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Old 05-17-2020, 08:25 AM   #1 (permalink)
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This is my most recent project: intended as a 'goodbye' to the 747 in KLM service, when it was due to leave next year. But than the world changed...and the KLM 747 (in passenger configuration) was phased out immediately and inglorious in March this year.

On March 6, 1967 the KLM management announced that it would purchase 3 Boeing 747s. In 1968 Boeing launched a heavier variant: the Boeing 747B. Therefore, in 1969 at the 50th anniversary, KLM decided to convert its initial order into 6 747Bs: PH-BUA "Boeing Upper-deck Alpha" through "Foxtrot".



With the introduction of the B747, the horizontal stripes on the vertical fin were removed (because the large fin would look like a giant pajama) and the KLM crown logo was enlarged to gain more recognition. The result was a huge white aircraft. It looked futuristic, but it was considered to be not distinctive enough (and white turns into dirty quickly) So from 1974 on, with the introduction of the DC-10, it was decided to paint the entire roof top blue so that KLM aircraft would be more recognizable at the increasingly busy airports. We now know that this was a golden step in livery design. But the first generation KLM 747s would continue to fly with a white roof top well into the 1970s. The 'white whale' became the trade markt of the first years of the Dutch Queen of the skies.

The kit is the famous Revell Jumbo Jet "Show-Off" model.



I included the original cabin layout of the seventies. “Gold of sunlight for Royal Class, gay reds, blues, greens and soothing fawn for our Economy travellers”! This is not a yoke, but a phrase from an KLM advertisement introducing the 'Jumbo Jet'.

Inspired by other forum members, such as Brad Shin, I decided to make it a flaps down version.











The engines are still under construction and I will upload an update soon. Also the fuselage is now painted in basic colors and will receive the blue cheat-lines soon.





Thank you already for your interest in this project. More updates will follow in the next few weeks.

Stay safe!
cheers, VJ

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That looks really cool, I'll be looking forward to your next update!
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Difficult to find the appropriate words ...

Simply gorgeous,

I am working on another big flying boat ...

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What a beautiful aircraft. The flap design is stunning, so intricate in design. Looking forward to follow your built.

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Wow! That looks absolutely phenomenal so far! The flaps look like Brad's masterpieces.
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Looking forward to the final product (and progress pics along the way)!
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Absolutely magnificent and I can hardly wait to see it finished. I applaud and respect anyone who can do this kind of detail work.
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To every one; thanks for the kind words! This project helps me through the period of being grounded, as in: 'no flying' and subsequent job insecurity...

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wow, thanks. That is an huge compliment. Brad's models have been inspiring me for years and photos of his work are an important reference when creating these small parts.

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Jan beat me to it...no doubt we have another Brad ala Manila Folder prospect here..
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Simply Gorgeous!
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Looks great up to this stage. I somehow smell it will get even better toward its finishing.
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Wow wow wow! Can't wait to see the final result
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fantastic work so far!!
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Thank you all for the nice comments. When you dive deep into details, you'll start to see all kind of flaws. Now the wings are completed, but when things are coming to and end one start to wonder how I would like to approach it the next model... for instance: my leading edge Krueger flaps seems to have a slot. But on the real -200 they are sealed to the wing. The devil is in the detail!






But frankly, I am pleased that you can see the flap slots and the bypass of the engine with backlight. It took some modification of the original engine of the model ;-)

In the next update she will receive her vintage livery!

cheers, VJ

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Thank you VJ for these pictures.

Your talent is great.

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Simply beautiful VJ.
Not many will beat you in the level of detail you've put into the model. Can't wait for your next post.
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Both the history and the details are amazing. Congratulations. Is the chrome / metal finish applied by spay paint or hand painted? How did you get it to look so good. Your modeling skills are very impressive
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Thanks Aussiejets,

It is sprayed in three phases; first a cote of gloss black base. Than three different shades of metal: Alclad polished aluminium and the more shiny parts with Inspire Chrome airbrush paint. Some darker details on the engines are Alclad dark aluminium. This is all sealed with Alclad aqua gloss. I am happy to share the 'shiny chrome secret': its all in the black base paint. You should apply that in multiple thin layers to get a super smooth fundament. If this cote is high glossy, the chrome look will be shiny!



