follow the instructions !! I also glued the engine mounts to the wing and attach the engines after build and paint. Its much easier that way. The rest of the build is more or less straight forward,some PE parts are very delicate,so caution is a good advice. The fuselage was spray painted with Gunze white surface primer 1500,the red is Revell enamel 31 with a few drops white and the silver-grey stripe around the fuselage bottom is a mix of aluminium and neutral grey. Wings are painted with Gunze grey 315 and received a matte varnish after the decals and weathering was applied. The decals come from the kit and have a good quality and are also quite extensive and detailed. Again here there are some errors in the instructions,so photo research is needed too. Windows as mentioned from AA. Some antennas are not included in the kit,thes were taken from a Heller Boeing 707 sprue in my spares. The Satcom antenna is also not included.I was not able to find such in this scale on the aftermarket,so I will leave this until I found something that matches. Overall I am happy with the end result,despite its issues its a great kit but absolutely not for beginners. I also have the BPK 737-100 and -200 but I hope they will be a bit easier and with less errors in the instructions... Cheers Alex
  7. Continuing with my project of building a representative airliner from every current and former European national carrier, here is the Daco Skyline Boeing 737-300 in the livery of Air Baltic, the flag carrier of Latvia. The model shows YL-BBL (formerly G-EZYJ of EasyJet) around 2016 with winglets and small fuselage titles but still retaining the cockpit “eyebrow” windows. The Daco kit is well known and needs little comment. Construction was straightforward apart from the usual issue of wing fit. (For anyone interested my method of dealing with that is described here). I have never been convinced of the accuracy of the Daco winglets and for this model I used spares from a Zvezda 738. They are still a little too tall but not as badly oversized as the kit parts and I think they are an improvement. Paint is Halfords Appliance Gloss White and Racking Grey. The green is a by-the-eye mix of Tamiya X8 and X15 plus a few drops of X1. Metallics are by AK Interactive, Revell and Tamiya. Decals are by Drawdecal with Authentic Airliners windows and details from the kit sheet. Thanks for looking and constructive criticism is always welcome. Dave G
  8. Has anyone had experience of fitting the winglets to the Daco Skyline 737? I am planning a winglet-fitted B733 in Air Baltic livery and having cut the wings at the obvious point (the line immediately inboard of the wingtips) I can't see how to fit the winglets without a significant bit of packing and bodging. Also, to my eyes the Daco winglets are too tall. (They are around 2mm taller than the winglets on a Zvezda 737-700). Does anybody know how the Daco parts compare to the real dimensions? Thanks in anticipation Dave G
  9. Here is my finished Zvezda Boeing 737-8 Max in 1/144 scale. This is in the ‘protective layer’ fresh from the production line and in British Airways livery, though they don’t actually operate this variant, it is used by Comair in South Africa under the BA livery (ZS-ZCA). It was a standard OOB the build with the detail sheet supplied by Authentic Airliner Decals. The kit is straight forward enough to build and is great for little details at the same time! As this was a build designed to show the aircraft in its post production state the paint used was Halfords Racking Grey all over. I used Revell 361 applied lightly with streaks for the high impact primer layer on the engine nacelles. Various Revell Aqua colours for the metals. The detail sheet from AA was excellent and very true to life. It was like completing a jigsaw puzzle the way the pieces all interlocked and joined! I have always wanted to do a model in this way and when I saw this sheet I knew it had to be done! I can only hope I’ve done this excellent sheet some justice. It’s tempting me to convert a 737-8 Max to a 737-7 Max just to do the other scheme. Thank you for looking and as always feedback and comments are always welcomed. I am on a roll with getting these projects that have been sat around for a long time completed! Regards, Alistair
