New Product Announcements, week ending January 20th 2020

DRAW Decal has released the following new decals in 1/144 and 1/200 scales:

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8ADecs has released the following new 1/144 scale decals for the Eastern Express Airbus A.220-300 (a.k.a. Canadair C-Series 300) kit:

8A-574-Air-Baltic-A220-Instructions-and-Decal-812-W

8A-575-E-Egyptair-A220-Instructions.-and-Decal-812-W

8A-575-EE-Egyptair-Express-A220-Instructions-and-Decal-812-W

8A-576-Air-Canada-A220-Instructions-and-Decal-812-W

8A-577-Air-Tanzania-A220-Instructions-and-Decal-812-W

  • 8A144-578 Airbus ‘house cs’ Airbus A.220-300

8A-578-Airbus-'house'-cs-A220-Instructions-and-Decal-812-W

8A-ST-003-Airbus-A220-Stencils-Instructions-and-Decal-1012-W

 

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New Product Announcements, week ending January 13th 2020

DRAW Decal has announced the following new 1/144 and 1/200 scale decals:

DW44-DC9-055-2-W

DW44-DC8-010-2-W

TwoSix has announced the following as “At the Printers”, and should be available late March 2020:

  • STS44-350 British Airways Airbus A.350-1000

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  • STS44-356 Virgin Atlantic Airbus A.350-1000

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  • STS44-365 British Caledonian Airbus A.310-200

STS44-365_British_Caledonian_Airbus_A310-W

 

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Roden’s 1/144 Scale Boeing 307 Stratoliner has arrived

Roden has released their 1/144 scale Boeing 307 Stratoliner kit, with Trans World Airlines markings.    Kit number is ROD339, and is available to order.

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It follows the usual Roden style, with what looks to me to be a reasonable amount of engraved detail and  a clear cockpit part.  Decal is provided for one of TWA’s five Stratoliners.

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At this time, one after market decal is available for Pan American World Airlines, by Vintage Flyer.  See VFD144-228.

The 307 Stratoliner was developed from the B.17C bomber, using the same wings, stabs and fin with a new fuselage that could be pressurized.

The prototype was lost in a crash that occurred when the aircraft went into a spin, and the wings failed during the recovery.  Apparently wind tunnel testing revealed insufficient fin area, and an enlarged dorsal fin was the result, this subsequently also being fitted to B.17’s.

Nine more airframes were built, three going to Pan American, five to TWA, and one to Howard Hughes. The TWA machines were pressed in to WWII service by the USAAF.  Post war they were modified with B17G wings, stabs, and more powerful engines, and returned to TWA as 307B’s. TWA operated them until 1951, when all 5 were sold to Aigle Azur (France). The last one remained in service in the far east until 1974.

Today, one is preserved at the Smithsonian Udvar-Hazy Center at Washington’s Dulles airport, restored in full Pan American World Airways markings.  Interestingly, this one was restored twice by Boeing, as just before it was to be delivered to the Smithsonian, it suffered a forced landing in Elliot Bay, Seattle after running out of fuel.

The Hughes airframe still exists, though converted to a houseboat (!!), and moored at Ft Lauderdale in Florida. It bears the name “Cosmic Muffin”.

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Red Pegasus Decals by DRAW Decal

DRAW Decal has now started to re-release some of the former Red Pegasus decals.  While the artwork has not been changed, these decals are now printed using DRAW’s “Digital Silk” process.

The following are now available in our estore:

RPD-P51-48-1-2-W

RPD-Vega-48-1-2-W

RPD-Vega-48-2-2-W

  • RPD-VEGA-48-3    Mattern & Grififn Lockheed Vega 5B “Century of Progress”

RPD-Vega-48-3-2-W

RPD-Beech-48-1-2-W

RPD-Beech-48-2-2-W

RPD-Beech-48-3-2-W

RPD-Corsair-48-1-2-W

 

 

 

 

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New Product Announcements, week ending December 28th 2019

8ADecs has released the following new 1/144 and 1/200 scale decals:

8A-572-British-Airways-A350-1000-Instructions-and-Decal-812-W

8A-573-QANTAS-100-B787-9-Instructions-and-Decal-812-W

DRAW Decal has released the following decal in 1/144 and 1/200 scales:

DW44-DC8-012C-2-W

 

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New Product Announcements, week ending December 21st 2019

8ADecs has released new decals in 1/144 and 1/200 scales:

8A-570-Aero-Lloyd-Trigema-MD80-Instructions-and-Decal-812-W

8A-571-United-B767-300-Instructions-and-Decal-812-w

In addition, 8ADecs re-released their AeroMexico MD80 decal

8A-244-Aeromexico-MD80-Instructions-and-Decal-912-W

 

 

 

 

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Canadian Sales Taxes Can Now Be Pre-Paid

Canada, our good neighbor to the north, is our largest E-Commerce export trading partner. Now, duties and taxes for First Class Mail International Service (FCMI) packages to Canada can now be prepaid for one low flat rate.

