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L.1049G Super Constellation & C-121C Constellation (MD14440 for Revell) 1:144 Metallic Details This new set from Metallic Details gives the old Revell 1:144 Super Connie and military C-121C Connie (the finless one) a new lease of life, bringing the detail up from 2007 levels to modern levels of detail. If you’ve been following their work over the last few months, you’ll know that they make superbly detailed sets, and this one is no different. It arrives in a flat clear foil pack with the Photo-Etch (PE) brass taped to a header card, and the resin parts taped to the front in a small card box for safety. Inside that box the resin parts are cocooned in another clear foil bag for extra protection. Construction begins with the three gear legs, which are detailed with new PE oleo-scissors after removal of the blocky plastic mouldings, then brake hosing and an equipment box are glued to the legs, and brake detail is added to the nose wheel. The new nose gear bay is folded into a box shape, and has additional details installed within, then the kit nose gear bay is cut in half, reusing the shallow section and replacing the deeper area with the new highly detailed bay section, and adding skins to the retained styrene section. The nose bay is fitted into the fuselage with more wiring inserted, and a number of antenna and other PE parts are glued externally around it, including a new two-layer nose bay cover. The main bays are decked out with a full set of curved skins that include new detail and bracing pieces to both sections, plus wiring harnesses and door retraction mechanisms. A set of static discharge wicks are included on the fret, and these are applied to the horizontal and vertical tail fins, and to the trailing edges of the wings around the ailerons and wingtips. The resin parts and a few of the remaining PE parts are fitted around the airframe with a forest of antenna choices around the cockpit and windscreen wipers for which you’ll need to check your references to ensure you fit the correct ones for your chosen airframe. Conclusion This is just the ticket for anyone wanting to put extra effort into their Connie, and this will certainly raise the levels up well beyond that of the standard kit. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
An impulse purchase on a Belgrade New Years cup modelling contest several years ago, I thought that it will be on the shelf of doom for a long time. I was always attracted to its design it is indeed one of the most elegant airplanes ever. Then, our club had a "Let's Build big planes campaign", and it was one of my fathers favorite planes so I stepped out of my usual military modelling routine. Although I normally picture Connie in TWA or Air France livery mainly remembering it from the movies Aviator and La Parisienne with Brigitte Bardot (in the latter it was L749 Constellation actually) I was a bit lazy to purchase aftermarket decals and opted for the in-box Lufthansa ones. Construction of the kit went more or less, without major problems. It is wise to prepare a lot of weight for the nose section, and do not bother to scratch any interior. I put several compartment walls, floor, and demolish my son's toy bus to have at least some seats inside, but absolutely nothing can be seen once everything is glued together. Engines, cowling and MLG are very wrong and simplified so for better results there are resin cowling and engine and etched exterior on the market. A lot of sanding was needed for wing/fuselage joint and windshield to fuselage. I use gunze and aclad paints and Gunze gloss white gave me real problems because it never wanted to cure completely. It was the first time that I experienced problems with Gunze paints. Good word of advice if someone does Lufthansa livery is to spray the area around the windows with Revel 350 Lufthansa blue because the sheer size of the decal makes it very difficult to make it sit tight to each corner. Last photo is with reference object: the Airfix Lancaster.