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.