This pic showed some of the problems encountered with OldModels decals on this particular kit. Steve ended up airbrushing the flaws... host images
The door locations meant that the wraparound decal meant to connect to the tail livery would not fit, and the nose area also showed a mismatch. Plus Steve commented that the Godwit emblem of the tail was a little bit 'fuzzy', so he made replacement Godwit emblems. Still, the fact that these decals were available at all cannot be disparaged.
Last Edit: Dec 26, 2012 2:17:52 GMT 12 by expatkiwi
The Aurora 727-200 has no wheel-well detail (intended to be shown in a 'wheels-up' configuration), but Steve did the best he could under the circumstances of the model. He did have to put in some undercarriage extenders as without them the engines would be touching the ground.
I was talking to Jennings over at ARC and he is going to do the same scheme for the new BPK kit. So relief is on the way.
He did a great job with that kit, clearly no easy task. Interesting about the decals, It is always good to ohave a bit of a heads up on whats ahead. I am glad Oldmodels decals are here, they fill a most important gap in our aviation history in plastic.
Nice graphic here of ZK-NAQ, but when I showed it to Steve Bowe, he said that neither the OldModels decal sheet or any of the reference pics he had showed the BOEING 737 logo on the eppenage. He wanted to make sure the model was fully completed before sending it on to me (oddly enough the shark-fin antennae were not in the kit, though the box art showed it, so he's scratch-building those, and putting the ZK-NAQ decals on the botton left and top right wings).
Last Edit: Dec 28, 2012 5:12:33 GMT 12 by expatkiwi
The busted nose... This pic showed the missing portion of nose from the right fuselage half, and Steve's initial building of the model. Note the lead pellets already in the nose. Building up the modelling putty for the nose repair. The repaired nose with initial primer coat airbrushed on. Steve Bowe would make a great plastic surgeon IMHO. This added another twenty-five pounds to the overall cost of the build, but it was well worth it.
Last Edit: Jan 4, 2013 6:27:44 GMT 12 by expatkiwi