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Jpthedog

Airfix 737-200, Cruzeiro decals

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Well 2018 is well underway and I can re-start my kit building after a year re-building a 1:1 house! All my kits and model making stuff were packed away in a storage unit and yesterday, having just about finished our dedicated model/craft room, I used the 737 GB as an excuse to go and get some of my kits! Its the attic of our cottage fully insulated and re-lined with a fine bench space at the dormer window for natural light. just the floor to finish painting.

 

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Checked my list and Box 8 contained the selected Airfix 737 .....  I see a few others have picked this old faithfull but not many options for a 737-200. Handy label printed from my kit list on side of the box! The boxing is marked Special Edition - really??

 

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Lets get that box open!!

 

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It seems to be a popular kit for the GB so I wont bother with more that the obligatory sprue/box shot

 

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I have quite a few decals for the first generation 737 but have selected what I think is a really cool and colourful scheme from the 70's/80's - Cruzeiro with decals courtesy of FCM. Decals not quite so handily located in the storage unit but this is what they look like........ image linked from Scalemates which I hope is OK

 

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The Airfix kit is OK and I will build it pretty much OOB , maybe rescribe the fuselage and few little tweaks as it looks much like it should, apart from the slightly off nose. I have 2 other Airfix 737's in long-time production but like all of us thes have stalled and I want to use this GB as the inspiration to get them finished - both probably more that 25% completed. The only Airfix 737 I did finish is shown below - from 20 years ago when I had few modelling tools and used a brush freehand for most of the painting! 

 

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Looking forward to taking part!

 

John

 

 

 

 

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What a wonderful modelling room! Love the old Cruzeiro scheme -always a favourite of mine.

Dave

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Nice you could join us, John. I also like the room and the contents listing of your box. 

 

Another colourful scheme to add to the list of builds.

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I like the look of the attic! Good choice of colour scheme for the 737 too.

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Lovely job on that timber cladding John.  I'm impressed.

 

Chris.

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10 hours ago, halcyonjet said:

What a wonderful modelling room! Love the old Cruzeiro scheme -always a favourite of mine.

Dave

Dave cheers - we are spoiled with such a great room - I only get 50% as my wife gets the other half for her crafts! Yeah classic scheme.

9 hours ago, Romeo Alpha Yankee said:

Nice you could join us, John. I also like the room and the contents listing of your box. 

 

Another colourful scheme to add to the list of builds.

Thanks Ray. Box 8 from a total of 29..........

8 hours ago, feoffee2 said:

Looking very nice. Looking forward to this

Thanks 

Feofee - hope I dont dissapoint!

8 hours ago, zebra said:

I like the look of the attic! Good choice of colour scheme for the 737 too.

Zebra thanks. Showed the modelling room in its empty state - may be a bit different when its crammed full of kits and model making clutter!

7 hours ago, stringbag said:

Lovely job on that timber cladding John.  I'm impressed.

 

Chris.

Cheers Chris. Wasnt intentionally going for the sauna look, but couldn't face painting them all........

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Hi John,

 

Like the others I love your model room, shared or not. I don't like your cataloging of the box contents - much too organised!! Only joking, just envious.

 

Love the colours too. Following this one.

 

Jeff 

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Wee update

Window openings need to be filled, so its Apoxie Sculpt - a two part mix that hardens in a couple of hours

Just in case you are not familiar with the routine..

 

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Add some nose weight too

 

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Filler scraped and sanded back

 

 

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Fuselage glued together and the 6 access/baggage doors fitted - when i say fitted....

 

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Cockpit glazing is now in and removal of seam lines begins - the secret to building airliners!

 

Cheers

 

John

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On 2/5/2018 at 11:22 PM, pinky coffeeboat said:

Hi John,

 

Like the others I love your model room, shared or not. I don't like your cataloging of the box contents - much too organised!! Only joking, just envious.

 

Love the colours too. Following this one.

