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The Four Connies

December 9 2009 at 4:23 PM

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

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