While writing the post announcing the TwoSix / Eastern Express Tristar kits yesterday, I remembered that I had not posted anything about the recently released Vintage Flyer Tristar decals. So, let’s fix that.
Vintage Flyer continues their trend of releasing decals for early widebodies with five sheets for the L.1011 Tristar, in 1/144 and 1/200 scales. In 1/144, the ‘A’ version of the decals are for the Authentic airliners resin kit. They are:
We have placed an order for a selection of the recently released TwoSix 1/144 scale L.1011 Tristar 1 kits, expected here late this week.
The kit is the Eastern Express kit, packaged with a TwoSix screen printed or laser printed decal. TwoSix initially offered 10 kit and decal combinations, and at our request, have made 3 more available.
The Eastern Express Tristar is widely believed to have been patterned from the famous 1/144 scale Otaki Tristar kit, which is accepted as the most accurate injection moulded styrene plastic 1/144 scale L.1011 kit ever made. It is not, however, a direct copy, and the parts breakdown (for example the rear fuselage is provided as separate parts) is different. It lacks locating pins for mating the fuselage halves, wing halves and stab halves, making assembly a little more challenging.
Good news! TwoMikes has resumed resin parts production, and at our request, has reintroduced the 707 nose. My first new batch will be here next week.
This part is made for the Minicraft 707 kits, and is a complete replacement of the entire forward fuselage, as shown.
Click TM144-001 to locate it in the AHS estore.
Flying Colors announced the release of sheet FC44-055, a Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-300ER decal. It is designed for the Zvezda kit, and as the Revell kit is a licensed release of the Zvezda kit, it will fit it equally well.
The decal comprises two sheets, and provides full titles, tail logos, stripes, and a lot of small details.
In an effort to save production costs, Flying Colors does not provide an instruction sheet with the decal, instead expecting the customer top download and print a three page instruction sheet themselves. Personally, not an economy I can agree with, so I have printed and inserted a full set of full size instruction sheets into every decal in my stock.
We received the following new Welsh Models kits this week. Increasingly now, the Welsh kits are, at most, contain vacuform parts only for the fuselage, and comprise resin parts for the rest of the model. Some, and especially smaller aircraft, are now all resin, making them easier to build. These three models are resin, and include decals by DRAW Decal.
Vintage Flyer has expanded their offerings of decals for early jets with five Boeing 727-100/-200 decals. The decals are offered in 1/144 scale and 1/72 scale.
- Pacific Southwest Airlines:
- United Airlines
- Eastern Airlines:
- American Airlines:
- Continental Airlines:
We received a shipment of decals from TwoSix last
week, restocking some older decals, and our first of some new. The new sheets are:
A “First” for Tamiya – their first Airliner! For many years, I have examined Tamiya’s outstanding military aircraft models, lamenting that it would be so great if they would release an airliner model of similar quality, accuracy and detail. Well, it’s here.
Tamiya announced kit TAM92197 at a recent hobby show in Japan, showing two completed models in the supplied “Fuji Dream Airlines” markings.
At the time of writing, the number of parts is not available. Tamiya does say the kit will be moulded in white plastic, with clear cockpit and cabin windows. A large decal will be included that allows the modeller to build any one of the first 10 E.175’s in the very colourful Fuji Dream markings.
The Japanese web sites are suggesting a July 2016 release. The Tamiya US web site says the Suggested Retail price will be $42, but gives no expected availability date.
The latest 1/72 scale release of the Revell Germany DHC-6 Twin Otter arrived at AHS today. It is kit RV3954, and comes with markings for the Swiss Federal Office of Topography (SwissTopo).
The kit has been absent from the Revell Germany catalog for some years, and has been missed.
The kit started life as a Matchbox kit, and came to the Revell Germany kit portfolio in 1991 when Revell purchased the moulds. For 10 years, Revell was licensed to continue using the Matchbox name, and released the kit as such. From 2001 onwards, the kits were released under Revell Germany’s own name and packaging.
In the late 1990’s, Revell Germany sold a run of the kit to ModelCraft Canada, who released the kit in their own packaging, with markings for NorOntair. A run of kits with Kenn Borek Air markings was planned, I’m not sure if they were ever released.
As with previous releases, the kit includes wheel, ski and float options, the short (series 100 or 200) or long (series 300) nose, clear cabin and cockpit windows, and a reasonably detailed cockpit.
Zvezda continues to delight us with the announcement that they will shortly add the Boeing 787-9 to their already impressive portfolio of airliner kits. Kit number is ZVE-7021.
Judging by the box art, it will come with a decal for the prototype aircraft in Boeing’s modified ‘Dreamliner’ scheme. There is no word when we can expect to see the kit actually released, or when it will reach the U.S., but if past performance is any indication, it will not be a long wait.
Good news is that after market decals are already available for the longer series 9, including Virgin Atlantic by TwoSix (STS44-223), and no doubt more will be released in the very near future.
May 18th 2016: TwoSix has released more decals for this kit including LATAM (TS44-812), Air Canada (TS44-815), and Saudia (TS44-818).