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Old 06-28-2015, 07:52 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Last year I bought an original soviet Yak-40 model in scale 1/50 which was made for Aviaexport. The model itself was in decent condition but it had a pretty ugly fantasy livery.





Al (aka 707boeing) agreed to fully restore the model. In the last few month he worked hard to restore it to former glory. The result is fantastic and flawless! I am happy and proud to have a model that was fully restored by him.

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Old 06-28-2015, 10:29 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi Scipio,

Thanks for starting this thread.

I'd love to see the model but have been unable to see any of the pictures.

Have used three different internet browsers and they all just keep spinning and never open up any of the pictures.

Not sure if it's a technical issue with the DAC site or perhaps the size of the pictures?

I'm sure that Al did a fantastic job on this model.



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Old 06-28-2015, 10:40 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Hi Scipio,

Thanks for starting this thread.

I'd love to see the model but have been unable to see any of the pictures.

Have used three different internet browsers and they all just keep spinning and never open up any of the pictures.

Not sure if it's a technical issue with the DAC site or perhaps the size of the pictures?

I'm sure that Al did a fantastic job on this model.



Regards, Robert
That's very strange ... I just checked the thread with my mobile phone and I see all pictures.

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The pictures are showing well to me.

Off to Vancouver for a couple days.

It was a pleasure to do this model and I learned a lot from it.

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should have sent him my Caspian TU model! looks great...
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That's an amazing model, and a beautiful refinish.

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EXCELLENT work by Al!! slightly unusual stand though.
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The model looks great. Nice job Al.

I noticed the chrome metal stand still has some considerable rust spots. I'm not sure if you wanted to keep it that way. In case you would like to restore the metal chrome stand and for the benefit of others here on this forum, here is a tip for cleaning rust from chrome.

A few years back I learned this restoring motorcycles. It may sound strange but it works. Diet Coke and aluminum tin foil.

Take a piece of aluminum tin foil and fold it into about a 3 inch square. Pour Diet Coke into a saucer and dip the tin foil pad into the Diet Coke. (any Coke will work but Diet will not get everything sticky) Rub the rusted chrome area vigorously with the Coke drenched aluminum tin foil and the rust will be gone and you are let with an almost new chrome finish after you wash and wipe the area you cleaned.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JkHyARsjNEg

I have attached some recent before and after pics of a motorcycle with moderate rust on all the chromed area's. I cleaned all the chrome with this method. It works very well.

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Well, you learn something new everyday! All I would say, is that the Communist era chrome work can have less quality to it than comparable 'Western' made stands. Sounds an intriguing idea though.

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Well, you learn something new everyday! All I would say, is that the Communist era chrome work can have less quality to it than comparable 'Western' made stands. Sounds an intriguing idea though.

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I would test a small section on the underside first to ensure the Communist chrome stands up to Diet Coke.
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I would test a small section on the underside first to ensure the Communist chrome stands up to Diet Coke.


Thank you for the handy hint about the chrome cleaning. I will think about it ...

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Not a bad idea. I have a Soviet made 1/100 Tu134A in Interflug colours. The 'chrome' finish on the stand didn't take kindly to a gentle polish of Solvol. Fortunately, I only did the top part of the stand beneath the aircraft, lesson learnt.

Love the new avatar Scipio.


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Hi Scipio75 and AL,

Today all of a sudden, I can finally see all of the pics!



The model looks fantastic!

Best of luck with it Scipio75 and restoration great job Al!

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I learned that attempting to decal an engine and pylons is nearly impossible. When a blue decal touches another blue decal, it turns to black. A real nightmare. But I figured out a fix :-) after many failed attempts. Had the rope and the knot ready in the shed, but I figured it out just in time :-)

Off topic but bought myself a 2014 Camaro yesterday (a demo with just 5000kms on it). It is white with a blue convertible top. The blue is an exact match to my old RCAF blue uniform I wore! It has 426HP, with ground effects skirting and all possible options. Got a good deal on it (I think). Only a few were made with the blue top and blue leather.
(those hood louvers are blue BTW. Pics in the shade didn't turn out)
My daughter (who is 45) says that I will kill myself in that. Told her that was the whole idea !!!
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Sweet car! 425 HP is quite a lot of power ...

Glad you like my new avatar Neil. Now that avatars work again I was playing a bit with Photoshop.

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Nicely done, love the '62.

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Sweet car! 425 HP is quite a lot of power ...

Glad you like my new avatar Neil. Now that avatars work again I was playing a bit with Photoshop.

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I just returned from my vacation in Belarus. Great country ... a lot to see ... especially when you are interested in history and soviet architecture. I did mot miss the chance to visit Borovaya aircraft museum of course. We were greeted by the chief of the museum. He even spoke some german as he used to be a mechanic for the Mig-25 in the GDR. Anyway ... I took a lot of pictures of the planes (and choppers) and for this thread I want to share the ones of the Yak-40 in the Aeroflot livery (they actually got two Yak-40). I hope you enjoy.

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Lucky you Fabian. That must have been quite a trip. Belarus, the last dictatorship in Europe. I think that Belavia have just retired the Tu154 from frontline service?

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Hello Neil

You are right ... Belavia retired their Tu-154 this year. One is standing right before the International airport in Minsk. We flew with Austrian over Vienna to Minsk. Airbus A320 to Vienna and Fokker 100 to Minsk.

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Hi Scipio,

Very nice indeed that you were able to visit Borovaya aircraft museum, in Belarus.

Thanks for posting the pics of your visit.

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