  10. My first completed airliners in 2021. I started them somewhere last year and worked on them on and off between other projects. The main problem was to get decals for them as Heller airliners come in the odd scale of 1/125 and their 737 kit is long out of production. I found some nice liveries on f-dcal,which even arrived in an acceptable time. I have now 3 of Heller's Boeing 737,the first one was built in Lufthansa colors,mostly airbrushed and completed with decals from my spares box. Its a pity that Heller never reissued this kit as they did with most of their other airliners. Its a very nice model with good shape and the fit is, for its age, quite good. I always liked the old Luxair livery,and because I had been to Luxemburg a few times as a kid,I should have an aircraft of Luxair in my collection. I also have some old Heller Airbus A300 kits,one of which I also plan to build in these colors. The RAM 737s were frequent visitors to our swiss airports,together with their 727s. So when I saw this decal set available for rescale,the decision was easy. Paints are Gunze gloss white and for the engines and slats I used Super metallic Chrome from Gunze,with a gloss black base coat,and different metallic shades for the inlet and exhausts. Grey is Testors aircraft grey. Sealed again with Gunze Premium Gloss varnish. Sadly,I had to find out that Gunze stopped production of this great varnish for whatever reason😳😢,so I picked up all remaining stocks in my local hobbyshop☺...cost me a fortune,but its worth it. Enough text,on with the photos Alex And with one of my critics...he seemed to be in the mood again today😉
  11. Another quick and easy build in between bigger projects was this Hasegawa 737. Despite their older airliners,Hasegawa went here a slightly different way. The fuselage halves are split horizontaly and there are no windows and no detail on the fuselage as well. Here they offer also a wheels up otion,wich I find nice. All details are on the excellent decal sheet,thats when this model comes to life. Luckily Hasegawa went back to the roots with their newer airliner kits,wich have nice recessed panellines and are also more detailed. The 737-400 and also the MD-81/87 they released are nice but more in the way of desktop models. A good introduction into the modelling world for newbees or a nice destraction from bigger projects,one gets a pleasant result in a short time. Cheers
  12. Canada and Scotland have strong historic connections and air links between the two countries have existed for almost as long as transatlantic flying itself. In May 2015 Westjet began seasonal flights between Halifax and Glasgow which was their first UK destination. The inaugural flight was by C-GQWJ, an ETOPS 737-7CT, which acquired a unique tartan fin for the occasion. She carried the tartan for about six months before reverting to the standard livery. The Zvezda kit was a straightforward and enjoyable build and I was aware of its few minor issues from my previous build of the 738. The only points worth mentioning are some sink marks mainly on the rudder and stabs and the rather indifferent fit of the engines to the wings. I added an adapted BraZ satcom fairing and a few small details from plastic sheet. Pitots, aerials and a couple of other small items came from a Daco PE set. Paint is Halfords Appliance White and Racking Grey with Revell and Tamiya metallics. One of the drawbacks of a large stash, whether kits, decals, paints or anything else, is that you are liable to buy something without realising you already have it. I’m not sure how i did it but when I started the model I discovered I had both the V1 and 8ADecs decals for this livery. As it turned out that was a good thing because I was able to pick and choose the best bits from both sheets. The fin decal, Canadian flags and registrations are V1 and the rest is 8A. Detail decals came from the spares box. It also yielded replacement “ship numbers” for the nosewheel doors which are oversized on both sheets and the small “700” on the underside of the nose just aft of the radome which both decal makers have missed. Windows are by Authentic Airliners. Thanks for looking and as always constructive criticism is welcome. Dave G
  13. I present the Zvezda Boeing 737-800 in Malev livery circa 2006. The model is OOB apart from some Daco PE and one or two small details. It was straightforward although there were a few minor annoyances such as finding one of the side struts for the main undercarriage broken when I opened the box. I somehow missed a couple of nasty sink marks on the rudder until the dark blue showed them up, a mistake I won’t make twice. That said, the positives hugely outweigh any negatives. It has the correct window line, accurate engines and accurate winglets with the options of plain wingtips and split scimitars. The Zvezda undercarriage is exquisite if a little fiddly and gives the correct stance - no more cutting down the Revell main gear! You even get a choice of