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  1. My second build will be the Eastern Express Viscount 800: Quite a nice kit - I built an EE Viscount 700 a year or two ago in another GB. I think this one will probably be in BA colours - I flew on BA Viscounts quite a lot between MAN and IOM when I was small, visiting my Manx grandparents, and I could paint it at the same time as the Trident. Manx is also a possibility though, although I have another EE kit and an F-RSIN kit as well though so maybe I'll build another one in Manx colours.
  2. Here is the F-RSIN Viscount 800 finished to represent G-BBVH of GB Airways in 1988. Viscount c/n 281 was built in 1957 as ZK-BRD of New Zealand National Airways Corp. In 1974 she was bought by British Airways, re-registered as G-BBVH and immediately leased to Gibraltar Airways who later bought her outright. In June 1988 the re-branded GB Airways painted her in their attractive new red white and blue livery complete with colour-matched props. Unfortunately less than six months later in November 1988 she aquaplaned off the runway into a ditch while landing at Tangier in heavy rain. Nobody was hurt but damage to the elderly aircraft was beyond economic repair and G-BBVH was broken up after spares recovery. As I said when I posted my Alitalia 785D last year, F-RSIN’s Viscounts are among their best kits and an easy build within the limits of short-run moulding. I like them so much that I have finished three to date, a second 800 is currently in primer and another 700 is at the planning stage. The only accuracy issue I have identified is that the bulged nacelles are a little too bulged but I can live with that. The most difficult part of the build was getting all four engines properly lined up. These fit the wings where they touch and a fair bit of packing, checking. re-packing, re-checking and so on was needed. The panel lines are better on the 800 fuselage than the 700 but that’s not saying much and once again I filled them. Aeroclub metal props replaced the unusable F-RSIN ones. Paint is Halfords Appliance Gloss White and AK Interactive Aluminium. Decals are by Classic Airlines. Nick has missed the aircraft name “Yogibair” (yes, seriously) so I made up my own tiny decal using the closest font I could find on Apple Pages. It’s not 100% accurate but it’s better than nothing. Thanks for looking and constructive criticism is always welcome. Dave G A trio of F-RSIN Viscounts - Cambrian/BOAC early 700, Alitalia 785D and GB Airways 800
  3. Here is F-RSIN’s Viscount 700 finished as I-LIFT of Alitalia circa 1959 before application of the “flag tail”. I-LIFT was built in 1957 and delivered to LAI which merged with Alitalia a few months later. She stayed with Alitalia until withdrawn in 1969. She was broken up in 1971 after spares recovery. F-RSIN’s Viscounts are among their best kits although as always with short run mouldings the end result depends on the amount of work the modeller is prepared to do. The 700 gives a choice of radar or non-radar noses and straight or bulged engine nacelles. The bulged nacelles (necessary for the V.785D) are a little too bulged but I didn’t fancy trying to sand them down and get all four identical so I decided to live with the minor inaccuracy. The panel lines on the fuselage are very poor. I gave up trying to fix them and just filled them in. The props are supplied as separate hubs and blades. They are unusable and I replaced them with a set of Aeroclub metal props salvaged from a deceased S&M model. Paint is Halfords Appliance Gloss White and some original Humbrol Metalcote exhumed during an audit of my paint stash. Original Metalcote was a good product and having found it I decided I might as well use it. Despite being about twenty years old it performed pretty well but it did show how paint technology has moved on and I ended up wishing I had stuck to my usual AK Interactive. The kit came with Alitalia decals but these are inaccurate around the nose. They also include the door outlines which were only carried at the very end of the Viscount’s Alitalia service. I used the Classic Airlines sheet instead. The cheatlines went on beautifully but the “flag tail” fin decal was obviously designed for another kit and nothing I did would make it fit. The F-RSIN tail decal wasn’t a lot better and eventually I decided to swap to the original livery. I made up small Italian flags from spare decal and sourced registrations from the spares box. I don’t think the “Servizio Postale” logo was carried on the earlier livery but I had applied the cheatlines before I found the problem with the fin decal so it stays the way it is! I also used some items from the very handy 26 Viscount details sheet. Thanks for looking and as always constructive criticism is welcome. Dave G
  4. Hello forum members & vickers experts, I have a little problem. Just ordered the F-Resin Vickers Viscount 800 (Hannants) but in the package was a -700 (in a -800 Box...). As I ordered some lovely -800 decals from 26 already too, and I'm too lazy to make an inquiry and send it back and wait for a refund or exchange kit I wondered, as I planned to do some scratchwork anyway, is it so hard to convert a -700 to an 800? What would be required? Different Cockpit Windows style (fixed by decals ) Different doors (filling the old ones, fixed by new -800 style door decals) Lengthening the fuselage (now my question, I calculated 28 mm length difference in 1:144 scale according to my references, is that correct? Where to cut the fuselage - in front or aft of the wing? any other major differences (worth mentioning in 1/144 scale ?) Thanks a lot !! Happy modelling, Olli
  5. I would like to share that I am looking for project backers for my crowd funding metal display model projects as listed below, which have been posted on the new AeroBackers aviation crowd funding website. Please click on the links to view project details and the project video: 1/72 Austrian Airlines Viscount 800 cast aluminum http://www.aerobackers.com/campaigns/172-vickers-viscount-800-austrian-airlines-cast-aluminum-model/ 1/72 American Airlines BAC One Eleven cast aluminum http://www.aerobackers.com/campaigns/172-bac-one-eleven-american-airlines-cast-aluminum-model-2/ 1/72 Western Airlines L-188 Electra cast aluminum http://www.aerobackers.com/campaigns/172-lockheed-l-188-electra-western-airlines-cast-aluminum-model/ These projects require 10 backers to put each into production, and the projects are open for 10 days until AUG 24, 2014. I would be happy to answer any questions, and hope I can find sufficient backers as these models are fabulously accurate and deserve to be made!
  6. Je suis un rock star Je avais une residence Je habite-la In the sarf of France Voulez-vous Partir wiv me And come and restez-la Wiv me in France. Nope. I'm not building a Concorde. Or a hovercraft (that would've been cool!) But BEA's on strike. There's no planes flyin'...
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