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Old 10-15-2018, 03:51 PM   #1
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I know, the Comet I is not as popular as the B 787 or the A 350, but I thought it could be of some interest to some of you.
This aircraft is historically significant and cannot be ignored.
Even if some of us were not born when the prototype flew in 1949.

I have always said that I would buy every Comet 1 model wearing the liveries of all the airlines / air forces having flown the type, provided the mould was decent and accurate.
Unfortunately, if we except the two basic models made by Historic Aircraft some twenty years ago, the Comet I has never been released by any manufacturer.

Getting tired of waiting something that will never come, I have decided to try something with the Silver Classics model.
Silver Classics released a quite good chrome plated Comet 1, there is no landing gear, the model will stay on its stand and of course , there is no livery ...
...but if you accept to spend some time on each model, you have the possibility to add to your collection models that will never be made.

The Silver Classics model is a good base.
I added the wing fences but was unable to add the fairing between the jet pipes.
The prototype was initially flown without them, later, at this place, Sprite rockets were installed and tested to boost performances during hot and high take-offs.
They were not retained on the production aircraft.

In fact, the Silver Classics model is a good rendition of the G-ALVG, prototype of the Comet 1.

BOAC, BOAC / SAA, Canadian Pacific, RCAF, UAT and AF were the users of this beautiful aircraft.
Sadly, the first Canadian Pacific aircraft crashed during its delivery flight and finally the airline never used its aircraft.

Lesser known is the fact that the RAF flew two former AF Comet 1As converted to Comet 1 XB standard with structural reinforcements and oval windows.
They were used as flying laboratories, XM 823, former F-BGNZ, was the last Comet 1 to fly in 1968, using the last De Havilland Ghost engines available.
This aircraft can be seen at the Cosford museum with a BOAC livery, G-APAS rego and oval windows.

Decals are from F-RSIN and Canmilair, most often, they were reworked, reprinted and rescaled.

I apologize for the quality of the pictures, taken with an iPhone.

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Adding UAT and AF models.

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Thank You for posting the history of this aircraft Jean Pierre. Excellent modeling skills yet again. Great work It must have taken you some time to make these gems. I wonder how many seats where on this aircraft due to it's small size?
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Thank you Steve.
Normal accommodation 36 seats, four abreast, maximum 44.

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Nice work. And the pics look quite good. Thanks for the history. How was it you flew the Comet 1?
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Thank you for your kind words.

I never flew on the Comet 1, I was too young.

But I remember that I visited the first aircraft delivered to AF, it was in 1953.
And I also remember that I saw the landing of an UAT Comet, the noise of its engines was something very strange, something we were not familiar with.

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That is a splendid effort you have made there on all those Comet models and have put many a manufacturer to shame. Perhaps in time this will be done, as we do occasionally get low number operator types, so the interest can be there it is only a question of when.
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Sorry misunderstood. That's cool you were able to see one in person.

Not related to the Comet per se, but people around our age got to see a heck of a lot of really cool airplanes. My family lived under the approach to CVG airport from 1958 to 1963. As a young boy I saw Connies, CV990s, 880s, AA 707s, CV340s, Douglas Commercial of all types. I especially remember the "new" TWA 1049G Constellations and their older 749s--with all silver livery. Wish I could do a brain dump of all I saw back then.

On top of that, being able to travel to Europe every year in that era, since my dad worked for KLM, was what hooked me on this hobby.

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These look beautiful Jean Pierre. Very nice that the silver classic models can be turned around in propper 1:200 Comet 1's. A beautiful and significant aircraft if you ask me.
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I always looks forward to your creations Jean Pierre, and once again you do not disappoint. I've been reading a lot about the history of the comet and it certainly is interesting. I really like your Canadian Pacific rendition. I will probably never see one, unless you count the nose section of an RCAF one on display here in YOW. Surprised by how small it is.