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If Canadian duties and taxes are assessed, Canadian Postal Carriers collect them upon delivery, plus an additional $9.95 (CA$) surcharge.  A package may also be held up in Customs, requiring you to pay duties and taxes before picking up your package.

With prepaid Canadian Duties and Taxes, your First Class Mail International (FCMI) package is delivered directly to your door without delay or any fees due upon delivery.  Our low flat fee covers all taxes free and clear including duties and value added taxes (VAT).   This includes HST in provinces where the GST and PST are combined, and GST plus PST in provinces where it is not.

To take advantage of this service, please add product “CAPPT” (CAnadian Pre Pay Tax) to your order.  This will add the $7.50 charge.  If you prefer to continue paying your HST/GST/PST obligation “the old way”, simply leave this product off your order.  But, I think you will find it saves you a lot of $$$ to include it!

 

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26 Decals Ceases Laser Decal Production

As reported earlier, 26Decals has announced, effective October 31st 2019, that they will no longer be offering their laser decals for sale.

Reasons given are to free up more time for other projects.

This means that all “TS” series decals are now in very short supply.  Leading up to this deadline, I placed orders for about 800 sheets to increase my stocks of the more popular subjects.  My last shipment arrived from 26 on Tuesday December 3rd, and is being placed into stock this week.   I will then be performing a full “inventory count” this weekend, and will update my estore as quickly as I can to reflect the numbers.  However as the range covered well over 1200 decals, clearly I could not cover everything, or in large numbers.  My crystal ball wasn’t working very well, and as a consequence some decals are already sold out.

On behalf of myself and all customers, “Thanks Ray” for the work you did to bring us this decal series.  Your subjects were many and varied, and will be missed.

Going forward, 26 intends to continue producing the “STS” screen printed decals, and over time intends to reprint the more popular “TS” laser decals in this format.  No news on what or when, so stay tuned!

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Revell’s Airbus A.320NEO and A.321 NEO Review

Today my first shipment of Revell Germany’s newly released 1/144 scale Airbus A.320NEO and A.321NEO kits came through the front door.

RV3942 Airbus A.320NEO, Lufthansa (2018 cs)

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The A.320NEO kit provides PW 1100G Geared Turbofan engines.  The decal was designed by Daco, and printed in Italy (likely by Cartograf though not confirmed as yet).  While the wings and fuselage can allow for landing gear, this feature is not provided.  Instead, a display stand is provided.  Revell counts 38 parts in total, and considers this a “Series 3” kit.

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RV4952 Airbus A.321NEO, Airbus ‘house’ cs

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The A.321NEO kit provides both PW 1100G Geared Turbofan engines and CFM Leap 1A engines.  Again, the decal designed by Daco, printed in Italy (likely by Cartograf though not confirmed as yet).  Full landing gear is provided, and while the center fuselage has the reinforcement point for a stand, one is not provided.  Revell counts 66 parts in total, and considers this a “Series 4” kit.

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320NEO vs 321NEO:  Compare and Contrast

First, a disclaimer:  As I write this article, I have not built either kit, nor measured to check whether the gross dimensions are correct.  This is strictly a review of the unbuilt kits.

Both kits are moulded in white styrene plastic, with clear parts provided for the cockpit and cabin windows.  Revell has been careful in laying out the parts on the sprues to allow for maximum commonality while providing the correct details for both kits.

Fuselages

Obviously, the A.321 is longer, and that is about where the differences end.  Both kits provide a moderately detailed cockpit, with the floor and seats on one part,  an instrument panel on a second, and the cockpit/cabin bulkhead on a third.  The instrument panel shows slight engraved instruments and display screens.  Both kits provide the nose gear bay.  On the 320 the gear door is a single piece, on the 321 it is split to be glued either side of the nose gear leg.  The cockpit glazing includes the fuselage crown over the cockpit.

Clear cabin windows are included, and in fact are identical sprues in both kits.  Revell designed the cabin windows in three strips, with instructions to trim away sections for the shorter A.320.  If you prefer, you can install the clear window parts, fill and smooth, paint the fuselage then use the window decals provided on the excellent decal sheet.

The radome  and the rudder are provided as single separate parts.  Blade antennae are moulded to one side of the fuselage, top and bottom.  The A.320 includes one, the A.321 includes three differently shaped large WiFi / Satcom antennae, allowing for almost any configuration to be modeled.  You can check photos on airliners.net to figure out which to use, and where to mount them.

