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I scored big finally. A Revell 1/139 707 Astrojet kit complete and in shrink wrap. I

am doubly happy as it's mold date is 1964, the year I started building models. I

will need to replace the decals, look a bit yellowed and suspicious. I will order new

ones from Vintage Flyer which has American Airlines in 1/139 and 1/144.---John

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Nice one, @Johnv....

Now, the odd scale makes me think that this is an example of what's referred to as a Boxscale kit. 

Where revell sized the moulding to fit a standard dimensions box. Am I on the right track?? 

I've done a couple of them and I wanted to say about the decals. 

The first one, DC7C got all the mods, and then the decals, which looked OK ish, were a complete wash-out. Just disintegrated upon trying to slide. 

But recently, I did the Constellation with the TWA decor. The date moulded into the fuselage inner is 1958. 

The decal sheet looked dodgy and I took a scan of it as backup and had it printed. 

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Original at the top 🔝

No need.... The originals worked faultlessly! All the yellow discolouration stayed on or in the backing paper and they slid on like they were made last year! 

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So don't dismiss them out of hand. 

Is there a part of the sheet you can do a test on? May surprise you...... or may confirm your worst doubts 😲

 

I see they left off with the rivets on this one. You should've seen the state of the Connie. Looked like Brunel had riveted boiler plates together!! 

Mind if I tag along? 😇

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Thanks Rob and follow if you like. Even if the decals were in great

shape I would want aftermarket just for then advanced details and

modern printing. This was a "boxscale" kit which makes absolutely

no sense at all, who in their right mind makes a model a certain size

to fit a box company's box size!!!!????? It didn't last all that long thankfully.

I also never agreed with "quarter scale". I worked in industry and one

quarter is 1/4 NOT 1/48. Odd how you NEVER hear a 1/48 kit today

called "quarter scale". I will build it pretty much OOB with some scratch

built antennas and such.---John

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7 minutes ago, Johnv said:

makes absolutely

no sense at all, who in their right mind

HA, I know, but it probably seemed like a good idea at the time.... 🙄

The quarter scale thing always seems a bit USA to me, and I took it to mean "quarter inch to the foot". 

 

There's no doubt that a modern decal sheet is a major improvement in details and technology, although they can still disappoint on occasion 

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1 hour ago, rob Lyttle said:

HA, I know, but it probably seemed like a good idea at the time.... 🙄

The quarter scale thing always seems a bit USA to me, and I took it to mean "quarter inch to the foot". 

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It makes sense if your look at an architect's scale. This notation is not uncommon in wooden model ships.

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Having written that, I greatly prefer 1/48.

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I had that when I did board drafting. That went the way of the mechanical

pencil and T square. It's all CADD today.---John

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