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Hi all,

So this is a couple of firsts for me, I've never done an airliner before and I've never took part in a group build. So I'm going to keep this as simple as possible and do the kit straight out of the box. If anyone has some wisdom for a newbie please please share it with me!

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First few photos of the build. I got the kit secondhand for a reasonable £7 at Midland expo last Sunday.

So lets first have a look what is inside the box.

35667361035_e9f999fbf7_b.jpg271618-15169-71_zps0xxebdhe by Neal, on Flickr


Not much by the looks of it, so it should be a nice simple straightforward build, well fingers crossed!

34858309673_bbd6573db1_b.jpg271620-15169-49_zpsvpck7ghh by Neal, on Flickr


Traditional Airfix style instructions, with only 5 steps.

34858309783_6f6d5ebed5_b.jpg271619-15169-44_zpsub0rks7y by Neal, on Flickr


Two livery options, a classic British Airways and an Air France. I'm not sure which one I will do yet, I think the Air France as it's all over white and therefore no masking required.

34858309913_27db8a3793_b.jpg271622-15169-84_zpsuf6npxom by Neal, on Flickr


Overview of the spures, hardly any flash which I'm impressed about being the kit is pretty old. The plastic seems nice, not the horrible soft stuff that Airfix has got me used to.

So all in all quite impressed by the kit on first inspection, now it's time to give it a quick wash before getting some glue on it and putting it together.

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Nice you could join us Neal. :thumbsup:

This build should be straight forward, the kit goes together with a little filling.

Looking forward to your progress.

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So first of all I got the doors all closed up after some dry fitting as they only seem to fit well in one way. Then we got some glue out and joined the two fuselage halves together.

35667360735_c514dfb1f7_b.jpgIMG_0314_zpsl2znro3t by Neal, on Flickr


34858310993_92ddae7ac7_b.jpgIMG_0312_zpsl9k1j9v4 by Neal, on Flickr


Got some filler along the joints, and started a bit of a sanding fest, I would love to get a nice smooth glossy finish on this aircraft, so surface prep is key. I think that is where I am going to spending most of my time.

 

34858310713_947ebf91dd_b.jpgIMG_0311_zpsluykbtbe by Neal, on Flickr



I'll put a coat of primer on to try and pick up any imperfections. Then fill and sand those, then look at the wings and tailplane.

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Looks good! Just one thing, all the photos from your second post (the one where you show the box and sprues and instructions etc) have disappeared...

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Looks good! Just one thing, all the photos from your second post (the one where you show the box and sprues and instructions etc) have disappeared...

I have done some tidying up on photbucket, I guess the links needed updating, I hope it works now.

1/144th, not 1/72nd as the title suggests...

Doh silly me, guessing wishful thinking, I've changed the title. And thanks for pointing it out!

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Good luck with it though :)

Mine was the Airfix SE boxed version, but needed quite a fair bit of filling, looks like you've managed it at least :)

Looking forward to it's progress!

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It's a basic kit that requires a lot of work.but it makes a great kit and I think this kit is underrated.

Thanks

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Nice work so far, never done an Airfix airliner so will be interested to see how well it goes together.

Bob

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Got some work done on the kit. It's proving to be bit of a filler monster, especially around the lower fuselage. Anyway here are some photos.

35498418212_fa853144a2_c.jpgIMG_0313_zpsr1cm5nkd by Neal, on Flickr

The jet engines are not the nicest, however for a first attempt at an airline I don't know if I want to spend extra money on aftermarket. I think I'll paint them up and see what they look like as a dry fit before deciding.

35536949031_2f95947be2_c.jpgIMG_0315_zpsct1r3jz9 by Neal, on Flickr

34858310863_04ea00111d_c.jpgIMG_0316_zpsleenhvpr by Neal, on Flickr

35536948851_9ffa340779_c.jpgIMG_0317_zpsgybc8ibh by Neal, on Flickr
 

Next step is to get the fuselage joints and wing joints as smooth as possible. Then paint the cockpit black, no one is going to see anything through the windscreen anyway. Then prime the plane and get some paint on it.

