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As you may know, I quite like the 'Utopia' or 'World Image' liveries introduced by British Airways from 1997. However, these liveries were not universally popular and were quietly dropped in 2001, with all aircraft receiving the current 'Chatham' tail fin design from that year onwards. The A380 entered service over a decade later in 2013. I couldn't help wondering what this aircraft would have looked like with that massive tail covered in one of the "Utopia' designs. This build was the result of my pondering and can be seen here if you want to watch it come together, complete with the production of the custom decals I used on this model. The design I chose was one of the rarer ones, used on just one aircraft. I hope you like it. As ever, comments and criticisms are welcomed! I have five more of these kits in my stash(!), so other Utopia liveried A380s will follow in due course - it would be rude not to...!
I'm having problems progressing several of my builds at the moment. To minimise paint fumes I do my airbrushing in the shed and it's just too cold to spray out there at the moment! Instead I have turned my attention to something that can be worked on indoors. I bought this model last year for just over £10, which is probably the best bargain I've ever had on eBay! It's completely un-started and will be built OOB - with one major exception. The tail fin will be adorned with a 'world image', also known as the Utopia livery, introduced by BA in 1997. Just to make it a bit more interesting, I have chosen an image that was destined to be used by BA, received full approval but was then quietly dropped when the Utopia livery was abandoned in 2001. There are around ten designs which reached this stage and were never applied to an aircraft - I think it's time to see them! As BA took delivery of its first A380 in 2013, there will be a fair degree of what-iffery involved. My first job will be progressing the design from paper to make a decal that fits the A380 - requiring some significant Photoshop action. At least I've had plenty of practice at this on my 747-436 build!
In July 2020 I found out that the aircraft I flew for a living, the British Airways 747-436, was going to be retired early due to the Covid-19 pandemic. That news prompted me to build a tribute to this iconic aircraft in the shape of G-CIVP, an aircraft that I had flown multiple times over the past few years. Ironically I was to fly in this aircraft one final time, as I was part of the crew that delivered G-CIVP to St. Athan for scrapping on 21st September last year... It was an interesting build with a few tribulations along the way! It is all documented here if you want to see the kit coming together. The scheme I choose for the aircraft was its delivery scheme - one of the 'World Image' liveries called 'Colum'. These schemes were controversial but I thought this particular livery looked stunning. Time for the pictures: As ever, comments or criticism are welcome! Thanks for looking.