Heller Boeing PanAm B707-321
This is the big Heller Boeing B707-321, in 1/72nd scale, done with 26 decals. The kit comes with Air France livery decals, but the 26 Pan Am decals were available, so I used them. The kit itself is so-so, and is made from some very weird plastic, that felt chalky, and flaked away in layers when sanded (The weird plastic was OK, once primered and painted). Since I was using decals for the windows, the kit window holes had to be filled; I used superglue and accelerator, and a lot of sanding for this. Likewise, the cockpit clear parts were glued, coated with super glue, shaped, and painted, then decalled. The engines, while generally OK in shape, required some attention. The blow-in doors were in the wrong place, so these were filled, the relocated farther forward. The kit compressor faces were used, but the bullet fairings were replaced with ones with a more blunt shape. Also, the engine intakes were lined with aluminum tubing, to hide gaps, and give a little more realistic appearance. The landing gear main struts were replaced with aftermarket metal ones, to hold the weight of this big model. ModelMaster Metalizer non-buffing Aluminum, was used for the NMF, and a homebrew was used for the coroguard wing area. The white is Tamiya white primer (rattle can) polished with MicroMesh, then coated with Pledge clear acrylic floor shine.
Please note that the starboard stab is askew, since I haven’t glued it in place yet.
This is a fairly big model, which measures aprox. 25″ X 24″, so you need to designate some shelf space if you are going to build one.
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