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  1. Boeing 737-400 Thai. 1:144. Siam Scale Decals. This is the Daco/Skyline Boeing 737-400 in the previous livery of Thai Airways, which I think is one of the best ever. It looks lovely on all aircraft it has ever been applied to, it is a shame they replaced with a new livery. My Thai friends very kindly obtained the decals for me from Siam Scale, and I collected them on my last visit to Thailand. They look to be screen printed on moderate thickness carrier film, (rather like those in many Tamiya kits). The colours are spot on, and they go on to the model with no trouble at all. I was quite impressed with them. The only thing I did was to also apply the standard window decals from the Daco kit as they have the fine silver surround that the Siam Scale ones lacked. I hope you like it, this is the only 1:144 Thai 737 model I've seen, so it is something of a rare bird. As usual I cut away the solid cockpit section and replaced it with the clear part. This obliges me to scratch build a cockpit to fill the interior. My 3 Thai friends are crewing this flight, complete with the captain wearing the red LFC cap! The model awaiting the application of the decals: Thanks for looking, John
  2. Boeing 737 Airfix 1:144 Braathens decals from Lima November I've developed a liking for taking an Airfix 737 out of the box and improving it. I must have done 5 or 6 now. Basic changes are: Lengthen the engines by 6mm Build up the pylons from the early skinny style to the more common fat type, Cut out the shallow main and nose wheelbays, and build new ones Cut away the cockpit and install a Daco Clear part from one of their 737 kits. Scratchbuilt a cockpit and out in a couple of N gauge seated figures for pilots. The basic mods make a huge difference to the appearance of thee model. Decals are from Lima November, and absolutely superb. The sheet gives you this style and he later one where the cheatline was dropped below the window level, but I prefer this. You also get every registration and fleet name for all Braathens 737-200's to choose from. (BTW, it is pronounced Brawtens, a double A in Norwegian is an 'AW' sound, There - my educational point for the day!). I really enjoyed building this, for once I didn't make any major bloopers. Can you see the co-pilot? The scratchbuilt wheel bays The crew are really difficult to photograph, but you can make them out here. In real life they are quite easy to see. And it wouldn't be complete without 'Something else' alongside! In this case a Welsh models Vac F-27 also with Lima November Braathens decals. The scratchbuilt cockpit Overview of the most obvious mods during construction. Thanks for looking John
  3. Boeing 737 Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning & Command version of the veritable 737, pics thanks to Steve.
  4. Hi All These two are my first entry Hopefully they will be finished on time I will put them in one thread if that is OK Martin H
  5. Boeing 737-300 Norway Airlines. Daco/Skyline kit This will be my second entry, the superb Skyline kit paired up with a set of equally lovely LN Decals. Norway Airlines only lasted about 3 years from 1989 to 1991 operating 2 737-300's, only LN-NOS wore their complete livery. LN-NOR wore a hybrid Air Europe livery due to Norway Airlines having a subcontract with Air Europe, resulting in some interesting combinations of the 2 liveries. The kit ready to go; Th LN Decals sheet with 3 permutations of livery; I'll be doing LN-NOS in the full Norway Airlines Livery. John
  6. Well 2018 is well underway and I can re-start my kit building after a year re-building a 1:1 house! All my kits and model making stuff were packed away in a storage unit and yesterday, having just about finished our dedicated model/craft room, I used the 737 GB as an excuse to go and get some of my kits! Its the attic of our cottage fully insulated and re-lined with a fine bench space at the dormer window for natural light. just the floor to finish painting. Checked my list and Box 8 contained the selected Airfix 737 ..... I see a few others have picked this old faithfull but not many options for a 737-200. Handy label printed from my kit list on side of the box! The boxing is marked Special Edition - really?? Lets get that box open!! It seems to be a popular kit for the GB so I wont bother with more that the obligatory sprue/box shot I have quite a few decals for the first generation 737 but have selected what I think is a really cool and colourful scheme from the 70's/80's - Cruzeiro with decals courtesy of FCM. Decals not quite so handily located in the storage unit but this is what they look like........ image linked from Scalemates which I hope is OK The Airfix kit is OK and I will build it pretty much OOB , maybe rescribe the fuselage and few little tweaks as it looks much like it should, apart from the slightly off nose. I have 2 other Airfix 737's in long-time production but like all of us thes have stalled and I want to use this GB as the inspiration to get them finished - both probably more that 25% completed. The only Airfix 737 I did finish is shown below - from 20 years ago when I had few modelling tools and used a brush freehand for most of the painting! Looking forward to taking part! John
