1/72nd scale Boeing 747
I really enjoy building models of commercial aircraft, and couldn’t resist when I stumbled upon this Aircraft in Miniature (ex Transport Wings) vacform of the iconic Boeing 747… in yes… you read correctly… 1/72nd scale.
The kit I chose was a -300 model, with the extended upper deck and CF6 engines. The kit provides the fuselage with an internal keel, the wings, stabilisers, engine nacelles (with intake fans and exhausts in resin) along with a white-metal undercarriage set.
All panel detail had to be scribed onto the model, and smaller details such as intakes vents, aerials, undercarriage bays and the like all had to be scratch-built.
Paints are acrylic car automotives, from Halfords for those in the UK. I had the late 1980s/early 1990’s KLM blue especially mixed for this model.
Decals are provided in the kit, but DrawDecal do a comprehensive set for KLM’s -200/-300/-400 fleet which gives the modeller the option to build any of their 747s – I chose a -306M Combi with rear cargo door named ‘Sir Frank Whittle’.
The project took about 4 months from start to finish and fought me all the way, but it’s certainly a head-turner on the model show circuit.
It’s also the best 1/72nd 747 out there accuracy-wise, with the Anigrand example falling very short in numerous ways compared to this kit.
Span is just shy of 33″ and length is 38″ – in short, don’t buy one if you live in a one bedroom apartment!
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