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Pat C

Short Skyvan Series 3 Skyliner - Airfix 1/72

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More classic Airfix from me - this is my effort at building the Skyvan as G-ASZJ which was the 4th Skyvan and the prototype "Skyliner" all seater variant. And, yes, it is very pink!

 

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A few tweaks are needed to change the basic kit into the Skyliner. Most notably two new windows need to be cut out, one filled in, and a rear passenger door was scribed in place of the blanked window. There is also a blister of some kind under the fuselage which was formed from a chopped up Hunter drop tank.

 

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With a fuselage that is basically a cuboid, you would think construction should be foolproof but in my efforts to tightly squeeze the components together with rubber bands my first attempt resulted in a distinctly rhombus shape when viewed from the front!!! Fortunately it came apart pretty easily!! 

 

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This beast is another enthusiastic tail sitter. The front is crammed to the brim with steel shot and yet it was still insufficient to keep it level. Fortunately the replacement 4 blade props and spinners are white metal from Aeroclub and just about tip the CoG forward enough. I needed to slim down the faces of the Garretts in order to match the (correctly) pointier white metal spinners. G-ASZJ can also be seen with three bladed props earlier and later in its career.

 

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The pink scheme was used around 1971 and there are some nice pics of this aircraft at the Paris Air Show. There was an earlier version of the scheme with a lemon yellow colour rather than pink. Although you would think that pink is pink, it took a few goes to get the right match. I used Gunze H19 with a touch of red, with a generic light grey for the lower fuselage. The engines were painted with my diminishing stock of Citadel Mithril Silver.  

 

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Decals for the scheme came from Two-Six. There was a moment of head scratching caused by the scenario below but fortunately the decal being black could simply be flipped over. I can confirm that later prints of these decals do have the logo correctly handed!!!

 

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This aircraft had a long career - it was certainly flying as recently as 2013 as 9Q-CSD with Swala Aviation in Kenya. Hope you like!


Pat

 

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That is absolutely gorgeous.  I never thought anything derived from the Skyvan could be called pretty but you've proved me wrong!  Superb modelling.

 

Well done sir. Have a round of :clap2:

 

Dave G

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That is a beauty

Well made too, I love it

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Excellent build and wonderful livery choice on a classic with lots of appeal.

And how refreshing! a glimmer of light and hope among so many boom-boom model renditions.

Thanks for sharing it!

More!

Cheers

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Great job . I'd forgotten these Bright Skyvans ,saw the Yellow one once , funny planes .

An Oman Air Force Pilot fell out of his door after it came off in flight over Al Kassab, Oman in 1985/86 when I was there.

 

Well done ,thanks for showing.

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I watched one of these land at RAF Wittering last week, while I was driving up the A1 (not this paint scheme though)

 

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Now that is very nice :)

 

Martin

 

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Wow! Haven't seen one of these built in a long, long time, and yours is by far the best of the bunch! Looks like a Mary Kay support aircraft in those colors! 😜

Mike

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Looks smashing. The colour is certainly striking: I love it. Certainly one that my daughter would like to have a go at... perfect. 

Thanks for sharing,

P.

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Beautifully built and finished Skyliner Pat. Nice colour scheme too!

 

Cheers

 

Malcolm

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That's great! Interesting back story as well.

 

Cheers

 

John

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Excellent! Lovely job with nice photo`s to boot.

 

Keith

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Very nice rendition of a classic Airfix kit, I had one of these, and the mouldings at the time with all the rivets looked really good, as the rivets were not over done, I can't comment on the fit, as I sold mine

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That'sa stunning build of the Airfix oldie Pat the extra work and quality paint finish really set's it apart.

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fantastic cubic modelling in an interesting livery colour scheme - nice

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Great Skyvan there Pat. It looks lovely in the scheme-the epitome of 70’s British quirkiness!

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40 minutes ago, Chanex said:

the epitome of 70’s British quirkiness!

 

As indeed am I !!!!😉

 

Thanks for all the kind comments. I hope to see some more pink aircraft on RFI soon!

 

Pat

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Pretty in pink and beautifully done!

:goodjob:

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