  7. So this is going to be a first for me as I've never built an airliner model before. Therefore, when I saw the 737 GB I thought 'why not - let's give it a go'. As I haven't built an airliner before, I had nothing suitable in the stash so decided to treat myself to this: Even with the little amount of knowledge I have of airliner models, I can tell this kit is a belter! The parts are perfectly moulded with no flash, crisp fine panel lines and excellent decals make for a perfect baptism of fire. I've decided to go with the scheme on the box which is the only one in the kit as I want to keep my first airliner build as straightforward as possible. Within no time I was following the instructions with gusto and she was just falling together. I can honestly say this is the fastest I've ever started putting a model together - it almost builds itself. I made a start on the wings and underside of the plane: Within 30 mins I had made so much progress I had to stop and take stock - as I said I've never built this quickly before which is testament to the ease of the kit. So within no time this is where I was: I'm really impressed with this kit and it has certainly made me keen to make more airliners in the future as I've really enjoyed working on a completely different type of aircraft. So next steps are to get the cockpit glazing masked and fixed and to tidy up the fuselage with the odd bit of sanding. Engines will be next so hope to have some progress on these for you soon.
  8. Back in 1980, FatCawthone was an ExtremelySkinnyCawthorne and having just entered his teenage years was heading away for a school skiing trip to Foppolo in Northern Italy. Ah the panache of speeding across the slopes, the apres ski (or going on the piste as even then was how I'd prefer to see the piste!) and obviously being 13 and all that goes with it, copping off with as many 13 year old lasses as possible, taking advantage of the romance of the foreign field!!! But first was the flight. Master ESC had one flight under his belt at this time, a trip to Malta and back on a Boeing 720B, but this flight was special; there were no parents! A shortish coach trip from Chingford in East London to Luton Airport (cue the many many attempts to reproduce that classic Campari advert featuring the delectable Lorraine Chase - "Did you truly waft here from paradise?" - "Nah, Luton Airport!"), where having been checked in we were led off to a Britannia Airways Boeing 737-200 that would fly us to Milan from where we would be coached up into the Dolomite mountains. Now using my Kodak 110 camera I would have used up my entire film for the week's trip on a Walkaround Shoot before I even knew what one of those was (and didn't they know how to charge for stuff in skiing villages when I wanted to buy a new film!), but like all grown up men all their photos are in their Mum's loft. I might see her over this Easter break so I might see if she could dig them out so I can 100% model the actual plane I flew on. Now having picked up the Airfix rendition (I think rendition in this case probably refers to the Guantanamo definition of the word as this kit is soooooooooo old and poorly detailed that it must be up there with waterboarding on the list of top torture methods!) during one of their Last Chance to Black Friday sales for a fiver or something, a small germ of an idea to build one of these had formed. I later saw that 26 Decals did a Screen Printed sheet for Britannia schemes of this era so added that to the stash. As I'd heard from here that the engine pylons represented an even earlier version of 737 I also added the Braz engines to the cocktail. I did also purchase the Bren Gun wheels for the -300 but may save them for a second build in this GB if I get that far. Then along came this GB and a chance to push myself gently out of my comfort zone (1/48 RAF WW2 to date) was presented and duly grasped with both mitts (but not with skiing gloves on - though what the excuse for some of my work is I'll never know!). This is what we started with: Now being used to having "construction began with the cockpit" as a stock opening line, not having a cockpit was a bit of a culture shock. Construction began by filling the over square open windows so kindly provided by Airfix (along with a tool to push through any cheat line decals to give a professional finish) as the 26 decals have a far more