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Old 11-29-2008, 01:31 PM   #1
 
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Hey all, this one is by request so it takes priority...

I thought you guys might be interested in seeing what's involved in making an airliner model... so here's a step-by-step, my way...

Keep in mind this is my technique, many modelers have their own style and will do some things very differently...

Oh, and I'd recommend being proficient in, at least, basic first aid... Couldn't tell you the number of times an errant slice of the blade or flying superglue has caused a stir... DEFINITELY don't get anything in your eyes. My advice:

So, we're trying to make this:


I found the revell kit with GE CF6-80 engines. It was built circa 1985, so has raised panel lines and the plastic is a little funny...


The kit came with winglets, but comparing reference photos to the decal sheet, I couldn't find a reg that I could make work...

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So, to begin...

The first thing I decided to do is scribe some panel lines... Many modelers will simply sand off raised panel lines, or fill in pre-scribed ones. In 1/144th scale I definitely feel that scribed panel lines add a special touch to the model, so that's the route I'm going to take...

It's simple, really... I dry fit the fuselage halves, grab the appropriate scribing tool and follow the lines. Steady hands, now!

For the fuselage, this is my scribing tool of choice: (Note it says: 'wear safety goggles and gloves when using this tool.' Have I emphasized this point enough? Your discretion...)


I also, prefer to paint a light primer coat on the body, so that the scribing contrasts while it is being done. Should come out something like this:


Also note I wear my scrubs while building, in case I should need to run to the ER... It gets one ushered right through the door.

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Next I fill in the windows...

Apoxie sculpt is my preferred filler here. It's two parts, which need to be mixed... Takes a few hours to dry, though I leave it overnight, and dries rock hard.

Before that, though, I take some scotch tape and run a strip down either side of the fuselage over the opening to be filled.


Next I roll up the apoxie, place it inside the fuselage where needed, and push it through any openings to be filled in... This is where the tape comes in. I push the apoxie through while observing the outer half, allowing me to ensure the putty fills the entire opening without actually protruding from the surface... Sneaky, huh?

Should come out as such:


This would also be a good time to install a noseweight... This kit came with one, as do most Hasegawa kits. Otherwise a led fishing weight does the trick.

Since the weight is plastic, I used some old-fashion tube glue to hold it in place, and pressed it into a ball of putty...


Set aside overnight to dry. Meanwhilst, the wings...

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Old 11-29-2008, 02:12 PM   #4
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So, the wings...

Tenax 7R is the glue of choice here. Hold the two halves together, apply Tenax, and wait 10 seconds while the bond sets... Repeat.
This is literally how plastic models are "welded"...


The same can be done for the fuselage...


If one intends to use a stand with the model, don't forgot the mounting point!


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Old 11-29-2008, 07:47 PM   #6
 
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Scribing the wings is easier than scribing the fuselage, but, while the fuselage can be left plain, the wings are a must!

Different tool here... This scribing pen leaves a slightly wider groove than the blade shown above. Just personal preference, that decision...


Don't forget to dry fit!


And that's pretty much it... How to construct a kit. Engines and gear remain, but the procedures shown here are the same there.

Of course, it's the next stage where models really begin to shine... finishing and detailing, prepping for paint.

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Old 11-29-2008, 08:02 PM   #7
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sweet stuff. Was it the KLM, LH, B-cal or Swissair kit?
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Old 11-29-2008, 08:28 PM   #8
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are you going to make flaps
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was the klm kit... though i should've taken the dlh kit since, i believe, it didn't have winglets... now i have to modify the wingtips on this kit.

no flaps on this one... she will be cold and dark.

and.... engines on:
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Old 11-29-2008, 09:20 PM   #10
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okay,still looks prtty good
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Old 11-30-2008, 12:55 AM   #11
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Ooooh starting to look nice!
Can't wait to see this guy with FedEx colors!

Would you say the mould is pretty accurate compared to the 1:1 ?
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Old 11-30-2008, 01:18 AM   #12
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That's looking great Andy, and the how-to assembly guide to straight forward and easy to understand; thank you for showing it!

The A310 has such a unique profile, which has always made it attractive to me, and recognizable amongst other types.

