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A Weekend Model - 1/144 Transmeridian CL44

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How do :)

 

I have been hard at my P51 and a few years ago a good family friend who I grew up with in Singapore when my father was in Transport Command with her husband had asked me if I would make a model for him. Of all the aircraft he had flown, he had all but a Transmeridian Air Cargo CL44 Freighter. My dad and he both flew them after RAF service in a divergent list of airliners, exec jets & freighters. At the time I researched it and found Welsh Models make a 1/144 kit and 26 decals did the markings so I got hold of them both..

 

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..then it sat in a cupboard until this weekend - as I am waiting for masks for my P51 I was at a loose end, ans as it was due to be a Christmas present, I thought why not - surely it can't take long to make a simple desktop model..

 

..here's the box..

 

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..and one-piece resin wings & a bag of other goodeies with the decals..

 

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..the fuselage is vacformed, so this was marked & cut out..

 

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..assembled, filled and with a mounting spigot being added for the wings..

 

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..it needed a fair bit of priming & sorting - partly due to my cavalier assembly, and partly due to raised doors and trench panel lines.. - the hinge blisters were also added..

 

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..I later added brass tubes for the exhaust pipes to the wings...

 

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..main assembly complete.. it needed LOTS of filler to blend the flying & control surfaces..

 

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..a final prime of mr surfacer..

 

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..a coat of alclad chrome..

 

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..masking for the darker metal areas of the engine nacelles..

 

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..the nose tip was masked & painted, and the tips of the nacelles dipped in a lid of paint..

 

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..props painted and decal strips added for de-icers..

 

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..that was Saturday, this morning I added the decals and glosscoated the fuselage...

 

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..and thats it - a model in a weekend and I also get to surprise some folks very close to me :)

 

TTFN
Peter

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Hi Peter

Awesome! What a fine model. I leave my filler to dry for longer than you've taken to complete the whole thing!! There are many of us who could learn a thing or two from this build.

A great Christmas present for your dad's friend.

Cheers,

Ian

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A Speedy Gonzalez build!

Nice result!

Cheers

 

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Lovely model. Probably about the same amount of work as an access panel on your mustang :)

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I wish I could finish a basic injection moulded kit in a weekend, let alone a vacform

 

Nice work! :thumbsup:

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