realistic representation compared to the kit offerings. The cargo and cabin doors were also added and as they fit like a glove (an oven glove that is) plenty of filler went on those too. This was done with my homemade sprue and cement gloop concoction. As you can see the sanding, filling, sanding, filling, repeat repeat repeat had already started and will be going on for quite a bit longer too! Next up the fuselage and the wings were cemented together. Once at this stage I decided that I couldn't live with the lack of wheelwells, despite originally planning this as a very quick build to see if my sausage-like fingers could indeed cope with this scale. I therefore created rough representations of the wheelwells from evergreen sheet and then spent a few hours researching what would actually be seen in those wells. Now there is no way on god's earth that I could miniaturise what actually lives there and stay sane so I took a pragmatic view to create something that looks busy enough but realistic without testing my sanity. Yes I know everything is fictional and overscale but it's my model so ner ner ne ner ner (yes I have regressed to the spotty ESC for the duration of this build). These were cleaned up and after priming were given a coat of very very light grey mixed from Tamiya white and Sky Grey. Next the engines were cleaned up from their casting blocks and Araldited to the wings. Now having just removed only the scrap resin from the engine I could not get the engines to fit the wings unless they pointed outwards at 20 degrees or so, which if it was the prototype might have perturbed the passengers in the rear rows! I worked out the datum for the centreline of the engines and pencilled a line across the top wing to help line things up. Then I chipped, scalpelled and sanded away at the top of the engines to try and get a better and straighter fit. Now the port wing engine might have received a bit too much of this, so needed a bit of filler once attached, however am happy with how the starboard one finshed up. The last things that I've done are the rescribing of the tailplanes (the top surface of the wing and the fin had already been rescribed), and a good sanding and polishing of all the fuselage's filler, ready for a priming once the wings and tailplanes are on. Anyways that's where we are, am pleased I've finally got a chance to upload some pictures and get something written down as it seems to be my habit of getting quite a way into a build before starting my WIPs. The intentions are good but the application rarely matches them! Until next time, thanks for tuning in.
  9. Boeing 737-130 Lufthansa. Airfix kit modified. My first entry will be the 737-130 in its Lufthansa delivery scheme. My understanding is that although delivered like this, the tailfin was repainted in the then new scheme of overall blue, with the yellow Lufthansa 'roundel' before it was put into service. The fuselage will need shortening, and the engines will require a fair bit of rework. The very early 731's had engine pods developed from the 727 nacelles and were much shorter than the later ones. I'm still looking for some good drawings of them if anyone can help! I'll also be cutting away the cockpit roof and replacing it with the excellent clear part from a Daco/Skyline 737, as it massively improves the look of the Airfix kit. Here's where we start; Nice laser decals from Nick Webb at http://www.classic-airlines.com/ Note the short engine nacelles with the 727 style 'bump' on the rear underside for the thrust reversing mechanism; Should be fun, and will complete my collection of 737s from the -100 to -900. John
  10. After some time away from BM International, I'm pleased to announce the arrival of Aerolineas Argentinas 737-200 from Buenos Aires : Airfix kit finished off with F-Dcal markings, Authentic Airliner windows and modified engines / wheel bays courtesy of plastic card, Milliput, sweat, tears and a few naughty words. For some unknown reason, I embarked on a mini group build involving three 737s in 2017, and let's just say that the trio nearly tipped my modelling career over the edge. (Just glad that one of them has made it over the line and that the troops involved in the current 737 STGB are providing me with plenty of inspiration to finish off the other two) Rolling past the terminal building : A couple of standard shots : Time to head back to BA Thanks for looking. Mike
  11. How close are the Boeing line of fuselages? mainly the 707 and 737. I heard somewhere they are they same aside from length. Are windows and doors the same size? I have a strange idea to build a 737-800 using a 707 and 737-200 for parts. I know Welsh makes the P-8A which is an 800 series, but I'm looking at cost and windows to deal with. I could do the Revell kit, but thinking about 1/72. Any comments are welcome.
