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  1. Eastern Express is to release 1/144th Hawker-Siddeley HS 121 Trident 1/2 & 3 kits - ref. Box art Source: http://www.pas-decals.ru/forum/novosti/1078-novinki-vostochnyj-ekspress?start=432#37108 V.P.
  2. Source: https://ee-models.ru/en/airliners-viscount-800-trident-1-convair-990-190e-2-available-at-series-limited-edition/ - ref. EE144145 - Convair CV990 - American Airlines - https://ee-models.ru/en/ee144145-airliner-convair-cv990/ - ref. EE144145-1 - Convair CV990 - Air France - ref. EE144145-2 - Convair CV990 - Garuda - ref. EE144145-3 - Convair CV990 - SAS - ref. EE144145-4 - Convair CV990 - Spantax - ref. EE144145-5 - Convair CV990 - Swissair - ref. EE144145-6 - Convair CV990 - Varig V.P.
  3. Eastern Express is to release 1/144th Embraer ERJ-190 E2 kits Source: http://www.pas-decals.ru/forum/novosti/1078-novinki-vostochnyj-ekspress?start=675#40718 3D renders V.P.
  4. The Bristol Type 175 Britannia was a medium-to-long-range airliner built by the Bristol Aeroplane Company in 1952 to fly across the British Empire. During development two prototypes were lost and the turboprop engines proved susceptible to inlet icing, which delayed entry into service while solutions were sought. By the time development was completed, "pure" jet airliners from France, United Kingdom, and the United States were about to enter service, and consequently, only 85 aircraft were built before production of the Britannia ended in 1960. Nevertheless, it is considered one of the landmarks in turboprop-powered airliner design and was popular with passengers. It became known as "The Whispering Giant" for its quiet exterior noise and smooth flying, although the passenger interior remained less tranquil. XN392 ‘ACRUX’ The Royal Air Force Bristol 175 Britannia Fleet. G-APPE / XN392 SERIES 250 – VARIANT 252 / C.Mk 2 Constructors No. 13450 Built at Belfast – First flight 13/10/58 – C of A: 10/11/58 Built to contract 11804 for the Ministry of Supply, dated February 1955. Officially on Ministry of Supply charge from 09 November 1958 and delivered via Filton as G-APPE on 12 November 1958. On 13 March 1959 G-PE carried spare parts for the grounded BOAC 102 Britannia, G-ANBC at Rangoon, in what was then a record time for the route. Royal Air Force Transport Command colours were applied in late March 1959, serialled XN392 she was named ‘Acrux’. Evaluated by A&AEE at Boscombe Down until 24 May 1959, she was damaged by salt spray at Belfast causing her return to Filton for repairs to the underside of the fuselage and the wings. Delivered to Transport Command No.99 Squadron at RAF Lyneham on 18 September 1959 she was subsequently operated within Nos. 99 and 511 Squadrons’ Britannia pool at RAF Lyneham from March 1961. In December 1975 she was withdrawn from military service and stored at Baginton Airport , Coventry. XN392 had flown 12 652 hours and made 10 380 landings whilst in service with the RAF. She was purchased by Aer Turas on 18 December 1975 but only as a source for spares for their Britannia fleet and broken up and scrapped during April and May 1976 after a potential operation by City Airways fell through. Chrism sent this for me to build for the A&NVMSig. This kit was originally issued by Frog in 1957 and is 1/96 scale. Not surprisingly the kit is very basic and crude. The parts really show the kit’s age with pronounced ejector pin marks, steps where the mould has not properly aligned and gaps, presumably where the mould has been damaged. Flash is abundant and some sprue gates are very thick. The propeller spinners virtually needed carving from the runner, so heavy was the flash. Making a half presentable model was challenging to say the least. I made no attempt at fine detailing, I merely filled gaps in the joints and assembled as per the instructions. I added 20g of white metal castings (weighed out) and placed in the nose compartment as indicated on the instructions. The under-surfaces were primed with gloss black prior to airbrushing the natural metal finish. I used several shades to add variation and discolouration. I then masked off the under surfaces and primed with Vallejo Acrylic 74600 White Polyurethane Surface Primer shot through my Model Air Brush 116B. I also used this airbrush to spray Vallejo Model Air 71001 White mixed with a little Klear to make a white gloss finish. This was allowed to fully cure before I sprayed another coat of Klear as a foundation for the transfers. Some small areas of aluminium paint lifted when the masking was removed. These areas were blended in using AK Interactive AK456 True Metal Dark Aluminium. The transfers were applied using Microset & Microsol and then the windscreen was slotted into place and the frame marked with a ruling pen. This was all sealed under a protective coat of Klear. I fitted the undercarriage after a little fettling. Despite the nose weight added the model remains a tail-sitter, indicating that the 20g specified is insufficient. To counter this, I scratched a support rod, cut from clear plastic rod and stuck to a disc cut from clear plastic sheet. The last task was to paint the black anti-glare panel and nose. Painting Profile: Vallejo Acrylic 74602 Gloss Black Polyurethane Surface Primer AK Interactive AK479 Xtreme Metal Aluminium AK Interactive AK480 Xtreme Metal Dark Aluminium Alclad2 ACL-113 Jet Exhaust Alclad2 ACL-121 Burnt Iron Alclad2 ACL-112 Steel Alclad2 ACL-111 Magnesium AK Interactive AK456 True Metal Dark Aluminium Vallejo Acrylic 74600 White Polyurethane Surface Primer Vallejo Model Air 71001 White Klear Vallejo Model Color 70950 169 Black
