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Another awkward kit from Heller... Having built the Revell re-release of Heller's huge 1/72 Concorde,I thought the 1/125 kit would be in the same quality. Boy was I wrong... At first sight it looks like a downscale of their 1/72 kit,but it isn't. Some parts have the same breakdown others are completely new.The landing gear is a joke,and because no display stand is included,I used a Revell stand from a 747 kit. Also the visor looked off,I decided to order a windows set from DRAW decal and use them instead.It improves the look signifficantly. The overall shape is very nice though,Heller captured the graceful lines of the Concorde very well. The kit has no option for a gear up build,so some modifications are needed. The plasitc was very soft and almost no part fitted without problems,esp.the wings were a pain.More than once I was tempted to crash this kit in the bin but I pushed on with it. Finally,after months of adjusting,sanding...filling...sanding...shelf time and more filling and sanding the Concorde was ready for the paintjob. Revell gloss white overall ,polished and clearcoated. Surprisingly the kits decals worked fine,even the tail fin decals bended over the curves without issues... Having completed 4 Concordes,only the NITTO 1/100 kit is left undone.As that one represents the prototype version,I need to find decals for the prototype before starting on it. That kit offers markings for Japan Airlines and Air France only. Japan Airlines was an early customer to the Concorde,but cancelled the order as all other airlines did due to the oil crisis in the 1970s. Enjoy,
I received this kit for free from a very nice seller on a Swiss auction platform,who also got it together with a kit lot Its a very old Heller kit in the rather unusual scale of 1/125,which makes it unmatchable to the usual 1/144 airliners,except if one has some more Heller kits in that scale. The kit itself is very nice,pretty accurate in its overall appearance. Sadly it has become quite hard to find and Heller seems to have no plans in a re-issue like they did with their DC-10 and the supperb 1/72 Boeing 707. It was already part started and that not very proffessional. One fuselage halve had some metal balls glued in as ballance,but too much glue had been used which resulted in a badly warped part. So another kit-rescue operation was on... First step was to get rid of those metal balls which was problematic due to the heavy use of glue. I finally succeeded,but not without leaving a hole in the fuselage... This problem was solved by glueing in a plastic sheet and fill the hole with superglue. On the outside I also glued on some plastic sheet and with carefully applied putty and some sanding I was able to repair the damaged area. Due to the sanding,the door panellines had to be re-scribed. The biggest problem was now to get those fuselage halves together as the problematic one was very badly warped...after cursing and bad language,I succeeded in the end. The rest of the build was then straight forward and the only thing that had to be done was the APU,the kit has none. All of the Lufthansa scheme was airbrushed and only the tail logo and registration comes from the kits decals. The rest was taken from my spares box and the windows come from a 1/125 Boeing 727 detail set from DRAW Decals. Paints used for this build: Revell gloss white 04 Testors Aircraft gray Testors Metallics Tamyia Metallic Grey for the Coroguard areas I am very happy with the outcome and that I was able to rescue it as it is a very nice little airliner kit. I still have 2 unstarted kits in my stash and I am looking forward on building them. I hope you like the little Boeing
Heller's 1/125 Boeing 727 kit is one of their more questionable ones. The overall shape is actually very good and represents the graceful lines of the 727. The cockpit area is sadly misshaped and if built up unchanged,the model looks very strange. Also the landing gear is very basic and due to my changes in the nose area it was impossible to install it properly.Thats why I decided to place the model on a display stand. I spent a long time in reshaping the nose,using tons of putty and having endless sanding sessions. During that time,I lost the hope of producing a halfway decent result and the kit went to the shelf of doom,where it sat for more than a year. Earlier this year I decided to give it another go to see if I can get it done.If not,the kit would end up in the bin... Somehow I managed to achieve an acceptable result and get it over the finishing line. It was a problematic build all along but it came out all right. Apart from the cockpit window,all decals are from the kit and at least they worked fine.The cabin windows are filled with Micro Scale Krystal Klear Cheers Even kitty made an appearance...