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Roden 1/144 scale Bristol Britannia

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Roden 1/144 scale Bristol Britannia
Posted by Ozmac on Wednesday, September 07, 2016 1:04 AM

Another beautiful propliner of the 1950s, the Bristol Britannia. A very pretty plane, and that BOAC livery is like a tailor-made suit — all planes look sharp in a BOAC outfit.

As for the build, everything went together very tidily and easily, not much sanding and filling, but some. However the only snag proved to be ultra-thin, fragile decals.

Reading about this kit on other forums, I was ready for the thin decals, but I couldn't believe my eyes when the very first piece I gently slid into the water, the large blue tailfin piece, immediately broke into two pieces without me touching it.

Fortunately I've made a habit of scanning every decal sheet I use (just in case ...), so I was able to print out some OK-but-not-great backup decals, but this is a model which definitely has a "good" side and an "oh dear" side. You're looking at the good side, by the way.

Not all the decals were as fragile as the first piece that broke apart, but some did tear and lining up the broken bits was tricky. So be warned, the decals are super-fine and require very careful handling. So, please do scan the decals first, just in case disaster strikes.




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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Wednesday, September 07, 2016 10:05 AM

What kit is that?

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by Ozmac on Wednesday, September 07, 2016 2:54 PM

As I mentioned in the title, it's a Roden kit. 1/144 scale. The plane is the Bristol Britannia 175, which is the original body size. Later Britannias were a bit longer in the fuselage. Here's a link to the catalogue.


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    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Thursday, September 08, 2016 8:56 AM

Sorry- didn't notice that in the title.  However, I do remember thinking, when looking at the pics, that it had a Roden look to it.  Looks beautiful- I will have to pick up that kit.


Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Thursday, December 29, 2016 8:08 AM

Aha ;

 Now , being as old as Methusalah that looks like a proper plane to me .You can see the things that enable it to fly , Meaning the Props ! LOL.LOL. Beautiful Job . T.B.

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  • From: West Chester,Ohio
Posted by roger_wilco on Monday, January 02, 2017 2:02 AM
That's a lovely build of a grand old airliner. Superb job all the way around!

"Build what YOU want, the way YOU want, and above all have fun!" - RIP Modeler Al. 

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  • From: Streetsboro, Ohio
Posted by Toshi on Saturday, January 07, 2017 11:07 AM

Very nicely done.  Exquisite!



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On the Bench: Revell 1/48 F-102A Delta Dagger (A kit Mrs. Toshi purchased for me at Hobby Lobby)

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    December, 2002
  • From: Lyons Colorado, USA
Posted by Ray Marotta on Sunday, January 08, 2017 10:38 AM
Flew across the Pacific in the Canadian version of the Britannia in 1961; The Canadair CL-144 wearing the Flying Tiger Line livery. Route was Travis>Hickam> Kadena...





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