  5. Eastern Express is to release 1/144th Douglas DC-8 kits Source: http://www.pas-decals.ru/forum/novosti/1078-novinki-vostochnyj-ekspress?start=621#39553 Box art Source: http://www.pas-decals.ru/forum/novosti/1078-novinki-vostochnyj-ekspress?start=810#42073 3D renders V.P.
  6. I had in mind a scratch build but with several GBs colliding I settled for something simpler. This will be my starting point: I bought it as it contained, as far as I could tell, the only Nieuport RFC markings readily available. I was mildly disappointed finding this inside today: No trace of Albert Ball. They must’ve put the wrong sheet in the box. No matter, it makes it fit this GB even better. The sheet has French cockades and enough serial numbers to allow puzzling together the serials of the Nieuports of the first official French ace, Jean Navarre, la sentinelle de Verdun. Navarre’s story has been told elsewhere - let’s just say it is the opposite of boring. He was young, aggressive, daring, even reckless, and made an impression on the air service and army and society at large - and on the Germans. When he didn’t get in trouble with the gendarmerie or borrow a plane to impress the ladies, he made his mark over the skies over Verdun. Donning ladies’ nylon undergarments instead of a flier’s cap, he painted his Nieuports in stark colours and performed aerobatics over the trenches. He figured, that he could at least cheer up the men below even of there were no foes to intimidate. Navarre flew several flashy Nieuport 11 and 16. I haven’t decided yet, but right now the plan is to built Navarre’s last Nieuport 16, N1130, in which he crashed and effectively ended his career as a fighter pilot. This plane was stark red, with a linen upper wing and camoflagued lower wing. Kit contents: In summary, the wings and fuselage are very nicely detailed, and the Prieur rockets are considerably better than Airfix’s take. Other parts are less refined, especially the crude landing gear which looks like 1960s Airfix. The cockpit is rudimentary - a seat and pedals, not even a stick. The Rhone 9J (9C for a Nieuport 12 - from a modelling perspective the only difference between the types is the engine and cowling) engine I will replace with a Roden spare. The Nieuport 11/16 is *small*, as illustrated with this wing comparison with an Eduard Nieuport 17/21. The 17 is not big to start with: The fuselage contains some details I’ll get rid off, especially the wind screen which I shall replace:
  7. As I'm only involved in the Lockheed Group Build over the next two months, I thought that I would try to build my MD-11 alongside the Tristar. It will certainly be finished as one of those in the KLM fleet that I've flown on - probably PH-KCD "Florence Nightingale" but perhaps PH-KCE "Audrey Hepburn" The kit comes with decals for the later (narrow cheatline) livery but I've also got the 26Decals for the delivery scheme with the wide blue & white cheatline - which would be much easier to mask / paint. So far the four sections of the fuselage have been assembled: The two port sections were glued together on a sheet of glass - although this still left a small gap on the outside of the joint. The two starboard parts didn't fit as well, so I added the tail section to the complete port side first and then the forward section. The above photo shows the results of an initial round of filling, sanding, priming and rescribing - not too bad (sorry forgot to take a photo before starting this process) Looking at the side profile some more filler is needed just above the red ball Mike
  8. Over lockdown I've been reading a lot of history books and stumbled across the story of Adrian Warburton via James Holland's excellent Fortress Malta. Without giving too much away to those who don't know, Warburton was a photo reconnaissance pilot based predominantly on Malta during WWII. To find out more you need to read up on him. He has a Wiki page, but that doesn't do the story justice. I've got an ancient Easter Express kit that I'm going to build in the re-badged French scheme that Warburton flew early on in his career. Sadly the aircraft didn't last long and pictures are scarce, so the build will allow a bit of artistic licence. The only thing that I know for certain is that the plane looked like an absolute wreck.
