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As I'm only involved in the Lockheed Group Build over the next two months, I thought that I would try to build my MD-11 alongside the Tristar.

It will certainly be finished as one of those in the KLM fleet that I've flown on - probably PH-KCD "Florence Nightingale" but perhaps PH-KCE "Audrey Hepburn"

 

The kit comes with decals for the later (narrow cheatline) livery but I've also got the 26Decals for the delivery scheme with the wide blue & white cheatline - which would be much easier to mask / paint.

 

So far the four sections of the fuselage have been assembled:

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The two port sections were glued together on a sheet of glass - although this still left a small gap on the outside of the joint.

The two starboard parts didn't fit as well, so I added the tail section to the complete port side first and then the forward section.

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The above photo shows the results of an initial round of filling, sanding, priming and rescribing - not too bad (sorry forgot to take a photo before starting this process)

 

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Looking at the side profile some more filler is needed just above the red ball

 

Mike

 

 

 

 

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The tail section is now almost complete:

 

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The front intake ring is just a push fit at the moment - all three can be painted chrome and then just pushed into place - a nice bit of design.

On all three engines the rear disc that the cone fits onto is too large but that is easily fixed.

 

One point to be aware of; the horiz stabs fit into the fuselage with two pegs but there is no mention of opening up the holes in the fuselage sides - luckily their positions could be seen from the outside with the aid of a torch shining inside the fuselage.

 

Most of the sub-assemblies (wings, horiz stabs, wheels, undercarriage legs) are also built and awaiting finishing off neatly.

 

In the background the Tristar is in the process of glueing the fuselage halves together - the MD-11 is a much better fit.

 

Mike

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Looking great!

I really like tail mounted engine design on the MD-11 :)

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The centre "underbelly" fuselage section and top wing sections are now in place:

 

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I've obviously deviated from the suggested method of construction ie glue the wing halves together and then fit them onto the "spar" …………

 

The centre section was wider than the joined fuselage (and shallower too) but fitting the spar does spring out the edges of the fuselage - although the slots in the spar needed to be filed slightly wider.

At this point a trial fit exerting finger pressure on the centre section to squeeze its sides inwards meant that its curvature increased and just about matched that of the main fuselage, so I cemented one side of the centre section and 24h later fixed the opposite side with a few drops of superglue whilst squeezing (and making sure my fingers weren't near the glue!).

 

Fixing the top wing sections next meant that I could really clamp them to the spar whilst the cement set - hopefully this should give an identical dihedral on each side.  There was a small gap at each root but some Vallejo PPP has filled them quickly.

 

One lower wing is now glued and clamped, so will update again when both are in place.

 

 

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I can’t pass the L-1011, DC-10 and MD-11 builds. The first two are my favorites, but the latter one is a well-shaped, too. It’s a mesmerizing planes, and I’d like to fly them.

 

Nice progress so far! 👍 It looks like these kits from EE are very impressive.

 

Cheers! 😺

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Wow this is a great thread! I really appreciate the WIP you’re doing, and the fact that you just cannot be detailed enough when demonstrating the build. Thanks for sharing...I’m following with hreat interest. Looking really good so far. 

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And a couple of photos of the attached wings

 

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Underside joints yet to be filled.

Winglets are also attached.  I wasn't sure of the correct angle but diagrams on the net suggest about 110 degrees on the top surface so one of my many thin plastic protractors was cut to size.

 

The next step is to tidy up all of the joints so the next update will probably be sometime next week.

 

The instructions call for the nose gear leg to be inserted before the fuselage is closed; I did and inevitably broke it but think it is salvaged with superglue.  If it breaks again I'll go with some brass rod & tube for the leg.

 

Mike

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Main gear legs held in place with blue-tac to check it isn't a "tail sitter" (and the wing engines are in front of the main gear to add further forward moment)

 

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Time to get the canopy section in place and then check all the seams

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On ‎4‎/‎23‎/‎2019 at 8:39 PM, Nikolay Polyakov said:

I can’t pass the L-1011, DC-10 and MD-11 builds. The first two are my favorites, but the latter one is a well-shaped, too. It’s a mesmerizing planes, and I’d like to fly them.

 

Nice progress so far! 👍 It looks like these kits from EE are very impressive.

 

Cheers! 😺

 

Thanks Nikolay.

 

There has been some discussion of "how good are" Eastern Express kits here.  This (and the Tristar I'm currently building here) are like a lot of kits from smaller companies (or limited runs) - it's necessary to check the fit carefully and be creative when it doesn't fit!

 

Just to complete the set of wide bodied triples, this is my DC-10 from last year's Anniversary group build.  My first ever transatlantic flight was in an American Airlines DC-10-30 but I didn't find out until after this model was built, otherwise it probably wouldn't have been in Caledonian livery,

 

Mike

 

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3 hours ago, FortyEighter said:

This (and the Tristar I'm currently building here) are like a lot of kits from smaller companies (or limited runs) - it's necessary to check the fit carefully and be creative when it doesn't fit!

Thanks, Mike! I had read some information about their L-1011-200 and MD-11 - these kits is very attractive to me. But I need to build another kits from the growing stash before...

 

3 hours ago, FortyEighter said:

Just to complete the set of wide bodied triples, this is my DC-10 from last year's Anniversary group build.

Checked it - very lovely old Revell kit - turned to a great plane! 👍

 

3 hours ago, FortyEighter said:

My first ever transatlantic flight was in an American Airlines DC-10-30 but I didn't find out until after this model was built, otherwise it probably wouldn't have been in Caledonian livery,

An American Airlines livery is my favorite on these planes, because of a lot of unpainted aluminum there. You’re a lucky one!

 

Cheers!:cat:

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Like the Tristar, this one is getting close to the point where a final prime & micromesh of the fuselage is close

 

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Once I'm 100% happy with the finish I'll prime the fuselage top and tailfin in white prior to the final paint finish

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