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Old 07-03-2021, 06:07 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I thought I'd take a wander into the hitherto avoided world of decals and customs (other than when I built Airfix kits as a kid). Having pursued and failed to acquire an Iberia 747-400 for my collection many times, the release of this JC Wings blank edition, offered me the chance to give it a go. The decal sheet was purchased online at V1 Decals and shipped to the UK from Canada within a couple of weeks. Reg is TF-AMB, with the real aircraft being leased from Air Atlanta Icelandic to Iberia in a period before they received the A340-600.

I must say that it was either easier than I was expecting, or those old childhood days skills were still lurking, deep within. Like riding the proverbial bicycle. It is of course a much better and current version of the 744 tooling, than was previously available as the general Iberia release by (was it ?) Magic Models...

Anyhow, as much as I'm pleased with it, its not quite perfection. but given its around 40 years since I did any serious decaling, other than one previous poor attempt in 1:400, I'm very pleased with it. Once everything was in place, I left it to dry out for 24 hours and then applied a light brushing of clear coat to protect the decals.

In terms of deconstructing the model, I took the two horizontal stabs off in order to apply the cheatline through the stabs. One of them hadn't been correctly fitted, so was easy to prise out, the other took a bit of wiggling and leverage with a very thin electronics screw driver.

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Very nice! You did it better than any of the manufacturers could've done it.
Can't beat an Iberian O/C on an A340 or 747.
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Old 07-03-2021, 06:29 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Big Al: "I must say that it was either easier than I was expecting, or those old childhood days skills were still lurking, deep within. Like riding the proverbial bicycle." Good analogy - I used to build 1/144 scale models, mostly Revell airliners, and I had three builds that were passable, but got busted up in a move. Somewhere along the line, I discovered diecast airliners - instant gratification. I still have four or five 1/144 kits on the shelf, and who knows? I might finish one. 1/400 diecast modifications are a challenge beyond my reach... What did you use to clearcoat your finished model? Well done, Doug
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Big Al: "I must say that it was either easier than I was expecting, or those old childhood days skills were still lurking, deep within. Like riding the proverbial bicycle." Good analogy - I used to build 1/144 scale models, mostly Revell airliners, and I had three builds that were passable, but got busted up in a move. Somewhere along the line, I discovered diecast airliners - instant gratification. I still have four or five 1/144 kits on the shelf, and who knows? I might finish one. 1/400 diecast modifications are a challenge beyond my reach... What did you use to clearcoat your finished model? Well done, Doug
Hey Doug, good memories there yourself.

I purchased a little glass bottle of Humbrol 'Gloss Cote' and a couple of art brushes on eBay.
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Very nice! You did it better than any of the manufacturers could've done it.
Can't beat an Iberian O/C on an A340 or 747.
Thanks, it turned out to be more fun than I expected.
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Big Al: "I must say that it was either easier than I was expecting, or those old childhood days skills were still lurking, deep within. Like riding the proverbial bicycle." Good analogy - I used to build 1/144 scale models, mostly Revell airliners, and I had three builds that were passable, but got busted up in a move. Somewhere along the line, I discovered diecast airliners - instant gratification. I still have four or five 1/144 kits on the shelf, and who knows? I might finish one. 1/400 diecast modifications are a challenge beyond my reach... What did you use to clearcoat your finished model? Well done, Doug
I also built 1/144th scale model airliners when I was younger. I had close to 50 in total. Revell DC-10's, L-1011's and 747's. Most were Airfix. 737-200's, 727-100's, DC-9-30's, L-1011's..I even had 1 British Airways Trident. I would get my custom decals from Microscale and ATP. My very first kit though was a 1/100th scale TWA 707-320C in the twin stripe scheme. Although I loved it, I switched to 1/144th due to the size and space available. As for clear coat, on the plastic models I just used a spray can of Testors gloss clear coat. Not sure if that would work on die cast or not.
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I’m jealous… very jealous… amazing work!!
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...As for clear coat, on the plastic models I just used a spray can of Testors gloss clear coat. Not sure if that would work on die cast or not.
What works on a plastic kit should also work on a diecast custom.
To be on the save side, I'd recommend several very fine airbrushed layers using a water based clear varnish. Solvent based stuff always puts you at risk of affecting underlying layers (particularly important when coating real metal laquers like Alclad etc.)

But for most of my customs I simply used a spray can paint too - Tamiya clear IIRC.
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What works on a plastic kit should also work on a diecast custom.
To be on the save side, I'd recommend several very fine airbrushed layers using a water based clear varnish. Solvent based stuff always puts you at risk of affecting underlying layers (particularly important when coating real metal laquers like Alclad etc.)

But for most of my customs I simply used a spray can paint too - Tamiya clear IIRC.
I like your idea of using a water based clear varnish. Better safe than sorry.
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