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      Tom Probert


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      Post #75766, posted on 05-29-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Afternoon all,

      I've been a 'lurker' here for a while, and have finally got around to joining up. I love building all types of model but particularly enjoy civil aviation and vacuforms - this model therefore ticked both boxes.

      I actually completed this about 10 years ago now - it's the Aircraft in Miniature 1/72nd scale Boeing 747 vacuform model and appears on the AIM website. It was a lot of work and involved fully scribing the model, making the landing gear bays from scratch, lots of internal bulkheads and spars and, needless to say, lots of masking.

      I used Halfords automotive paints, having the KLM blue especially mixed. Decals in the kit were for UTA but I love the KLM scheme and have a lot of Dutch family so I decided to order a set of decals from Greg at Draw Decal to replicate one of KLM's -306 Combis.

      It took about 4 months from cutting the first plastic to completion, and I loved every minute!


      S1030381 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

      S1030375 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

      S1030371 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

      S1030369 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

      S1030367 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

      S1030362 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

      S1030359 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

      S1030357 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

      S1030355 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

      S1030351 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

      S1030350 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

      S1030348 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

      In this last picture, you can see a 12"/30cm rule to give an idea of the size - it's huge!

      S1030383 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

      Regards to all,
      Tom

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      Post #75767, posted on 05-29-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Nice job! The kit looks really realistic, too.

      On Arrival (1/144 scale):

      BA 747-400
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      AA A321-200 NEO
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      UA 737-900ER

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      Post #75768, posted on 05-29-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Beautiful work!

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      Post #75782, posted on 05-29-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Wow! You accomplished this beauty in four months? Hats off to you for that. It's really outstanding workmanship. Alex

      JAT = "Joke About Time" :pp

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      Post #75783, posted on 05-29-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      I remember the build thread you did back then in another forum. I canít remember which forum or find it, it must have closed down. I have two unbuilt AIM models, a DC-10 and a 737. In my 35 years of airline kit building / collecting, they are by far the kits that require the most amount of work and fabrication. Your model is great.

      Paul

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      Post #75784, posted on 05-29-2020 GMT-5 hours    
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      Wow! You accomplished this beauty in four months? Hats off to you for that. It's really outstanding workmanship. Alex



      Thanks, Alex - and yes this was the days when I was early in my teaching career and had long holidays to build all day long. Now I've kids and those days are well and truly over. I'd be lucky to get something like this done within a year now!

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      Post #75785, posted on 05-29-2020 GMT-5 hours    
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      I remember the build thread you did back then in another forum. I canít remember which forum or find it, it must have closed down. I have two unbuilt AIM models, a DC-10 and a 737. In my 35 years of airline kit building / collecting, they are by far the kits that require the most amount of work and fabrication. Your model is great.

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      Many thanks, Paul - I did run a thread on a couple of other forums - Britmodeller and ARC I think.

      Funny you mention the AIM DC-10 as I've just started working on that. You are correct in saying they require a lot of work, but with a few vacforms under your belt they are fairly straightforward. It's just the size that, quite literally, makes them a handful.

      Tom

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      Post #75813, posted on 05-31-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Amazing model. How about asking Kurt at Authentic Airliners whether he can produce as set of window & cockpit decals which would look fantastic in 1/72nd scale.

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      Post #75817, posted on 05-31-2020 GMT-5 hours    
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      Amazing model. How about asking Kurt at Authentic Airliners whether he can produce as set of window & cockpit decals which would look fantastic in 1/72nd scale.

      Andy



      Would probably be better off asking Werner, Kurts brother. He is the genius that does the decals.

      Here is the website, with contact info:

      https://www.authentic-airliner-decals.de/

      Keep em separated!
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      Post #75819, posted on 06-01-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Hi Tom,
      Congratulations for this awesome 747-306 !!
      Best
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      Post #75822, posted on 06-02-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Simply amazing! Always looking at those AiM models and wondering if it's time to tackle one...

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      Post #75845, posted on 06-04-2020 GMT-5 hours    
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      Amazing model. How about asking Kurt at Authentic Airliners whether he can produce as set of window & cockpit decals which would look fantastic in 1/72nd scale.

      Andy



      Hi Andy,

      When I built this (10 years ago) the AA decals didn't exist - I suppose I could look into getting some done and added retrospectively.

      With the DC-10 I'm in the early stages of, I'm opening the cockpit up and scratch-building the flightdeck so hopefully it'll solve this particular problem.

      Tom

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      Post #75846, posted on 06-04-2020 GMT-5 hours    
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      Simply amazing! Always looking at those AiM models and wondering if it's time to tackle one...



      Many thanks - they're not the easiest of builds but if you've got a couple of vacs under your belt they're perfectly doable. It's just the sheer size that's the problem!

      Tom

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      Post #75848, posted on 06-04-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      This is a beautiful giant Tom!

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