EC-121K Pacific Missile Range, Academy 1/144

Joined: February 11th, 2009, 12:51 pm

April 3rd, 2018, 7:17 pm #1

Another kit started as a relief project, and despite some hidden troubles, I am quite happy with it. If I were to do it again, I would just drop the flaps.
But at last, here it is, in all its glory:



Almost OOB. Only the exceedingly thin dorsal radome was widened until matching pictures.


Assembly is not the best and required some care in order to avoid large putty application.
What really helps is the lower wing in one piece.


I painted the kit with Tamiya acrylics and applied the kit's (excellent) decals with the Future system. A final brush painted layer of Future sealed everything.


I applied some very light weathering with artists' acrylics, mainly smoke stains on the wings and around engine nacelles.


I always wanted a Connie in radar warning configuration and colors, but the Heller 1/72 really takes too much shelf space. In 1/144 smaller will it be, but for sure not easier... the color choice not helping, with so many contrasting colors and so much masking. My utmost respect to Carl Knable for his beautiful serie of Academy Connies.

Greetings from Italy
Andrea
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Joined: February 12th, 2012, 4:29 pm

Striking paint scheme. excellent Connie !!! N/T

April 3rd, 2018, 9:28 pm #2

Striking paint scheme. excellent Connie !!! N/T
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Joined: June 28th, 2005, 12:03 am

Superb build and finish Andrea. Very interesting project.

April 3rd, 2018, 11:49 pm #3

Another kit started as a relief project, and despite some hidden troubles, I am quite happy with it. If I were to do it again, I would just drop the flaps.
But at last, here it is, in all its glory:



Almost OOB. Only the exceedingly thin dorsal radome was widened until matching pictures.


Assembly is not the best and required some care in order to avoid large putty application.
What really helps is the lower wing in one piece.


I painted the kit with Tamiya acrylics and applied the kit's (excellent) decals with the Future system. A final brush painted layer of Future sealed everything.


I applied some very light weathering with artists' acrylics, mainly smoke stains on the wings and around engine nacelles.


I always wanted a Connie in radar warning configuration and colors, but the Heller 1/72 really takes too much shelf space. In 1/144 smaller will it be, but for sure not easier... the color choice not helping, with so many contrasting colors and so much masking. My utmost respect to Carl Knable for his beautiful serie of Academy Connies.

Greetings from Italy
Andrea
Superb build and finish Andrea. Very interesting project.
Frank
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Joined: June 28th, 2005, 12:03 am

Re: Superb build and finish andrea. Very interesting project.

April 3rd, 2018, 11:50 pm #4

Another kit started as a relief project, and despite some hidden troubles, I am quite happy with it. If I were to do it again, I would just drop the flaps.
But at last, here it is, in all its glory:



Almost OOB. Only the exceedingly thin dorsal radome was widened until matching pictures.


Assembly is not the best and required some care in order to avoid large putty application.
What really helps is the lower wing in one piece.


I painted the kit with Tamiya acrylics and applied the kit's (excellent) decals with the Future system. A final brush painted layer of Future sealed everything.


I applied some very light weathering with artists' acrylics, mainly smoke stains on the wings and around engine nacelles.


I always wanted a Connie in radar warning configuration and colors, but the Heller 1/72 really takes too much shelf space. In 1/144 smaller will it be, but for sure not easier... the color choice not helping, with so many contrasting colors and so much masking. My utmost respect to Carl Knable for his beautiful serie of Academy Connies.

Greetings from Italy
Andrea
Re: Superb build and finish andrea. Very interesting project.
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Joined: January 20th, 2010, 9:51 pm

Nice, I have always liked that "Engine Gray" color scheme.

April 4th, 2018, 1:38 pm #5

Another kit started as a relief project, and despite some hidden troubles, I am quite happy with it. If I were to do it again, I would just drop the flaps.
But at last, here it is, in all its glory:



Almost OOB. Only the exceedingly thin dorsal radome was widened until matching pictures.


Assembly is not the best and required some care in order to avoid large putty application.
What really helps is the lower wing in one piece.


I painted the kit with Tamiya acrylics and applied the kit's (excellent) decals with the Future system. A final brush painted layer of Future sealed everything.


I applied some very light weathering with artists' acrylics, mainly smoke stains on the wings and around engine nacelles.


I always wanted a Connie in radar warning configuration and colors, but the Heller 1/72 really takes too much shelf space. In 1/144 smaller will it be, but for sure not easier... the color choice not helping, with so many contrasting colors and so much masking. My utmost respect to Carl Knable for his beautiful serie of Academy Connies.

Greetings from Italy
Andrea
Nice, I have always liked that "Engine Gray" color scheme.
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Joined: February 26th, 2005, 11:49 pm

Excellent paint and decals!

