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IanW

DC-6 Minicraft, TEAL (Tasman Empire Airways Ltd) 1/144

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Hi,

Thought I'd post some pictures of my completed DC-6 in TEAL markings. TEAL used three DC-6s between 1954 and 1962 I believe and this is the Minicraft kit of the VC-118 with Old Models Decals used.

I added the astrodome and what I think is a navigation equipment 'canoe' on the lower port fuselage.

The kit went together well, although some of the smaller parts are a little rough/oversize, especially when compared to a kit like the new GWH 1/144 Avro Vulcan! I had a problem with the decals, which I also experienced with two other sets of laser decals from Old Models - they sometimes tended to fold/peal upwards and not stick. I think I have narrowed the problem down to the Micro Sol, which I think might dissolve the decal glue? Anyway, Micro Set works fine.

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As usual, the photos reveal a multitude of sins!

Oh well, nice to have this surprisingly big airliner alongside my more modern ones. It's also such a beautiful, classic design I think!

Cheers for now,
Ian

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Beautiful airliner indeed. Have been tempted to do the TEAL DC-8. In 1/144, I do admire the prop work, and especially the wire antennas. What did you use for those?

That's really lovely. And I like the visual pun :)

I love a pun, but have missed this one ( and I hate to miss one ). If I don't come back within 24 hours and say "I got it" could you enlighten?

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Very nice model, I am putting together a TAA (Australia) version right now! Without googling it, I always thought it was Tasman Empire Airways Ltd - New Zealand, of course!

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Aarghh, you are right "Tasman" it is! What a stupid mistake to make, don't know what I was thinking! :banghead:

Thanks for the heads-up!

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OK, I got it! The colour and name TEAL. Nothing like a good nights' sleep.

She looks even better in the daylight.

Cheers,

Mike

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That is a lovely DC-6. There is nothing better than a classic airliner in a cheatline scheme.

Cheers

John

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Very nice indeed.

As John said, can't beat a classic especially with a cheatline.

Chris

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Very nice build of a special bird.

Like it!

Thanks for posting.

Cheers,

Michael

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A real beauty.I like the color scheme.

Great job on that kit :wow::mike:

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What a great little surprise - really great work which you must be very proud to share here. I love the choice of livery too.

You have done the manufacturer good justice here

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Now that is an airliner scheme I can really go. So much so, I think I just found a NEED. :)

Excellent job btw.

Steve.

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Hey, thanks for all the kind comments guys!

MikeW, the aerials are just stretched (black) sprue with some dollops of crystal clear for insulators (?). Yep, a DC-8 is on my list too, am waiting for the right-length kit to come out - at the rate we have of new releases, it can't be far away!! Along with a new DC-10! :)

Cheers,

Ian

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Very nice!

Could it possibly have been the Roden kit of the VC-118, rather than Minicraft?

Dave

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