  12. Hi all, So this is a couple of firsts for me, I've never done an airliner before and I've never took part in a group build. So I'm going to keep this as simple as possible and do the kit straight out of the box. If anyone has some wisdom for a newbie please please share it with me!
  13. Good evening, After around 70 odd hours of work, I've finally completed my first built in over a decade. It was certainly a testing model kit, and despite some gross errors, this built has taught me so much about patience, taking time to ensure the intricacies and details are done as best as possible. I hope you enjoy the photos. I would sincerely like to thank TrojanThunder for the overwing decals. The default Revell ones were flimsy to say the least for this rookie. The Qantas 90's Livery was by DrawDecals and the details were off the default Revell decal sheet. Feel free to let me know what you guys think and I look forward to my next built. Yup, it does resemble and Boeing 737! Whew! I went with the default winglets and engines. One of the more testing parts was reprofiling the winglets to reflect the correct chord and height, followed by assembly, and hand painting the winglet, gold stripe and leading edge. TrojanThunder, the decals arrived in time! Thank you so very much! Another challenging part, getting these individual decals in the tailplane. Thank you and kind regards, Charlie
  14. Hi all. My most recent project has come to an end. Minicrafts little 737 kit is rather simple, but also a joy to build. Added antennas, and beacon lights. Decals are from Max decals. Paint from Xtracolor (Maersk blue) Humbrol ("Boeing grey", corroguard, nose) and Alclad for leading edges of wings and vertical/horizontonal stabilisors. Here goes: Cheers Robin
  15. Hello all, Here's my entry, I was drawn to it by the markings. It will be a nice challenge to spray the blue and red paint job. I'm somewhat scared of the kit decals though, there is an aftermarket for a -800 I may have to use if the kit decals fail. ee14423 by The 3rd Placer, on Flickr\ } Ryan
  16. Airfix 1:144 Boeing 737 TwoSix 'Air Europe' Decals. Airwaves Etched brass galleys Plus my own scratch building Ok, I went a bit mad here and didn't know when to stop. It started out as an attempt to improve the old 1960's Airfix kit of the Boeing 737-200, and just kept going and going as I had more ideas. I already posted what the improvements were in my second attempt but which got finished first. Basically it was; - Replace the cockpit glazing with the part provided in Daco's 737 kits. - Scratchbuild some interior detail for the cockpit, including the flight crew. - Open up the main and nosewheel bays, which are just shallow opening on the kit - Improve the engines. They are too short in the kit, and have the early 'skinny' pylons only applicable to the first 100 or so machines produced. - The passenger cabin windows are just little square shapes. I filed the all top and botton to open them up to oval shape. - I had a etched brass set for the forward integral airstairs, so they were added. - Adding the Airwaves etched brass detail set, which consists of the forward and aft galleys. - Then I decided that a few rows of passenger seats were necessary. - I though a base would be nice, so made one. - As I had opened the luggage bay and fitted a floor, it really needed a loading vehicle to park there. - I has a set of etch brass luggage wagons, but no tug. Both this and the luggage wagon are scratch built, and generic rather than replicas of actual vehicles. - A tow bar on the nose would be nice. So I scratched on up from rod & tube. Must make a tug though! - Finally, it needed some passengers walking out. These are unpainted from Noch, and its taken me weeks to paint them all. The model represents G-DDDV known to its crews not as 'Delta Victor' but as the 'Dirty Vicar'. She followed my father around after he retired from British Airways, and made subsequent comebacks with Air Europe and then Gulf Air. G-DDDV appeared in all 3 liveries. There is a little figure of 'Viking dad' sitting in the left hand seat, just visible through the cockpit. Enough talk, on with the photos; Crew visible in cockpit; The little scratchbuilt vehicles; Improved wheelbays; Some of the interior bits; Thanks are due to member Skodadriver who supplied me with the Daco clear cockpit part and silver frame decal, enabling me to go a bit mad and do this! Cheers John
