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User currently offlineBurnsie28 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 7529 posts, RR: 8
Posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 14890 times:

Just wondering who all builds model aircraft, I just started to really get into it, I just finished a F-15E Strike Eagle (1/48) I also did my first airbrush and found it much better then handbrush and what not.

So I have a few more sitting around the house to build and those are...
1/200 Air Do 767-300ER (Hasegawa)
1/144 Air France 737-200Adv (Air Fix)
1/144 Northwest 707-420 (Minicraft)
1/144 United 757-200 OOC (Minicraft)
1/144 Northwest 757-200 NC (Minicraft)
1/144 DC-9-30 Florida Marlins, Hughes Airwest, Northwest Orient (Air Fix)
1/144 Continental 777-200 (Minicraft)
1/72 V-22 Osprey (Italeri)
1/72 F-14A "Bombcat" (Italeri)
1/72 A-10A *Operation Iraqi Freedom* (Academy)
1/72 DC-3 Dakota *Lufthansa* (Italeri)
1/48 P-51D 8th Aces *discontinued* (Tamiya)
1/48 Focke Wulf Fw190A3 (Tamiya)
1/48 Mitsubishi A6M2b Zero (Hasegawa)
1/48 F-51D *Korean War* (Tamiya)
1/48 F-16 A/C (Academy)
1/39 Wright Flyer (Revell)


"Some People Just Know How To Fly"- Best slogan ever, RIP NW 1926-2009
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User currently offlineFutureUApilot From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1365 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 14832 times:

I build models out of Balsa Wood, no plastic for me!

Currently i'm working on a F-14, next in line is a DC3 with a 36" wing span!

Balsa wood is so much better than plastic, if you have never done a balsa model, try it. It shows the structural parts of the acft...
-Sam



The Pilot is the highest form of life on Earth!
User currently offlineBronko From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 810 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 14823 times:

Sam: I used to build Guillows balsa models as a kid, and want to get back into it. Do you know of any good websites related to this hobby? And you are correct about balsa and the structural aspect, I love it.


Jet City Aviation Photography
User currently offlineFutureUApilot From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1365 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 14817 times:

Yeah! The website I really like is www.guillow.com. I think i'll need to save my money for that DC-3 though... Balsa is the way to go!

-Sam

[Edited 2005-02-14 02:10:35]


The Pilot is the highest form of life on Earth!
User currently offlineAR1300 From Argentina, joined Feb 2005, 1740 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 14816 times:

I do.I have a big collection:F-15,F-16,Jas 39 Grippen, 2 A340's,DC-10,B727, 2 747's, DC-9, Mig 15, Spitfire,Hawker Sea Hurricane, Bf 109, Su 27, and many many more.I also find better the airbrush, but I usually use regular brushes for the dirt and oxidation effects.I also have 37 Gemini and Dragon airliner models.

Regards, Mike.

P.S: I think Revell has the best models out there.



They don't call us Continental for nothing.
User currently offlineBurnsie28 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 7529 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 14810 times:

I dont do balsa because they are not nearly as accurate or detailed as the plastic ones that are much more of challenge to build, none the less paint.

AR1300, Revell has the best F-15E on the market, Tamiya has the best 1/48 P-51 Mustang etc, Italeri has the best DC-3, every company differs. As for Gemini and Dragon, I have 68 of them.



"Some People Just Know How To Fly"- Best slogan ever, RIP NW 1926-2009
User currently offlineAR1300 From Argentina, joined Feb 2005, 1740 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 14808 times:

Do you have a Cathay 747(NC)?Can't find one.Maybe you have an xtra one... Big grin$$$$$

Mike.



They don't call us Continental for nothing.
User currently offlineSmithAir747 From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 1622 posts, RR: 28
Reply 7, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 14803 times:

I specialise in custom-painting the plastic kit models I build (all large-scale widebodies). I paint them all in my special, one-off "Smith Airways" schemes (inspired by Irish/Celtic design) in metallic green and gold.

Here they are:

1) 1:125 Heller 747-100 (Smith Airways): Metallic green upper half of fuselage, with two-tone (light green and gold) cheatline and gold block lettering. Gold tail with green shamrock. Metallic green engine nacelles.

2) 1:100 Doyusha 747-100 (Smith Airways): Newer livery: Metallic green fuselage, with silver underbelly and thin gold band around bottom of green part. Gold Celtic lettering on fuselage. Metallic green tail with gold Celtic knot design (similar to BA's Colum tail design). Metallic green engine nacelles with gold band around front of them.

3) Monogram L-1011 Tristar in unknown scale: Formerly Eastern, recently repainted in an experimental Smith Airways livery featuring metallic ruby red and sapphire blue, celebrating my hometown. Metallic sapphire blue upper half of fuselage and tail and engines, gold cheatline below windows, and metallic ruby red lower half of fuselage.

