The Aermediterranea was an airline born in 1981 to use the routes
left over from Itavia, after the failure caused from the disaster of the DC-9,
I-TIGI, over the sea of Ustica. The airline had in charge some DC-9-30s that
were used for short and medium range routes, but it didnít have a long life
because after some years it became part of Alitalia Group and the entire fleet
was yielded to Ati and Alitalia.
To model the DC-9-30, I-ATJB, characterized from the tailplanes painted in NMF
and grey like the wings, I used the 1/144 scale Airfix Kit, the Freetime decal
sheet dedicated to the Aermediterranea and the Flying Colors MD80 detail sheet.
The Airfix kit is a nice kit but has some problem in the alignment of the parts.
I also donít like the pylons of the engines because they have to be glued before
The fuselage has a wrong shape and I had to work to create the
light bi-lobed shape just at the top of the wings. I decided to use the decal
for the windows so I glued the clear windows and puttied them with the ciano
glue. I decided to engrave the raised panel lines, but after the painting, the
ones on the fuselage had disappeared. The next time I will engrave them much
more. The only modifications required were the tailplanes that I detached and
put in the pull up position, like it appears on many DC-9s when parked, and
the little mudguard behind the front gear.
Painting and Decaling
After having buildt the model, I painted the fuselage. First of all I sprayed
a light coat of Tamiya primer (necessary to show some defects on the joints)
then the clear Saratoga primer and the Saratoga white. Then I masked the fuselage
and gave the Alclad gloss black primer. After some work to obtain a perfect
surface, I sprayed the Alclad Polished Aluminium and the acrylic Model Master
light gull gray diluted with a bit of white for the center of the wings and
tailplanes. A light coat of Future mixed with a 30% of Model Master acrylic
matt clear, was sprayed on wings, tailplanes and engines to protect the NMF
and the decal. The presence of the engines on the fuselage didnít allow me to
put the coloured decal stripes so I had to paint them with a mix of red and
yellow Gunze, a light blue Humbrol and a blue Model Master paint.
Black matt base for Alclad paints.
Alclad Polished Alluminium for wings
Gunze and Humbrol colors for the stripes
on the fuselage.
When I removed the masking tape on the fuselage, I had a bad
surprise. The white surface was covered with many little cracks! I used the
Saratoga paints for a lot of models and I never had problems like this. I decided
to mask again and give some coat of Tamiya gloss white can. I found the white
Tamiya can easier to give but the Saratoga white is more glossy and pure. Then
it was time for decalling. From the Freetime sheet I used the logo on the fuselage
and the registration and from the Flying Colors Md80 detail sheet the window
and the stencils. After the decal I gave the Future for the final gloss finish.
I gave a dozen of coats of Future spaced out from some warm air passages with
the phon. I decided to have a good finish but not very glossy so I didnít give
the final very heavy coat of Future that can show the surface like new.
Looking at the models of Brad, I decided to make my model more real, so after
4 days of drying I began to weather the model. I used the oil colors black and
brown to simulate the losses of hydraulic fluid behind the wheel bay, the doors,
and the flaps. For the dirt on wings, doors and tail I used the Mig black powder,
very useful on glossy surfaces. Gear and wheel bays were painted aluminium with
Humbrol 11 and the tires in Model Master Black Tire. The last touches were the
two antennaes (pay attention at the photos, there are various type of antennaes
on DC-9ís) and the lights painted with bright red and green and the model is
ready for the photos.
I enjoyed building the model, but I had some problems with the breakdown
of the parts. With the possibility of glueing the engines after the painting,
like the modern kits, I would be able to use the decal for the stripes. Also
the wrong shape of the fusealge is a problem because I had to work near the
junction of the wings. The old Airfix kit is still a nice kit to build and Iím
glad with the final result, but a new DC-9 (from Minicraft, for example, that
produce some nice McDonnel Douglas kits...) would be good news for us.
Member Comments :
||comment by: Caravellarella posted on 06-25-2006
VERY NICE MODEL Stefano! Will you do Alitalia & ATI to match? Very nice to see the old Airfix kit again............
Best, Terry (Caravellarella).
||comment by: Slow modeler posted on 06-25-2006
Great article Stefano! Thanks for sharing it with us.
||comment by: ta152 posted on 06-26-2006
||comment by: Brad posted on 06-26-2006
Fantastic build and article Stefano!
||comment by: ta152 posted on 06-27-2006
Thank's Brad, I looked at your kits for the weathering!
||comment by: global707 posted on 03-11-2007
Nice nine Stefano, looks good, yeah I dont like the prebuild before paint
on the engines eiether.