Jamie McIntyre (Login DDGboy) from IP address 184.108.40.206
G'day all, my first ever flight in an aircraft was an Ansett Airlines Boeing 727, Y Class Flight 036 departing Tullamarine at 7pm on Friday 4th May 1990 bound for Kingsford Smith.
Is there any way to find out this aircraft's rego, and would it have been in the scheme below back then?
Since then I've been up in a Seaking, couple of Hercs, Seaknight, Squirrel and Navy Hs748, as well as countless other airliners, but that big white flying bus is still pretty special being my first so I'd love to do a Hasegawa 1/200 kit in her markings!
This message has been edited by DDGboy from IP address 220.127.116.11 on Oct 30, 2010 3:11 PM
"Straight through the gate between bat & pad, middle stump is now 5 feet back!"
Got me good Wally, I know you're a resident "Go-to Man" on airliner matters, a dark art to me, so I had no reason to doubt you at all. If anything the APU remark added credence to the story, made it sound like you have beers on the weekend with the Flight Engineer from that very flight!
Hell, I was 16.5 and transitioning between RCTRP and SMNRP*, all I recall of that flight is telling my mates our hostie could sit in the bottom of a Redheads matchbox and STILL have room either side to wiggle her butt! ;0
Thanks mate, Jamie, who may just go with the kit's VH-ANA!
Wally can certainly be a trickster, but he IS a priceless source of airliner info, I have gone to him for heaps of stuff.
Can I suggest that you make the kit straight from box using kit-supplied decals except "VH-ANA" and then custom-make the rego of your choice as a substitute decal. That way you could have "your" aircraft. It wouldn't be hard as it is just black leterring. If you need a hand yell out and I will do them for you.
According to JP Airline-Fleets 1990/1991 (the fleet-list "Bible" of the Industry) these are the aircraft you have to choose from for that period:
VH-ANA Boeing 727-277 Advanced
VH-ANB Boeing 727-277 Advanced
VH-ANE Boeing 727-277 Advanced
VH-ANF Boeing 727-277 Advanced
VH-RMN Boeing 727-277 Advanced
There was also VH-RMX in fleet at the time but she was a freighter.
All aircraft would have been in the very sexy "Shooting Stars" scheme as shown in your supplied photo and the Hasegawa kit, (which is a lovely little kit BTW). So you have a 1 in 5 chance of guessing the right rego, not bad odds.
PS: Here is my suggestions... maybe "ANA" for: "A Nice Aircraft", "ANB" for: "A Nice Boeing", or "ANF" for: "A Nice Flight".
This message has been edited by rayqf from IP address 18.104.22.168 on Oct 31, 2010 12:47 PM This message has been edited by rayqf from IP address 22.214.171.124 on Oct 31, 2010 12:45 PM
Good results, but the Testors sheets are only A5 so you can't squeeze many in.
My second run was with the Novascale (Aussie Decals) Clear A4 Laser Decal Sheet on a Brother Laser Mono Multifunction and Bare Metal Foil A4 Inkjet Decal Sheet on the HP PSC 1210 All-In-One. The latter sucked for blacks hence doing all black markings on the mono laser.
Third run, Bare Metal Foil A4 Inkjet Decal Sheet on a Canon DCP-165, which was good for blacks but sucked for reds!
Fourth (and so far last) run, Bare Metal Foil A4 Inkjet Decal Sheet on a HP Officejet J4580 All-In-One, which again struggles with blacks.
I coat with Helmar Crystal Kote Matt varnish, works a treat!
This message has been edited by DDGboy from IP address 126.96.36.199 on Oct 31, 2010 8:48 PM
The 1/32 Spitfire IXc decals you have are coated in it!
November 1 2010, 5:06 PM
The decals I made you for OU-H/EN572 are coated in that spray, so maybe you could test a blank area on a scrap kit?
Weren't many panel lines on the FT-5 but the decals seemed to conform OK over what there were, so I didn't use any solvents or setting agents. The finished product remains quite flexible, even on the backing sheet.
You can get the spray from craft shops, I got mine from one in Kirrawee NSW.
I was aware of the VH-RMN Polynesian/Cook lease but was not aware that the aircraft could not be used domesticlly by Ansett. It was my understanding that she in fact could be used by Ansett when not required for service by Polynesian/Cook. The same arrangement was in place when Australian Airlines leased 727-276 VH-TBN to Air Vanuatu ie: Australian Airlines used the aircraft domesticlly when not needed by Air Vanuatu even though she was carrying Air Vanuatu titles, this was part of the basic lease agreement. Both the Ansett and Australian Airlines leased-out 727s in question retained their Ausy "VH" regos and remained on the books and AOCs of their respective owner airlines, so the leases logicaly should not have impacted on the total declared net capacity of either carrier at the time.
"RMN" was actually sub-leased to Qantas on a number of occasion, (because of capacity shortage, U/S aircraft etc) during her time with Polynesian/Cook, so she got around.
At any rate, you now have a 1 in 4 chance of correctly guessing which Ansett 727 was "your" aircraft, the odds of a correct guess are getting better all the time. Let us all know what you decide and how the build goes.
This message has been edited by rayqf from IP address 188.8.131.52 on Oct 31, 2010 9:40 PM This message has been edited by rayqf from IP address 184.108.40.206 on Oct 31, 2010 9:39 PM