Kit Manufacturer: Minicraft
Kit No. 14449
Type: Boeing 757-200 (Iron Maiden Ed Force One 2011 World Tour)
Extras used: OOB (Out of the Box) apart from decals by BOA Decals
Paints and colours used: Tamiya White (XF-1) for the main fuselage, Revell Aqua Light Grey (371) for wing surfaces, Mr Metal Color Buffable Aluminium (MC218) for wing inner surfaces / engine cowl ends. Alclad 2 Dark Aluminium (ALC-103) for darker metallic rear section of engines, Vallejo Model Color Black for tyres. Gloss coat – Alclad Aqua Gloss polished with MicroMesh from 2400 to 12000 grit.
Weathering: Citadel Abaddon black used as glaze over undercarriage legs.
Verdict: The Minicraft kit is pretty ‘orrible. The wings don’t fit very well, the cockpit section doesn’t fit well, the undercarriage struts seem like they are from another kit, the two halves of each engine don’t match and needed much filing and carving to go together neatly, the engine mounts put the engines at an 8 degree up angle unless you modify them. Overall it’s a pretty nasty kit to work on, however if you want to build a Boeing 757-200 it’s pretty much your only choice. The decals are pretty good. They are silk screened and the main Iron Maiden and window decals are nice and sharp, however the tail art and the Eddie emblems near the forward doors are a bit fuzzy and out of register. No real complaints regarding the decals though, they are very rare and without them building an Ed Force One aircraft would be nigh impossible.