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Every so often I get the urge to build something different, or take on an older kit.

I decided to tackle the old Heller kit of the French transport aeroplane the Noratlas.

It is a typical old kit of it's time, raised panel lines, sparse interior, simplified detail.

To be fair the surface detail is fine and restrained, no shipyard rivets, and their is enough of an interior to start with.

I added some extra detail in the cockpit, most of which can't be seen!

The exterior required some work, there are a number of aerials, intakes, vents and other bits & bobs that were added.

The port hole transparencies were thick with a mould ejector mark in the centre.

I replaced them by using clear decal film.

Applied as normal decals, with clear gloss over the top. Got a reasonable effect.

The model was painted with Xtracolor enamels.

The decals were old and yellowed.

I replaced the crosses with ones from the spares box as the kit ones were out of register.

 

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Thanks for looking :)

Angelo.

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You have achieved a beautiful modelfrom an old kit .Well done 👏 

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Very nice indeed,...... lovely job.

Cheers

          Tony

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I do like a good Noratlas, and that is very good.

 

regards, adey

 

 

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Holy smokes, this is nice!  Believe me, this is a tough kit to make look right, much less master, and I think you've mastered it.  Great job!  Alex

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Yep, I really like that.  Just a little bit left field, nicely made and finished.

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A great rendition of a very rare beast!!

 

Thanks for sharing it with us

 

Cheers

Shaun

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Yes really nice to see this one again. You made a very good job and it turns out so realistic. Really finally something not so common. Also love to bring old kits back to life.

 

cheers 

Andy 

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Thanks everyone for all your comments and compliments. They are greatly appreciated 😁

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Strange looking plane, thought it was a Boxcar for a second. Sounds like it was a bit of work. Sure looks good.

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You've done a grand job there with this old kit, very impressive.

 

I have one in the stash which I plan to do in a French scheme.

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I like it.  Mind that weak undercarriage! The one I had went through several repairs.   You have got to hand it to Heller though. They are the only people who have kitted types that no on else has such as this, the Noratlas.   I had one for several years built in same colour scheme but I replaced all the out of register decals with those by Microscale. Numbers unit badges the lot.   It got sold with a few hundred others over a period of time.

 

Going back to Heller, who else has done to 1/72 all those different French types ( except the major fighters), DC-6, Connie, SAAB Safir .J-29, CL-215 and 415, Lansen, T-28, and so on.

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