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Old 01-25-2021, 04:29 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm planing to change a JC 747-400 Blank into a 747F Kalitta Air (pics). Unfortunately I'm totally new to this. Maybe you guys can help me with some links and tips. What equipment do I need? How to remove the existing window line and so on. Thank you.
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Old 01-25-2021, 06:57 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Why did you not just purchase the 747-400F blank with the windows already removed and the smaller hump and do Polar DHL.. thats what Im doing..
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Why did you not just purchase the 747-400F blank with the windows already removed and the smaller hump?
First, I like the flaps down configuration.
Second, N743CK is a convertet 744 with a regular hump.

Polar is a nice idea. How did you do it?
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Polar is a nice idea. How did you do it?
I'm not, its being done for me now.. Glue + paint with me = DISASTER
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First job is to remove windows & doors, I use nail polish remover (acetone). Only make sure you use it on a base paint as have found it
removes any other layer of paint that has been put on top. Being one of the blank models should be OK. I have read some of the newer
models may have a coating on top of the printing that may cause a problem.

I would leave cockpit as is. As that yellow covers a large area, I would use a yellow spray can to get a better finish than hand brushing.
Using masking tape to get a defined edge. Assume you are getting 1/200 Kalitta/DHL decals, once applied I would give model a coat of
Klear or gloss varnish to seal decals.

That’s about it in a nutshell. Although in reality, there’s a bit more too it. I started after a lengthy gap from the plastic kit world & took
awhile to get my hand back.

Welcome to the world of DIY!

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First job is to remove windows & doors, I use nail polish remover (acetone). Only make sure you use it on a base paint as have found it
removes any other layer of paint that has been put on top. Being one of the blank models should be OK. I have read some of the newer
models may have a coating on top of the printing that may cause a problem.

I would leave cockpit as is. As that yellow covers a large area, I would use a yellow spray can to get a better finish than hand brushing.
Using masking tape to get a defined edge. Assume you are getting 1/200 Kalitta/DHL decals, once applied I would give model a coat of
Klear or gloss varnish to seal decals.

That’s about it in a nutshell. Although in reality, there’s a bit more too it. I started after a lengthy gap from the plastic kit world & took
awhile to get my hand back.

Welcome to the world of DIY!

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Thank you for these helpful informations. Any suggestions about equipment? What kind of paint should I use?
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I use nail polish remover (acetone).
I found that pure acetone from a hardware store works better than nail polish remover - the extra ingredients in the nail stuff seem to make it harder to remove the printing.

I'm pretty new to customizing too so that's about all the actual advice I have at this point. As far as equipment, I've just started using an airbrush and made a spray booth with a box fan combined with this little number:

https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

You'd definitely want some model paint from the hobby shop to go with the airbrush if you decide to go that way. My experiments so far have turned out pretty good, but I don't have enough experience to advise you if this is the best method or not.
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I use nail polish remover (acetone).
You'd definitely want some model paint from the hobby shop to go with the airbrush if you decide to go that way. My experiments so far have turned out pretty good.
Yes, I think I will use the Revell Basic Airbrush kit for the paint job.
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