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Old 08-10-2020, 07:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Dragon Wings Ansett 747-300

Since there's been a recent renaissance for 747s in this forum with the announcement of new moulds and recommissioned ones, I'll share with you all what I did to one of the oldest 1/400 models in my collection. A 1999 vintage Dragon Wings Ansett 747-300. This model is one of those that could use a re-release, since the last time it was produced it was on the horrible Phoenix mould.

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What I did to my Ansett 747:

1) HF aerial repair
An all too common issue amongst all 747 moulds, both HF aerials broke off at some time over the past 20 years I've had this model. I didn't repair it with the sewing needle method that another user posted about, since the bond between metal and plastic wouldn't be as strong as welding plastic on plastic. I used two pieces of styrene I had, which I then filed and sanded to a nice thin shape.
2) Some TLC for the paint
Some of my older models, over time, lost their factory shine. It's like a car that's been sitting around for too long without proper paint care. I took a small cotton swab and dipped it in some Turtle Liquid Wax - the same type that I use on my car. I was careful and didn't apply too much pressure on any tampo printing since they might rub off.
I know that DAC is divided between two camps - those who are ok with modifying models and those who like to keep models as original as possible for possible resale. I don't intend on selling this Ansett 747, so at the end of the day, some minor repairs and TLC helped keep this old lady from hitting the junk pile.
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Looking good. Nice idea with the styrene.
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Old 08-11-2020, 03:36 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Nice job with the aerials. I have the very same model and I've also modified it in that I've painted the fan blades the correct carbon colour and I've added silver pen to the wheel hubs!! Massive difference! But then saying that I do hope in time that NG progress down the 747 line and would be awesome to do this Ansett scheme. Even though it was a eurowhite scheme,the tail design was awesome!!
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I haven't been on the forums for a while but seeing this as soon as i come back on i am greeted with this gem of a post!

Well done mate!
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Those wingtips look better than the original! Didn't know you can file styrene to something so fine. From this distance, I couldn't tell the join either. Did you glue it across the width of the outer tip of the original wing? If you could share a close up of the wing tip that'd be amazing.

And I certainly do hope for a remake of a classic Ansett 747 (-400 hopefully). Having trouble finding one with the detail I'm hoping for.
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Those wingtips look better than the original! Didn't know you can file styrene to something so fine. From this distance, I couldn't tell the join either. Did you glue it across the width of the outer tip of the original wing? If you could share a close up of the wing tip that'd be amazing.

And I certainly do hope for a remake of a classic Ansett 747 (-400 hopefully). Having trouble finding one with the detail I'm hoping for.
I'll get a shot later. I attached it to the point where the old aerial used to be and filed it down to a taper.
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Those wingtips look better than the original! Didn't know you can file styrene to something so fine. From this distance, I couldn't tell the join either. Did you glue it across the width of the outer tip of the original wing? If you could share a close up of the wing tip that'd be amazing.

And I certainly do hope for a remake of a classic Ansett 747 (-400 hopefully). Having trouble finding one with the detail I'm hoping for.

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