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This build is complete and can be seen here:

 

https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235060208-atomic-city-pan-am-space-clipper-orion/

 

Following are images and details of the build construction.  Described by Scott Alexander of Atomic City Models as being studio scale and 42 inches in length, the kit is approximately 1/48 in scale and actually builds out at 44 inches.   Most of the parts were well cast resin with few flaws.  Exceptions being - the top engine area which was infested with countless pin holes from air bubbles, poorly cast passenger window detail, and large gaps where the forward inside edge of the wing and fuselage join.  There is room to scratch build a cockpit and cabin, but not in 1/48 scale - something smaller, maybe 1/60 or so.  I decided not to do an interior, but did add lighting.  No instructions are included, but construction is straight forward.   No provision for landing gear or a display stand is included.  The kit does include 2 sets of excellent decals.  This is a large, heavy, and impressive model which displays well with a display stand and some LED lighting. 

 

Many thanks for having a look, questions and comments are always welcome.

 

Cheers,

Bill

 

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Images and details of the lighting and display stand .   Being very large and heavy, the finished model is prone to tipping.  Having a sturdy base is essential for proper display and to prevent damage.  I used a heavy pre-cast concrete paver which I drilled with a masonry bit, then primed and painted with several coats of satin black.  A threaded brass tube was secured to the concrete base with nut and washer in a countersunk hole on the bottom and a polished aluminum tube was then used to cover the threaded tube.  45 degree spacers were cut from PVC water pipe to provide a flight attitude to the displayed model by clamping the wing section in place at an angle.  The threaded brass tube passes through a hole cut in the wing and is secured on the inside with a washer and tightening knob.  Access to the knob is through a removable bottom fuselage panel secured in place with a small screw covered by a thin styrene disc.  The model can be removed from the stand for transport or storage by reaching through the bottom panel space to grasp the knob.  It is a very tight fit, but there is just enough space to get my hand inside to reach the knob.  Wiring for the LED lighting passes through the threaded brass tube to an external battery holder with switch and resistor.  Rubber grommets at both ends of the brass tube protect the wiring from damage.  Finally, four thick felt pads were glued to the bottom of the concrete base.  Once mounted on the display stand, the model is very stable and will not tip even when rotated.

 

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