B777 From Canada, joined Sep 1999, 371 posts, RR: 0 Posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 7262 times:
Just wanted to know if there is any fellow airliner modelers here. I haven't built a model for years and I am going to start modelling again. My first project is Revell AG's Lufthansa A321 D-AIRY "die maus". Hope all goes well.
Mexicana757 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3066 posts, RR: 15
Reply 2, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 7230 times:
Yep, here. I bought the MInicraft US Airways 737-400, That was like a year ago. But i decided to paint it into BMI's livery. Hard work trying to mix in the right colors and of course the titles, and i still havent finished assembling the model, i think i will do that this weekend, since i have a three day weekend.
Good Luck B777 in building your model. Its fun putting them together. you should show us some pics when your finish with it.
Doug_Or From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3578 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 7197 times:
www.hannants.co.uk for england/europe
www.modelairliners.com for general kits etc.
http://www.airline-hobby.com/ for frigg'n everything. 50 some-odd page catalog available online.
all three are run by airliner modelrers. the bottom two are garage operations set up to serve hobbists. the UK store is one of the best known plastic hobbys shops oin the world, although they don't speacilize in Airliners they have lots of stuff.
N949WP From Hong Kong, joined Feb 2000, 1437 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 7172 times:
Used to be a rather prolific model builder myself during my school days. I guess starting to work for a living and the subsequent shortage of spare time took care of that!
Nowadays, I mostly acquire 1/400 or 1/500 models which can go straight from the box to my display shelf -- instant gratification!! Still, there are some 100 boxes (or more) of unassembled kits waiting, and the numbers are still growing every now and then. Looks like I'll need a bigger house to accommodate them all, and will have to wait till my retirement before I have time to get to them!
B777 From Canada, joined Sep 1999, 371 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 7130 times:
Glad to hear that there are lots of modelers around! I got quite a few kits too (about 20). Looks like I will have to do a lot of work to get the A321 looking right. I don't have much spare time either so it is going to take weeks to get it done. Hope all goes well with the projects you have now!
Pronto From Canada, joined Mar 2000, 328 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 7100 times:
Yep!! Big time!! 1/200 Airliners (occasional 1/144) and 1/72 military...
About 500 or so...seriously!
1/200 - 277 built, 14 in process, 47 in boxes
1/72 - 201 built, 20 in process, 48 in boxes
1/144 - 5 built, 1 in box
Also build the occasional armour, ship and spacecraft(assorted scales)
As you can tell, I never just build one at a time, and I buy even more before finishing any!!
Notar520AC From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1606 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 7054 times:
Yep- I'm here. I like being able to say, "Yes, I built that myself," when someone asks me if those models were storebought or built. I've learned from mistakes over the period of about 3 years since starting to build, but am sad to say that I'm having trouble finding time. I'm a perfectionist, so building a model is no fast process. I spray-paint everything so it has a nice, realistic texture, and I like detail.
Here's what's on my bookcase now:
Eurocopter EC-135 Executive Helicopter
Beech Bonanza V35
Alaskan Airlines B727
I won't lie- I really don't have that many that I haven't wrecked or messed up on with paint/decals so severely they can't be used, and I scrap them for parts. Right now, I'm close to finishing an American Airlines MD-80- just have to finish painting the engines and wings- otherwise, all the decals are on and everything.
*Unless the decals/paint scheme is for an airline, if I don't like it I usually paint it as I desire. The Eurocopter was meant to be a German Army patrol chopper, but since I like executive choppers with nice paint on them, I just re-did it.
Srbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 7003 times:
I've been doing airliner models on and off for a few years now. I've never done the models in the airline the plane is supposed to be in (with the exception of the Hasegwa models that come without any decals). Most of the time, I have done them in the colors of my fantasy airline (dark blue and silver), with the only true airline livery I've applied was a fantasy livery; I did up a Caledonian 747-400 (the decals were for a 747 Classic, but were the right scale for the 400 series). I've got a BaE 146 in the pipe right now, with a Pan Am 727 (an oddball in the scale dpet.) being my next bird. I hope to eventually get ahold to the Lufthansa 707 kit (the 1:72 scale model, I just need a larger place in order to even consider getting this model). Would love to do a Concorde model next as well. I'm thinking about doing a series of Concorde models in the liveries of airlines that ordered it, but never took delivery of them.