With the dark blue cheat line in place, I am patiently waiting for the decals from F-DCAL to arrive.

cheers, VJ

If that layer smooth it is super tight, the rest almost goes by itself.
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I have so much respect for people building themselves...
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Thanks a lot Meneer Guggenheimer. My apologies for the delay, there was some unplanned waiting time for the new set of decals. But now the Queen is ready: 'The Mississippi'.
Registered as PH-BUA, almost fifty years ago, she was the first Boeing 747 in the KLM fleet. Now we say goodbye to the Boeing 747, but keep in mind that the current generation 747s differs only in detail from the first airframe 50 years ago. And that another 50 years before the first flight of PH-BUA, KLM just had bought the Fokker F3...
In its first 50 years KLM evolved from an open cockpit, a 240 hp piston engine and five passengers to the 747 Jumbo, only to say farewell to the type after 50 years of service, just past KLMs 100th anniversary. And its not even a complete farewell, as the cargo aircraft continues to haul freight!







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Stay safe! VJ

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My goodness, that is simply amazing. Your weathering is perfect. You must be very proud of her. That's as good as it gets folks.
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I am at a loss of words... WOW!!!!! THIS IS SO AMAZING

I wish to accomplish one day what you did here! My choice of the model would be the KLM 747-300 "World Click" PH-BUV
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Fantastic job, the best model I have ever seen, difficult to find the appropriate words to express what we think.

The paint job, the details, everything is there with a nice touch of weathering.
Flaps and slats are beautifully reproduced, the cabin is very nice.
All this required a lot of time and research ...
The B 747-100/200 was my second home for ten years so I appreciate your fantastic job.

The B 747 is becoming a thing of the past, there was something special in this aircraft that we will never find in the more modern big twin engine aircraft.

I would like to have your talent and your technique to try something at the scale but the 1/200 with its more limited details is perfect for me.

Thank you VJ for sharing with us these pictures.

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seriously, lost for words....bloody fantastic effort
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This really shouldn’t be allowed, making models with this level of detail and accuracy and then posting pictures of the superb results. There should be a header ’HEALTH WARNING’ viewing these pictures may cause acute envy, desire, raised blood pressure , over excitement followed by a long depression. Viewer beware.
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Piece of art VJ. Simply beautiful.
Wonder where we will be 50 years from now...
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I think Air France should hire you for their next livery including the weathering. Saves them a lot of comments on how dirty their planes normally are.

But seriously. I am astonished by the model. How much time did it take you to make it.. or is to much to share.

Already thinking of a next build?
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Thank you all for the nice words!

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How do you do this mind reading? At the moment I am working on the 40th anniversary of the BV-234, to celebrate this mind blowing piece of aviation with a 1/72 Civil Chinook in BA's Negus livery. When that is finished, a KLM DC-10 and 747-200SUD with full interior will follow.

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How much time did it take you to make it.. or is to much to share.
It took me from October last year. Only working on it during the evenings hours (I am not a TV viewer.) But I have to divide my attention between a demanding job, a garden and a family with two young children. If you work in a structured way, it can be completed within a few months. Here is my build log, including a large part of the research (in Dutch). https://modelbrouwers.nl/phpBB3/view...206d0479fae24f

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I would like to have your talent and your technique to try something at the scale but the 1/200 with its more limited details is perfect for me.
Well, besides my intrinsic interest in aviation, I get inspired by what I see here on the forum, and on modelbrouwers. Your high-quality models (and often a very interesting history behind it) certainly contribute to that inspiration Jean Pierre. So, thank you all!

stay safe! VJ
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All the superlatives have been used up! I’ve got to use a couple though. That model is an amazing piece of craftsmanship. I’ve enjoyed following your progress. Well done.

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Thank you for sharing. I appreciate all of the work you put into this. Quite a stunning result.
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