Wings and Stabs

The wings are moulded in two pieces on two separate sprues (for reason that will become apparent), upper and lower, from tip to tip.  Sprue D provides the lower wing includes a section of the lower fuselage.  The lower wing piece in both kits is identical, both with cutouts for the main gear, and with the larger flap track fairings (3 each side) moulded to the wing.  Sprue C is the upper wing includes the trailing edges, and a short stub of the flap track fairings.

On the 321 upper wing, which features triple slotted flaps, has the two small flap track fairings are moulded in place.  The ‘Sharklet’ winglets are provided as separate parts.

The stabs are moulded each as a single piece on the same sprue as the common lower wing.

Engines

Each engine type, the PW 1100G and the CFM Leap 1A are provided on separate sprues.  Both engines are moulded in 5 pieces.  Left and right main cowl with pylon, a single piece inlet with front fan disk, separate intake rings and exhaust cones.  Strakes are moulded to the main cowls.

The biggest differences I could see are a more pointed cone on the intake fan disk on the CFM engines, along with a slightly longer exhaust cone.

Landing Gear

As said previously, provided in the A.321, not provided in the A.320.   The gear looks to be pretty standard in design, though perhaps the gear legs are a bit thinner (and probably a bit weaker) than in previous Revell A.319/320/321 kits.

Decals

As mentioned previously, both decals were designed by Danny Coremans of DACO, and printed (most likely by Cartograf) in Italy.  Both provide full livery elements, along with all the small details you can imagine.  Window decals are provided for those of us who prefer decaled windows over clear.

So How do these kits compare to Revell’s earlier A.320 family kits?

The first generation A.320 kit Revell released has thankfully passed into history.  No comparison to the second or this third version.  Personally, I think the best use for this kit is to be appropriately cut up and painted to provide a freight load for the A.300-600ST Beluga fleet.

The second generation kits (A.319, A.320 and A.321) were decent kits, a significant improvement over the first generation kits.  They made up quite nicely, and the only major flaw I am aware of is that the wings, which are common to all thee kits, include the triple slotted flaps and the two small flap track fairings each side.  So, if building an A.319 or A.320, these had to be removed.

This third generation kit obviously includes the NEO engines, and sharklet winglets (which are also fitted to recent A.319CEO, A.320CEO and A.321CEO deliveries).  The addition of a basic cockpit is a nice touch, and the provision of Wifi and Satcom antennae is welcomed.

A word of caution with the engines in the A.321 kit:  They look VERY similar, so if building both side by side, be careful not to mix the parts, and keep the pairs together!  The engines are interchangeable between the two kits, and the gear from the A.321 can be fitted to the A.320.

Overall – two nice kits !  I have heard that future releases of these kits may swap around the landing gear and stand options, though no further releases have been announced to date.  In the meantime, mixing airframes and engines allows pretty much any airline’s aircraft to be reproduced, with gear down or up.

 

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Minicraft C.130 Hercules “Bagged Kit”

Previously, DRAW Decal has negotiated with Minicraft to obtain “bagged kits” of their MD80 and DC-8-63/73 kits.  This program has now been extended to add their excellent C.130 Hercules kits, and with all three propeller options – 3 bladed (A/B models), 4 bladed (E/H models) and 5 bladed (J models).

So…  the kit is available to order standalone….

  • M14524B Lockheed C.130A/B/E/H/J Hercules kit (no decal)

M1452B-C130 Kit

… and in combination with DRAW decals as follows:

M1452B-C130-Kit+DW44-C130-1-NASA-812-W

  • M14524B+DW44-C130-2 Lockheed C.130A/B/E/H/J Hercules kit + DRAW DW44-C130-2 Alaska Airlines “Golden Nugget” decal

M1452B-C130-Kit+DW44-C130-2-Alaska-812-W

  • M14524B+DW44-C130-3 Lockheed C.130A/B/E/H/J Hercules kit + DRAW DW44-C130-3 USAF Tennessee ANG Decal
  • M14524B+DW44-C130-5 Lockheed C.130A/B/E/H/J Hercules kit + DRAW DW44-C130-3 USAF Idaho ANG Decal
  • M14524B+DW44-C130-6 Lockheed C.130A/B/E/H/J Hercules kit + DRAW DW44-C130-3 USAF Arkansas ANG Decal
  • M14524B+DW44-C130-7 Lockheed C.130A/B/E/H/J Hercules kit + DRAW DW44-C130-3 Iraqi Air Force Decal
  • M14524B+DW44-C130-8 Lockheed C.130A/B/E/H/J Hercules kit + DRAW DW44-C130-3 USAF Puerto Rico ANG Decal
  • M14524B+DW44-C130-9 Lockheed C.130A/B/E/H/J Hercules kit + DRAW DW44-C130-3 USAF (generic) Decal
  • M14524B+DW44-C130-10 Lockheed C.130A/B/E/H/J Hercules kit + DRAW DW44-C130-10 Delta Airlines decal

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