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I just caught up with this. I'm also not experienced with airliners, and building an Airfix OOB of a very similar vintage ( the DC-9).

This one is coming along nicely; it seems these Airfix 1/144 airliners can be a lot of fun and give very nice results.

Looking forward to seeing your paint scheme :)

Best regards

Tony

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Thanks Tony,

Just looked at your DC-9, that airplane looks right in the flesh and it looks like you will do it justice in scale.

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It's looking very good so far Neal, although popping in that cockpit glazing might be scary!

This modern airliner stuff is new to me too :popcorn:

Cliff

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Further update on the little 737, so far I'm really enjoying the build. It is very refreshing to be doing something different to the usual 1/72 jets. 

 

 

All primed up almost ready for paint now:

35536948601_2a08bbbc89_c.jpgIMG_0326_zpsrbhkwo1j by Neal, on Flickr

35667360355_926a1ecd4c_c.jpgIMG_0355_zpsm99uqp0j by Neal, on Flickr

34858310503_7be7d6cfb3_c.jpgIMG_0356_zpshwbbtjwl by Neal, on Flickr

34858309113_b6d54027e6_c.jpgIMG_0357_zpszliaraoo by Neal, on Flickr

35536948551_4df6850117_c.jpgIMG_0358_zpsuact3bsi by Neal, on Flickr

35536948481_cdc7b849fa_c.jpgIMG_0359_zpsshffwdbe by Neal, on Flickr

Also painted the engines with Vallejo Metal Colour:

35280155580_40274c5154_c.jpgIMG_0361_zpsqrgehei2 by Neal, on Flickr

35627689256_8d50b78328_c.jpgIMG_0362_zpsdm3rlwvz by Neal, on Flickr




 

 

 
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Hi Neal and welcome.

For an old kit it appears to have gone together with not too much filling and it looks good in primer. At £7 it was a bargain!

Regards

Mike

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Very nice smooth finish on the primer Neal. It looks like the paint will go on very nicely. It really looks the part. What paint did you use on the engines (looks good)?

Best regards

Tony

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Hi Tony,

I sprayed them with vallejo metal colour dark aluminum, then buffed up with a old cloth. Rather like the effect, I think I'm going to try and weather them slightly where the thrust reverser cans are.

Neal

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It's an old and rather basic kit, but you've done a good job on it so far. It does go together easily but also offers scope for little enhancements along the way.

Looking forward to seeing it in Air France colours. And at £7, that was a good bargain!!

Jeff

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Finally got some time to sit at the bench and spray some paint, first of all I sprayed the wings with Vallejo Model Air 71.051 Barley Grey, then I masked them up to paint the fuselage. For this I sprayed Tamiya XF2, I'll then polish this up with a buffer stick before coating it with some klear.

Here she is in the spray booth.

34858310113_887cf57f87_c.jpgIMG_0380_zpsuioyxezi by Neal, on Flickr

35627689106_7087af74d2_c.jpgIMG_0382_zpsm0wutfsf by Neal, on Flickr

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Nice work Neal.

I think I need to get some of those clamps. I like the way you have used is a prop to keep the painted area free of any surface.

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I've got some Klear onto the model, I'm going to seal all the paint laid down so far, then I'll mask up for the metallic paints on the wings and the tail fin.

34858309983_9357c373de_c.jpgIMG_0388_zpsycmegdww by Neal, on Flickr

34858308993_c55466b56a_c.jpgIMG_0389_zpsfojnypel by Neal, on Flickr

35536949191_4217db248b_c.jpgIMG_0397_zps2hbcftth by Neal, on Flickr


Still really enjoying this build. I need some advice though. Should I put on the decals and then gloss coat again and then fill the windows with Krystal Klear glue? Or should I do the windows first, then decal and finally gloss coat?

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