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Old 01-06-2005, 06:08 PM   #1
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Default 1/100 Boeing 737-500 scratch built from alu-casting

Hi there, folks!

I finished my first scratch built model, a Boeing 737-500 Continental. Since I am a collector of metal display models, I used an old Airplast model (scale 1/100, plastic) to make a full aluminium casting out of it. The model was completed then with an undercarriage made of brass and real rubber tyres. The body and wings are painted with automotive colours. Decals were provided by AHS for the windows and Flightpath for the livery.
The total weight is about three pounds and it stands well on his "legs".
The level of details is in line with the usual grade of (older) display models. So not all details especially in terms of wing design were really applied.
I chosed this type (737), because according to my knowledge no metal display model of larger scale does exist so far.
Would be glad to see this either from Herpa or Inflight 200 as 1/200 metal model.
Hope, you enjoy the pics.

Happy new year and all the best for 2005!

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Holy-crap! That is amazing! AND it's from SCRATCH?!
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Old 01-07-2005, 10:25 AM   #3
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The body is an aluminium casting moulded from another (plastic-)model. So this is not fully "scratch", but such a rough alu-casting must be drastically treated to achieve a proper shape and surface. It takes weeks....
The wheels are taken from two Schuco Piccolo models. Front wheel is a bit too large, but for the nature of the model it is still OK.
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I didn't create that topic to feature commercial advertisement.
However, the good days of Westway are gone long time ago.
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Nice very nice...
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Hey!!! Could you make a mould of an airplast B747-100/200 and send it to me?
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I guess, you mean scale 1/100. That is a bit complicated, since the casting would consist of about five to nine parts (body/wing + engines) and the body length (70cm) exceeds the max frame of the mould. Also the large diameter of the body would probably give an uncontroled level of heat and metal deformation when cooling down. In this case you must mould a hollow sectional body, which is impossible for us because of toolings.
These models are all full aluminium bodies.

In other words: 747 is too large!

I recommend to search for an old aluminium display model from Verkuyl or Fermo being in not perfect condition anymore and to restore it. In this case even the price would be similar to a re-casted one.
I did the same with the below shown Verkuyl 1/100 747. It's fully restored.

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Hi Flieger, it seems the pics have disappeared. I know it's an old thread but I'd be interested to see your model. Could you re-post them?
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Here it comes...
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Are there any corroguard decals available for your model? That would add a lot of realism to the wings.

Outstanding job!
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Not specifically for the 737 in scale 1/100, but there are coroguard trim sheets available, which could be used for any model by individual cutting.

But the model was not made to be perfect, it basically should represent the old fashioned desktop models - with a gear. The wheels were taken from a Schuco model car, not perfect, but nice.

If I want a perfect model, I take a plastic kit..
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These guys are a joke! I e-mailed them several times in the past inquiring on some 1/100 models and never received one response at all, then I e-mail Conquest and received a reponse the same day. It tells a lot about this company the way they operate!
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Here it comes...
Wow, you did a nice job on this model. Not exactly my cup o' tea since I prefer as much detail as possible (which I know you weren't going for that anyway), but it still looks good.
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