cockpit clear sections with and without eyebrows and the spare could probably be donated to an Airfix 727 or 737 as an alternative to the Daco part. As usual paint was Halfords Appliance White and Racking Grey. The blue is Mr Color 35 Cobalt Blue. It has a slight purple cast (which doesn’t show up well in the photos) and it was the best off the shelf match I could find for the elusive Malev blue. Metallics are by Revell and Tamiya. The titles, fin logos and registrations are by Drawdecal. Detail decals, including replacement door outlines, are from the spares box. They are mainly Revell and Daco in origin. To my surprise and disappointment I had problems with the Authentic Airliners windows due to a significant mismatch between the window spacing on the kit and on the sheet. As usual I had made tiny pin marks on the front and rear windows of each cabin and the emergency exits to guide decal placement and I had also masked the blue paint by reference to the rear cabin windows but when I came to apply the window decals I found it impossible to get them to fit properly. I tried a bit of bodgery but the result just looked wrong. I checked an unbuilt kit and found that the decals were significantly short, for example 24 windows from the aft emergency exit to the rear window measured 85mm on the kit but only 82mm on the decals. The original Drawdecal windows and several other 738 decals in my stash agreed with the kit and it was pretty clear that either I had got a rogue set of window decals or AA had got it wrong. Off came the AA windows and on went a Daco set which fitted perfectly. The Daco windows were then carefully overlaid with the non-framed windows left over from the AA sheet which had to be applied individually, all 84 of them, a lengthy and tedious job which taxed my limited patience (non-existent according to my wife) and my ageing eyesight. I‘m not convinced that the result really justifies the effort, certainly not close up, and my next 738 will probably have PAS or 8aDecs windows. The decal issue had nothing to do with the kit and I thoroughly enjoyed the Zveda 738. I’m already planning another one, probably Luxair with scimitars. I’ve also just received a Zvezda 737-700 and it will hopefully appear as Westjet’s tartan-tailed C-GQWJ which was a regular visitor to Glasgow a couple of years ago. Thanks for looking and as always constructive criticism is welcome. Dave G
  14. Here is my completed Zvezda 737-8 Max in WestJet livery. I chose this scheme as I had flown with them when I was positioning on an internal flight when I was Cabin Crew from Toronto to Halifax. The kit is OOB with the decals from DrawDecal. The kit itself is a great build, and fits together really well. I really like the extra details on the LEAP engines with the 2 part fan blades. I wish I had brought some window and cockpit decals from AA, but I had already applied these before I had found out about them as I am still quite new to the hobby again. The paints used were Halfords Appliance White for the fuselage, and engine nacelles. Wings and horizontal stabilisers are Revell Light Grey 371 with Revell Silver 90 leading edges. The decals went on really well, and the only thing to adjust was the slight trimming to fit on the tail and winglets. I like the new WestJet Scheme they have brought out for the 787 and would like to make a model of this in the future. As always thank you for looking and any feedback is always greatly appreciated. Alistair
  15. Boeing 737 in uniform. 1:144 -TG Decals. The Boeing 737 in all its versions is the worlds best selling jet airliner, with over 10,000 having been produced since 1967 and production still continuing. A very small proportion of these can be found serving in a military role with various air forces around the the globe. New from TG Decals are two sets of decals covering the 'Classic' 737 -300, -400, -500, and a single 'New generation' -800, all in use with South American Air Forces. 