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      Post #76977, posted on 11-26-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Yes, we all know that the A380 is not an airliner, which can be called a real beauty. But as the A380 production will end and the corona crises does the rest for this big bird I decided to do the opposite and start my personal A380 project after years of having this model in stock. If this project works at will be at least my biggest and most impressive airliner kit.

      Knowing that the Revell kit has a lot of design flaws there is a lot to rebuilt and scratch built, so I thought about building my model in an “all flaps and slats out position” just to make the project a bit harder and a bit longer too .

      Happy to share the process with you. Any comment and advise very welcome!

      Cheers,
      Oliver










      Just the very basic work. What an impressive size! In comparison Kurts very fine B747 SP I did a few months ago.

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      Post #76979, posted on 11-26-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Hi Oliver,
      it looks like the Beauty and the Beast with that chopped off nose...
      Your Braniff SP is truly a beauty! I wouldn't mind seeing a couple more images of her...
      Which decals did you use on the SP?

      Regarding the A380 I remember that the entire nose section is pretty much wrong, which is probably why you chopped it off.
      Which airline are you planning?

      I look forward to seeing this big bird growing!

      Cheers from Hamburg,

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      Post #76981, posted on 11-26-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Hi Christian, yes the nose section is an issue (not the only one).

      To get the nose proper, place gear door bay and cockpit symmetrical I cutted the nose of. Especially the clear part of the kits cockpit window is totally wrong. I sanded it down and brought it back to shine with mircomesh. cockpit masks are homemade with handcuttet double layer of tamiya masking tape.

      The A380 will be the Emirates Wildlife special livery. In a far future :-) (brilliant decal by Daco in the Revell kit btw)

      The 747SP is done using the old Decal by Flightpath (went on well)






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      Post #76985, posted on 11-26-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Besides the inaccurate cockpit windows I can add the the following:

      undersized nose gear tires, prototype NACA ducts and an undersized left wing flap track fairing(location of the Ram air turbine). I have built three(Emirates, Qantas).

      If anyone knows of other inaccuracies, chime in.

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      Post #76986, posted on 11-26-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      forgot Singapore as a build.

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      Post #76997, posted on 11-27-2020 GMT-5 hours    
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      planecrazy :
      Besides the inaccurate cockpit windows I can add the the following:

      undersized nose gear tires, prototype NACA ducts and an undersized left wing flap track fairing(location of the Ram air turbine). I have built three(Emirates, Qantas).

      If anyone knows of other inaccuracies, chime in.



      Hello!
      I think the gear doors of the main gears are wrong. It is already some 10 years since I built my last A380, so I do not remember the details. At that time I looked at many photos and saw that the real aircraft's gear doors are different.
      Greetings Daniel

      Have fun! Life is short enough.

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      Post #76999, posted on 11-27-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Cool project!! What is the issue with the nose? Why is the need to chop it off and reset? I am interested as I have 3 Revell A380 kits to build

      thanks!

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      Post #77004, posted on 11-27-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Of course, the fuselage main landing gear doors! How did I forget that? Major surgery required to fix that issue. I made the correction on my three builds. Relatively easy to do.

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      Post #77009, posted on 11-28-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      I can add the ram air outlet doors and reinforcement strips (they look like hockey sticks) missing from the wing under surface.

      The main landing gear strut too, its upper part is flat and puny, whereas it should be of circular section and beefy, as everything on this beauty of a beast.

      On the body gear, do not forget to slice off the 2 rear brake assemblies and link rods : each body gear was only fitted with 4 brake assemblies, the 2 rear wheels not but they could steer in the opposite direction to the front wheels.

      Aside from that, an enjoyable kit if fuselage and wing parts are not warped.

      Man I LOOOVE the A380, sad to see it go... temporarily ?

      Cheers, Stephane

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      Post #77010, posted on 11-28-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      I build one in Qantas colors!
      I am sorry but that airplane is soooooo ugly!!
      Inaccuracies might even help!!

      Walter

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      Post #77030, posted on 11-30-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      I wanted to share some progress on the A380 with you. Thank you for your advice for reworking the gear bay doors, I checked a lot of pictures on the internet for building new ones from scratch.

      But the major issue for the last couple of days was the construction of the wings which are already finished and ready for the paintshop. Here are some images of the single steps.




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      Post #77031, posted on 11-30-2020 GMT-5 hours    
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      Cool project!! What is the issue with the nose? Why is the need to chop it off and reset? I am interested as I have 3 Revell A380 kits to build

      thanks!



      I found it easier to bring gear bay and cockpit into the correct (symmetrical) position while working from inside the fuselage. and the section between coktpit window an d radome ist a bit too bumpy. needs to be sanded down a bit. in general the fuselage is so big, that it makes sense to work the whole model in sections (my opinion). this was also a reason to cut the fuselage into :-)