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These two kits were started in early 2021,but just got finished recently. 2020 saw the 50th anniversary of both the Lockheed L-1011 TriStar and the McDonnell Douglas DC-10,so these were built,a bit late I know ,as part of my anniversary builds. The DC-10 Demonstrator is already here on the RFI. This is the original Otaki kit released somewhere around 1970-1972 and is the most accurate TriStar injection moulded kit. They are being sold for silly prices on some well known sites because of their rarity status. I did not mention the Eastern Express kit here,because its more or less a copy of the Otaki kit,with some slight modifications and added parts.The exception is the -500. It features recessed panel lines and lots of details everywhere on the parts. They are a tad too deep,but nothing that sandpaper cant fix and with paint on,its quite ok. A nice feature that comes with the kit are the air stairs.Otaki provides not only one but two ! and also a display stand is included. The decal has options for the TWA twin globe livery and the All Nippon Airways "mohican" livery. They are nicely printed,a bit thick though. Due to their age,the carrier film has a bit yellowed but otherwise they are fine. For my builds I chose the Demonstrator version and the Air Canada delivery scheme. The demonstrator decals are from Classic Airlines by Nick Webb. They are of good quality,durable and fit on the model with just minor adjustments. Some extra parts are included if something goes wrong or does not line up properly. The Air Canada decals are from 26 and are wonderful as well. A big plus there is the detail sheet with everything necessary provided. The windows are from Authentic Airliners. Paints are from Tamyia and Gunze. Cheers Alex
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