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      Post #68513, posted on 11-06-2017 GMT-5 hours    


      Hello All,

      It took the better part of a decade, but I finally pulled the old 1/72 Mach 2 Caravelle off the shelf and went for it. I had traded this kit with Terry (Caravellarella) many moons ago. The kit had been started, with the fuselage halves joined very nicely and a bit of the wing construction done, but I took it from there. The kit is famous for being a bit difficult and I would concur. The plastic is VERY soft, which makes filling gaps (which are a-plenty) with CA challenging to sand smooth.



      Here are the issues with this kit from my perspective:

      1. The windshield is set too low with reference to the window line. The other issue was that my kit had two identical 6R windshields, instead of the optional early style III type. These issues were easily solved with the use of Authentic Airliner Decals 3D cabin and cockpit windows. These are great and help to mitigate this problem.

      2. To my eye, the profile of the lower nose section looks a bit off, but this I chose to leave as-is, although one could use the cockpit section from the 1/72 Welsh Comet 1 and graft it on, which would work fairly well, though a bit pricey.

      3. The kit wheels are atrocious, but I had a leftover set from a commissioned Doyusha 707 build I did back in the 90's, which fit well, with some modification to the wheel/landing gear interface.



      I scratch built trailing edge flaps and modified the engine inlets using brass tubing to get rid of the seams. Be cautious with scribing on this one. Since the plastic is so soft, one swipe with the Tamiya Scriber is more than enough. If I were to build the kit again (and I might do a 6R at some point) I would have gone much lighter on the scribing and used a pencil to make the panel lines after painting.



      I used my favorite white, Model Master Classic White, because it keeps its color well over the long term. With that, I used a 50/50 mix of Voodoo Grey and Aircraft Grey for the grey painted panels. The wing and lower fuselage was painted with Alclad II Black Basecoat, followed by Polished Aluminum. I carefully selected panels, masked with Post-It notes for one additional coat of Polished Aluminum to get a slight panelized effect. I then use more Post-It notes to mask off the in-spar sections of the wing and horizontal stabs.

      I used the Airway Graphics SAS decal sheet from 1999, and the color callout for the in-spar sections was light grey, which I think might be in error for an SAS machine, although other airlines did do this. Looking through John Wegg's book [I]Caravelle[I] (which is incredible, BTW!) for the SAS airplanes, this looked more like a dull metal color, similar to Corogard. I used Tamiya X-32 Titanium Silver which created the effect I was looking for. Although Alclad is known for being more durable than many metallic finishes, I am still very cautious with it.

      I was concerned that the SAS decals I had on hand might have become brittle with eighteen years in the file, but they were superb, giving no problems at all. Likewise, the AA Decals went on without issues and replicate real caravelle windows nicely.



      A thin airbrush coat of Future does not dull it much, and provides a much more durable surface, and also seals the decals if you wish to apply an acrylic wash. SAS kept their Caravelles immaculate from what I can tell, so I just used a very light wash of Testors CreateFX just to give a hint of aerodynamic streaking on the metal surfaces.



      Cheers,

      Dan

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      Post #68514, posted on 11-06-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Beautiful work Dan!

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      Post #68515, posted on 11-06-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Very nice.👍

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      Post #68517, posted on 11-06-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Looks great!!

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      Post #68518, posted on 11-06-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Very well done indeed ✨👍✨👍✨👍

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      Post #68519, posted on 11-06-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Excellent !!!

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      Post #68520, posted on 11-06-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Tres bien fait!

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      Post #68521, posted on 11-06-2017 GMT-5 hours    

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      Post #68522, posted on 11-06-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      👍👍👍👍👍
      I LOVE IT!!!!!

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      Post #68524, posted on 11-06-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      NICE!!!!! Beautiful finish on the NMF.---John

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      Post #68525, posted on 11-06-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      After seeing that, I'm turning in my badge and X-Acto knife. That looks too good for me to match, especially since I own that kit and know what Dan had to work with.

      Beautiful work as always, Dan.

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      Post #68527, posted on 11-08-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Thanks everyone!

      Lots of filing and sanding on this one! I am eying the Mach 2 Britannia...I wonder if it is similar. The photos that Laurent posted of the complete article look pretty good. Has anyone seen it in kit form?

      I think I will take a break from difficult kits for the time being and build one of Kurt's models:-)

      Cheers,

      Dan

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      Post #68528, posted on 11-08-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      What a beauty... Congrats! :-)

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      Post #68529, posted on 11-08-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      The best a 1/72 Caravelle can get!!! ...and how about those one-of-a-kind(?) never-seen-before (by me, anyway) wing escape path markings?

      Thank you for posting.

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      Post #68535, posted on 11-09-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Hi Todd,

      Thanks, I did a bit of recon and you are correct. Caravelles from some other carriers appear to have the wing walks, but it appears that the SAS machines did not. Good catch!

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      Post #68538, posted on 11-09-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Wow, nice work!

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      Post #68542, posted on 11-10-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Beautiful build!

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      Post #68544, posted on 11-10-2017 GMT-5 hours    
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      Hi Todd,

      Thanks, I did a bit of recon and you are correct. Caravelles from some other carriers appear to have the wing walks, but it appears that the SAS machines did not. Good catch!

      Cheers,

      Dan



      To clarify, I wasn't commenting on whether (or not) an SAS Caravelle would have had wing escape path markings but rather their unique never-before-seen design...in my experience Strictly out of curiosity, where (what decal) did those wing escape markings come from?

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      Post #68546, posted on 11-11-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      The wing walk markings came from the Caravelle detail sheet included with F-DCAL's Air Inter decal. I had that sheet because originally, I was going for the late Air Inter scheme. It is a beautiful decal set, but I had just finished a 1/125 Mercure with the same markings, so I went for the SAS instead. That didn't stop me from borrowing a few decals though;-)

      Cheers,

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      Post #68547, posted on 11-12-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Absolument magnifique Dan! Perfect finish.
      I wish you made the Air Inter livery instead

      Philippe