brianhames
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My Latest Model!

Fri Nov 01, 2002 10:18 am

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

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










 
dc-10 levo
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RE: My Latest Model!

Fri Nov 01, 2002 8:24 pm

 Wow! That is great!  Wow!

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

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brianhames
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RE: My Latest Model!

Sat Nov 02, 2002 2:30 am

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/
 
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RE: My Latest Model!

Sat Nov 02, 2002 3:06 am

That looks really good quality!

I'm gonna get one!

Is it hard to assemble together?

Thanks for your help.

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brianhames
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RE: My Latest Model!

Sat Nov 02, 2002 7:45 am

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!


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RE: My Latest Model!

Sat Nov 02, 2002 7:56 am

NICE JOB! Did that one require paint!?

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RE: My Latest Model!

Sat Nov 02, 2002 10:03 am

Whoa! Superjob considering it took only three days!
 
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RE: My Latest Model!

Sun Nov 03, 2002 12:18 am

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

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RE: My Latest Model!

Sun Nov 03, 2002 2:55 am

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

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RE: My Latest Model!

Sun Nov 03, 2002 4:01 am

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!

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brianhames
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RE: My Latest Model!

Sun Nov 03, 2002 1:38 pm

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...







 
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RE: My Latest Model!

Mon Nov 04, 2002 4:10 am

Thanks! Did you put primer on it first!?

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airhead711
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RE: My Latest Model!

Mon Nov 04, 2002 4:24 am

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
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RE: My Latest Model!

Mon Nov 04, 2002 7:01 am

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.


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RE: My Latest Model!

Mon Nov 04, 2002 7:33 am

Very helpful..thanks!

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RE: My Latest Model!

Sun Nov 10, 2002 10:37 am

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!

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RE: My Latest Model!

Sun Nov 10, 2002 2:27 pm

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.
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RE: My Latest Model!

Mon Nov 11, 2002 1:29 am

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.

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brianhames
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RE: My Latest Model!

Mon Nov 11, 2002 8:00 am

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!

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RE: My Latest Model!

Mon Nov 11, 2002 12:27 pm

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!!

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RE: My Latest Model!

Thu Nov 14, 2002 1:54 pm

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!

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RE: My Latest Model!

Fri Nov 15, 2002 7:29 am

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

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brianhames
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RE: My Latest Model!

Fri Nov 15, 2002 10:13 am

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!

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RE: My Latest Model!

Mon Nov 18, 2002 7:28 am

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

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