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User currently offlineSAA380 From South Africa, joined Mar 2008, 213 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 4 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 15592 times:

Hello everyone,
I noticed that nobody builds their own model planes from a kit, thay only collect die cast models.
I have been building scale models for years and I personally think it is more interesting building
your own plane from a 500 piece set.(+ glue,paint etc.)

Any other BUILDER collectors out there?


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User currently offlineCadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9085 posts, RR: 31
Reply 1, posted (6 years 4 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 15592 times:



Quoting SAA380 (Thread starter):

Right here. However, no time recently to finish them, I have a few kits just sitting in my closet. Revell FH-227, DHC-8 and repairing an airfix concorde I was given. Someday...



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User currently offlineCpd From Australia, joined Jun 2008, 4879 posts, RR: 38
Reply 2, posted (6 years 4 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 15555 times:

I once had a F117 model ages ago - it was one of those glue together models. It eventually started to fall apart after years. If I get another one - it'll be the prebuilt variety. I just like being able to unpack - place it where I want it and admire.  Smile

User currently offlineDoug_Or From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3401 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (6 years 4 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 15551 times:

Most who build discuss it in other forums, as the number of builders here is pretty small. AMD, Airlinercafe, Hyperscale are all pretty good.


When in doubt, one B pump off
User currently offlineAmerican 767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3738 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 15356 times:
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I still have an A380 at 1/144 to finish up. I don't have decals, I think I'll just paint the fuselage in white and leave it like this. Ideally I would put the Air France decals but since it's unlikely I'll ever get those I'll leave it as it is. I don't think I'm going build any more models after this one.

Ben Soriano
Brussels Belgium



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User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7642 posts, RR: 36
Reply 5, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 15355 times:

I still have a couple kits that I bought about 15 years ago that I haven't even started. I'd love to get into it again, but I just haven't had the time over the last few years. It is a lot of fun though.


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User currently offlineSoon7x7 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 15352 times:

Yeh, I scratch built an Lufthansa A340-600 1/144th scale from five other kits...It was a huge task to figure out what I was doing but I think it came out super,....think if REVELL GERMANY actually produced the kit, I WILL NOT BUY ONE...as I produced my own...g

User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11612 posts, RR: 60
Reply 7, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 15335 times:

I still enjoy building model kits, but I rarely have the time these days, plus (spray) painting them is not possible during the winter, as the only place I can do it in is the garage and this is too cold so the paint cracks up before it can dry properly. I also have a tendency to knock the gear off before it's dry, which is then a bugger to get back on!


Dan  Smile



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User currently offlineUltimateDelta From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 2092 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 15330 times:

I have several models including the 1/144 Minicraft United 757 pre-1993 white/cheatline colors, the 1/144 Delta Ron Allen 737-300, a Hasegawa 1/200 American 767-200, the 1/200 Lufthansa A321, and the Midwest Express 1/144 MD-81. Most are unfinished, and I have several others unbuilt.
Big version: Width: 2884 Height: 1658 File size: 819kb
Minicraft 1/144 UA 757, DL 737 & 1/200 AA 767.



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User currently offlineSoon7x7 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 15315 times:

Found A346 photo...1/144th scale....
Big version: Width: 1024 Height: 683 File size: 74kb
This one is my fav to this date...


User currently offlineFriendlySkies From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 4105 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (6 years 3 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 15289 times:

I used to build more, but recently I started to pick it up again. Here's a 1/72 Boeing 247 I did last fall:

http://img210.imageshack.us/img210/889/b247scale009bk4.jpg

http://img210.imageshack.us/img210/3161/b247scale005bb3.jpg


User currently offlineUltimateDelta From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 2092 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (6 years 3 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 15263 times:

I forgot: I also have an unfinished USN F-18A model in the works.


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User currently offlineEMA747 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 1171 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (6 years 3 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 15257 times:



Quoting Soon7x7 (Reply 9):
Found A346 photo...1/144th scale....
Big version: Width: 1024 Height: 683 File size: 74kb
This one is my fav to this date...

Who makes that? It looks really top quality.



Failing doesn’t make you a failure. Giving up and refusing to try again does!
User currently offlineDoug_Or From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3401 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (6 years 3 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 15250 times:

As he said above, it was scratch built... well I think it was more of a kit bash, but still top notch work. There was a thread covering the building of it a while back, if the search function is in a good mood it might even show up!


