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Hello As promised here is my second Northrop Delta. This time this is the Delta 1A of the TWA when used as a mail delivery aircraft. For that reason I did not put either the passenger seats or the window curtains. It could have been a weight saving measure. The main difference with my previous Delta is the engine. The Delta 1C was powered by a 9 cylinder radial Wright Cyclone SR1820 F3 engine. For the Delta 1C it was a 9 cylinder radial Pratt & Whitney Hornet engine. Patrick And now both Deltas compared
TWA Delivery Colors DC-9-14/15 1:144 Draw Decal The DC-9 series of airliners have enjoyed a long and sucessful career over the decades since the first examples entered service in the mid 1960's. They have served with a multitude of airlines, and the original short fuselage series 10 was developed through series 20, 30, 40, and 50 variants with increasing size fuselage, though the 20 kept the 10's short fuselage and utilised the 30's longer wing. Further development led to the MD-80 series with even longer fuselages and a new larger wing and engines. TWA were amomgst the first operators, and took delivery of their original series 10's in 1966 in the rocket striped 'Twin Globes' livery. Draw Decal have this scheme in their 'Digital Silk' range in 1:200, 1:144, and 1:120 scales. The sheet provides for all variations in the livery, with grey or black door outlines, bare metal or white cockpit framing, 'Douglas DC-9' or 'Starstream' logos for the engines, and fleet numbers to cover the entire fleet. All is detailed in the instructions. The Rocket Stripe is printed as a complete unit and will need to be trimmed to allow for the rear engine pylons. This is sensible as the base kit most of will use will either be the Fly models version, or a cut down Airfix kit. It is a simple matter to photocopy the sheet and cut out the stripes, then tape them in place on the fuselage. Using a cocktail stick the photocopy can be creased to go around the pylon, and the removed and cut along the crease line. Test fitting will ensure it is correct, then the copy can be placed over the decal and used as a template to remove the pylon cut out. This procdure is often useful with a lot of aftermarket decal sets, and is simpler to do than to explain. It is important to follow Draw's instructions. The constant carrier film requires that you need cut around each decal individually.It can then be dipped in hot water, and applied to the model as normal. After allowing 10 - 20 minutes for the decal to grip, a cloth dipped in hot water can be pressed over it to blend it in to the surface. I used a sheet of kitchen paper folded over many times, dipped in hot water from the kettle, being careful not to burn my fingers. The decals will the conform to any curvatures, and stick like limpets to the surface. As with all types of decals, a coat of Kleer/Future will seal them in. Conclusion. Another lovely set from Draw Decals, that creates a really attractive model. Some of the best liveries were around in the 1960's and 70's and it is great to be able to model them. I had no trouble applying these to my Fly Models DC-9, but you must apply them a few at a time and let them settle, and use the hot cloth treatment. More photos in 'Ready for Inspection' Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
TWA Delivery Colors DC-9-15 1:144 Fly Models with Draw Decals First build of 2015, but really it was mostly done in 2014 and just finished today. This is the Fly Models kit of the series 10, in the Itavia boxing. It comes with 2 complete fuselages for a series 10 and a series 30 DC-9, and a litlle resin set of smaller wingtips to shorten the 10's wing, and the little fences that the 10 also had. It was a straightforward build, the only slight thing I disliked was the solid cockpit windows, prefering to have them clear if possible. I wasn't that taken with the Itavia livery, but fortunately Draw Decals produce a lovely set for TWA's delivery scheme from the 1960's reviewed here.I can't resist a classic 60's scheme with a cheatline, especially on the DC-9, so these 2 made the perfect match. Here she is looking very much the elegant lady that she was back in the day; And for the traditional 'With something else, how about a Pan Am 727-100 Airfix with TwoSix decals) I couldn't resist a second 'with something else', this livery is so evocative of the original Airfix 1960's boxing of the 727 in the TWA scheme. I still have one in my stash, but the decals have yellowed. I'll build it one day if Greg at Draw Decals ever produces it! Thanks for looking, John
Hello Everyone I have the Minicraft Boeing 707-320 in the TWA boxing, im just looking at it and it appears to have rolls royce engines. i want to do a BOAC 707-320 Cargo plane, but im not sure if ot has the right tngines, i need JT4's, but they look more like rollers. Thank Bradley