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kapam

1/72 L749 Connie (QANTAS)

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Greetings to all.

This is my QANTAS L-749 Constellation, based on the Heller kit in 1/72 scale, completed around August 2018.

Apologies for the somewhat sub-par photography - my wife would not be happy if I took on another hobby!

I made the following modifications to the kit (which is very basic):

  • Providing the engine cowls with the correct topside and chin vents, using scrap plastic and filler.
  • Removing the engine cowl vents (which were based on the early multiple exhaust discharge configuration).
  • Installing new scratch-built cowl vents and exhaust pipes (one on each side of engine) – fashioned from Evergreen styrene and rod.
  • Altering the nose contours for a more accurate look. 
    I feel that the kit nose slopes downward too steeply from the windscreen – it should be less of an angle and a little more bulbous.
    This was corrected cutting away the upper nose section and grafting in un-used nose parts from an Airfix F-27 Friendship (along with much filling and sanding).
  • Main undercarriage wheels are resin replacements from Fisher Model & Pattern (with wheel hub covers from plastic sheet).
  • The cuffed propellers and spinners are resin-cast items from Fisher Model & Pattern
  • All the passenger windows were filled and the decal sheet provides the correct spacing and layout.
  • Headlights in the nose cone (which is moulded on the clear plastic sprue) are enhanced from behind; with a sequin from my daughter’s formal dress (very successful) and a further piece of clear sprue (less successful).
  • All aerial masts and pitot tubes are scratch-built from plastic and/or various types of wire.
  • The QANTAS decals are aftermarket, Sheet CDS-049, from Hawkeye Models

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Although not a flawless build (far from it), I'm reasonably happy with it and hope some of you like it too.

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Very, very nice :thumbsup:

 

If one of these were still flying, that would a "Bucket List" item for sure.

 

Thanks for sharing your model with us

 

Regards

 

Alan

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That is a beautiful build of a beautiful propliner;  your natural metal finish is also very well done. Well done, sir!

Mike

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2 hours ago, LDSModeller said:

Very, very nice :thumbsup:

 

If one of these were still flying, that would a "Bucket List" item for sure.

 

Thanks for sharing your model with us

 

Regards

 

Alan

I believe that there are 2 Super Constellations still flying, one in Switzerland and one in Australia - get saving!

 

Cheers

 

Malcolm

Very nice model - beautiful aircraft!

 

Cheers

 

Malcolm

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She looks reasonably beautiful and I'm reasonably impressed, to use your own language, kapam!

 

To be more precise, I think that she is a spectacular work of art.

 

Kind regards,

 

Joachim

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Awesome Connie there Kapam, beautiful job

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Outstanding result!

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I'm very impressed with this!

Great natural metal finish and nice to see lots of aerials to really busy it up!

Cheers,

Ian

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Wonderful build, congratulations!

I have one in the stash (don't we all? 😉

Cheers

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A fantastic build of one of the most elegant airliners ever.

 

Pete

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Fantastic 

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Wow!  Stunning model Connie - your bare metal effects are brilliant

 

Regards

 

Dave

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17 hours ago, Kitchen Modeller said:

What paints did you use..? 

Firstly, thanks for the kind comments, Kitchen Modeller.

The paint is Alclad "Polished Aluminium" applied over Alclad's gloss black foundation.

I should have polished the black to within an inch of its life, before spraying the aluminium; but was trying to have the whole thing finished for a contest.

A few finishing coats of "Long Life" (Oz's answer to Johnsons Shine, Future, etc.) do wonders - applied with a wide brush.

Various panels were randomly tinted with Tamiya's Smoke and various other metallic colours.

Cheers everyone - many thanks for all your feedback. 

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That's very smart, well done!

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7 hours ago, Turbofan said:

and nice to see lots of aerials to really busy it up!

Thanks for noticing, Turbofan.  Reference photos showed a large array of aerials and I tried to simulate that busy look as best I could.

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An absolutely stunning build of a beautiful aeroplane.  Great work on the natural metal finish.

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Wow that is a beautiful model of a stunning aeroplane!!! Well done!

 

I have the EC-121 boxing of this mould in the stash and it looks like it will be hard work. If it turns out half as good as this I will be very happy!

 

Chris

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Nice Connie & your model really captures the feel of that era

CJP

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My favorite airliner, one of the last good things Lockheed made. Model is gorgeous, I did notice the left main wheel looks a bit off in the front view picture.

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