Starting the week, DRAW Decal has released a new sheet for the Eastern Express Airbus A.220-300 kit in 1/144 scale, and the Delta 2007 cs “Breast Cancer Awareness” pink Boeing 767-400 in 1/144 sand 1/200 scales:
We have received a shipment from Welsh Models, and have some new kits in stock.
I am often asked what materials Welsh kits are made of, and how easy they are to build.
First, materials. Welsh uses 1.5mm thick sheet white styrene to make vacuform parts. Thicker styrene is usually easier to work with than thinner material. A kit with a “V” as the last letter will have a vacuform fuselage, wings, stabs and fin.
A kit with “P” as the last letter of the product code has a vacuform fuselage, while the rest of the airframe will then usually be resin.
A kit with “R” as the last letter is an all-resin kit, with no vacuform parts.
Most kits provide engine parts and landing gear made from resin, with some containing metal gear legs, wheels and props.
The “all resin” (“R”) kits are probably the easiest to build, but due to the high cost of resin and the labor intensive nature of their manufacture are also the most expensive. The “all vacuform” (“V”) kits are the opposite – generally requiring more work and skill to build, but the cheapest. Wings, stabs and fins can be particularly challenging to get nice thin trailing edges. The “P” kits are in the middle, both in terms of difficulty to build and cost. Vacuform fuselages are reasonably easy to build, and the resin wings, stabs and fins remove a lot of the complexity from building the airframe.
If you want to learn to build vacuform kits, I recommend starting with a smaller “P” kit, working up to larger kits (longer fuselages are harder to prepare without distorting them). Then try a “V” kit. Again, I’d tackle a smaller aircraft (which generally have shorter wings) first before trying a kit with longer wings.
I still have a few copies of Clint Groves video titled “Building Vacuum Formed Models” available. The video has now been re-mastered to DVD. I have personally used his techniques to build 1/144 scale Electras, Embraer ERJ145s, and more with good results.
DRAW Decal released two more 1/200 scale corogard sets for the Hasegawa Boeing 767 kits.
The first is a generic Boeing 767-300 set for aircraft with two overwing exit doors. The second is similar, with added markings specific to Japan Airlines – black ice detection stripes, and the “Hinomaru” red circle found on the upper wing.
DW20-767-C5 Boeing 767-200 / -300 Corogard (upper and lower surfaces, with wing escape markings)
DW20-767-C6 Boeing 767-200 / -300 Corogard (upper and lower surfaces, with wing escape markings) for JAL aircraft
Update July 11th 2021: The kit has been released in eastern Europe, and is on its way to distributors world wide.
Good news is that because of the size of my order, my distributor has removed the shipping charge that gets the kits from his warehouse to me…. so I have passed that savings along in the form of a “Pre Release Price”. All customers who have already placed orders will get the lower price, and refunds will be processed when I ship the kits. The “Pre Release” price will expire the day the kits come through my door.
Further information is now available regarding the forthcoming Zvezda 1/144 scale Boeing 757-200 kit that we have all been eagerly awaiting. It is expected to be released in late July 2021, though will likely not be available in the US until sometime in August.
It has been added to our web site, and we are now accepting pre-orders. While I have ordered a lot of this kit, I do expect sales to exceed initial supply. Deliveries will be “first come, first served”, though I may have to limit quantities sent to individual customers if demand significantly exceeds stock.
STS44-393 British Caledonian / Caledonian BUA BAC 1-11-200 / -500
STS44-394 Dan Air London BAC 1-11-200 / -300 / -400 / -500
Finally, one more from DRAW Decal. Apparently BraZ is to release a conversion kit for the Zvezda Boeing 767-300 kit to a series 400. The BraZ conversion is scheduled for release late in 2021, I will bring more details once known.