44003 Boeing 737 in uniform. Part 1. The first #44003 covers one Mexican 737-800, and a Peruvian 737-500 with two variations. Suitable kits will be the Revell or Zvezda 737-800, and a Daco-Skyline 737-500. It would also be possible to shorten a Minicraft 737-300 or -400 down to a -500. The 737-800 is in overall dark grey, including the wings and tailplanes which on their civilian counterparts would be in light grey colours. A splash of colour on the rudder stripes and national insignia on the engine cowlings sets if off nicely. Black titling for 'FUERZA AEREA MEXICANA' goes where you would normally expect to see the airlines name, giving an mean and purposeful look. There a nice line up of 3 of them on Airliners. net Here. The next two options cover a single Peruvian 737-500, FAP-356, from 2015 when it wore an overall grey low-viz scheme, and 2018 when it was modified with a little more colour. Like the Mexican machine it is painted overall grey, although in a lighter shade. The differences are that the later version has a full colour flag and '100' logo on the fin, a badge by the front doors, and red 'El Peru Primero' titles on the side. Delivered in 1995 as a Presidential/VIP machine and still in service, FAP-356 has been a regular visitor to European airports, so could well line up on any 1/144 scale airport ramp! The decal sheet itself is screen printed to an extremely high standard. The carrier film looks to be thin and minimal, while the colours are spot on. Most impressive is the sharpness of it all. The details on the flags and badges are absolutely perfect and can only really be appreciated under a magnifying glass. As well as all the subject markings, the sheet contains an abundance of stenciling and a full set of cabin windows for both aircraft. A nice touch is a block of diagonal red & whit striping to put on the underside blade aerials. Also included is a set of two complete pre-cut masks for the cockpit glazing. One is for the Mexican -800 (without eyebrow windows), and the other for the Peruvian -500 (with eyebow windows). I always like to keep the cockpit glazing clear on my models, so these will save a fiddly masking job. 44004 Boeing 737 in uniform. Part 2 There are four 737s on this sheet, the same -300 in two different schemes, and a pair of -400s in similar schemes. Both Daco/Skyline and Minicraft offer kits of these versions. All are 'combi' aircraft with a large freight door on the forward port side.. As with set 44003, a set of cockpit window masks is provided, both with eyebrow windows. A very useful looking nose and anti-glare panel mask is also on the sheet, for the Columbian versions. All Combi versions have a reinforced 'lip' at the bottom of the cargo opening, which will not be on the Daco or Minicraft kits. TG have helpfully provided these as four self adhesive vinyl stickers. Two are in silver. to apply to the Columbian aircraft after painting, and two are in black to apply before painting the Chilean options. The first is an ex-Lufthansa -300 operated by the Chilean Air Force with the ID number 922 on the wings. It is depicted as it was in 2010 in an overall light gray finish that covered the whole airframe. Apart from a small Chilean flag near the nose, the whole thing is very much 'low-viz'. Looking at photos of it on the internet, it seems to very clean and well maintained with a gloss finish, so is possibly used as a VIP transport. It also seems to have made several visits to Europe. A second option is provided for the same aircraft, 922, as it appeared in 2017, by now in a much darker overall grey finish. It has lost the small colourful flag on the nose and even the door outlines are black over the dark grey. Even the overwing escape markings are solid black with a couple of white arrows. All in all a very secretive looking military aircraft. The third and fourth offerings are Columbian Air Force -400's, two different aircraft in similar schemes from 2015. They are overall medium grey with light grey undersides, and a wavy demarcation line between the two colours. Both feature black nose cones and anti-glare panels, topped off with very smart lining around the cockpit windows. A splash of colour is provided by the Columbian roundels and flag on the tail. The top of the tail fin sports a yellow flash much like those seen on US transports. Within each is the individual aircraft name 'Atlas' or 'Cronos', after mythological gods. Again these aircraft seem to very well maintained and have a glossy finish. Again the decals are superbly done, with beautifully sharp printing and good colour density. The carrier film is very thin and almost invisible, so they should perform very well. Conclusion. TG decals is a new name to me, and I have to say I am very impressed and I love the more unusual subjects. The decals are beautifully printed and of the highest quality. Although it doesn't say where, the instructions state that they were printed in the USA. I'm guessing that this was Microscale. They are well researched and the instructions are excellent, being in full colour and with top, bottom and both side views of each individual aircraft. Each individual decal is numbered and its location noted on the instructions, something not always done by other decal manufacturers. Another much appreciated fact is that paint references are provided for Model Master, Humbrol, Tamiya, Gunze Sangyo, Vallejo, Revell, Like Colour, and Hataka. Well done TG, these sets are beautifully produced and presented and deserve to do well. Review sample courtesy of