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User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7642 posts, RR: 36
Reply 14, posted (6 years 3 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 15244 times:



Quoting EMA747 (Reply 12):
Who makes that? It looks really top quality.

As Doug mentioned above, he made it himself by using 5 other model kits. Gerard (Soon7x7) has a few threads on it kicking around here.



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User currently offlineSoon7x7 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (6 years 3 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 15228 times:



Quoting EMA747 (Reply 12):

It is a 1/144th build, I used 2 a340 kits for wings, fuselage plugs, an a330 kit for another fuselage plug, an AN124, for the powerplants, A380 exhaust plugs in the engines and had to fabricate engine plylons from 7 layers of styrene...Graphics are airbrushed on, cept the small stuff. It measures if I recall...21 inches long. I had to insert wedges in the wing centers, spanwise to increase chord, I added wingtips and reangled and reshaped the winglets, the vertical fin received a fin cap and new trailing edge. The only mod the kit needed which I decided not to do was to reshape the belly fairing, I did fabricate the part to add on, however I was to afraid at that point I would screw it up as I had to cut out big chunk of forward belly(fairing)..It was a really fun build...I even made the sign in the background just for the picture. I did save some in progress shots, will post if I can round up if anyone is interested. ...thnxmuch...gerard


User currently offlineAviationmaster From Switzerland, joined Oct 1999, 2479 posts, RR: 34
Reply 16, posted (6 years 3 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 15223 times:

The A346 and Boeing 247 are both amazing! Big grin

Quoting Soon7x7 (Reply 15):
I did save some in progress shots, will post if I can round up if anyone is interested.


Yes, please do!  Smile


User currently offlineSoon7x7 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (6 years 3 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 15214 times:



Quoting Aviationmaster (Reply 16):

I'll round them up...gerard


User currently offlinePa747sp From Australia, joined Jan 2008, 222 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (6 years 2 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 15129 times:

Absolutely! I have been building them for almost 30 years. The quality of detail is much better on built kits, and also, there is the huge satisfaction in building. Of course, there is also the constant feeling that I could do better, and that there are kits/decals I want that just aren't produced...


Nothing seems as good since the VC10.
User currently offlineCairnterriAIR From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 401 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (6 years 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 14715 times:

First of all, the A340 and B-247 shown here are beautiful. My compliments to the builders. I love building plastic model airliner kits. Just about all I have done is in 1:144 with the exception of a few VEB Plasticart kits in 1:100 and an old Aurora 720B in 1:104 that I am slowly working on.

As for what's in my collection that I have built in 1:144 scale:

747-100's...old Revell Space Shuttle & 747 combo kits I got off Ebay. I used aftermarket decals and did one as "Big Orange" for Braniff International, and "Linda" for National Airlines.

747-SP...Used a Sasquach resin fuselage with Revell wings, engines, and landing gear. Alot of work, but came out nice as a Braniff "Baby Boeing".

L-1011...Revell in Eastern Airlines colors (white top)

A-300...USAirfix Eastern Airlines

DC-9-31...MPC Eastern Airlines (white top)

DC-8-63...Minicraft Eastern Airlines

A-310....Revell in a fantasy Eastern Airlines "retro" Golden Falcon livery

A-380...Revell in fantasy Eastern Airlines logo....silver top.

B-727-200...Minicraft in Eastern Airlines colors....silver top

B-757-200....Minicraft in Eastern Airlines colors....silver with "757" on tail.

B-727-200...Minicraft with aftermarket FEDEX decals.

B-707-300...Minicraft, five total in Braniff "jellybean" colors. (orange, light blue, yellow, light green, sky blue)

B-720B...Revell, E3-A AWACS kits turned into airliners...Braniff "Jellybean" two total, one dark blue, one light blue.

Concorde...Revell...fantasy Braniff "jellybean" livery....red with white wings and tail.

IL-86...Zvezda...fanasty Braniff "jellybean" livery, red

IL-86...Zvezda, Aeroflot

IL-96-300...Eastern Express...used trimmed down from il-86 kit to make old color Aeroflot livery.

