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Big Heller Lockheed Constellation

This is the Heller Lockheed Constellation, in 1/72nd scale. The model is big, with a length of about 22 inches, and a span of about the same. Not only is the kit big, I added a bunch of weight in the nose, making the model nose-heavy and awkward to hold. To the basic Heller kit, I added Fisher resin engines/props, and wheels. I also used G-Factor brass landing gear to hold the weight of the completed model. Vintage Flyer decals were used for the TWA markings.

The basic Heller plastic is just that…basic, requiring the use of aftermarket resin. I would like to mention that I purchased the terrific Fisher resin details before the terrible fire that wiped out the town of Paradise California, as well as Paul Fisher’s resin business. A terrible loss for us all, indeed.

The model went together OK, but, since I was using decals for the windows, I had to fill all of the cabin windows. I used super glue with accelerator to fill the windows, followed by lots and lots of sanding. The paint job is simple white and silver, but the forward demarcation line curved down, and this curve had to follow the red TWA cheat line, so it was tricky. I made a copy of the decal cheat line, then cut this out and attached it to the fuselage using rubber cement. Using this method, I was able to get the correct curve on the fuselage. following paint, I applied the excellent Vintage Flyer decals. The VF decalls are printed using one carrier film, which required cutting each decal apart seperately. I chose not to cut apart all of the letters and numbers, but that is certainly an option…if you want to take the time to do it.

Please note that the large antenna on the top of the forward fuselage got bent over, and I didn’t get it straightened out at time of picture taking.
Overall, the 1/72nd scale Heller L1049 Constellation builds up into an impressive size, so you need to have the space required to park it.

4 additional images. Click to enlarge.


28 responses to Big Heller Lockheed Constellation

  1. Lovely! A beautiful vintage airliner…. I’ve always loved the Connie with it’s tri-tail- especially in the red & white livery of the long departed TWA. A very nice job on an unexpectedly different subject. Thank you for this.

  2. My all-time favorite airliner (actually got to fly on one as a teenager), and you have done wonders with this project. I love the result! Just super work! Liked!

    MOAR PIX!!!!!

  3. I like the clean look and well defined panel lines of your model. That gives a vintage look that suits this beautiful aircraft well.

  4. Nicely done Marvin, on one of the most graceful looking aircraft in my humble opinion. Nice presentation of your Connie.

  5. One of the most elegant ladies to fly the skies. Great model Marvin. Well done, well done indeed.

    Two thumbs up, brings back memories.

    1 attached image. Click to enlarge.

  6. Nice work Marvin! One of my favorite planes.

  7. A real beauty!, model and actual aircraft, looks great in TWA livery.

  8. Excellent work Marvin !!! I remember building a much smaller version that was boxed by Monogram in the 1970’s……….. Mine also had TWA markings, but it was a whole lot smaller and didn’t look nearly as good as yours does………… These planes were way ahead of their time, and they looked so elegant. I also think they used them as “Hurricane Hunters” when they first started flying planes into these storms to measure the wind speeds and wind direction. It has to be one tough plane, and even tougher crew to do that !!!!

    Thanks for posting this beauty…………. and the trip down memory lane.

    “liked”

  9. Absolutely fabulous! Beautiful paint job!

  10. Well, the rest have said it all, but I have to add my version: ausgezeichnet!

    You’ve done a beautiful job on one of, if not THE most beautiful aircraft ever made! (in My Most Humble Opinion) Well done, Marvin! Like Tom, I had the privilege of a couple flights in a Super G Constellation – just like yours, except I was on Varig Airliners, from New York City, USA to Rio De Janeiro, Brasil and back. I actually got to sit in the Pilot’s seat and “fly” the plane. (At my age of 8 – then – I had no concept of Autopilot) but I “flew” our plane for about 5 minutes while crossing the Equator. And I have a Varig Airlines Certificate to remember the occasion!! Of course, this was back in 1959 … that wouldn’t happen today, sadly.

    Beautiful!!!

    • Jeff: while I’m old enough to have flown on a Constellation, I never had the opportunity to do so. I recall seeing spectacular propliners at SFO, like the DC-7C, but never got to fly on one. My first flight on an airliner was in 1968, when I joined the USAF, and flew on some jet airliner to San Antonio, Texas. Frankly, I don’t recall the airline or what kind of airplane it was. OTH, if it had been a beautiful Constellation, I most certainly would have remembered that.

  11. Having built this kit I am very impressed with your effort and talent! Beautiful model, beautiful aircraft!

  12. Incredible build of one of the most beautiful planes ever designed

  13. Wonderful job on the old Connie! Looks fantastic.

  14. Hey i only just saw this 😁 i built this kit around 1990 give or take a year. I built it straight from the box and used the kit decals it looked just like yours . This is the first time i have seen another built up . I enjoyed building it and it sat on my shelf for over 20 years and looked as good then as it did when i built it. Good memories 😁👍

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