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  1. Hello All, I'm going to build a big one
  2. Boeing 747-8 Lufthansa New Livery (03891) 1:144 Revell At the end of September 1968, Boeing revealed to gathered crowds at its Everett factory, an aircraft that would forever change the world of air travel. Taking advantage of the new generation of high by-pass turbofan engines capable of huge power output compared to the previously available power units, Boeing unveiled the B747 which would become affectionately known as the ‘Jumbo Jet’ due to its immense proportions. Designs for the new Boeing747 had actually been started three years earlier when engineer Joe Sutter approached the airlines to discuss their proposals with the companies that would actually buy the aircraft, and it was to be the Pan Am CEO, Juan Trippe, that had the greatest influence in the final design. Although intended from the outset to be a passenger aircraft, it was decided early in the design phase to ensure that the aircraft should be easily adaptable to a freighter; a decision that was to prove fortunate in later years. The original high wing designs were discounted in favour of the more popular low wing position, and at the request of Juan Trippe, various options in upper deck layouts were explored. These designs led to the now familiar ‘hump’, a feature that in no way detracts from the graceful lines of the aircraft that was finally rolled out at the end of September 1968, and provided the airlines with the first jet powered airliner capable of carrying more than 400 passengers. Over the next three decades, the original design was further modified by the enlargement of the upper deck and the introduction of improved engines and avionics. Probably the most radical change made to the airframe was with the introduction of the 747SP which featured a significantly shorter fuselage and a re-designed wing targeted at the short to medium haul and high density routes. In 1988, Boeing rolled out yet another variant in the shape of the -400 series, but it was not until November 2005 that the subject of this kit, the Boeing 747-8 family was launched. Incorporating advanced technology developed for the 787 Dreamliner, the first -8 model to fly was the freighter with Cargolux being the launch customer and taking delivery of its first aircraft in February of 2010. The 747-8i, the passenger version, made its maiden flight in March of the following year with the first delivery to an undisclosed private customer made in February 2012. Lufthansa, the original launch customer took delivery of their first aircraft in April of the same year. On June 28th. 2014. Boeing reached a significant milestone when the deliveries of the 747 totalled 1,500 aircraft. Deliveries of the 747-8 have been relatively slow with only just over 150 examples of both the freighter and passenger version ordered with only three national carriers taking options on the passenger version at the time of writing. (Preamble text courtesy of @stringbag) The Kit This is a reboxing of Revell's well-liked 2012 era 747 kit with a newly tooled -8i fuselage and new decals depicting the new, modern livery that was first unveiled in May 2018. Inside the top-opening box (yes, you read that right) are two fuselage parts, seven sprues of white styrene, three clear sprues, a long sheet of decals and the instruction booklet. The model is well-detailed, with fine engine components, engraved panel lines, landing gear bays and even a cockpit part, with the copyright marking on the inner wing showing 2012. The fuselage has open windows along the side, with clear parts that are applied inside, so if you plan on using alternate solid porthole decals (some folks do), you'll need to fill and smooth them out. It's probably not all that often a civilian aircraft review starts with the words "construction begins with the cockpit", but this one does. There is a tub that includes seats and instrument coaming moulded-in, plus a rear bulkhead with crew door moulded-in, which you are instructed to paint up with basic colours. If you're building it with the wheels down, you'll need to build the gear bays, which have some nice ribbing detail moulded-in, and add the landing gear legs, which are really well-detailed for the scale, with brake detail and retraction jacks worthy of a larger scale. The windows, gear bays and the cockpit tub are all inserted into the fuselage halves which are then joined together, with a short bulkhead slipped into the wing root area to prevent the weight of the wings from pulling the seams apart later. The underside is covered up by an insert which surrounds the main gear bays, and closes over those areas that are normally shut on the ground with additional parts. The wings have clear light inserts in the root, which are installed before the halves are brought together, with a standard tab and slot fixture to the fuselage, which is repeated on the elevators on a smaller scale. The wings need their flap actuator housings adding, which are all separate parts made up from two halves each, and you will need to take care to get the correct one in the proper recess. The engines are made up from a pair of fans on a central spindle, which is slid into the