  9. Hi All. Here is another of my completed models this week. It is the Eastern Express Boeing 747SP which went together really well after cleaning up the parts.
  10. Eastern Express is working on a 1/144th Airbus A300B kit - ref. 144??? Sources: http://www.pas-decals.ru/forum/novosti/1078-novinki-vostochnyj-ekspress?start=783#41905 http://www.pas-decals.ru/forum/novosti/1078-novinki-vostochnyj-ekspress?start=810#41984 First parts pics V.P.
  11. Another potential release according to another forum. http://www.pas-decals.ru/forum/novosti/1078-novinki-vostochnyj-ekspress?start=351 A 500 series would have been more popular with me, but who knows judging by the way they are doing most of the DC-9 family. Dave
  12. To released by Easter Express a 1/144 Boeing B707-720 - ref. EE144163 Source: https://ee-models.ru/ee144163-avialajner-b707-120/ Box art V.P.
  13. Sources: http://www.pas-decals.ru/forum/novosti/1078-novinki-vostochnyj-ekspress?start=378#36252 https://www.facebook.com/mashtabekb/posts/1822591094429752 3D renders V.P.
  14. Eastern Express is to release a 1/144th Convair 880 kit - ref. 144144 Source: http://www.pas-decals.ru/forum/novosti/1078-novinki-vostochnyj-ekspress?start=378#36281 Box art V.P.
  15. As I mentioned,and as it can be read through a link in my WIP of the -SP,some negative critics were given,shortly after the kits release. Here the link to the WIP Well,for those of you,who did not follow my build,I can assure you that nothing of those mentioned problems showed up. I checked and cross-checked all 747 kits with drawings provided and it only showed that Eastern Express researched their subject very well. The 747SP kit is,in my humble opinion,probably the most accurate injection moulded 747 kit available in 1/144. How it compares to the resin counterpart from Authentic Airliners,I cant say because I do not own one and have not seen one either.But I assume there wont be many differences shapewise. The build itself was more or less straight from the box,just some hydraulic cables were added to the already very well detailed landing gear. The fit overall was very good throughout,carefull cleaning and sanding of the mating surfaces is recommended,then everything fits together very well. Very little puttying and sanding was required on the fuselage. The wingbox fits almost perfect into the fuselage. The installation of the landing gear was the most troublesome part of the build. To get all wheels touch the ground isnt so easy,but thats something that comes with almost every 747 kit. I would recommend though to remove the locators for the wing landing gear in the gearboxes of the wing.They seem a tad to high and keep the center main gear off the ground...ask me how I know. It was a fiddly task to remove them after all was glued together and painted.So sanding them away before glueing the wing halves together will save a lot of trouble. The rest is no problem,just carefully read the instructions. The instructions are the weakest part of the kit.The sprues contain only letters and the parts are not numbered. Every sprue with their respective parts layout is in a diagram on the instruction sheet. You will have to make out every part needed via the diagram. I chose Aerolineas Argentinas because its a very attractive livery and the airline was a regular visitor at Zurich airport for many years. Originally,I ordered that decal set from f-dcal,but for some reason,since mid december I received no news/update/ money or even a reply to my emails. Thankfully Ray from 26 Decals was a big help and provided me one of his decal sets,designed esp. for the EE kit. They fit perfectly and are nice to use. A big thanks again to Ray ,otherwise this build would have been stalled infinite,or the whole model repainted. Paints used for this build are from Gunze (white,some metallic shades)and Testors (engine cowlings,voodoo grey for the wings.) The coroguard panels are a mix of Tamyia metallic grey mixed with light grey. My conclusion; Pros; Very accurate mouldings Only injection moulded 747SP Highly detailed Very good fit of parts Decals are also nice,if one wishes to use the kit provided ones Cons. Very high priced Instructions Over engineered in some places (less is more) Highly recommended kit for those who wish to have a 747SP in their collection and who dont fancy resin or vac formed kits. I hope I tempted some to get one of these kits Enogh text,here some photos Enjoy
