another output from my custom work over the summer:
Thai Boeing 747-400 in original colors.
Donor was a Hogan China Airlines 747. Amazing level of detailing, so a bit sorry to be using that as a basis.
Removed all color with non-aceton nail polish remover. Sprayed with Tamiya TS 26 pure white (after a coat of primer).
Decals came from F-DCAL. As with the El Al, the decals needed to be "peeled off", however went on nicely.
It all looked very good, until I added the cockpit windows. Compared to all other 747 models it just does not look right. One reason could be that all other 747 cockpit windows (Hogan, Inflight, Herpa) are actually a bit smaller. Only notable exception is the Hasegawa decal, which is the same size as the F-DCAL one.
I think you did a great job with this Thai B 747-400.
I had exactly the same approach when I made an AF A 300B with the barcode, the hogan models are an excellent basis.
Cockpit windows have always been a difficult point and there is no exception, as I said about my B 737, very often, it is a compromise and it is not surprising that they are all different.
Usually, cockpit windows are my starting point when the paint job is finished.
I always make a copy of the original decals on a clear decal and I check if everything looks fine.
Usually, it doesn't ...
So I rescale the cockpit windows in 1/50 scale and I bring the modifications that seem necessary, back to the 1/200 scale and I try again ... and again ...
Seven attempts for my little B 737, I attach a picture showing all my efforts.
Finally and because you cannot modify the nose of you model, you accept a compromise good enough to display your model along its stablemates.
In spite of all your precautions, unless you have the perfect decal, this part of the model is the most difficult one.
Your model is excellent.
I had a look at my B 747s, the cockpits are all different, yours is not disturbing and your Thai B 747-400 can sit proudly among your other models.
It is true that when we are not happy about a detail, it is the only thing that catches our eyes.
Personally, what I see from your pictures is a great model you can be proud of.
Amazing nice job! You can be proud on the result. Compliments for this very fine livery. To be honest: I don't see anything special about the cockpit window.
It is that I pay attention now, but if you had said that this was a new professional model, I would have believed it.
That 744 looks outstanding. I am amazed at the skill of artists like you and Jean Pierre. I have a few donors waiting myself, but it's so difficult to get going. Did you do any prep before decals? Or after, like clearcoat? Cheers
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