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Bristol 170 Mk.31 Freighter, Safe Air.


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I've built the Fly 1/72 Bristol Freighter in Civvies...Its ZK-BEO, Straits Air Freight Express (SAFE Air)  2nd Bristol Freighter which was purchased from the RNZAF. The livery is the earlier Safe Air  paint job from the early 1960s.  The final pic you can almost hear (or is it physically feel 😄!)

 

53520278690_60ab7837e4_k.jpgUntitled by Harry Follas, on Flickr

53518959637_96b38cb1d8_k.jpgUntitled by Harry Follas, on Flickr

53520168459_da1f351d57_k.jpgUntitled by Harry Follas, on Flickr

53520014338_0824c4d27d_k.jpgUntitled by Harry Follas, on Flickr

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30 minutes ago, follasha said:

The final pic you can almost hear (or is it physically feel 😄!)

 

Hi Harry,

 

Very nice :D - We Kiwi's are surely blessed

with some awesome aviation history, thanks for show casing

it to the model world.

Yes, the old 144,000 rivets flying in close formation sure

has a certain sound and "Shake" to it ^_^

 

I seem to recall SAFE Air at RNZAF Woodbourne many moons ago, though

slightly different livery I think.

 

Thanks for sharing your model with us

 

Regards

 

Alan

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12 minutes ago, ForestFan said:

Wonderful! How was the build (I have one on the shelf)?

cheers

It’s fairly easy build, you need a razor saw to cut out all the resin bits, you also need to sand or fettle away at the cabin windows or the openings in the fuselage a little as the fit isn’t perfect. It’ll need some filler on some of the joints, particularly the fuselage otherwise it’s a good, fairly simple model. I added rotating props 😉

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Brilliant work on this, and the effect is really impressive.  Did you use aftermarket masks for the clear parts?  Methinks the engine nacelles need even more oil and grime splattered on them!

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1 hour ago, TheyJammedKenny! said:

 Methinks the engine nacelles need even more oil and grime splattered on them!

I thought about that…but didn’t want to over do it…in the early days Safe seemed to polish/clean their aircraft 🤣

 

The transparencies are all from the kit, I used the masks provided with the kit and treated them afterwards with a bit of the old ‘future’ 😉

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That is just lovely Harry. I used to work turning these around at Nelson in the mid/late 70s, great fun, wonderful old girls. The cockpit looked like something out of a WW2 bomber but less head room. :)

Steve.

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