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Old 03-16-2021, 11:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So I just got this very rare Co 747 1/72. It has some damage to the tail tip and some touchups by the horizontal stabs. The biggest issue is one seat is missing from the right forward fuselage. It came loose and is floating in the back . One tiny seat is almost not noticeable.its the fifth seat back. Soo do I just fix the tail and touch up or send to westway for a full refurb? Personally I prefer original even with minor touchups.
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Old 03-17-2021, 07:12 AM   #2 (permalink)
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If you ever go for the latter, don't send it to Westway! You may get it back undone in 7-10 years after hundreds of phone calls.
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Old 03-17-2021, 11:48 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I had 2 cutaways done by westway and I got them in perfect shape and at a fair price. Both were wrecks and came out to be like museum quality. I was happy dealing with doug.
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Old 03-18-2021, 03:26 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Hi all thanks for the feedbacks. I am aware of how difficult it is to deal with westway. i too have had to send tons of emails to get one response from them. I have also heard of how others have had good and bad results for their models.

However this poll is more for ones opinion if one would prefer the model as shown in the photos should be left as is with touchups and minor repairs or do a total refurbishment by a professional . Thank you all.
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Old 03-18-2021, 05:47 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I’d go with leaving it more or less as is. Apart from the top off the fin, IMO the model is basically in pretty good shape.

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Old 03-18-2021, 05:55 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I’d go with leaving it more or less as is. Apart from the top off the fin, IMO the model is basically in pretty good shape.

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thank you for your feedback. i am on the same page.

also i got a reply from westway and they said as the model is about 50yrs old they no longer have any parts for the model or the decals and once they open up the model to fix any loose parts, it is a big and costly job and new decals would have to be made and ....so forth. from what i remember i contacted westway about 5 yrs ago and they quoated about 500GBP at that time for refurbing a 1/72 747. i have a feeling today it will surpass the 1K mark at minimum.
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Old 03-18-2021, 11:58 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Wow, what an awesome model. With all due respect, I'd not do a full on restoration. It's gorgeous! Oh, that livery!! Did it come with a stand? Just splendid in every way!
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Old 03-19-2021, 04:17 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Wow, what an awesome model. With all due respect, I'd not do a full on restoration. It's gorgeous! Oh, that livery!! Did it come with a stand? Just splendid in every way!
Hi, thank you, i might just leave it alone. there is a loose pilot in the cockpit and one loose seat on the right front fuselage. both are barely noticeable. i can fix the tail fin using styrene plastic injected into a mold and thensanded down flush with the tail fin. will also fix the old touchups where the paint shows up darker than the original. no original stand however they are easily available.
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Old 03-19-2021, 12:07 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Hi, thank you, i might just leave it alone. there is a loose pilot in the cockpit and one loose seat on the right front fuselage. both are barely noticeable. i can fix the tail fin using styrene plastic injected into a mold and thensanded down flush with the tail fin. will also fix the old touchups where the paint shows up darker than the original. no original stand however they are easily available.
I wish I had your talent! It truly is a splendid model. Truly gorgeous!
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Old 03-23-2021, 11:55 PM   #10 (permalink)
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The after shots of phase 1. Restoration job done by previous owner has been cleaned up. will be touching up then polishing as well as fixing the mild crack. then will move on to the broken tail fin.
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Old 03-27-2021, 11:27 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Hi stratoliner,

I would also suggest to leave it as is.

It's a very rare model for sure.

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