  16. The first real 737-100 injection molded kit also comes from Eastern Express. Their quality improvement compared to their earlier kits is outstanding,although their kits are usually in short run quality but they are much more accurate and better to build than most of their older models. The 737-100 belongs already to the newer offerings,recessed panellines and fine details are there although still a bit rough in some spots but the overall quality is fine. The build itself is a bit tricky in some parts and filler is needed frequently,but careful preparation can be a great help. I compared the fuselage of the EE kit with an Airfix and its really almost 1cm shorter than the latter,so you end up with a real -100. The only mistake EE did,are the engines.They are too long and clearly belong to the -200. As the Airfix 737 has the shorter engines,I just switched them and smacked the Airfix engines on the EE kit. The EE engines will also fit on the Airfix kit with some slight modifications. Eastern express overdid the detailing on the landing gear with far too many tiny parts,so I decided to use the front gear and al the wheels from a Revell 737-800. With some adjustments these parts fitted quite well. The Singapore Airlines decals are from MACH 1,they seem to be very old but they still worked perfectly. The instructions show where to trim the stripes on the shorter fuselage.They were designed to fit on the Airfix 737 kit,but the instruction has a 1:1 stripe replica wich outlines the spots for the cuts to be made. The windows are from a 707 and 727 detail set,but I will probably replace them with AA realistic windows in some time. All paints are Revell and Testors enamels and the wings are slightly weathered with HUmbrol graphite powder. Hope you like the Baby Boeing
  17. I received this kit for free from a very nice seller on a Swiss auction platform,who also got it together with a kit lot Its a very old Heller kit in the rather unusual scale of 1/125,which makes it unmatchable to the usual 1/144 airliners,except if one has some more Heller kits in that scale. The kit itself is very nice,pretty accurate in its overall appearance. Sadly it has become quite hard to find and Heller seems to have no plans in a re-issue like they did with their DC-10 and the supperb 1/72 Boeing 707. It was already part started and that not very proffessional. One fuselage halve had some metal balls glued in as ballance,but too much glue had been used which resulted in a badly warped part. So another kit-rescue operation was on... First step was to get rid of those metal balls which was problematic due to the heavy use of glue. I finally succeeded,but not without leaving a hole in the fuselage... This problem was solved by glueing in a plastic sheet and fill the hole with superglue. On the outside I also glued on some plastic sheet and with carefully applied putty and some sanding I was able to repair the damaged area. Due to the sanding,the door panellines had to be re-scribed. The biggest problem was now to get those fuselage halves together as the problematic one was very badly warped...after cursing and bad language,I succeeded in the end. The rest of the build was then straight forward and the only thing that had to be done was the APU,the kit has none. All of the Lufthansa scheme was airbrushed and only the tail logo and registration comes from the kits decals. The rest was taken from my spares box and the windows come from a 1/125 Boeing 727 detail set from DRAW Decals. Paints used for this build: Revell gloss white 04 Testors Aircraft gray Testors Metallics Tamyia Metallic Grey for the Coroguard areas I am very happy with the outcome and that I was able to rescue it as it is a very nice little airliner kit. I still have 2 unstarted kits in my stash and I am looking forward on building them. I hope you like the little Boeing
  18. Dates: 3 February to 6 May 2018 Hosts: feoffee2 and Romeo Alpha Yankee Hi I was wondering if anyone was interested in this. There are lots of liveries and could be interesting. Thanks