Upon further investigation the a/c nose on display is 5301, your model is the other one, 5302.
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Merveilleux, mon cher J.P, vraiment merveilleux!
Wonderful work, and a unique set of models in the world, no doubt.
Your collection ....when are those pictures coming Monsieur?!;-)
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Genius effort and execution Jean Pierre, congratulations on a job well done !
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I was wondering what was happening with that chrome Comet.

And then all these show up. Bit like London buses!

Outstanding work yet again.

How did you find re-doing these chrome models? Would appreciate some info on your re-painting process.
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Jean Pierre- Such incredible results from your efforts! That was not easy to turn those chrome models into works of art. - Danny
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BEAUTIFUL! I have only one that I have been working on for so long now and still have not even started with the wing fences. The only 1/200 Comet 1 decal that I could find out there was the Royal Canadian Air Force. Thanks for the inspiration!
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I can't believe that the manufacturers has been neglecting the Comet I. The birth of Civil Jet Aviation.

That SAA model would be one of my pride and joy if I had one.

That is simply sublime.

Jean-Pierre, you have one of the most impressive historical collections.
It can be classified as art.

Thank you for sharing those magificent pieces with us.
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ok, Jean Pierre...I told you...will be taking orders Monsieur!? I'm first in line please.
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Some more works of art Jean Pierre. Those are beautiful models. I did fly on a BEA 4B many decades ago. I agree with many here, considering the importance of the the Comet 1, it has been seriously neglected by most of the model makers, a great pity.

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Thank you all for your kind words.
I am very pleased that I am not the only one who has a soft spot for the Comet.

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That is a splendid effort you have made there on all those Comet models and have put many a manufacturer to shame. Perhaps in time this will be done, as we do occasionally get low number operator types, so the interest can be there it is only a question of when.
Thank you Bealine but I am not sure that a decent model of this aircraft will see the light of day.

It takes time to make a model, what we have seen recently makes me think that it is more important to make money from a model as quickly as possible than to make a good model.

I also know by experience that trying to cooperate with some of our manufacturers is a a waste of time, I have already said that.

Good luck to those who think that a bright and colorful livery is enough to impose a model which is grossly inaccurate.

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Wonderful work, and a unique set of models in the world, no doubt.
Your collection ....when are those pictures coming Monsieur?!;-)
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Taking pictures of my models in the cabinet is not easy.

There is a mirror at the back of my cabinet and because of this, everything on the shelves looks very messy.

The best solution is to take all the models out.

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Excellent job J-P. I have been tempted to do this with the Caravelle in this series, as these models are very cheap. I am wondering why you didn't leave the wings and belly in the original chrome-plated finish, rather than over-painting it in a dull silver? Perhaps you thought it was too bright?
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As above nice job.

I have a Comet 1 Do-X and Boeing 307 to do
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I was wondering what was happening with that chrome Comet.

And then all these show up. Bit like London buses!

Outstanding work yet again.

How did you find re-doing these chrome models? Would appreciate some info on your re-painting process.
Thank you Argosy for your interest in my Comets.

The models made by Silver Classics are quite interesting but at first, working on them was not easy.
With this beautiful surface finish, it was very tempting to spray the primer without any precaution.
Huge mistake, primer applied on the chrome plated surface will flake off, particularly if you are using masking tape during the paint job.

To avoid these problem, you will have to remove the chrome plating with a steel brush or grit paper, I used my Dremel rotary tool, it took an hour to do that.

You will discover a pink metal, a very hard alloy made of nickel, zinc and copper, hence the pink color.

Your model is now ready for primer application.

Initially, I used the very good product from Tamiya, suitable for metal and plastic, but for a better result, I suggest to chose a primer used for auto body repair.
After primer application, things are very basic, you fill all the gaps including the recessed cockpit and passenger windows with putty and you sand until you are satisfied.

For the wing fences, I sawed the upper side of the wings and inserted a piece of plastic card (an expired credit card).

Paint job will follow in a very classic way.

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Excellent job J-P. I have been tempted to do this with the Caravelle in this series, as these models are very cheap. I am wondering why you didn't leave the wings and belly in the original chrome-plated finish, rather than over-painting it in a dull silver? Perhaps you thought it was too bright?
Very quickly, the chrome plated finish will tarnish.