  17. Revell 1:144 Boeing 737-800 Helios Airways This one fits into my collection of aircraft 'seen at Manchester', mainly because I love the colour scheme. Decals are from BOA, and it features the 737-800 of the ill fated Helios airline. They suffered a dreadful accident with one of their 737-300 series machines, and unfortunately they are no more. The kit was an early edition of Revells 737 in the Hapag Lloyd boxing without the winglets, which was just as well because this aircraft didn't have them. I hope you like, it is a belter of a livery! 'With something else' another 737-800 this one with the winglets, in another of my favourite schemes. For anyone who has this decals sheet, there is something to beware of, the tail decal was slightly undersized. Ok, there is a silver leading edge to go on the fin, but it was still a little small and I had to touch in with paint on the trailing edge. Great to see so many nice 737 posted on RFI recently, keep them coming! Cheers John
  18. Here at last is the third part of my 737NG conversion trilogy, lagging a long way behind the 736 and 739 which I finished last year. It is, of course, a cut down Revell kit fitted with the wonderful BraZ engines. As with the 736 and 739 I shortened the undercarriage legs to improve the sit. Paint is Halfords Appliance White and Racking Grey with Xtracolor X324 for the orange bits. Natural metal is done with various Tamiya and Revell metallics. Decals are a mixture - titles and registrations from Scaleliners, fin titles from a TwoSix A319/320 sheet (I dislike overall fin decals which is what Scaleliners provide), windows from Authentic Airliners and details from the kit sheet. All I have to do now is build a 737-800 straight from the box! Thanks for looking and as always constructive criticism is welcome. Dave G http://SAM_0853 by David Griffiths, on Flickr http://SAM_0856 by David Griffiths, on Flickr http://SAM_0859 by David Griffiths, on Flickr http://SAM_0860 by David Griffiths, on Flickr and with its predecessors both of which have been retrofitted with AA windscreens .... http://SAM_0866 by David Griffiths, on Flickr
  19. I built this on and off for about a year, with extensive pauses because of unforeseen circumstances and health issues. Eventually got it done though, and then found out about a local modeling exhibition and entered it. You can see the build thread here, although most of the decaling process is not very well covered. I managed to put the left side windows onto the right and vice versa, which led to some pretty extreme moving around and cutting out of windows to save the build. A few of decals, especially parts of the thin red cheatline, refused to stay put, which warranted the use of diluted PVA glue to keep them in place. Metallic leading edge decals on the tail and horizontal stabilizers went on fine, but the first one I tried to apply to the wing (there are two massive one and two small ones per wing, I tried one of the big ones) crumpled up and partially disintegrated almost immediately. I ended up masking off and drybrushing all of the leading edges on the wings and winglets. The winglets, by the way, were left uncorrected, as I didn't want to overcomplicate my first (proper) build. Here are the photos: The modeling exhibition I mentioned earlier - Mini MAKS 2016 (MAKS being the bi-annual airshow which happens just outside Moscow) - ended two days ago, and it turns out that my 737 got 3rd place in the under-18s category. I was quite happy about that, especially considering that the prize was two new airliner models. Having never applied so many decals on such a large plane (my actual first model was a Zvezda 1:200 Ju-52 with, like, five decals), I had no idea how to make them set properly. This led to quite a lot of decal silvering. I have no idea how to prevent this in the future, so...any advice?