 

Jeff 

Jeff - only joking, happy sharing the room with my wife - and I know how lucky we are with that space - compared to a kitchen table or a cold shed!! I only catalogued the kits so i could find them more easily in the boxes - which worked out well for this build as most of the kits are still in storage boxes. Now to locate the said decals!

 

John

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I'll add my liking of your modelling space too and as a fan of the Airfix kit I'll follow your build with interest.  

 

Where do you get the Epxoysculpt?  I've used superfine Milliput for decades and it has never let me down but the eight hour drying time is a bit of a drawback.  At one point I tried Isopon P38 which dries in about ten minutes but my normally tolerant wife took exception to the smell and I can only use it if she's out!  Epoxysculpt looks like it might be a compromise between the two.

 

Dave G

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1 hour ago, Skodadriver said:

I'll add my liking of your modelling space too and as a fan of the Airfix kit I'll follow your build with interest.  

 

Where do you get the Epxoysculpt?  I've used superfine Milliput for decades and it has never let me down but the eight hour drying time is a bit of a drawback.  At one point I tried Isopon P38 which dries in about ten minutes but my normally tolerant wife took exception to the smell and I can only use it if she's out!  Epoxysculpt looks like it might be a compromise between the two.

 

Dave G

 

Dave

 

Thanks - model room is taking shape, less space than there was tho! I'm hot and cold with the Airfix 737 - it is an old kit with raised panel lines etc but shape is OK and it will build into a decent model I think. Have a F-RSIN F28 on the go too, while waiting for things to dry etc!! 

 

I may have mislead you on Aves Apoxie Sculpt (correct spelling)- it hardens pretty quickly - but I placed it at night and trimmed it after pushing through the windows - but sanded the next morning when cured  - so i guess its still 8 hours+ - thats why you need a few on the bench at once! Bought online 2/3 years ago but cant remember where from - no odour really, so it is 'wife friendly'! A quick check online and JHT supplies seem to supply 1lb (a lot!) for £17 - which i think is reasonable - the blub says 24 hours to fully cure. 

 

I see you are doing the HLX 737 for this GB - always wanted to make one of those since a visit to Koln when they just started up - so interested to see the finished machine.

 

Cheers

 

John

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Sorry for lack of progress, but at least I have managed at least to locate my decals

 

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And part built kits........ I have a production line of 73's most probably not allowed to enter this GB - fuselage glued, wings on buy no engines, The Minicraft 737-300 would probably qualify? as the wings have not been fitted.

 

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The current GB Aifix 737 is closest and is ready for primer. I am using the GB as incentive to get all of them finished. Next set of decals:

 

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Minicraft will be KD Avia - PAS decals!

 

'Proper' progress will follow!

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Cheers Ray I will add the Minicraft 737-300 in the defunct but cool KD Avia scheme. New topic I presume? Better get on with the Airfix one first though as some of you will surely be finishing soon!!

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One step forward and one step back! I was going to rescribe the fuselage so marked the existing raised panel lines with fine marker - then decided no I wouldnt bother and eventually got new supplies of Tamiya white fine surface primer - primed the fuselage only to remember that the marker bleeds through! So scrubbed off the nice smooth primer with Isoprop alchohol and have now started priming again. Any way here is a pic of the stripped fuselage - so not a great lot of progress for the last couple of weeks! 

 

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Doors and seams filled though and now primed. Wings and engines also primed with Tamiya grey primer as they wil be grey/silver. Other 737's have all been filled and sanded so some progress behind the scenes!

 

 

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Ray slowly progressing. Has been painted to a degree with AK metal extreme, but as usual I amaze myself at the order I seem to paint things - only to have to go back and re-mask etc! Here we are at todays date:

 

First pic shows 737 primed and the photocopied decal positioned so i can mask for the variying colours to suit the stripe

 

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And todays photos - model suitable masked so you cant see whats been done! I have this area to spray light grey - 3 paint candidates - never seem to get a light enough shade.

 

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A week to go just over - any chance of completing??

 

 

 

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