Now under construction:
Revell 1:144 Airbus A380 (Smith Airways): Entire fuselage metallic green, tail metallic green with gold Celtic knot design (BA Colum-style), gold Celtic lettering on fuselage, and metallic green on engine nacelles.

When a large-scale 787 Dreamliner model comes out, I'll try a new variation of my Celtic Smith Airways livery!

SmithAir747



I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made... (Psalm 139:14)
User currently offline57AZ From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2550 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 14771 times:

I have built model airliners in the past but have not done any recently. My favorite is the 1/72 Heller 707-300. Flight deck had decals for the instrument panel, center pedistal, dual control columns and FE's position. I don't recall the exact wingspan, only that it was about 3.5 feet-just enough to require the model be turned on its side to fit through the doorway when completed! Presently I have so much other stuff, I would not consider resuming model airplane building at this moment.


"When a man runs on railroads over half of his lifetime he is fit for nothing else-and at times he don't know that."
User currently offlineBluepoole From South Africa, joined Jan 2005, 51 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (9 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 14686 times:

Burnsie, I see you have the Airfix 737-200 on your list - a good friend of mine and I have recently completed that kit (we each had one). We never use the airline depicted on the box - mine was completed in British Airways livery since that was the first jet plane I ever flew on.

My friend has over 90 kits on the shelf, waiting to be built - I don't know where he is going to find the time to build them!

We enjoy the hobby...just have one complaint: here in South Africa you don't get 1/144 Boeing 777 kits yet!!



Aircraft types flown on: A319, B727, B732, B733, B738, B744, DC9, MD82, DH3, DH4
User currently offlineDeltaMD11 From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 1701 posts, RR: 35
Reply 10, posted (9 years 4 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 14664 times:

My next project is the KMT 1/72 scale 727-200. Gonna use the set decals for American Airlines. Probably going to start in on it tonight actually.


Too often we ... enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought. - John Fitzgerald Kennedy
User currently offlinePronto From Canada, joined Mar 2000, 328 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 14642 times:

I sure do!! Have listed passenger types on here before - too many to repeat that again!! All Hasegawa 1/200 except for about 4 or 5. Around 350 and counting. Even the Hogans I get I'm adding detail to.
Military aircraft is over 200 - Mostly build 1/72 for these types. Size is good and can have plenty of them(just like 1/200 passenger). Manufacturers vary - Most are Hasegawa, but also Fujimi, Revell, Italeri, AMT/Ertl, Esci, Airfix, Academy, Hobbycraft, Trumpeter, even Special Hobby. I'll probably try more short run types now as they have different and interesting subjects. You can only build so many mainline types - I have build over 25 F-16s alone, never mind Eagles, Hornets, MIG-21s, Phantoms, Starfighters, etc.


User currently offlineThorben From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 14079 times:

I do, too, only 1/144.

Finished:

LH Airbus A380

LTU Airbus A333

AC Airbus A343

LH Airbus A321

AF Airbus A320-100

KLM Boeing 738

All Revell, the A380 done with Brasil decals. But I have many more in construction.


User currently offlineJetjack74 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 7405 posts, RR: 50
Reply 13, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 14006 times:
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I have a few projects I'm working on.
1.Testors 1/72 scale DC-130A-Drone Carrier US Navy VC-3 Sqdn.
2.Testors 1/72 scale AC-130A Gunship, USAF Special Ops.
3.Airfix 1/72 scale C-130H, which i'm going to convert to an LC-130, with Microscale Decals that I just picked up off of Ebay.
-I'm looking for a Revell 1/144 scale C-5A or C-5B kit. Very rare these days

I have others, but may not build them because I don't have the room.
Entex 1/100 Scale DC10-30 with Laker Airways and American Airlines Decals.

Revell 747 Shuttle Carrier, with Space shuttle. I built it with Runway30 South African Airways Decals. Wings and horizontal stabs are detached, so it can sit in the box. All transfers and paint is done, just isn't fully assembled

MPC 1/144 scale 727-200 with AA decals
Heller/Humbroll 1/72 scale 707-300 with BOAC, AF, and TW decals
Here's a great site for aftermaket decals i case you don't know. They have great graphics and produce great results. I 2nd place in a contest with a Minicraft 707-300 straight-pipe with South African Airways Decals. Great decals
http://www.f-dcal.net/



Made from jets!
User currently offlineKCMike From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 537 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 14000 times:

I cant recall because I have lost them over the years. But I have built plent of Choppers.

