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PostSubject: Constellation   Sun 18 Feb 2018, 5:38 am

Building this for a mate. Heller's 1/72 Connie. This will be in QANTAS colours, if the ancient decals hold together. The wing is ready for paint,
the fuselage is mocked up on the undercarriage for centre of gravity checks.

It failed. More ballast needed in the cockpit, which will be unseen once the glazing is in. Haven't worked in 1/72 for 30 years, but I'm finding it easier in most ways, since there is less detail to be seen or added. I usually scribe panel lines, in this case I haven't bothered.


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PostSubject: Re: Constellation   Sun 18 Feb 2018, 9:55 am

now thats a big kit for 1/72

look forward to seeing progress

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PostSubject: Re: Constellation   Sun 18 Feb 2018, 1:49 pm

Looking good. A nice size aircraft.

If you're worried about the decals, overspray them for safety. I use Testor's Spray Decal Bonder. It won't fall apart, but you'll have to trim it as it puts a fresh coating over the whole sheet and it becomes one giant decal.
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PostSubject: Re: Constellation   Mon 19 Feb 2018, 4:16 pm

Old planes have lovely lines, unlike many of the jumbos of today. Thanx for an interesting build. I'll enjoy the QANTAS decals.
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PostSubject: Re: Constellation   Mon 19 Feb 2018, 5:51 pm

Great looking subject, good start.

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PostSubject: Re: Constellation   Sat 24 Feb 2018, 6:43 pm

Great start!
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PostSubject: Re: Constellation   Wed 21 Mar 2018, 4:36 pm

Looks good so far! How much and what kind of weight will you use? I am watching closely, as I have this kit also!
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PostSubject: Re: Constellation   Mon 16 Apr 2018, 10:30 pm

Tom Louis wrote:
Looks good so far! How much and what kind of weight will you use? I am watching closely, as I have this kit also!

Tom, the kit quotes 70 grams if I remember correctly. I didn't weigh my ballast, but I used some lead pieces encased in plasticine. Not quite enough, since there isn't much room in the nose, once the cockpit & under carriage well is installed. I ended up putting more in just behind the cockpit bulkhead. With that added it passed muster.
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PostSubject: Re: Constellation   Mon 16 Apr 2018, 10:34 pm

Wing almost complete. The props are fragile, so they stay off until I hand the model over to it's owner. The QANTAS decal on the port wing next.
I've the extra distance and cut every letter away from the carrier film. Fiddley, but well worth it.


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PostSubject: Re: Constellation   Tue 17 Apr 2018, 2:38 pm

Very nice, clean look to the wing. Good job.
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PostSubject: Re: Constellation   Sat 28 Apr 2018, 7:32 pm

Great progress! The wing looks almost like a retro-futuristic flying craft all by itself.
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PostSubject: Re: Constellation   Sat 05 May 2018, 3:29 am

webby wrote:
Tom Louis wrote:
Looks good so far! How much and what kind of weight will you use? I am watching closely, as I have this kit also!

Tom, the kit quotes 70 grams if I remember correctly. I didn't weigh my ballast, but I used some lead pieces encased in plasticine. Not quite enough, since there isn't much room in the nose, once the cockpit & under carriage well is installed. I ended up putting more in just behind the cockpit bulkhead. With that added it passed muster.



Thank you.
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PostSubject: Re: Constellation   Sat 05 May 2018, 11:03 am

Chris building a wingy thing
I'm in.
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