DC-10 Levo From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 3432 posts, RR: 3
Reply 18, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 6998 times:
I built a Red Arrows jet when I was a little kid, and it came out alright but I didn't like it very much. I can't paint and I just mess it up when I do. Are there any models which don't require paint and come with stick on decals? I'd love to start to do one like that, but the Red Arrows jet put me off.
Soontobepilot From United States of America, joined May 2000, 271 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 6978 times:
do you use soot for those really cool exhaust stain effects? Also, did you apply clearcoat lacquer to those models when you were done? I am really impressed with those models, espescially the seamless Eastern L-1011 and the AWESOME BA 737. Any other pics of your models would be great if you could post them up here. Same goes for everyone here, if you got a pic of one of your complete models, let us see!
Doug_or From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3578 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 6961 times:
Yes, i clear coat most of my models with a prodcut called future floor wax. its sold in the cleaning supply area of many stores. yes, it is in fact a floor covering. but its cheap and it works great. The only models that don't have it are the natural metal finnishes that involve testors metailzer (which i no longer use.) I coat once before decaling to even out the shine of various paints, and once after to protect the decals. For the exaust i just airbrushed a combination of brown and black with a little yellow. I put all them together in the hopper at once, then drop some thinner in. No stirring. this helps make the color uneven and more reallistic. My roomates just got me set up to make a webpage (after a 9 year hiatus), So i hope to post some more (better) pictures soon.
American 767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4623 posts, RR: 12
Reply 21, posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 6967 times:
Well, I'm happy to see that a lot of you collect airliners models. I do that too. I collect scale model kits at three different scales, mostly 1/144 and 1/200 and once in a while 1/100. I'm currently working on an Aer Lingus A330, it's a Revell 1/144 scale model that comes with the decals of Aer Lingus and SN Brussels Airlines. I got if for only 20 Euros. I would normally choose SN Brussels Airlines because I'm from Belgium but I choose Aer Lingus instead because I already made a Sabena A330 also a 1/144, and, Aer Lingus is part of the One World alliance. If the Aer Lingus decals were not included, I wouldn't have bought that model. I was in a hobby store a few months ago, I saw that Aer Lingus A330, I felt like buying it although I had already an A330 in my collection, I just couldn't resist and for the price that it was, it was worth it. I had to buy green paint as well, I bought the green paint just for that model.
I enjoy looking at models and collecting them, but I try not to have too many at home waiting to be built because I never know if I will still want them in the future. What if I don't want them anymore? I usually buy one or two at a time, maybe three at the most if they are little, and I wait till I finish working on all of them. It is only after I run out of models waiting to be built that I buy a new one. I don't buy a model unless I'm sure I really want to add it to my collection.
Soontobepilot From United States of America, joined May 2000, 271 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 6955 times:
Yeah, I really need to get an airbrush. I am always asking people if they have a recommendation for a beginner - I think the actual airbrush is easy enough to pick out, but I am boggled by the choices for the airsource. Any recommendations?
I am fairly poor at making them still, even after building more than 20, and I always end up getting frustrated and rushing . If I can get a pic of my US Airways 734 up here, I will, because it is fun to laugh at! I am getting a little better, and am figuring out new ways to do things all the time.
I tend to paint my models by puting a coat of auto primer on the plastic, then move on to normal spraypaints. This doesn't work to well, as I've found out this winter. The cold weather makes the paint contract as it dries, and huge cracks spring up like a spider web - I have to sand the whole thing down and basically start over. Its happened twice sofar on this model. So, I am still kinda stumped by the painting part.