AH-1
UH-1
AH64
UH60

To name a few



Dustoff
User currently offlineSWISSER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 13986 times:

I do models too!
All 1/144 scale

currently in progress,

MD-11 SWISSAIR (welsh models)
B777-200 CO Peter Max (minicraft/revell/Platz)
A330-200 SWISS (Revell/Braz)
A340-300 SWISS (Revell)
B747-400 Singapore (Revell/Braz)
MD80 CO (minicraft/Platz) (for futureUApilot)


this is one of my latest projects!
Peter Max 777,



User currently offlineThorben From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (8 years 9 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 13925 times:

Swisser, it's nice to have somebody with the same hobby. Here are pics of my current fleet. (Sorry for quality.)

[img] http://www.p2u.de/Thorben81/Bilder/IMG_3584.JPG [img]

[img] http://www.p2u.de/Thorben81/Bilder/IMG_3586.JPG [img]

I have a lot more kits waiting to get done. Later today I'll paint the red tail and winglets for an TK A343. Cheers!

[Edited 2005-10-21 15:11:15]

User currently offlineSWISSER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (8 years 9 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 13904 times:

Nice Thorben!

Don't forget to add some pictures of it!
I painted the red tail of my SR MD-11 today,
and that was curiously not easy...

I used paint that was not original modelling paint and it airbrushed extremely hard...
I will upload a shot later today when I tweaked the little faults!

BTW, do you use Humbrol 22 (white)?
It changed in the beginning of the year from composition and it really sucks to me...

And off course modelling many european airlines requires a lot of white!  Wink

BTW,
check this site,
www.lhshop.nl

you find a lot of 1/144 items there and they deliver much much fatser then Hannants!


User currently offlineThorben From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (8 years 9 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 13898 times:

Hey Swisser.

Concerning the colors, I use Revel paint or Tamiya. The latter makes a nice acrylic white.

Thanks for the link. At present I have so many kits lying around, I want to get some done before I buy more. Good online shops in Germany are http://www.buyamodel.com/ and http://www.modellbau-huber.de/

What airbrush do you use? I have the standard from Revell, not great, but it's OK for what I need.

At present, I work on 12-15 more models. I intend to build some airport buildings as well, but I haven't started with that, yet.


User currently offlineSWISSER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (8 years 9 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 13897 times:

Quoting Thorben (Reply 18):
Thanks for the link. At present I have so many kits lying around, I want to get some done before I buy more.

The same here!

Quoting Thorben (Reply 18):
What airbrush do you use?

I use two Badger 150's, one is tuned for fine work, the other for large paintjobs.
They are exellent and they say one of the best around, but quite expensive.

As promised, some preliminary MD-11 tail shots!
It will be HB-IWI "Uri" when finished!
I still have some tweaking to do, because the metaliser coats are extremely hard to paint, they are awasome once polished though!

Enjoy!





This is an exellent refererence shot I used for the tail because no good tail close up of HB-IWI was available...
That's what makes A.net really worth it, you can make a model really as real as it gets!




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Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Gerardo Dominguez



User currently offlineSmithAir747 From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 1622 posts, RR: 28
Reply 20, posted (8 years 9 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 13885 times:

As I said in an earlier reply (reply 7), I specialise in one-off, custom fantasy models in my "Smith Airways" colour scheme (to promote my private airline, to honor my favourite planes, and honor my Irish-American heritage).

Now I have some photos of my "fleet":

1) Smith Airways 747-100 (new Celtic-inspired colours): 1:100 Doyusha 747 kit (summer 2002).













2) Smith Airways 747-100 (old colours): 1:125 Heller 747 kit (summer 1997).







3) Smith Airways L-1011 TriStar (in experimental livery to honor my small town of Garrett, IN). Monogram L-1011 kit in unknown scale. 1998.





Enjoy, and please let me know what you think of my unique fleet of models!

This is the next best thing to having my own private 747!

SmithAir747



I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made... (Psalm 139:14)
User currently offlineSWISSER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (8 years 9 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 13870 times:

Cool!
looks like some pewter art, but with your own touch off course!
that smaragd-green is a nice color!

Did you use the BA (chatham dockyard?) tail design for the Doyusha?


User currently offlineSmithAir747 From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 1622 posts, RR: 28
Reply 22, posted (8 years 9 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 13861 times:

Response to SWISSER:

Thanks! I'm glad you enjoy my designs.

The tail design on the Smith Airways (new colours-Celtic) 747 by Doyusha is actually patterned after the BA World Tail design from Ireland, called "Colum" (which itself is patterned after the Book of Kells in the Trinity College Library, Dublin).

I used the basic Irish "Colum" design shape, then applied my own colours (metallic gold with black outlines).

All designs were painted by hand; there are no decals on any of the three models. Even the Celtic lettering on the first model was painted calligraphically by hand. The block lettering on the older version (the shamrock version) was rub-on from model railroad stencils.

