Boeing 314 Clipper 1/144
This is another ancient Airfix offering that has been on the “to do” list my whole life, I always loved the graceful lines of this aircraft even as a kid, it somehow oozes art deco,but as a young lad with limited spending money it must have seemed like too much of a risk.
I learned a lot from this kit, “Oh? ,” I hear you say “what did you learn?”, well the first thing I learned is that Allan J Withers is a much better modeller than me, I take my hat of to you Allan, it was his rendition of the same kit a little over a year ago that inspired me to find one by hook or by crook and build one of my dream kits. The next thing I learned is that patience is a virtue, as this kit started to take shape I was so keen to see it finished that I painted the overall silver first and the black and red areas on top as I usually like to apply the paint in the order I think it would have been done on the actual machine, however on something at this scale that made for a much more difficult job, what I should have done is painted the red/black areas first then masked them of before applying the silver , the next thing I learned is that this scale is much too fiddly for my clumsy fingers and rapidly failing eyesight 1/48 for me thank you.
I spotted this kit languishing in a bargain bin at a model show and after being assured by the vendor that it was complete I took a punt and handed over my 3 quid, a princely sum you’ll agree, I’m joking of course £3 won’t even buy you a beer in the U.K., that said it doesn’t matter how cheap something is if it’s no good and the first thing I noticed upon opening the smoke damaged box was that the decals were completely FUBAR, but not to be put off I spent sometime at the same show trawling through boxes of unused decals and found not one but two sets of slightly better sheets which would allow me to make a complete set.
Had I attempted this kit as a yoof I would have probably made a complete hash of it because trust me this is not any easy build but I soldiered on enjoying the challenge and got there in the end it is not perfect I know ,I decided that the de-icing boots on the tail section and the framing on the observation blister were beyond me and would probably spoil all my hard work so here it is finished ,waddaya think ?
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