  16. Today I received the brand new Eastern Express Kit of the Boeing 747SP Taking a look at the sprues,all looks very nice and neat with fine engraved panellines. Detail is also quite high,it even features a full cockpit,although not much will be seen through the small windows. The windos are designed as section with part of the roof,so if the fit is well,I might consider not glueing that part on to offer a better look inside the cockpit. We will see if thats going to work. As it is the case with the new Eastern Express kits of late,detail,accuracy is very good and fit of the parts is also quite nice,just make sure all parts are carefully cleaned and sanded before assembly,these are still short run productions. So dont expect Tamyia or Revell airliner quality,study and follow the instructions well and the build should be a smooth one. I built some of the new Eastern Express kits,such as the Boeing 717 (MD-95) for example and it was a nice and fun build wich resulted in a very nice model. The decalset,here Korean Airlines,is a laserprint,so every subject has to be cut out individually.The printing quality is good with everything in register and all parts look sharp. I am undecided if I will use this set or buy aftermarket decals for this build,I had the "SOFIA" version in mind actually but also the Korean Air is nice. I actually planned to buy at least 4 747SP kits but given the high price of one (roughly 90 USD),I probably have to cut it down to just another example )-: Before I start the build,here are some pictures of the box and content. Stay tuned... (Note...the cat is NOT included in the kit... ) Wheels and wheel bays,unfortunately EE still divides the wheels in 2 pieces... engine mountings engine parts and more wheels... tail cone example of the instructions... paint and decal guide and decal sets
  17. Another bunch of Airbuses. Eastern Express offers the smallest member of the A320 family in 1/144. Probably ripped off and altered from Revell's A319,its an ok kit. The fit is a bit iffy in places but its not as bad as their earlier Boeing 737-300 - / 400 / -500 releases. As I had the British Airways decals left over from my A319,which I built in Gambia Bird livery,I could use these decals to create one of only two A318s Britsh Airways had in its fleet. They had an all business class seating and were used on the London City - New York flights,that had been offered by BA as replacement to the Concorde services. The Airbus A318 was not successful as an airliner,as far as I know,Air France is now the only airline to operate the type. But it sold well as a busines jet. The Avianca A318 was built OOB. The red was mixed with a few drops of white to match the tail decal.As with all EEs recent releases,the decals come from PAS decals and are nice to work with.They are laser printed most of the time and have no white backing,wich can be a problem sometimes,esp. if one wishes to use the windows as well. Cheers Alex
  18. Eastern Express released their nice TriStar kit in many different liveries and versions. Among those is also the Orbital ATK Stargazer. To my knowledge,this TriStar is the last flying example. It was originally delivered to Eastern Airlines in 1974. Painted with Revell 04 white,Revell 374 grey for the wings and Testors silver for the metallic parts. Some light weathering was added on the wings and tail.AA cockpit window,some details from the NAZCA detail set.The rest is from the kit provided decals. The kit is the known airliner kit,the rocket and atachment are extra parts cast in resin. Eastern Express did not design the kit for a wheels up option,but here it would make sense.Otherwise its difficult to see the rocket beneath it. Closing the wheelwells was not the problem but getting the model on a stand and sit properly is. Because the rocket sits right where the stand should be for balance,the mount for the stand had to be made behind the rocket.The finished model is very heave and of course leans forward. Therefore I had to insert some weight through the No.2 engine to get weight in the back.Now its even heavier and the stand I am using for now is not very stable.I have to do something else in oder to make the TriStar stand properly and safely. But it makes for some dramatic views for the photoshoot.... Cheers
  19. After the MD-11 (link), Eastern Express is working on a 1/144th McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30 kit. Source: http://www.pas-decals.ru/forum/novosti/1078-novinki-vostochnyj-ekspress?start=405#36881 V.P.
