The donor is a well known old WM product which was available in 1996.
The casting is quite good but much work has been done to improve it and make it compatible with today standards.
The huge gap between the two parts of the fuselage was filled with synthetic metal (a mix of resin and metal powder) used for auto body repair.
While working on the model, the two vertical fins which were very fragile separated from the stabilizer, the repair was made using the same synthetic metal applied very fluid, just like a liquid glue, with a fine brush.
The results were beyond my expectations, much better and easier that super glue or 5 minute epoxy, you have five minutes to apply the mix, total curing needs twelve hours and the repair is very strong.
The screws which were standard on all WM are no longer visible.
Propeller blades were twisted to add some realism, masts, antennae, anti collision beacon and a few other things were added to the fuselage.
Most of the decals were reworked, re scaled many were created.
Many attempts were made to have acceptable cockpit windows, the shape of the nose didn't help …
Most of us prefer tampo printing, you will be pleased to know that … 52 pieces of decals have been applied to this model.
Having made a few models, I better understand the problems faced by our manufacturers to get things right on their products, but it is difficult to excuse inaccurate wing planforms or fuselage lengths when so many accurate three view drawings are available.
Too late and too costly to make any change is not an excuse.
Despite a few things which could have been better, the model is still a nice complement to my AF fleet.
But as I said, I am not really happy with one detail.
On some pictures, it is clearly visible … maybe because my eyes immediately go to this.
Making models is a school of modesty and sometimes, we have to accept things as they are.
52 decals on a single model is a bit too much.
I received the blue cheat line from Martin Beacom, I printed it on a white decal to have the white border below the blue stripe.
Lower passenger windows and registration marks are originals.
The rest of the decals was not a big problem.
The details were drawn on a white paper with a 0,2 mm pen, the scale was 1/50, then I rescaled and printed them in 1/200 (25 %) on a clear decal with my printer.
Very easy, as long as you accept decals, you can reproduce very small details.
I am rather happy with the cargo doors and vertical fins, I reproduced Louis Bréguet's signature on the fins.
Most of the antennae and aerials which were added to the fuselage are from Bees Models ( thank you Martin for your help), the rest was made with staples and … imagination.
The landing gear is the original WM, no change at all.
Again I appreciate you kind comments.
I have a few other projects : Early AF L 049, AF Potez 62, AF Languedoc and a more modern AF B 737 with the Antilles livery.
I will be busy for a few months.
Once again a beautiful and epic French airliner! As I've said with the 761S; an pre-pre A380 ;-) You might see details you dislike. That pleads you as a model builder: always aiming for one step higher in quality and detail. But as a spectator I only see a very nice model, even with a touch of weathering on the cowlings. And it inspires me for sure to build this fantastic airliner once in 1/72 or so. To put it next to the Caravelle: her successor on the north african routes.