|My 1:144 scale Pan Am IL-96M "Fantasy Bird".|
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I just completed this model and thought I would share a picture. I found an Eastern Express IL-96M up for sale on Ebay from a dealer in China. While the plastic parts were not too bad, the decals included with the kit were less than stellar. So I decided to create a "fantasy bird"....playing on the lines of what if Pan Am didn't close down in 1991and needed to rebuild its fleet with affordable aircraft. The IL-96M is indeed a "westernized" airplane, with American made avionics and P & W engines. I used two decal sheets from Minicraft 1:144 scale Pan Am 727 kits (I split the Pan's and Am's up on the billboard so I could splice together the parts of the words that didn't have the emergency exit outlines in them). I also used leftover window decals from various Minicraft 707's I built.
I love the results....a huge sleek widebody named "Clipper Charmer". Hope you enjoy!
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