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    Adrian's Custom Corner

    Sometimes you just can't wait for a manufacturer to make the model you have always wanted, so there is no option but to customize. Here are four models in various stages of completion, the first three of which will go on my 1950s-60s Heathrow Airport layout.
    The first photo shows (from left to right): an AC L-749A Constellation of Skyways of London awaiting titles amd details (this model was originally Pan Am), then we have a Viscount of BKS Air Transport (this was orignally an AC Arkia machine - of course!), then an MEA Comet 4C (originally an AC MEA leased to BOAC Comet) and finally a GJ VC10 as G-AXLR the Rolls-Royce RB211 engine testbed awaiting fitting of an RB211 engine from a TriStar.

    These are all being done with 1/144th scale 'Two-Six' and 'S&M' commercially-available decals reduced to 1/400th scale. The MEA 'Cedar Jet' Comet 4C has been a long-wanted 'Holy Grail' of mine ever since seeing, as a small boy, the first one appear at the 1961 Farnborough Air Show.
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    The missing B.707s still needed to be done: Uganda Airlines, TMA of Lebanon (with correct Lemon colour tail)

    DC-8s still needed to be done: UAT, Iberia ('80s scheme), Air Ceylon, Air Spain, Seaboard World (-63)

    Caravelles still needed to be made: Luxair, Air Algerie, Sabena (final 'S' logo scheme}, SAS 'SCANDINAVIAN' late '60s scheme; Libyan Arab Airlines

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    I'm cute. I'm cuddly. I'm totally deranged. A Retired Hangar Mechanic Sportyboy's Avatar
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    They look absolutely gorgeous!

    ...Silent, Swift, Superb...
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    Great work Adrian, well done mate!
    Cheers,

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    I'm cute. I'm cuddly. I'm totally deranged. A Retired Hangar Mechanic Sportyboy's Avatar
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    I wonder if Adrian will take any order... I'm really interested in that VC10!

    ...Silent, Swift, Superb...
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    The MEA Comet is by far and away the best of the bunch from my perspective. I'd love to have one. A great livery on very storied airline, perhaps the most resilient ever.

    Great work all around Adrian
    The DC-8 is the best commercial supersonic aircraft ever built!
    OK, so it was only one flight, for a short time, and in a shallow dive. It still counts!

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    Nicely done Adrain. I am certainly impressed with your efforts. Not sure which I like better as both are very interesting subjects.
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    Well done Adrian. Can Ray "downsize" all his decals to 1/400 ? Quite a few I would be interested in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 701 View Post
    Well done Adrian. Can Ray "downsize" all his decals to 1/400 ? Quite a few I would be interested in.
    Yes he can, but 1/400 versions are not currently available and these were specially produced as 'one offs'. If you contact him via his website here:

    http://www.twosixdecals.co.uk/epages/62035508.sf

    Mention you have seen my models, have a look at his range of subjects and I'm sure he will advise you if they are available and give you a good quote for downsizing any decals to 1/400th.
    I have suggested to him that he might do these commercially, but he needs to be convinced. He also does the artwork for S&M decals, so you have a huge choice.
    Adrian

    The missing B.707s still needed to be done: Uganda Airlines, TMA of Lebanon (with correct Lemon colour tail)

    DC-8s still needed to be done: UAT, Iberia ('80s scheme), Air Ceylon, Air Spain, Seaboard World (-63)

    Caravelles still needed to be made: Luxair, Air Algerie, Sabena (final 'S' logo scheme}, SAS 'SCANDINAVIAN' late '60s scheme; Libyan Arab Airlines

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    Wow, stunning models there Adrian.. Good subject choices too. Save for the MEA, I'm not sure if we'll ever see the others done in mass.

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    S&M. Hmmmmm. Hmmmmmm. Nice models however as always.

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    Two more Heathrow models arrived to join the British Eagle fleet today - a DC-4 and Viscount 700, the DC-4 being formerly CUBANA and the Viscount BOAC. ARD had plenty of them in stock last week, so it would have been rude not to buy one of each for repaints.
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    The missing B.707s still needed to be done: Uganda Airlines, TMA of Lebanon (with correct Lemon colour tail)

    DC-8s still needed to be done: UAT, Iberia ('80s scheme), Air Ceylon, Air Spain, Seaboard World (-63)

    Caravelles still needed to be made: Luxair, Air Algerie, Sabena (final 'S' logo scheme}, SAS 'SCANDINAVIAN' late '60s scheme; Libyan Arab Airlines

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    Both are looking quite nice Adrain. Believe I am more partial to the DC-4.
    Ron / Mr. Polo / Posted With A Mac / Honorary Australian Citizen

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    Nice customs Adrian. I am learning to be patient now. Half of my custom planes have subsequently been done by major manufacturers. It is still a great satisfaction to have those grails in the fleet before the rest of the world though.

    They all look beautifully done!

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    OMG! That MEA is fantastics.

    Please make some for sale as well!

    CO Rudy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flyingdoc View Post
    Nice customs Adrian. I am learning to be patient now. Half of my custom planes have subsequently been done by major manufacturers. It is still a great satisfaction to have those grails in the fleet before the rest of the world though.

    They all look beautifully done!
    Thanks Gerard, but if any of these did ever get released in proper tampo-printed form, then my customs would be wheeled in for a repaint and makeover. However there are some models that you can keep banging the drum about yet month after month they never appear, like Viscounts for example. There can't be anyone on this forum whose country hasn't operated a Viscount at some time or other, yet we are woefully deprived of them in 1/400th scale. We have them flowing off the production lines in 1/500th and now 1/200th, but the 1/400th moulds seem to be gathering dust! Therefore I can't wait any longer and plan to customise the few releases we have had so far.
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    Adrian

    The missing B.707s still needed to be done: Uganda Airlines, TMA of Lebanon (with correct Lemon colour tail)

    DC-8s still needed to be done: UAT, Iberia ('80s scheme), Air Ceylon, Air Spain, Seaboard World (-63)

    Caravelles still needed to be made: Luxair, Air Algerie, Sabena (final 'S' logo scheme}, SAS 'SCANDINAVIAN' late '60s scheme; Libyan Arab Airlines

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