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1/144 Revell Airbus A350 Cathay Pacific

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Hi there folks I've built numerous airliners over the years some good and some bad ones. I was starting to loose my mojo a bit with them, so I moved over and started to build 1/12 bikes and 1/24 cars. 
So after much nagging from my son, I thought I'd get back into building aircraft again, which I'll build along side building the bikes and cars.

I'm starting of with Revell''s Airbus A350-900. I've had this kit for a year now, but there has been very little in the way of decent decals so that was an other excuse not to build it.
I'll be painting it up in the livery of Cathay Pacific, and the decals coming from Ray at 26decals.

I have discussed with my son as to wither it's a wheels up or down, after much discussion I've managed to persuade him to go with the wheels up option, so no wheels to knock off.

So enough of my wittering on, and here's the kit

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The instructions 
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The kit decals most of which I'll not use, but I'll use some of them 
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The Cathay Pacific Decals and instructions
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The kit sprues, not as much as you get in the bikes and cars
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The main fuselage, the detail and panel lines are very faint and light, but I'm not to bother by that, I might rescribe the wings but I'll leave the fuselage alone
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Cool, I'll be watching! I've always been intrigued by airliner models but I never tried one due to the complexity of masking the windows ( I'm not a fan of decals over the windows). Of course these days one can do a lot with liquid masking film.....

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I'll be leaving the windows open, but I'll not be masking them. I've seen it done on the Flory Models forum where Phil the owner uses Micro Kleer for the windows 

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First off please excuse my lack knowledge when it comes to the names of things, I can get by but I'm no expert. So first up is the main under carriage housing. This will be hidden but I think it's a main structural point.
The 3 parts that make it up.
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The 2 upper and lower section of one of the wings. I tend to cut the injection points quite a bit from the part, I'm trying to avoid any damage to the wing parts
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Sometimes these injection points need to be carefully sanded back, however sometimes just moving the injection point back and forward releases it from the part with almost no damage to the wing, and nothing a wee bit of sanding won't take care of.
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So using good old Tamiya Extra Thin both parts of the wings were joined and clamped.
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And offered up to the wing. Revell has knocked it out the park here. The wing fits perfectly and will required absolutely no filler or anything
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I noticed this on one of the wings, I haven't a clue what it is, although I've seen a fly on in a wing on another A350 build. It's not causing any problems so it will stay where it is.
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Next up the first and only problem I've come across so far.
These pylons don't fit in the indentation. 
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To overcome this I moved the pylon forward slightly by cutting the lip further back not ideal but it will do.
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That's it for the moment so again thanks for looking

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I saw this method being used by Phil on his Dreamliner build. He used elastic bands but I only had the hair bands to hand, but they worked fine alone with the cocktail sticks.
Both parts of the fuselage were then joined together. Again Revell as got their act together as both sections fitted together almost flawlessly.
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I then waited for the joint to dry, I then ran a seam of my TET mixture along the seem.
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I inserted the cockpit earlier, I decided not to go into detail with this part, as it won't really be seen, even though the cockpit windows will be left clear.
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Next up the paint arrived for the horizontal line and lower grey area. Now I know it's probably not a perfect match, but after some research and talking with other builders these colours were recommended.
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Cheers mate it's all going together quite well, however I'm having a bit of an arguement with the panel at the central undercarriage which is not a great fit and has required a bit of filling

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Next up was the under carriage panels on the front. This a novel one for me as I normally have the gear down. I've smoothed them over but I'll rescribe them later
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Then it was onto the large panel that covers the centre section underneath the plane. This section required a fair. It of fettling to get right
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Next up the gear bay doors

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And the gear doors, I think the plane is really designed to be displayed with the gears down. The fuselage gear doors fitted fine however as you see the wing gear doors sank in a bit.
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So as you see there is no support where the landing gear attaches.
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I then shimmed this section up with small pieces of plasticard to act as a support. The gear door then fitted fine, I'll smooth these off and rescribe them later.
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That's it for the moment as I can't sit to long with my knee and leg down. Oh how I hate the cold weather 

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That's the first coat of grey primer on it, I've got a few places that will need some attention, but overall I'm quite pleased with the first pass of primer.
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 Cheers mate, there's a couple of places where there's still some sanding marks that need sanded down a bit more. 

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I'm trying to get the smoothest finish I can, and as Phil and Hans recently said it's all about the panel joins, these have got to be as smooth as I can get them.
After the grey primer had dried I noticed some scratches from the sanding sticks.
So out came the finer sanding sticks. As you can see the extent of the scratches, almost 90% of these were hidden by the grey primer.
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And after the finer sanding sticks. The plastic is quite soft, so it was easy enough to sort these out. Ignore the grey centre line, I painted the insides of the fuselage prior to joining them.
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So after I did one section, I decided I'd better go over the rest of the plane. Next up more grey primer.
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Cheers mate, throughout the years I've done a few. Some of my early ones are really dodgy, and really need done again.

The secret is getting the various joins nice and smooth

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Yep that might be a good idea, there are plenty of sites that do aftermarket decals for various civilian aircraft. The man in 2 companies/sites I use are 26decals and DrawDecal both use quality screen printed decals, with the odd laser printed ones.

The one other site I use is Nazca Decals, they are good but their decals react very easily to any lacquer based clear coat.

 

Edit Ray at 26decals has closed his site for an upgrade.

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14 hours ago, Maximum warp said:

Dallas, perhaps you just launched an idea for a future GB? Us car and bike builders getting our feet wet with an airliner build?

 

That may may be a good idea. Be good to get some more aircraft builds on here. I'll discuss it with the other admins.

 

14 hours ago, Flipper said:

Yep that might be a good idea, there are plenty of sites that do aftermarket decals for various civilian aircraft. The man in 2 companies/sites I use are 26decals and DrawDecal both use quality screen printed decals, with the odd laser printed ones.

The one other site I use is Nazca Decals, they are good but their decals react very easily to any lacquer based clear coat.

 

Edit Ray at 26decals has closed his site for an upgrade.

 

Thanks - I'll have a look at those sites as there's something specific I'm after. 

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I'd be well up for that type of GB, I've got a couple of nice and unusual kits.

 

Anyway this thing is so hard to paint when it doesn't fit in the spray booth. 
After smoothing it all I then gave it several coats of grey primer followed by black primer, this shows that I have got the seams more or less spot on.
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After this had dried I laid down several coats of white primer
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After this had dried, my latest purchase turned up, some Mr Color Self Levelling Thinners. I've never used this, but I'm well pleased with the results. I mixed this in a roughly 60-40 mix with Tamiya Gloss White.
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That's it for the moment guys, I'll leave this dry now for a few days then it's onto the stripe.

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