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I found this particular kit on a Swiss auction platform for a very cheap price. The plane is actually quite ugly,but I very much liked the old boxart of this Airfix kit and just had to have it. I wanted to recreate the image from the box and planned it as a diorama build with the original British United markings. But,not surprisingly though,the decals were totally worn out and beyond use. The only decals I found after a long search on the internet was the MAC version,so I got this set and started the build. As I wanted to keep the character of the kit,I sticked stricktly to the parts provided in the box and no changes were made to the kit. The only thing I added was a cabinfloor because I wanted to place some cars inside and I wanted to prevent them for just "falling" into the fuselage. The build was ,as expected with such an ancient kit,not without some issues and some amount of filler and sandpaper was needed to get the parts together. Nonetheless,it was a fun build and the finished model is surprisingly big,bigger as I expected. Paints are my usual Revell enamels,the decals come from S&M decals. The cars and figures come from the train market.Just need to find some groundworkers now to add to the scene. Enjoy Here's the boxart that inspired me to do this project The result
These are a couple of builds which in terms of construction/modelling quality are not amongst, or even close to my best efforts (both fuselages opened up after painting and needed repair and repaint), but I loved the colour scheme and developing the back story behind it. The Story: In the early 1950s, SwissAir, the national carrier of Switzerland wanted to tap into the developing trend for luxury holidays amongst the richer Europeans and the desire for Skiing Holidays. They bought a Superfrighter to fly holidaymakers and their cars into Switzerland, bypassing the unpredictable tunnels and mountain passes; Plus the Fairey Rotodyne to take guests right from their originating airports right into the resorts in luxury, avoiding the need to use slow coach transfers from local airports. The new airline was called MooveAir, capitalising on people's vision of Swizerland and cows, as well as the play on words with aircraft and transportation. 1/72 Airfix Bristol Superfreighter 1/72 Airfix Fairey Rotodyne Not my favourite build by any means, but a unique aeroplane and at least I know what to watch out for the next time I build her. There will be more additions to the MooveAir fleet as time goes on
Hi all, I recently dug out Airfix' Bristol Superfreighter which I started a couple of years ago. I decided to have a go at it again and currently I am filing new windows out of a CD-case. The kit will eventually be finished in the colours of British Air Ferries' G-APAU even though there are differences in the doors and window layout along several other inaccuracies. Sadly S&M Decals only provide a side view of the aircraft and give only very basic paint instructions. Does anyone know, which grey paint was used on the fuselage? And the wings? Regarding the inside of the kit I was going to paint the hold silver and the passenger compartment grey/dark grey (no need to look inside...). But what about the cockpit deck?
You don't see too many of these, either as the 1:72 Airfix kit or this 1:144 Welsh Models Vac-form. I remember building the Aifix kit in this scheme as a kid, with opening front doors that you could load matchbox cars into. This one of the sligthly more difficult Welsh vac's to build, but the mouldings were very good indeed, hats off to the guy who made the masters. It was a slow but enjoyable build, and a pretty rare addition to my collection. It is not very big, the picture below is close to full size. With its recently completed freighter companion! A few notes on building. I cut out all the glazed areas and after completion filled them with Microscale 'Kristal Kleer'. The engine nacelles are just flat fronted. I opened them up and scratch built a couple of rudimentary engines with cylinders from plastic rod. The whole model was assembled before priming and painting. although the props are only push fitted here. Paint was Halfords Appliance white and various shades of Alclad. The real 'Achilles heel' with this kit is the decals. You only get the red 'British United' tiles and the registrations. Everything else you have to do yourself The dark blue/black area around the cockpit and down the nose I masked and sprayed. The cheatline was a real headache, dark blue edged with gold and sloping down at the front. Eventually I came up with a plan to use decal film. I had an A5 sized sheet of gold, so I made a 'cheatline' out of plasticard that fitted on the model. Then I used it as a template to cut out some gold decal. The same template was then used on some dark blue decal (Old Airfix Lufthansa 727!) a sliver cut off along the bottom edge, and the applied over the gold. Same thing was done for the wide band on the fin. Now I can build that Roden 'Carvair' to park alongside it! Thanks for looking, John