B-737-800..Revell...aftermarket Westjet decals

A-319...Revell...aftermarket Frontier decals

B-737-800...Revell...aftermarket Freedomair decals

Caravelle...Airfix, Air France

YS-11...Hasagawa, All Nippon

A-320...Revell, Thomas Cooke

DC-8-71...Minicraft, Delta

DC-10-10...Revell, Delta

B-777-200...Minicraft, American

DC-10-30....MPC, American

L-188 Electra...Minicraft, American

VC-10...Airfix, RAF

B-52...Revell, USAF

B-747-121...Monogram, Pan Am (old late 70's kit, quite crude, but I built the same model as a kid...wanted to do it again as an adult)

CV-880...Glencoe, TWA (I think this one is 1:120 scale)

Space Shuttle Columbia...Revell (this was part of a Space Shuttle and 747 combo kit...I built it "gear down" as a free-standing model.)

Kits I have built in other scales...

Concorde..(1:200...Doyosha, British Airways)

IL-62...VEB Plasticart, Aeroflot, 1:100

B-727-100...VEB Plasticart, used aftermarket decals to make a Braniff "Jellybean"(Green) 1:100.

Working on an Aurora B-720B. This model is 1:104. I will be using aftermarket 1:100 scale 727-200 window and doors decals cut down to fit as well as Braniff International decals to add yet another jellybean to my collection of flying colors. This bird's going to be light blue. Hopefully it will look great parked next to my green VEB Braniff 727.

I have a few other kits sitting in boxes waiting to be built (Revell AN-124 and a few Minicraft kits). Eventually and slowly I will get to them.

Once I complete new shelves in my basement as I refinish the place, I can display and store all these birds better.


User currently offlineSoon7x7 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (6 years 4 weeks ago) and read 14673 times:

Sorry, I have been moving and have had no time to post A346 images from the build, yet. However, I am still building kits at 53 years of age...It's one thing to pull a beautiful Herpa out of a box and plant it on a shelf, however I find the satisfaction level really jacks up when you plant a NEW BUILD on the shelf knowing what you put into it...besides...the details in the build up kits just help support the mini make believe world we're building...j

User currently offlinealuminumbird777 From United States of America, joined Jan 2011, 8 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 10878 times:

Glad to find that at least some people on a.net enjoy building kits. I am a new member on a.net, and had to use the forum search feature to find this thread.

Quoting Pa747sp (Reply 18):
The quality of detail is much better on built kits, and also, there is the huge satisfaction in building.

Completely agree with the latter half of that statement! And though I have never seen a real die-cast model, I'd bet as well that detail is much better on built plastic models.

I enjoy building basically any well known or cool aircraft through the last half-century or so. Sooner or later I'll buy some WWII aircraft. I have built:

1/144 American MD-82 (Minicraft Model Kits)
1/48 Northrop F-5 (Testors)
1/48 Cessna 500 Citation I (Revell)
1/72 A-10 (company?)
1/48 F/A-18E Super Hornet (Revell)
1/144 BA Concorde (Revell)
Working on F-22 Raptor (Revell)
Starting soon a 1/144 B-2 Spirit (Revell)

Also in my family: (My brother built these in the last twelve years, and they are in good condition.)
F-14
F-16
SR-71
F-117
He is currently (and slowly) building the 1/144 Wiener Philharmoniker A340-300. He's adding lights with LEDs and fiberoptics. Even better, he's adding a light-sensitive feature so it starts flashing lights only when the room is dark.

We have many more old, broken planes piled in a box. A couple B747s, a TriStar, a couple or so German WWII fighters, a P-51, Spitfire, F-14, F-15, F-16, a KC-10, A-4, etc.

What are your favorite model, paints/glue companies?


User currently offlineCALTECH From Poland, joined May 2007, 2190 posts, RR: 25
Reply 22, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 9739 times:

Die-cast look great, but building one has a special feel to it, like Soon7x7's A340-600, it is gorgeous. Have gotten into scratch building some futuristic aircraft from aluminum and lexan.

http://www.airliners.net/uf/55706/phpDWfe3J.jpeg



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User currently offlinerdhamr309 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (3 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 9327 times:

I both collect die cast,1/400 and some 1/200 and build. I dont think there is a better stress relieving hobby than sitting at your workbench and putting a model plane together and now with all the add on's your can buy to spruce a model up is incredible!

User currently offlineCairnterriAIR From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 401 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 7319 times:

Caltech....those scratchbuilt models of yours are terrific! Nice work!

User currently offlineUltimateDelta From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 2092 posts, RR: 6
Reply 25, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 7280 times:

Wow, it's been a while....More recently I've been working on more military aircraft. I recently finished a B-52H in the early '60s Cold War anti-flash scheme and have a 1/72 KC-135R and a Blue Angels A-4 in progress.


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