  19. Hello, I'm glad to join this group with a build I have too long postponed. I saw the real subject, one of the last -200 in passenger service, during a wonderful trip to Victoria Falls for my tenth wedding anniversary. I well remember the contrast of this beauty with a modern BA A320 parked nearby: shiny metal wings and lower fuselage, the loud hiss of the turbojets, something I hadn't seen for years in european airports. Back to my home I immediately started searching for a decal sheet and I found a nearly suitable one in the Classic Airlines range: a few mail exchanges with Nick Webb later I had in my hands just the right decals, I only needed a decent kit to make justice but this proved quite a task. Over the years I accumulated the Airfix kit, Authentic Airliners ADV engines and a replacement nose I made myself duplicating the very good nose of the DACO kit. This GB came just at the right time to push me doing this model, so here are the raw materials: And this is the real plane, in all its shining glory! Thanks for looking Fabio
  20. Hopefully got this photo sharing thing sorted, so I'd like to join with a Zvezda -800 kit finished with a set of Nazca's Monarch decals. Dave
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  22. This model is my contribution to the current Boeing 737 STGB. Hapag-Lloyd Express aka HLX was a German low-cost airline which was established in 2002 and operated until 2007 when it became part of TUIfly. The airline used the slogan "Fliegen zum Taxipreis" (Fly for the cost of a taxi fare) and their aircraft were painted in an eye-catching livery inspired by the Yellow Cabs in New York. The kit is by DACO. Yellow paint is Humbrol 99 buffed up and coated with Klear and the light grey on the engines and lower fuselage is Xtracolor X371. Contrary to what most decal manufacturers say these areas were NOT white, a mistake commonly made in relation to KLM as well. The wings and tailplanes are painted with Halfords Racking Grey. Livery decals are a mixture of BOA, Drawdecal and Brasil decals. Detail decals came from the kit sheet and windows and landing lights are by Authentic Airliners. The build thread is here for anyone who is interested. Thanks for looking and as always constructive criticism is welcome Dave G
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  24. Welcome to the Boeing 737 Single Type Group Build for 2018. We the Moderators (feofee2 and Romeo Alpha Yankee) have come up with some basic rules for this next instalment of Airliner goodness. The following aircraft types will be allowed with no limits on scale: Any Boeing 737 in Commercial, Private, Government or Military use. Includes any airframe from the prototype to the latest Max versions What If schemes are allowed. Any modelling medium and manufacturer is allowed including resin, vacform, multimedia or scratch building if you are that way inclined. Part built kits are allowed, a limit of 25%* complete, which in general terms means up to fuselage and wings assembled but no paint on the kit. * Please contact one of us to see if your proposed build fits this guideline. All build threads should start with a picture of the kit you're going to build or if started a picture of the state the model is in at the beginning of the group build. Other general BM rules about sales, eBay links, etc in this forum apply This should be a no stress GB, only a few parts in most kits, splash on some pretty colours and few decals and your done!. So enjoy yourselves. Looking forward to seeing how much variety we can get with schemes and versions
  25. Once upon a time, well, in 2016 anyway, there was the Airliners III group build...... Despite never having built an airliner before, I decided this was going to be my first group build contribution. In a triumph of enthusiasm, naivety and recklessness, I entered late on with an Eastern Express Boeing 737-300. The group build archive documents my attempts to force the warped fuselage and wings into reasonable shapes, but it was inevitable that I would eventually run out of time. For the past year the model and I have had occasional interactions, with long periods of rest and recuperation in between, but finally, having fought me all the way, I've reached the point where I can declare the thing complete. Even the painting, given that its such a simple scheme, took far too long, learning that Humbrol Clear over Halfords Appliance White is a no-no, and that DBI Boeing grey goes on beautifully and simply, but comes off with equal ease. The paint scheme is a bit of an oddity, and represents G-GDFB in the transition livery it wore in 2011 when it became part of the Jet2 fleet having previously served with Aegean Airlines. Decals are from Britmodeller's own RICHW, and gave refreshingly little trouble. Apologies for the makeshift photographic set up, all white models are a bit of a challenge. Would I do another Eastern Express 737? Absolutely.........not. Jon
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