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Junkers Ju-86 Airliner - LAN Chile - Modified Italeri 1/72 kit


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Here is at last finally completed the model of the Chilean airliner that journeyed the long distances of its South American adoptive country.

And a long building journey this was too, given the fact that the Italeri kit is just a hasty and half-way effort to provide the features of the real civil version.

All the mishaps and necessary corrections/additions can be visited in the step-by-step building article:

 

The companion Airlines of Australia plane is here:

 

A full interior was provided, and the original short tail had to be modified into a long tailcone. The box art of this kit will completely mislead you into believing that you are acquiring a long tailcone version. Bummer.

The most blatant mistake of this old kit is that the two sets of windows were staggered in the original plane, a fact ignored by Italeri that takes a lot of time and some skill to correct.

Other many modifications were needed, and of course the addition of the aftermarket Kora set that provides resin radial engines and nacelles plus the decals for this version.

On that, I can comment that the fit of the Kora nacelles is not, let's say, comfortable, and if you don't need the decal sheet it provides or the other bits, you are better off buying the radial engines and long tail version offered in one of Italeri's releases (4260). If I had noticed that before, I would have done exactly that. On a secondary note on the decals, the ones provided for the prop blades seem inaccurate, since all photos of the radial versions show invariably a Junkers triangular logo on those blades.

Photos show at least two different liveries, the one provided by Kora and another that has a more stylized lettering for "Línea Aérea Nacional" above the windows, instead of on the aft fuselage. Other features can be glimpsed in photos: a LAN big lettering under the right wing, and at least in one machine an anti-glare panel on the nose.

 

I drew immense pleasure from the conversion of a machine of sinister origins and use, into an airliner that happily is not wearing despicable symbols, but instead had a good use transporting civilians and goods, and being useful for peace, not war.

 

LAN (Línea Aérea Nacional) had four of these Junkers, starting flying them in 1937-8 (depending on the source), they were capable of carrying 10 passengers in relative comfort with the necessary sturdiness for the rough conditions that many times the airline industry of the time had to operate in.

This old kit as said is not very accurate and it is devoid of cabin detail, having also raised panel lines, but the fit is quite good, and the engineering uncomplicated, which is appreciated.

As many other old vintage kits, it can be converted into a fair representation of the original withy some love and time. I would say that the skill required for this conversion is within the reach of committed modelers that had already ventured into some kit-improving and detailing.

Provided you invest some time and effort, you can obtain a large number of civil airliners from this kit. As stated in the building article, Kora Models has some sets that cover a few of the choices (not sure how accurate they are, mine had some glitches), but combining different issues of the Italeri kit (radial, inline, short tailcone, long tailcone) and doing your decals you are also set for a nice ride.

Since there is so little material about this Chilean machines (I have all what is to be found online, by the way), I am eager to know if fellow aviation enthusiast from Chile could come forth with more photos. For what I can tell, no registrations or logos were painted on the upper surfaces of the wings,. and only one photo hints at "LAN" painted underneath the right wing.

 

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I Still have to add the Junkers prop logos (the Kora sheet has inaccurate Hamilton Standard ones) and some lettering missing from the Kora decal sheet, that I had to commission from Arctic Decals.

I also have to do some light weathering and exhaust stains, but that will be in the near future, together with other airbrushing sessions.

 

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Never mind the model (which is OK, I suppose...), what a view!

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34 minutes ago, Baldy said:

Stunning work Moa - you just keep getting better and better!

 

Cheers

 

Malcolm

Thanks, Malcolm, but doesn't that mean that before I wasn't as good? How can you hurt my feeling so cruelly! 😆

34 minutes ago, invidia said:

Fantastic looking model

Thank you kind sir!

 

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1 hour ago, BluesModeller said:

Truly outstanding Moa!
 

Your photography skills really show off your builds to their best.

Thanks!

I have fun taking the photos, indeed, it makes the models come to life.

Cheers

1 hour ago, busnproplinerfan said:

A lot prettier than the bomber version.

Isn't that true!

Thanks!

Cheers

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Civil aviation subjects are a real favourite of mine.

This is a beautiful tribute to the dawning of the multi-passenger era (generalising somewhat).

You've done an excellent job on it!

:thumbsup:

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Another spectacular build Moa. Well done. Pity the excellent interior is mostly lost. Still at least you have a photo of it.

Love the sunset shots.

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10 hours ago, Moa said:

hanks, Malcolm, but doesn't that mean that before I wasn't as good? How can you hurt my feeling so cruelly! 😆

😂 - I should have known better to praise a super philosopher! But I guess you are right...............

 

BTW - the recently added sunset shots are simply gorgeous!

 

Cheers

 

Malcolm

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Thoroughly enjoyable build to follow and beautiful finish. Those sunset photos are superb, really captures the magic of these early airliners :)

 

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Moa my friend..........I am running out of adjectives to adequately describe your continuing series of masterpieces.  OK, how about, “It`s beautiful!!!!!!!!” ????  

 

Outstanding yet agin!!!!! :worthy:

 

Best regards from an always cloudy North-East Ohio 😉

Mike

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Its another beauty from the Moa workshop. Yet again, it is great to see something different ;). Nicely done. 

 

Martin

 

 

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Lovely looking airliner, well worth all the work you put into it. I too like these unusual subjects for modelling and always enjoy your posts.

Those sunset photos are simply stunning.

 

Cheers

 

John

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12 hours ago, kapam said:

Civil aviation subjects are a real favourite of mine.

This is a beautiful tribute to the dawning of the multi-passenger era (generalising somewhat).

You've done an excellent job on it!

:thumbsup:

Thanks, Kapam!

6 hours ago, Greg Law said:

Another spectacular build Moa. Well done. Pity the excellent interior is mostly lost. Still at least you have a photo of it.

Love the sunset shots.

Thanks, Greg.

We know the toilet is there. :ner:

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