I've decided to hold off on the Roland until all the AM stuff arrives. In all the info searches for the A321 I came across a company the make AM decals for a Monogram Constellation from 1956. I was 1 when this kit was produced.
The penny is for a reference to see how big the rivets are. They scale up to about 2" across at the their base and about that high too. There are troughs in the upper wing that I believe are meant demarcate the wing walks. They scale up to about 10" wide and 7-8" deep.
I love how these ancient kits are molded so little Johnny doesn't have to mess with paint. White fuselage and tail and the wings where NMF. So white and silvery gray plastic.
Lots of flash everywhere. Fuselage nicely warped with a crack on one side. That will get taken care of with a little putty when I sand off all the rivets. It's going to be built wheels up in flight.
Surprisingly though, once all the flash and the alignment pins that are removed, more of a hindrance than a help, and the sprue gates the size of my leg are cleaned up test fit is actually pretty good. A test fit of the wing roots is better than many kits produced today.
Last Edit: Jun 1, 2016 15:26:31 GMT -5 by wing_nut
Wow, that kit originates from my moms birth year I must admit, though I don't know much about it, I think this is one of the most beautiful airliners ever built. Looking forward to see you tackle this flashed and warped kit mate!
Post by panzerjager2 on Apr 25, 2016 18:50:13 GMT -5
What's really cool abooot the "connie" from Monogram is the scale of those rivets, they would be the size of oranges in real life........ Gotta luv the 1950's era kits....... Who remembers Frog, Renwal, Lindberg and Hawk?
The problem is you're building it to your modern expectations vs the good old days of building in an afternoon and flying it around the living room! Stick with it Marc, maybe your mantra will change soon.
Been a while since an update. There have been sessions but spread further apart due to be so drag a$$ tried from the busiest I've been in years with my business. Housing market is very good here at the moment.
The fuselage and wings are finally smooth. At least it feels smooth. Primer will ferret out any area that need work. vertical stabilizer is a touch long but that's good in this case. I put a little fillet at the back for support of some putty to bring the tail of the fuselage even with the back of the vet stab. Looks like the very end of the fuselage is not as rounded as the kit makes it. It's got an edge down the back that I am going try to get at least some of in there.
Since taking these pics I have glued the wings and the real problem parts is going to be the engine nacelles. The top and bottom halves are like they are from different scale kits. Gonna be a very high fudge factor there.
Too late for the rivets. All as smooth as a baby's asxxx elbow. The sliver plastic was weird. When the rivets were sanded off there was still a dot where a rivet once stood. Looked exactly like the rivet was still there. So not only a lot of sanding there was a lot of 'feeling" to see what still needed to be sanded.
Masking straight lines. Not all that difficult. But boy howdy it can be tedious. Using masking tape as spacers and forms for some angles to align the thin Frog tape strips. This was the 2nd attempt to get it right. Had to flip myself off once again for doing such a poor job the 1st try. Then the careful trimming. Gotta pay attention what gets cut and left behind and what gets peeled away. Hence the 2nd go at it. A coat of dark aluminum, more masking, then some Duraluminum. Then the tense moments of peeling all the tape fearing the lifting of paint from the Bondo filled spots (a subject for another post) but in the end a sign of relief. A few touch ups needed but happy with the results so far.
Wow, that is a beauty Marc!! Kick a$$ masking!! LOL...aside form the blue-tac, I thought the base looked cool!! Okay, heady back to my non-related-wingy subjects now! Best of luck surfing with the tail feathers!
The Constellation is done. The Vintage Flyer Decals are visually stunning. Perfectly printed. There are things in the build that will not stand up to close in scrutiny, but to have it sit up and the shelf and take a gander as I walk by... I am pretty darn happy with the way it turned out. What do you think dad?