  20. Eastern Express has just released 1/144th Fokker F-27-200 kits - ref. EE144115-1 - Fokker F-27-200 Balair Source: https://hobbyterra.com/product/fokker-27-200-balair-eastern-express-144115-01.html - ref. EE144115-2 - Fokker F-27-200 Air UK Source: https://hobbyterra.com/product/fokker-27-200-air-uk-eastern-express-144115-02.html - ref. EE144115-3 - Fokker F-27-200 Finnair Source: https://hobbyterra.com/product/fokker-27-200-finnair-eastern-express-144115-03.html - ref. EE144115-4 - Fokker F-27-200 SAS Source: https://hobbyterra.com/product/fokker-27-200-sas-eastern-express-144115-04.html - ref. EE144115-5 - Fokker F-27-200 North West Source: https://hobbyterra.com/product/fokker-27-200-northwest-eastern-express-144115-05.html - ref. EE144115-6- Fokker F-27-200 All Nippon Airways Source: https://hobbyterra.com/product/fokker-27-200-all-nippon-airways-eastern-express-144115-06.html V.P.
  21. Greetings! Just purchased a factory sealed shrink wrap kit from Eastern Express (No. 72257) of the Supermarine S-6B racer and was surprised to discover the decals missing! I have requested a replacement from Eastern Express, but so far no response. Any suggestions on how to obtain decals for this kit???? Many Thanks, Bill
  22. This is not my best model by far, but probably the most desired one, battle born with lots of setbacks. Definitely not the tidiest one, but I still like it! I wanted to build MD-90 so bad. Decals took almost 60 days to arrive (but they were a pleasure to work with and many thanks to Greg Drawbaugh for helping me out with my order). The correct grey colour took about a week of waiting and after that painting went horribly wrong. I painted 4 thin coats and it was worse and worse. I don't know what exactly went wrong since I was using spray can paint that time, painting outside, but I had to scrub it off in panic and paint it all over again with more or less satisfactory results. Still the surface is very rough. The Eastern Express kit does not fit well, but I don't believe Minicraft is better either. I've tried to give her a look of a real workhorse of an aircraft as she was, maybe slightly overdid. Kit: Eastern Express MD-90 Delta Airlines Decals: Draw Decals SAS MD-90, AA MD-87/90 Windows, a bit of kit decals My lockdown T-tails fleet Cheers, Steve
  23. Some people call this airplane ugly, but I think she is sleek and cute. Surprisingly it is one of the better fitting Eastern Express kits but still very stressful to build. At some point I thought WIP would have been nice because there were some unexpected plot twists. I have gone a long way choosing her livery, but eventually it came down to airBaltic which I have flown on and Luxair. I've already built an AirBaltic 757 so I went with the Luxair. Eventually I've ordered Luxair decals along with a technical sheet from Nazca early May and gave up six weeks later. I think the international mail has stalled so I've spent a couple of eveninigs in Adobe Illustrator retracing Q400 drawings and researching Luxair colours and typefaces (RGB percentages of the desired colour gives you a rough idea of the eventual paints mix) I came up with something like this I've gone to my office to print them out only to find out that all of my decal paper would jam in the printer. I went on to recover different pieces of paper that weren't damaged to make a livery, but it still lacked some details some of them redundant with a OOB decals (like doors), some of them not, namely front gear markings. In the end some decals blended perfectly, but windows kept that horrible yellowish band which is probably the case of the failed print process. So for the first time trying the decals are alright, I think. I've really enjoyed the sky blue colour, looks very fresh and crisp though it didn't really blend with the decal colours The landing gear is very simple looking yet Eastern Express managed to make it still a nightmare to assemble correct height and upright. Okay, there she goes. Mind she's about the size of 735 i. e. pretty small Cheers, Steve
  24. Eastern Express has just released a 1/144th McDonnel Douglas MD-87 kit - ref. 144110 Source: https://hobbyterra.com/product/civil-airliner-md-87-iberia-airlines-eastern-express-144110.html V.P.
  25. Would anyone have knowledge of an Eastern Express/Micro Mir 1/144 scale MD-11 with Pratt & Whitney engines included in the kit? All the kits I can find that are available have GE engines (except the Authentic Airliners kits...I am specifically looking for the EE kit). Has anyone seen one? Were they ever made? Know of availability? Know of aftermarket P&W engines for this kit?
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