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User currently offlineBrianhames From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 795 posts, RR: 2
Posted (11 years 12 months 21 hours ago) and read 4154 times:

Just finished it this weekend, took me about 3 days to do.

Minicraft Alaska Airlines 737-400, N794AS, 1/144.












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User currently offlineDC-10 Levo From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 3432 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (11 years 12 months 11 hours ago) and read 4097 times:

 Wow! That is great!  Wow!

Are the models just called "Minicraft"?
Also, are the liveries included in the box?

DC-10


User currently offlineBrianhames From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 795 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (11 years 12 months 5 hours ago) and read 4076 times:

Yeah thats the brand, Minicraft Models, and yes, this model came with Alaska decals. Minicraft makes tons of commercial airplane models though, and lots of 737s as well.


http://www.minicraftmodels.com/


User currently offlineDC-10 Levo From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 3432 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (11 years 12 months 4 hours ago) and read 4071 times:

That looks really good quality!

I'm gonna get one!

Is it hard to assemble together?

Thanks for your help.

DC-10



User currently offlineBrianhames From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 795 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (11 years 12 months ago) and read 4057 times:

Thanks for the compliments! Minicraft makes very nice quality kits, all the peices fit together perfectly and there is no excess plastic hanging off anywhere very often.


http://www.plastic-models.com is who I would recommend to buy from, good prices and selection, but since you are in the UK, they might not be your best bet. Good luck!


Brian


User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5519 posts, RR: 18
Reply 5, posted (11 years 12 months ago) and read 4056 times:

NICE JOB! Did that one require paint!?

Continental


User currently offlineB777 From Canada, joined Sep 1999, 368 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (11 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 4045 times:

Whoa! Superjob considering it took only three days!

User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5519 posts, RR: 18
Reply 7, posted (11 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 4032 times:

Did you use paint!? I'd really like to know! And are there kits that require no paint?

Continental


User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5519 posts, RR: 18
Reply 8, posted (11 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 4024 times:

Brian, could you also tell me the colors you used for it!? Thanks

Continental


User currently offlineAirhead711 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 249 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (11 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 4014 times:

WOW, thats an excellent job Brian.I am working now on my first ailrliner model.It's an ANA Airbus A320.I seriously doubt it will anywhere near as good as yours though.Great job!

Scott


User currently offlineBrianhames From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 795 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (11 years 11 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 3993 times:

Hey, thanks for the good remarks, everyone!

Sorry its taken me a while to reply, been busy.

But yes, this model has taken a lot of paint, I used almost all Testors spray paint.

The hobby shop was out of certain colors, so I had to compramise light gray for camoflauge gray, and flat gray for gunship gray. And I used flat black for the tires of course.

But here are all the colors I used...









User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5519 posts, RR: 18
Reply 11, posted (11 years 11 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 3959 times:

Thanks! Did you put primer on it first!?

Continental


User currently offlineAirhead711 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 249 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (11 years 11 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 3956 times:

1 more question for ya Brian.How do you fill in the gap between the 2 fuselage halves?I have the 2 halves of my model together now but there is a gap down the middle of the fuselage.I'm going to try to use putty to fill it in now but i'm not sure how successful it will be.

Thanks
Scott


User currently offlineBrianhames From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 795 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (11 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 3950 times:

Nope, I didn't use any primer.



Here is what I did to fill the gap: First, I used about 400 or 600 grit sand paper to make the two halfs flow together better, then I used a more fine grit, and even finer until all the scratches from the rough sand paper are gone, that hides the seem pretty well, then I used a little bit of contour putty on the areas where the seam is more visible. And then, 4 layers of gloss white spray paint helped hide the seam until its almost invisible.

Well I hope that helps you, and good luck!

My next model is a Revell 1/144 Lufthansa A340, but I probably won't get around to that one for another couple weeks or so.


Brian


User currently offlineAirhead711 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 249 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (11 years 11 months 4 weeks ago) and read 3947 times:

Very helpful..thanks!

Scott


User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5519 posts, RR: 18
Reply 15, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 3833 times:

I've started on a Continental 737-300, and it looks great already! I wanna know that if you painted the aircraft before assembly? Thanks!

Continental


User currently offlineDragon-wings From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3989 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 3820 times:

That model came out very good! I would never be able to do that and make it come out that good, I used to TRY and make model car kits and ALWAYS messed them up with either to much glue, a lousy paint job or something like that  Laugh out loud That's why I buy 1/400 scale die cast model planes instead of plastic kits.


Don't give up don't ever give up - Jim Valvano
User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5519 posts, RR: 18
Reply 17, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3777 times:

Here's my progress. Started yesterday! I need to run down to the local hobby shop a little later to pick up the exact color for the CO 737.



You may be wondering why there is green tape on it! It's just to hold the model really tight together during the drying of the cement.

Continental
BTW, Krispy Kreme boxes are excellent for a portable work desk!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


User currently offlineBrianhames From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 795 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks ago) and read 3749 times:

Heh heh, nice touch with the krispy kreme box! I just typically use the model box itself...


To answer your question about when I paint. I USED to paint EVERYTHING before I put the peices together, but I kinda determined that that was a bad idea because is glue seeps out then it eats away the paint then you have touch it back up and usually won't look as good.

So recently I put the all the big peices together and do all the sanding and stuff, then I paint it, I do this with all big peices, for example the two fuselage halfs, if the wings come in halfs, then I put those together then glue. But for smaller peices such as engines and the landing gear assembly I paint those peices before I put them together.


The model looks great so far! I have a minicraft CO 772 waiting to be put together, who knows when I'll get to that kit. I have 6 or 7 models I need to build still! But you have to be in the right mood to build models. At least I do anyway!

Good luck with the model!

Brian


User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5519 posts, RR: 18
Reply 19, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 3735 times:

Thanks! So far, I assembled the engines, and it looks great! I luckily got the last Gloss Gull Gray, the color of the Continental aircraft today at the hobby shop!! I'll show you all the finished result whenever I finish!!

Continental


User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5519 posts, RR: 18
Reply 20, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 3658 times:

The paint of your Alaskan 737 on the fuselage came out very smooth! Did you use an airbrush!? My painting looks great too, but it takes to long with the brush! What are your techniques, tell me!

Continental


User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5519 posts, RR: 18
Reply 21, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 3627 times:

.........???????  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Continental


User currently offlineBrianhames From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 795 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 3611 times:

Heh heh, sorry its taken me so long to reply, haven't been in the message boards in a while.


I do have an airbush but I didn't use it for this model because I depise cleaning the thing!  Smile But for the fuselage I probably put about 4 layers of spray paint on there, its pretty thick, and that helps give it a smooth appearance and it also helps hide the seam. Since gloss white is one of those paints that dosen't spread or go on very easily you may want to use a primer so the white has something to stick to. I've never used a primer but I heard (after I was done with the model) that is a good thing to do. So you may want to give it a shot!

Good luck!

Brian


User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5519 posts, RR: 18
Reply 23, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks ago) and read 3530 times:

Just finished my Continental 737-300, I will post some pictures in a little bit!

Continental


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