I wouldn’t name my aircraft company something that reads like “Boing”…

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I’ve had something a little different on the go this week…

 

No, I haven’t finally got around to training for the 2016 Skegness naked hula-hooping half marathon. That starts next week. This week I have cracked open a little build I’ve had hiding in the stash for a year or so.

 

I don’t usually build civilian aircraft. As much as I love flying in these silver birds (apart from being cooped up with other peoples farts and sneezes for 14 hours at a time), civil aviation just doesn’t light my fire as much as military aircraft do.

But this one is going to be a little different…

I’m not going to reveal the final form of this Bo(e)ing 757-200 just yet, suffice it to say that I have a very special decal set lined up for her courtesy of those fine people at Boa decals..

Your choice is fairly limited when it comes to building a 1/144 scale 757-200, in fact it’s pretty much limited to Minicraft. So given that array of choice I decided that the Minicraft kit would be the one I would choose. It was either that or the Minicraft but the Minicraft won.

This is a pretty simple kit, in fact so simple that I won’t bother with a build thread because it would be more like a build page. The kit goes together as two fuselage halves, two wings and two horizontal stabilisers. Stick a bit of glass in the front and you’re pretty much at the filling and sanding stage…

As you can see below, there are 9 steps in the instructions, spread over 2 pages. Given that step 2 is the same as step 3 and step 5 is the same as step 6 and step 7 is the same as step 8, it’s more like 6 steps. So they could have left out the parts diagram, and got it down to one side of A4.

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Not that I’m complaining mid you! It’s quite refreshing to build a fairly large model that is so quick to build.

And also it reminds me that building civil airliners is quite different from building military jets… With military jets it’s all about details. Photo etch, resin cockpits, ultra realism. Details and heavy weathering. Whereas your average civil airliner is all about cleanliness and simplicity. No pre-shading, no chipping of paint, no smoke stains and bleached paint work. In fact it goes as far as no windows. Even though this kit has clear front windows, they will be painted over and the windows will be represented by decals.

Ok, I’m sure people do go to town on civil airline models, and that it is possible to introduce a stunning level of scale effect and believability. But for me I’m just enjoying doing something a little more abstract, free from the shackles of trying to make something look “real”.

 

So here she is, the progress so far…

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Most of the fettling has been completed now, just a few little bits (as you might see) in the wing root to sort out and then she’ll be ready for a bit of primer to see how she looks…

After that, a bit of top coat, a bit of Klear and a lot of decals.

Can’t wait 🙂

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