aft section of the engine which has another set of blades moulded into the rear. The fans can be left mobile by carefully gluing the retaining ring in place, which is then hidden by the tail cone, and then further enclosed in the outer housing with the single-piece intake lip and the two different sized zig-zag exhaust lips that are there to reduce exhaust noises. The engines are all handed, so take care with construction again, as the strake on the bypass housing faces the fuselage. The outboard main wheels are added at the same time as the engines, and then it's just a case of adding some aerials, the main wheels and their brake assemblies, gear bay doors, and the clear glazing for the cockpit. Instructions are also given for the installation of the bay doors for an in-flight model, which requires a little cutting of the parts, but nothing too taxing for even a novice modeller. As an addition, a three-part stand is included on the sprues, which fits between the landing gear into some holes in the belly. A nice addition that will allow you to sprinkle a few smaller models around the 747 on your display shelf. Markings The new livery is a simple tail-band that you will have to mask and paint, with the Lufthansa logo on the tail, and the name on the familiar hump behind the cockpit. The windscreen, window frames and doorframe decals are also included, plus many, many lengths of walkway markings for the gargantuan wings and tail surfaces. A dark blue swatch of the correct colour for the dark blue is included for reference on the sheet, and as usual the colour call-outs are using Revell's own paints with the blue being a 90%/10% mix of gloss midnight blue and black. If you're mixing your paint for this task, it's always best to mix too much and store the spare paint in an empty pot until the project is finished, in case touch-ups are needed at any point. Conclusion It's a great modern tooling of the still-impressive former holder of the largest passenger aircraft trophy, and these new decals will look splendid on a well-painted model. A cockpit and gear bays are good to see, all of which adds extra realism to the model. Highly recommended. Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For further information visit or
  3. Boeing 747-200, pics thanks to Graeme H, taken at the Qantas Founders Museum.
  4. Boeing 747-200 Thai International Revel 1:144 Been building this on & off for a couple of years now, and finally declared it finished today. It is the Revell E-4B boxing, with decals taken from the 747-200 Thai boxing, supplied by my good mate Mr Stringbag who will be doing the BA version at some point, so kindly let me have the Thai set. I had a problem in that I left the windows open to glaze them with Microscale krystal kleer later as all the windows were cut out on the cheatline decal. The problem was the holes didn't line up very well so progress was slow as I had to section the decal into inch long peices. It could still do with some silver window surrounds, but I haven't been able to locate a set for a 747. One day I will! Here we go; And the obligatoty 'with something else' picture. This time the smallest Boeing in service, the 737-500. Thanks for looking, John
  5. Boeing 747-8F Cargolux Revell 1:144 Affectionately called the ‘Jumbo’, the Boeing 747 was proposed in the mid 60’s to meet the increasing demand of air travel, triggered by an initial request from PanAm. Long distance travel had already been revolutionised on a wide scale commercial basis by the 707 and DC-8, but whilst the 747 was being drawn up to meet growing airline needs, Boeing expected the long term future of the industry to move towards supersonic solutions. As such, the 747 was designed from the outset to be able to be adapted for the freighter role. As the history books have since noted, the supersonic era didn’t come to fruition, so the 747 has endured a successful role in both passenger and freighter configurations for the last 45 years. From an initial order by PanAm, the 747 has since flown more than 40 billion miles, equivalent to over 100,000 return trips to the moon and has transported 5.6 billion people by operators spanning 89 countries. The latest generation of the 747 is the stretched and more economical 747-800. Again, this is built both in dedicated passenger and freighter configurations, but benefits from much more powerful engines (66,000lbs) whilst delivering a 20% reduction in fuel costs. The freighter version can lift over 190 tons of cargo and has a range of nearly 8,000 miles. The kit If you’ve built any previous generation 747 kits, you’ll be immediately drawn to the shear length of this kit. Contained in a top opening box which is a little unusual for Revell, though much preferred, you’re presented by 7 white plastic sprues as well as the fuselage halves. Initial impressions are most welcoming for someone who is used to vintage airline kits lacking in detail. The exterior surfaces have fine recessed panel lines and the detail in areas like the engines and landing gear have certainly moved on. There are some signs of flash on the smaller parts such as wheels and fan blades, though not a great detail and nothing the average builder wouldn’t be comfortable dealing