I've always loved the GJ 727-200 mold, and wish it was used more than the occasional 1-release-per-year frequency it seems to currently get. There's still many liveries yet to be done on it, blue-chip liveries that I'd have to imagine would provide ROI even at the volumes GJ produces at. But, that's neither here nor there.
Recently I picked up a GJ American 727-200, despite my "rivet counter" nature and the windows printed on the model being incorrect. I don't hold it against GJ, the model was released in the year 2000. Hardly the heyday for detail and accuracy. But, it's still always made me averse to picking one up.
I finally decided to get one and do a little DIY fix, using decals, to make it appear more accurate. After getting the CMYK values for the AA logo, I was able to print some solid-color decals to cover the windows, and make the model more-correct than the factory finish.
"Before" image, along with photos of the real things. Needed to cover up:
1x window aft of forward door 1L
2x windows forward of galley door 2L
2x windows aft of galley door 2L
2x windows aft of galley door 1R
Very cool. I need to learn the ways of decals. I'm guessing there are models I could improve. Sometimes a line or curve in a cheatline or logo needs correction.
__________________ The greatest need in 1:400:Reissues of Major Passenger-Carrier 747 Classics: -100/200, -300, and SP, of NG / Aeroclassics / Big Bird Mk. 1 quality. Examples: American; United Blue-Star, Bass; TWA double globe, double stripe; Pan Am delivery; British Airways Negus, Landor; KLM 70's-80's blue top; Air France 70's-80's; Lufthansa 70's-80's; Aer Lingus delivery; Sabena 80's circle-s; Japan Air Lines 70's-80s; All Nippon 70's; and Qantas 70's-80's.
Incidentally, what is the best way to get rid of smudging after a glue repair? Sticky fingers have left glue residue on the undercarriage of my BA 707 after the nosewheel broke. Was my clumsy fault to have left glue excess.
But can this glue excess be removed now it has hardened without damaging the paintwork? I doubt it actually.
__________________ Holy GrailsEthiopian (Done)/Royal Jordanian/Tarom/Dan Air/Florida West/Tampa/Millon Air/Air Zimbabwe/Azerbaijan 707's, Air Spain/Surinam(DONE)/Seaboard World DC-8's, Aviogenex/Malev/Aeroflot/Balkan Tu134, plus Any AN12, IL14, Syrian Air/Transeuropa Caravelle.
Favourite manufacturers - AeroClassics (when they stick to modelling), NG Models.
Where collecting and modeling meet. Excellent and inspirational work. Makes a guy want to jump in and give it a try. Like printing improved cockpit window decals for the recently released NGModels Lockheed L-1011 -200 Widget. Hmmm... Doug
Very nice work! I also found the need to make a few improvements to some of models. The most recent one I did was to my Gemini Southwest 737-800, I wanted one in the standard livery so I used some acetone to remove the Heart One titles on the nose.
Improved AC Delta 767-200's cockpit window position with thinned gloss black enamel, decals, solvaset, & a few light coats of Finish. Positioned too low from the factory. Subsequent 767-200 releases don't seem to have this issue, nor did the few prior to these.
Fantastic work on those. Regrettably I had to pass on buying the entire line of Delta 762’s, given the dreaded “disco glitter”. It was also unfortunate how the early release 762’s all had printing issues with the doors, wings, etc. I ended up keeping my GJ 762’s, because of it. Maybe I’ll have to take a swing at fixing them.... we’ll see.