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Obrigado Rui ...

Taking pictures of my models in the cabinet is not easy.
There is a mirror at the back of my cabinet.....
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The thing to have in mind when taking pictures from cabinets with mirrors is...to be sure you are dressed! ;-) or at least presentable!;-)
Lets see those rarities....
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Honestly, Jean Pierre — those are simply GORGEOUS!

Yes, a simple model, but they get the point across. Besides, they remind me of the models I’d see at the ticket counter at the airport when I was a kid.

Super job, super photos, my friend. I’m also envious a bit.
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Many thanks Jean Pierre for the info and the pics showing conversion process.

Good luck Aviaction using a wire brush on the Dornier Do X.

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Fantastic work there Jean Pierre! Many thanks for the detailed review you did of these classic relics, later generation Comets were safe weren't they?
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The first Comet's had rectangular windows (also widely used on propliners back then) but due to speed and higher altitudes metal fatigue caused cracks in the corners of the windows with fatal damage/breakup inflight. The later Comet's all had oval windows and the problem was solved. But in the meantime Boeing had launched it's legendary and mighty 707.
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The Comet still has the distinction of first passenger jet transatlantic flight beating out Pan Am's 707 by 3 weeks.
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Fantastic little gems! You have created true masterpieces of the grandmother of all jet aircraft. Standing ovation for the Comet!
Most likely high detailed interest in these kind of models are only limited to us, crazy connoisseurs. And will they be (permanently) ignored by the quick cash guys of the big producers.

We are glad that we have you ;-) Applaudissements.

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Great work, very impressive. I think I could kill for one of the Frenchies
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That's a great result Jean Pierre. I do have several Silver Classics models, the moulds are very good and they are good value for money. But I don't have the skill nor the time to convert them to "real" models with livery applied. Thank you for sharing.
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Many thanks to those who have taken the time to visit this thread and post their comments.

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As above nice job.

I have a Comet 1 Do-X and Boeing 307 to do
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Always thought that the Bristol Freighter would make a good subject...
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Among the interesting models, the FW 200 Condor has its place.

I am not sure that this model has been made before.

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Among the interesting models, the FW 200 Condor has its place.

I am not sure that this model has been made before.

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This metal 1/200 Condor was sold by Model Power several years ago and probably can be found on eBay.
It’s not quite up to your standards Jean Pierre, but a decent model.

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The more I keep revisiting this thread the more I like that the model is made with gear up. It clearly shows the fine beautiful lines of this aircraft. Just Stunning Jean Pierre
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This metal 1/200 Condor was sold by Model Power several years ago and probably can be found on eBay.
It’s not quite up to your standards Jean Pierre, but a decent model.
Hello Jay.

It's great you have this model.

Model Power, I remember them ...
Nice models, some of them were in the 1/200 scale, I also remember of a Ju 52 .

The Condor was a very promising aircraft, it could have been the front runner of many other aircraft with long range capabilities, well before the DC 4 and Constellation.

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This is a compliment to the De Havilland engineers who designed this beautiful aircraft, in 1949, the shape of the Comet was regarded by many as futuristic .

Sadly, they were still a few things to learn.

The Court of Enquiry concluded that no one could be blamed, simply the engineers were pushing in the unknown and the unknown was pushing back.

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This is a compliment to the De Havilland engineers who designed this beautiful aircraft, in 1949, the shape of the Comet was regarded by many as futuristic .

Sadly, they were still a few things to learn.

The Court of Enquiry concluded that no one could be blamed, simply the engineers were pushing in the unknown and the unknown was pushing back.

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Can’t imagine a Court of Enquiry coming to that conclusion nowadays. There appears to be no such thing as an accident any more. Someone, somewhere has to be accountable and someone, somewhere gets to make a great deal of money out of it. I know that people should be accountable for their actions but I sometimes wonder if the litigious nature of everything now is a good thing.

Great models JP, your customising skills are excellent.
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