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Boeing 747SP ++FINISHED++


tomprobert

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I'm going to be joining the party with this beauty - Welsh Models' 1/144th scale Boeing 747SP.

Here's what you get in the box...

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Crisply molded fuselage:

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Wings:

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Resin engines and white metal undercarriage:

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I've got two decal options. The kit's PanAm decals or a set for South African Airways:

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I'm currently undecided on which colours - classic PanAm or the more colourful SAA? Any opinions?

Will hopefully be getting started soon...

Tom

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SAA as well from me!

I have this kit as well and will build it as a QANTAS bird one day.

I had the pleasure of flying on a Qantas SP from Cairns to Singapore back in 2001 - it went like a rocket! I have a set of Braz RB211s to do one, but cannot seem to find any Qantas decals in 1/144th for 747 classics. Anyone know of any?

In the meantime it looks as if SAA are the colours of choice - that's fine by me as I was leaning that way anyway!

Tom

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I had the pleasure of flying on a Qantas SP from Cairns to Singapore back in 2001 - it went like a rocket! I have a set of Braz RB211s to do one, but cannot seem to find any Qantas decals in 1/144th for 747 classics. Anyone know of any?

In the meantime it looks as if SAA are the colours of choice - that's fine by me as I was leaning that way anyway!

Tom

I got mine from Hawkeye Models here in Oz

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After being pointed in the right direction by TrojanThunder I've contacted Hawkeye Models in Australia and have set of Qantas 747SP decals winging their way to me as we speak.

This now means I'll be able to model the exact SP I flew on back in 2001.

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Current or old livery

It'll be the one before the current scheme, with the more tradional shaped Kangaroo and smaller Qantas lettering. The SPs were retired before the current scheme I'm sad to say...

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Many, many moons ago when I used to spot at Heathrow, I always thought one of the nicest schemes for an SP was the old SAA (Orange Tail) they were quite frequent into LHR.

Braniff (N603BN) looks cool too.

There's a bit of an Orange theme going on there. :lol:

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Tom, where will you find 1/144 RR RB211 engines for the QF livery? Haven't seen them for sale for a long time ...

I picked mine up from Hannants fairly recently actually (back in March I think). They are currently out of stock I'm afraid though.

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Argh, missed them when they were in stock ... even the Welsh 747SPs are hard to find nowadays. I guess I'll need to stick to 1/200. Looking forward to following your build!

I go up there fairly regularly and they had a fair few Saudia 1/144th scale SPs in stock - it may well be worth giving them a ring if you want one.

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I've made a start on the fuselage over the last couple of evenings.

As usual with vacs, the first job was to cut the fuselage from the backing sheet and sand away any excess plastic. I thought I'd compare the sizes of Boeing's longest and shortest 747s - here is the Welsh fuselage alongside the Zvedza 747-8i:

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Next, I removed the wheel bays and then I cut some thin strips from plastic-card in preparation for lining the joins. This gives a larger mating surface for the glue and adds strength to the join:

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I then raided the spares box and used some spare Revell 747-400 main and nose wheel bays, and as Welsh's plastic is fairly thin I also added lengths of sprue and the kit supplied bulkheads for additional strength:

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Finally, the fuselage halves were glued together and taped to dry for 24 hours:

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The next task will be to fill and sand the joins. Not much will be needed however; as usual with Welsh vacs this kit almost falls together once sanded to shape.

Tom

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thats the present ivery isnt it?

No - although it is very similar to the current livery.

If you look at the livery introduced a couple of years ago, you can see a few changes. The kangaroo is now stylised, the Qantas lettering is in a different font, and 'Spirit of Australia' is much larger. Also, the gold stripe has gone on the demarcation between the red and white on the fuselage and the leading edge of the fin, and smaller Qantas logos on the engines are now much larger.

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