  20. Boeing 737-400 Pics thanks to Graeme H
  21. Boeing 737-700 Pics thanks to Graeme H
  22. Hell fellow modellers. I have finally completed my Norwegian Air Shuttle fleet. A project that has lasted me far too long. The first model being the Revell 737-800, LN-NOL, was finished back in November 2012. The -300 was completed back in January 2014. Now, two years later, the Dreamliner is complete. My target back in the days, was to model one of each plane type in the 2012 fleet. The -300 has now been withdrawn from service. The Dreamliner has switched registration, so its now on norwegian registration; LN-LNA, and accordingly, the 737-800 has changed from LN-NOL to EI-FHC. The Norwegian Trio by Robin Matcham, on Flickr Norwegian Long Haul 787-8 EI-LNA by Robin Matcham, on Flickr Norwegian Air Shuttle 737-3Y0 LN-KKR by Robin Matcham, on Flickr Norwegian Air Shuttle 737-8Q8 LN-NOL by Robin Matcham, on Flickr After being three months in the Phillippines with work, I have now returned to Denmark and should be able to complete some more models in the near future. Robin
  23. It's been a while since I've built Revell's 1/144 737-800 and I fancied a 'quick build' after the nightmare of Revells 1/48 F-5F This one has been built almost oob, the only change being replacing the kit engine fans with home-made decals on plasticard. The main decals were from Gio (the Nok Air scheme) and Authentic Airliners (fuselage windows). The model was hand painted using Model Color acrylic for the orange, Tamiya X2 acrylic for the white, Humbrol 85 acrylic black, and Xtracolour enamel greys for the wings. I also painted the yellow beak rather than the Gio decal to avoid inevitable decal wrinkling and creasing around the complex nose curves. I've not used Gio decals before - lets face it, they're not easy to get hold of, but a word of warning: check your references carefully before using them as I found a major error in this set. Gio has printed the Nok logo (yellow beak on white disc) with the beak mirrored so that it always faces forwards i.e it would be different on the port and starboard sides. This, however, is not correct as the Nok beak always points to the left and is therefore the same on both sides of the airframe. Luckily the decal sheet has 4 options of Nok aircraft so I had enough correct-facing logos to build this model. I will need to make some replacements though if I want to do any of the other options from this sheet. Another error is that the white Nok telephone number font (forward fuselage below windows) is too small. This is also the first time I've used Authentic Airliners windows, but I understand now why everyone raves about them - they really look nice. Anyway, hope you like
  24. Hello guys. That´s my last for 2015, a 737-800w in a special Gol scheme, celebrating 10 years of the airline. Kit Revell, almost out of the box, except the winglets. Decal Gio Decals.
  25. 1:144 Boeing 737-200 Busy Bee. Lima November decals. I saw this humourously liveried Boeing 737-200C parked on the ramp at Oslo Fornebu airport back in 1986, and thought 'I would like to make a model of that', so 30 years on, I have! I started with the old Airfix kit of 1969, and decided to see what improvements to could be made to it. These came down to: - Replace the cockpit glazing with the part provided in Daco's 737 kits. - Scratchbuild some interior detail for the cockpit - Open up the main and nosewheel bays, which are just shallow opening on the kit - Improve the engines. They are too short in the kit, and have the early 'skinny' pylons only applicable to the first 100 or so machines produced. - The passenger cabin windows are just little square shapes. I filed the all top and botton to open them up to oval shape. 2 were filled in and re-done further apart to allow for the cargo door. - This aircraft was equipped withe the 'Gravel kit' for operation off rough fields and gravel runways. Basically this is a large deflector plate fitted behind the nose wheels, and some pipes feeding compressed air forwards from the engine nacelles to blast any FOD away from the intakes. The nose plate stays horizontal all through the retraction cycle as the leg retracts forward, and ends up in its own housing grafted onto the lower nose. There is a great youtube of one landing and taking off on Youtube here Just look at all the crud kicked up! This is actually the second 737 that I have applied these mods too, the fiirst (in Air Europe livery) is complete but I have not posted it yet as I am making a diorama, and painting the little passengers walking out to it is taking ages! Some of the scratchbuilt parts Cockpit and crew painted up Nosebay on an unmodified kit, and the modified/scratched parts Noseleg additions. Done by eye from internet photos, as I could not find drawings Main gear bay. Just a blank on the standard kit, looks so much better opened up; Engines after accurising/improving. Lengthened with a section from a 1:48 bomb (covered with a band of white filler), and pylons fattened with plastic sheet & Milliput; And finally 'with something else' - the other 737 waiting to be finished. I did even more on this one, opening up the front & rear galleys, and luggage bay, and integral front airstairs. It also has all the mods I did on 'Busy Bee' apart from the gravel kit. Special thanks to Skodadriver Dave who very kindly sent me the Daco clear cockpit sections & the frame decals for them, and enabled this project to go ahead. Happy new year to all, and thanks for looking. John
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