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Old 09-02-2015, 05:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Who here has bought a model and changed the cockpit windows because they didn't look right?

I purchased this JetBlue E190 in 1:100 scale and my only issue with it is the cockpit window decal.



I'm looking into buying the following decal 1:100 decal (E170) to add more realism to the windows.



Do you think it would make the model look better? Is it difficult to do?

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Old 09-03-2015, 05:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm someone who is very strict on cockpit windows, I even reshaped, repainted and put a new decal on the nose of a 1/200 hogan A330 in order to make it look more realistic so i totally know where you are coming from. However looking at that model i'd say those cockpit windows are pretty good as is. If you wish to make it look better then absolutely do it, however I honestly don't think it will look too much different (more realistic).

If you have the time and money, then why not?
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Old 09-03-2015, 06:08 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Sorry for double posting, but here is what i did to my A330, in my mind it was worth it.

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The end result:





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Wow that A330 nose looks perfect! Really well done!
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Old 09-05-2015, 02:42 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Congratulations.

Planes are just like people, a nice nose can change everything.

That said the Hogan A 330/340 nose was not so bad …

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Sorry for double posting, but here is what i did to my A330, in my mind it was worth it.

The end result:



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Nice job, and I would agree . . . it looks closer to an A330. One of the lovely things about Hogan models is they are infinitely customizable, thus coming up with some real unique examples in ones collection! With some modelling skills amazing models can be had.
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Old 09-06-2015, 08:49 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks for the kind words everyone. As Upkeep said, Hogan models (and other plastic models) are very workable and easy to modify with great results.

emb190, you can acheive some impressive results through modification, however i would suggest a non-destructive test runs before making any permanent changes too the model (in case you were thinking of removing the original windows), i.e. first put the decal over the top of the original windows and see if you like the outcome, if you are happy you can actually slide the decal back onto its paper and let it dry to use again later, then do whatever you need to do to the model. The decal should still be ok to use again (i wouldn't do this more than a few times however, because the decal will degrade a little each time you wet it and dry it again).

Regardless of what you do, even if you have little modeling experience it should be pretty simple, i would also pick up some decal softener solution from a hobby store (test it on other decals first to learn how to use it), this will make the decal conform to the surface much better.

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…. if you are happy you can actually slide the decal back onto its paper and let it dry to use again later, then do whatever you need to do to the model. The decal should still be ok to use again (i wouldn't do this more than a few times however, because the decal will degrade a little each time you wet it and dry it again).
You can also copy the decal on a blank sheet of decal, that way you keep the original intact, ready for use if you are happy with what you tried.

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Old 09-07-2015, 03:20 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Added the cockpit window frame uprights that were missing off my GJ Iran Air 747SP.
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