The Celtic version is what my private 747 would look like, if I had one!

SmithAir747



I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made... (Psalm 139:14)
User currently offlineThorben From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (8 years 9 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 13797 times:

SmithAir747, nice collection, indeed. I thought about doing customs myself, but this far I've only done models of real airlines.

User currently offlineSWISSER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (8 years 9 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 13793 times:

Some new shots of the MD-11!
enjoy!

http://swiss-va.com/forum_invision/uploads/post-14-1130101693.jpg

http://swiss-va.com/forum_invision/uploads/post-14-1130101715.jpg

http://swiss-va.com/forum_invision/uploads/post-14-1130101736.jpg


25 SWISSER : BTW, if you look closely on the last engine nacelle shot, you see a white square reflection just behind the chrome front ring, that is the reply box o
26 Post contains images HA_DC9 : I usually build 1/144 kits. My latest creation is a Finnair A321 built from the Revell Swissair kit: I have several in que right now that I need to fi
27 Post contains images SWISSER : Looks very nice Bricen! Where did you get the decals? F-Dcal? I have one waiting too to be build! a CO 752 with winglets! engines and tail section+no
28 HA_DC9 : Thanks SWISSER. The decals are from MASP Decals that I purchased from Airline Hobby Supply a couple of months ago. Looks like your 752 is coming alon
29 Thorben : HA_DC9, your A321 looks like a pretty good piece of work. I like the white of the fuselage. Airbrush, I suppose. Guess what, when I was in a store and
30 Post contains links and images Thorben : Ok, here are my latest pictures. I followed the way the airline manufacturers do it and made the tail first. Which of you experts can tell me which pl
31 SWISSER : Thai Kuwait Gulf Turkish SAA Mauritius BTW, do you still have some A340 unassembled kits? I' am still looking for some... They look very nice already!
32 Post contains links Thorben : No, these are hard to get, there is one on the German Ebay, but it's half assembled, doesn't look very good. http://cgi.ebay.de/AIRBUS-A-340-300-...c
33 HA_DC9 : Thanks Thorben. Your Airbuses look great as well...coming along nicely. I didn't airbrush my A321...too lazy as I was anxious to get started on my Re
34 Tg 747-300 : I'm building models too. Have to admit that my collection not only consist of airplanes, but also wide selection of cars, trucks, ships, and military
35 SWISSER : not sure yet... I still have a large bunch of A330's in stock that can be used for other projects like an A340-500 or A340-600, when Braz will releas
36 Post contains images Thorben : I talked to the guy who runs Braz, he told me they wouldn't come out this year. What do you mean? Older A340s? Man, they really stopped the A330. I d
37 Emirates773ER : Can u tell me a site from where to get these models to build, preferably in Canada?
38 SWISSER : already build, but not so good in quality! I had them from Brazil Decals, bought a year ago I think. I only will keep 2 You can make severel aircraft
39 Post contains links SWISSER : one of the most famous guys in Airline modelling was actually from Toronto, but now moved to Arizona! try: www.airline-hobby.com
40 Thorben : I don't know any in Canada, but I know hannants.co.uk in the UK and buyamodel.com in Germany. They ship worldwide. Besides, are you looking for anyth
41 F14D4ever : Hey neighbor, nice pix. I like your taste in aircraft and colors.
42 Post contains links and images Jetjack74 : SAA 747-244B, ZS-SAN, Lebombo. I built this one 15 years ago. I still have the HF antennas on the win tips. The Kit is a 1/144 scale 747, and Runway 3
43 SWISSER : Nice models Jack! I like them all 3!
44 Jetjack74 : I'll post more pics when i'm finished the current project.
45 Thorben : Yep, it does happen. I heard that spraying the whole thing with clear paint when you're done helps, but I haven't tried that yet.
46 SWISSER : Or decalsetting solutions, most clear varnishes can get yellow more rapidly then the decal itself... The Revell varnish is very good, and most acryli
47 Post contains links and images Jetjack74 : Here's a few pics during the progress of the C-5A I was building. This was is a 1:144 scale Otaki Lockheed C-5A Galaxy. The beginning stages. The fuse
48 Post contains images Liedetectors : Hello, I've done this kit, and I am sad to say I was rather disappointed with it. The plastic was thick and the parts were so large it was hard to get
49 SWISSER : Nice work guys! that C5 looks like a very good kit!
50 Post contains links and images SWISSER : BTW, I promised some shots of finished works, These where made around 5 years ago, and compared to my models today, they are really not that good anym
51 Post contains images AirworldA320 : Unbuilt 1/144 DC10 (FedEx, intended) Unbuilt 1/144 Airbus A380 (house colours, intended) Unbuilt 1/144 Boeing 737 (easyjet, intended) Unbuilt 1/48 DeH
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