The Four Connies

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The Four Connies

Joined: November 13th, 2008, 10:18 pm

December 9th, 2009, 9:23 pm #1

Inspired and spurred on by William De Coster's "Little Wurgers" production line on the Airfix GB, I figured I'd tackle all four 1/144 scale Constellations I recently acquired at the same time:

The Revell kit is in white and is so well-moulded it could be built in a weekend. The others, Minicraft kits, need a lot more work. I'm taking my time with the Revell kit, using it as a reference on the Minicraft birds:

The Minicraft Connies are moulded as the long nose version, but provide alternate parts for the short-nose version. On two of the Minicraft kits I used the short snub-nose, with a piece of sheet styrene sandwiched in to replace the plastic lost to the saw:

The Revell kit comes with both nose versions as options. The short nose is conveniently offered in clear plastic, which makes painting around the nose lights a lot easier. I used the Revel long-nose piece on one of the Minicraft kits because it looked more accurate:

I picked up a photoetch sheet by Extra Tech for the Revell Connie. The parts are easy to fold and pop right into place:


The Minicraft fuselages have taken a heck of a lot of sanding to get the shape right and fill in the over-recessed door outlines, but are almost done. I'll drill some holes and add some clear stretched-sprue for the nose landing lights and move on to the wings.
Best...Ted...
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Joined: February 27th, 2005, 2:45 am

December 9th, 2009, 9:38 pm #2

...12 days of Christmas...yah know the song...oh well I thought it was funny. And yes they look great. The Connie is one of the better looking A/C around.

Jeff
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Joined: November 13th, 2008, 10:18 pm

December 9th, 2009, 9:53 pm #3

I think it goes: "Four Connie Birds, Three French Huns, Two Thunder-Jets. And a Percival In a Pear Tree..." Or something like hat!
Best (still laughing) Ted...
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Joined: April 26th, 2006, 10:40 pm

December 9th, 2009, 11:42 pm #4

Inspired and spurred on by William De Coster's "Little Wurgers" production line on the Airfix GB, I figured I'd tackle all four 1/144 scale Constellations I recently acquired at the same time:

The Revell kit is in white and is so well-moulded it could be built in a weekend. The others, Minicraft kits, need a lot more work. I'm taking my time with the Revell kit, using it as a reference on the Minicraft birds:

The Minicraft Connies are moulded as the long nose version, but provide alternate parts for the short-nose version. On two of the Minicraft kits I used the short snub-nose, with a piece of sheet styrene sandwiched in to replace the plastic lost to the saw:

The Revell kit comes with both nose versions as options. The short nose is conveniently offered in clear plastic, which makes painting around the nose lights a lot easier. I used the Revel long-nose piece on one of the Minicraft kits because it looked more accurate:

I picked up a photoetch sheet by Extra Tech for the Revell Connie. The parts are easy to fold and pop right into place:


The Minicraft fuselages have taken a heck of a lot of sanding to get the shape right and fill in the over-recessed door outlines, but are almost done. I'll drill some holes and add some clear stretched-sprue for the nose landing lights and move on to the wings.
Best...Ted...
Although I can't imagine why you didn't use the Heller/Airfix in 1/72..LOL,

Thanks,
Allan



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Joined: November 13th, 2008, 10:18 pm

December 10th, 2009, 12:48 am #5

Yeah, Allan - I haven't missed those beauties. I've been itching to do either the Heller or Airfix kits for sometime now. The little 1/144 scale kits were all on sale for ridiculously low prices, so I snapped 'em up. But 1/72 scale is my true love, so the big Connies will likely appear at some point. After all, that itch has been on a long time and it's time to scratch!!!
Best! Ted!
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Joined: May 13th, 2006, 1:50 am

December 10th, 2009, 1:01 am #6

Inspired and spurred on by William De Coster's "Little Wurgers" production line on the Airfix GB, I figured I'd tackle all four 1/144 scale Constellations I recently acquired at the same time:

The Revell kit is in white and is so well-moulded it could be built in a weekend. The others, Minicraft kits, need a lot more work. I'm taking my time with the Revell kit, using it as a reference on the Minicraft birds:

The Minicraft Connies are moulded as the long nose version, but provide alternate parts for the short-nose version. On two of the Minicraft kits I used the short snub-nose, with a piece of sheet styrene sandwiched in to replace the plastic lost to the saw:

The Revell kit comes with both nose versions as options. The short nose is conveniently offered in clear plastic, which makes painting around the nose lights a lot easier. I used the Revel long-nose piece on one of the Minicraft kits because it looked more accurate:

I picked up a photoetch sheet by Extra Tech for the Revell Connie. The parts are easy to fold and pop right into place:


The Minicraft fuselages have taken a heck of a lot of sanding to get the shape right and fill in the over-recessed door outlines, but are almost done. I'll drill some holes and add some clear stretched-sprue for the nose landing lights and move on to the wings.
Best...Ted...
Personally, I've always thought the "Connie" to be one of the most elegantly designed aircraft to come out of post WWII. What liveries will these ones carry?

Cheers,
Wolf
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Joined: November 13th, 2008, 10:18 pm

December 10th, 2009, 2:29 am #7

Hi Wolf - The Revell sheet is absolutely stunning. I'll do a Lufthansa version, and one one of the gorgeous TWA long-nose versions from that decal sheet. I'll do an Air France version from a sheet I ordered from - strangely enough - France, and a BOAC decal sheet that appears to be a scheme for an air freighter:

All of them are very colourful schemes that really highlight the great markings shown in the heyday of 1950's airliners!
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Joined: October 30th, 2005, 1:44 pm

December 10th, 2009, 2:45 am #8

Personally, I've always thought the "Connie" to be one of the most elegantly designed aircraft to come out of post WWII. What liveries will these ones carry?

Cheers,
Wolf
I think than the Lockheed Constellation was the most elegant prop engines airliner of all time. Great job on the builds Ted. I will follow your wips with great interest.

Serge Dompierre
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Joined: February 14th, 2004, 3:48 am

December 10th, 2009, 3:55 am #9

Personally, I've always thought the "Connie" to be one of the most elegantly designed aircraft to come out of post WWII. What liveries will these ones carry?

Cheers,
Wolf
Seeing the ATC Connie at several airshows is always a treat. It's a beautiful airplane.

Cheers
Mike


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Joined: February 14th, 2004, 3:48 am

December 10th, 2009, 3:56 am #10

Inspired and spurred on by William De Coster's "Little Wurgers" production line on the Airfix GB, I figured I'd tackle all four 1/144 scale Constellations I recently acquired at the same time:

The Revell kit is in white and is so well-moulded it could be built in a weekend. The others, Minicraft kits, need a lot more work. I'm taking my time with the Revell kit, using it as a reference on the Minicraft birds:

The Minicraft Connies are moulded as the long nose version, but provide alternate parts for the short-nose version. On two of the Minicraft kits I used the short snub-nose, with a piece of sheet styrene sandwiched in to replace the plastic lost to the saw:

The Revell kit comes with both nose versions as options. The short nose is conveniently offered in clear plastic, which makes painting around the nose lights a lot easier. I used the Revel long-nose piece on one of the Minicraft kits because it looked more accurate:

I picked up a photoetch sheet by Extra Tech for the Revell Connie. The parts are easy to fold and pop right into place:


The Minicraft fuselages have taken a heck of a lot of sanding to get the shape right and fill in the over-recessed door outlines, but are almost done. I'll drill some holes and add some clear stretched-sprue for the nose landing lights and move on to the wings.
Best...Ted...
Coming along nicely. I'm looking forward to the TWA version.

Cheers
Mike


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