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yea, there's something unique about the a310... maybe because it's a short wide-body. i dunno, kinda reminds me of a bulldog... or marion barber.

anyway, i think the mold is actually pretty close to the real thing... there is one glaring fault with the model, and one minor fault... but, if you can't tell then i won't.

i'm always happy to share my technique, since i wouldn't know what i was doing if others hadn't shared with me...
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Old 11-30-2008, 11:06 AM   #14
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but, if you can't tell then i won't.
Hmmmm. Better that way I guess
I asked because I thought I saw a little flaw. But I won't say it either


Yeah I also love the A310. Especially in Air Transat livery (see my avatar)
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Old 11-30-2008, 11:23 AM   #15
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That looks great team4r! I can't wait to see a FedEx 310. I see them at IAD all the time.
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Another excellent project! Thank you for your guide throughout the progress! Nice summary! Great work!
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Old 11-30-2008, 11:57 AM   #17
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That looks great team4r! I can't wait to see a FedEx 310. I see them at IAD all the time.
I saw one at CYMX a long time ago about 10 years ago maybe. I love the colors.

I don't know if they still fly the A310 to Montreal, but the last time I drove to CYMX was a few months ago and I saw the 727 parked at the ramp.

Are they replacing the 727s for the 757s ?
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Old 11-30-2008, 07:25 PM   #18
 
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thanks for the kind words guys... always happy to help. if anyone wants further input on a build, don't hesitate to ask.

it's going to be fun finding the paint... i'll be standing at the art supply store with the decal in hand, trying to find the right purple from 10 shades that look the same to me...
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Just as a side note:

I think Revell should come out with a revised A310 kit instead of re-releasing A320's with new color schemes. At least re-release the A300 and print out some of the A330s. I mean really, the last A310 kit came out in '02, and it just had different decals!!
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Old 12-02-2008, 12:20 PM   #20
 
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update: squadron white for the win! many modelers swear by the stuff, many more can't stand to use it... i find that it does suffer from shrinkage, but acetone can be used to smooth it out pretty effectively...

also, seam lines are not your friend! especially on older kits where the plastic has started to warp...

note in the second picture: the two edges went together perfectly, but once i sprayed the lighter gray it became painfully obvious how uneven the seam really was... also note that the flaw did not show up in the darker gray primer. hence why i alternate the two primer colors...

by the way, it didn't quite show up in these pics, but try not to forget the cargo door if you're building a cargo plane...

oh, yea... the jedi in the window is me...


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it's going to be fun finding the paint... i'll be standing at the art supply store with the decal in hand, trying to find the right purple from 10 shades that look the same to me...
No need, someone's already done it for you!

Xtracolor X349 Fedex Purple (current colors)
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Old 12-02-2008, 08:24 PM   #22
 
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sadly, in 16 years of modeling i have never once seen an xtracolor paint tin...

i use a specific brand of water colors anyway. went today and found an almost exact match.
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can you use any kind of paint through an airbrush? provided you thin it properly
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if thinned properly, you can fire any fluid through an airbrush...
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Wow, just love watching the progress go... Can't wait to see the FedEx color on this bird!
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sorry for the delay in updates... i was having the hardest time getting the scribed lines even. once i got that all sorted, i had the mounting point pop into the fuselage... been a rough week.

anyway... final construction pics are here. little details like the hinge over the main cargo door are vital to making a model really unique. antennas and those strange little bulges don't hurt either.



off to the paint booth tomorrow...
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off to the paint booth tomorrow...
Nice!
Can't wait to see some color on this baby!
By the way what happened to the horizontal stabs?
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By the way what happened to the horizontal stabs?
horizontal what? you know there are some leftover parts that i tossed out. i wonder...
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Not really much to say about painting except that one should make sure to use a masking tape that won't peel your paint off...

Also, be sure to plan your colors ahead. I put the white on the fuselage and followed with the purple for the tail... The wings and underbelly are not yet painted because their color runs over the purple...

Also, some areas are just impossible to mask effectively (for me, anyway ), especially around panel lines. A little running of the paint is acceptable, since a high grit sandpaper will quickly remedy the problem.

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Wow I'm really loving this! Especially the cargo door hinge that's a nice touch!

So other than painting the belly, the decals are pretty much all that's left ?
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Wow, that looks awesome! More pics please!
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Nice work! I love those panel lines!
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Hey just noticed what seems to be some MD-11 parts in the background.
American Airlines ???

The A310 looks awesome by the way
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Nice job! Keep up the awesome work!
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wow!beautiful!looks really good,realistic and detailed!i will soon purchase a 1:144 model,are they easy to make flaps with?
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That really looks NICE, Andy!!

Did you make any eye level photos? A BEAUTIFUL aeroplane!!

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jan, yes, I do believe flaps are easier to implement on a 1/144th scale model than on a 1/200th scale model... if for no other reason than the pieces are larger.

wrapping this project up, just some final shots... thank you all very much for the kind words.

Merry Christmas everyone.


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