April 4th, 2018, 7:04 pm #6

Another kit started as a relief project, and despite some hidden troubles, I am quite happy with it. If I were to do it again, I would just drop the flaps.
But at last, here it is, in all its glory:



Almost OOB. Only the exceedingly thin dorsal radome was widened until matching pictures.


Assembly is not the best and required some care in order to avoid large putty application.
What really helps is the lower wing in one piece.


I painted the kit with Tamiya acrylics and applied the kit's (excellent) decals with the Future system. A final brush painted layer of Future sealed everything.


I applied some very light weathering with artists' acrylics, mainly smoke stains on the wings and around engine nacelles.


I always wanted a Connie in radar warning configuration and colors, but the Heller 1/72 really takes too much shelf space. In 1/144 smaller will it be, but for sure not easier... the color choice not helping, with so many contrasting colors and so much masking. My utmost respect to Carl Knable for his beautiful serie of Academy Connies.

Greetings from Italy
Andrea
The build on those has always been a challenge, and yours looks very good.

About those long wire antennas... Did you use stretched sprue or fine wire?
Because they look great too.

Jim
Not everything had changed, only the important stuff. - Charles Stross
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Joined: October 30th, 2005, 1:44 pm

Colourful Connie

April 4th, 2018, 8:28 pm #7

Another kit started as a relief project, and despite some hidden troubles, I am quite happy with it. If I were to do it again, I would just drop the flaps.
But at last, here it is, in all its glory:



Almost OOB. Only the exceedingly thin dorsal radome was widened until matching pictures.


Assembly is not the best and required some care in order to avoid large putty application.
What really helps is the lower wing in one piece.


I painted the kit with Tamiya acrylics and applied the kit's (excellent) decals with the Future system. A final brush painted layer of Future sealed everything.


I applied some very light weathering with artists' acrylics, mainly smoke stains on the wings and around engine nacelles.


I always wanted a Connie in radar warning configuration and colors, but the Heller 1/72 really takes too much shelf space. In 1/144 smaller will it be, but for sure not easier... the color choice not helping, with so many contrasting colors and so much masking. My utmost respect to Carl Knable for his beautiful serie of Academy Connies.

Greetings from Italy
Andrea
Really well done, very beautiful paint work , nice pics.
Frog and Canuck and proud to be
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Joined: February 11th, 2009, 12:51 pm

Stretched sprue...

April 4th, 2018, 9:03 pm #8

The build on those has always been a challenge, and yours looks very good.

About those long wire antennas... Did you use stretched sprue or fine wire?
Because they look great too.

Jim
from the box; in this case it was easier to fix than fine wire.

Thanks for the kind comment
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Joined: January 20th, 2006, 5:58 pm

Great Job

April 8th, 2018, 8:51 pm #9

Another kit started as a relief project, and despite some hidden troubles, I am quite happy with it. If I were to do it again, I would just drop the flaps.
But at last, here it is, in all its glory:



Almost OOB. Only the exceedingly thin dorsal radome was widened until matching pictures.


Assembly is not the best and required some care in order to avoid large putty application.
What really helps is the lower wing in one piece.


I painted the kit with Tamiya acrylics and applied the kit's (excellent) decals with the Future system. A final brush painted layer of Future sealed everything.


I applied some very light weathering with artists' acrylics, mainly smoke stains on the wings and around engine nacelles.


I always wanted a Connie in radar warning configuration and colors, but the Heller 1/72 really takes too much shelf space. In 1/144 smaller will it be, but for sure not easier... the color choice not helping, with so many contrasting colors and so much masking. My utmost respect to Carl Knable for his beautiful serie of Academy Connies.

Greetings from Italy
Andrea
I know how much work you put into this kit, and it looks great.
Carl Knable
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Joined: April 16th, 2008, 10:38 pm

Wow! Thats a very lovely model. The exhaust stains really add to it.

April 11th, 2018, 6:09 pm #10

Another kit started as a relief project, and despite some hidden troubles, I am quite happy with it. If I were to do it again, I would just drop the flaps.
But at last, here it is, in all its glory:



Almost OOB. Only the exceedingly thin dorsal radome was widened until matching pictures.


Assembly is not the best and required some care in order to avoid large putty application.
What really helps is the lower wing in one piece.


I painted the kit with Tamiya acrylics and applied the kit's (excellent) decals with the Future system. A final brush painted layer of Future sealed everything.


I applied some very light weathering with artists' acrylics, mainly smoke stains on the wings and around engine nacelles.


I always wanted a Connie in radar warning configuration and colors, but the Heller 1/72 really takes too much shelf space. In 1/144 smaller will it be, but for sure not easier... the color choice not helping, with so many contrasting colors and so much masking. My utmost respect to Carl Knable for his beautiful serie of Academy Connies.

Greetings from Italy
Andrea
Wow! Thats a very lovely model. The exhaust stains really add to it.
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