with. Whilst Zvezda have also produced a 747-8, as far as I’m aware, they have only done the passenger version with the much longer upper deck, so converting that would require much more work and a donor kit. So lets look at the assembly. The instructions start with the gear bays and cockpit. Now in my experience, these are areas much neglected by your typical vintage kit, but Revell have addressed them well. Detailed gear bays and a relatively detailed cockpit are included. Given that little will be seen of the cockpit, what is included is more than adequate. The landing gear has more parts for assembly than any of the classic 747 kits including separate parts for the brake disks, so for beginners, there will be a little more challenge. The wheels have small amounts of flash around their circumference, so some patience will be required tidying these up given the number that there is. Obviously, if you prefer to have the undercarriage retracted, this will save some time and a stand is included in the kit if you choose this option which is a nice feature. Once the gear bays have been assembled, they are fitted into the fuselage halves. Given that they are internal and there will be some weight on them, using plenty of glue is recommended on this step to avoid some choice words and unrecoverable situation later in the build! 40g of weight is advised in the nose, but you may want to add a bit more for peace of mind. With the gear bays attached, the fuselage is assembled and a separate belly fairing fitted. Take note of using the stand to open up the holes on this part. An internal strut brace is also fitted prior to fitting the fairing to reinforce the wing box area. Surface detail on the fuselage is reproduced well, the recessed panel lines are quite refined. The fuselage is unique to the freighter version, not having the windows in of its sister passenger kit. With the fuselage complete, attention turns to the wings. This looks to be a straight forwards affair, with 4 flap jack fairings on each wing moulded in two halves each. Surface detail on the wings is consistent with the fuselage. Next come the engines. Traditionally, building airliner engines has required a skill to present the intakes without seams, but Revell have designed these incredibly well. Separate one piece intakes prevent seam issues and an intricate two section fan assembly using the same technique as Zvezda allows the complex curved blades to be reproduced. The two fan sections slot together to form a single fan. There is some evidence of flash on a few of the fan blades in this kit and the sprue connections are many, so care may be needed when removing them from the sprues and tidying them up due to their fragile nature. Comparing the moulding to the pictures in Rich’s Zvezda 747-8 review, Revell parts don’t look as well moulded due to the flash. Each engine / pylon assembly uses 14 separate parts to put in to context the effort Revell have put in to this area of the kit though. Assembly finishes with gear doors and various antenna that are included and of course the cockpit windscreen. If you have chosen to use the stand, this goes on at the end too. Decals The decal sheet is large and vivid given the scheme included. Register and detail within the markings are quite stunning, many stencils included as well as the livery. The sheet includes decals for no less than 6 Cargolux individual aircraft: LX-VCA City of Vianden LX-VCC City of Ettelbruck LX-VCD City of Luxembourg LX-VCE City of Echternach LX-VCF City of Grevenmacher LX-VCH City of Dudelange Conclusion This is a truly 21st century representation of an airliner with much more detail than early generation 747 kits. It’s engineered well, typical of Revell of late. There is some evidence of flash on a few of the intricate parts as mentioned that will need some patience and care to handle, but shape wise it looks very good with little criticism across the internet in this respect from what I’ve seen. If heavy freighters are your thing, this is a must have kit for your stash. Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For further information visit
  6. Right folks, this has been a long time in the making. I started this back in summer last year, before my life took a few turns for the worst. Building this kit was only ONE of the tribulations... It's the Revell 1/144 kit, originally meant to be the Lufthansa version, but I wanted a British Airways Landor version. That meant buying an Airfix version for the correct decals and the engines, which turned out to be a waste of time as the decals were scuffed and the engines were pretty useless lumps. I ended up getting the Draw Decal set and some resin engines, and still had to rob the wheels from the Airfix kit as the Revell ones were mis-moulded. As General Melchett observed, it'd have been easier and cheaper to get the Dragon kit and replace the decals! Anyway, after much kitbashing, scratchbuilding, filling and sanding, the finished article is finally here. I was hoping for some decent weather to photograph it in outside, but as I'm off work this week that's a forlorn hope...so, kitchen table it is. Hope you like it: Now, what's next? Cheers, Dean
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