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  1. Time to start a third build. This is the Eastern Express 1/144 Convair 880, which I'll build in JAL colours from the early 1960s. Quite a nice looking kit in the box, it's short run but looks like good quality. I've built a couple of EE's more recent kits - Viscount and Dash 8 - and they've gone together pretty nicely, so hoping for more of the same from this one. Sprues: This kit comes with a pretty complete looking cockpit, which is pretty unusual for the scale, but I'll be using window decals so didn't bother with the cockpit and got straight on with assembling the fuselage. This meant assembling and fitting the nose undercarriage as it has to go in before the fuselage is closed up - so I'm going to have to be very, very careful not to break it! Fuselage went together ok, didn't have any problems blending in the clear part, and I've got the lower wing half attached. more soon Julian
  2. Hi everybody, I finally finished my second model of the year..... At first I was bit sceptical as I hadn't done an Eastern Express model before, and what I heard / saw is that they werent always great to build. Nevertheless the A220 kit got rather decent reviews so at some point I decided to give it a try, as there are plenty of nice liveries / decals for it. To my surprise the kit is rather good. The fit of the fuselage, and cockpit part is surprisingly good and certainly better than on any Revell A321/ 320 neo I recently did. Sure one has to try and sand the parts before glueing, but if one does so one can get a decent result without too much effort. The wings are a bit fiddly and the panel lines there are rather thin, so I'd definitely recommend a scriber (which I did) as otherwise likely detais there will be barely visible. The gear is also a bit fiddly, but the engines are surprisingly easy and with a good separation of parts that makes painting easy. All in all a good kit and it certainly wont be my last A220, as I said plenty of nice ones outthere (Air Austral, Air Canada retro, just to name a few)... Initially it was going to be one of the Air Baltic specials, but I changed my plans and went for the Air Tanzania decals from Authentic Airliners. Those are excellent, one can see that those decals were actually tested on the real model, I whish other vendors would do that too - at least from time to time. It also comes with masks for the tail, so yes the blue is fully painted, which in my opinion is the better alternative than putting large decals over a curved area. A friend of mine (if you read this M. - THANKS) cut me some masks as well for the white part where the stabs meet the fuselage (that is the only critique point on the AA the white is faaar from being opaque - but thats a minor thing). And yeah I used some Nazca detail decals, as the kit comes with rather few and zero decals for wings / engines, which then would look pretty bland. Otherwise it was painted with Tamiya X-1,, Mr- Hobby Super Metallic SM201 for the silver edges and some self mixed blue. So here are the pics.. Thanks for looking and happy holidays! Julien
  3. zebra

    Flybe Q400

    First of many high-winged options in my stash, picked for no particular reason (except maybe because I've never painted a model purple before), is the Eastern Express DHC-8 Q400. Here's what comes in the box: It's the Flybe boxing, which includes laser decals printed by PAS models - these should be quite nice, but I've also got screen printed decals from RJS, which I'll be using. It's short run but pretty nice - surface detail is pretty good. No locating pins, and some of the subassemblies are made up of multiple parts where a mainstream kit would have used one. A good example of this is the nose undercarriage - the wheel well is made up of 3 parts and the undercarriage leg is another 3 very small parts with quite soft detail, and the instructions aren't all that clear on how they go together! The nose gear also has to go in the fuselage before it's assembled so I've started with that. I think I've got it right. Here's the assembled fuselage (with the Viscount 700 from the French Fancy GB in the background): thanks for looking Julian
  4. Here's my Eastern Express 1/144 Viscount 700 finished in Air Inter colours using decals from F-DCAL, which I've just finished in the French Fancy group build. Build thread is here. thanks for looking Julian
  5. Hi All. Here is another of my completed models. It is the Eastern Express Convair 990A Coronado with my own 26Decals plus Authentic Airliners windows. Kit went together really well after cleaning up the parts and can recommend it Cheers Ray
  6. I've got several builds in mind for this GB, most of which probably won't happen, but I'll start with a British classic in French colours - a Vickers Viscount in the colours of the French domestic airline Air Inter, using the 1/144 Eastern Express kit and decals from F-DCAL. Here's the shot of the sprues and decals: It looks like quite a nice kit, so I'm surprised I haven't seen more of them built on BM. There's a cockpit interior, which won't be visible on my model as I'll be using window decals, and I'm a little surprised that they've given us clear parts for the cabin windows rather than decals. I've made a start by filling in the cabin windows, since I'm using window decals, but not got further than that yet. more soon Julian
  7. Here's my Eastern Express 1/144 Bombardier Q400 with RJS decals for the Flybe scheme. Build thread is here in the High Wing group build. The purple looks far too blue in these photos, I found it really hard to photograph indoors and haven't got the white balance right. I'll try and get a better photo in natural light. For now you'll just have to trust me when I say the Tamiya X-16 purple I used looks pretty good and close enough to photos of the real thing that it's acceptable to my eyes! I quite liked the kit. It's a short run kit with a little fettling needed, but still a fairly straightforward build. The RJS decals are nice, but I decided not to use the decals for the yellow and red bands around the tail - the instructions said they should go over white paint, so it was going to need some precise masking, so I decided that if I was masking it that precisely I might as well just paint the yellow and red bands! thanks for looking Julian
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