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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Lockheed Super Connie
Posted by Don Stauffer on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 12:42 PM

Just finished my Revell 1:144 Connie.  I had intended to do a WIP, but decided to try an article for a magazine.  With all the photo taking and stuff for an article, I just did not have time to do the online WIP.  Model now is complete- here are a couple of shots, maybe more in a couple of days when I figure out which shots to send with manuscript and which are pass-bys.

Kit lived up to its fine reputation I had heard about previously.  Nice crisp molding and the fit was super.  I used a miniscule amount of putty.  Fit was so close on outboard vertical stabs/rudders to horizontal surfaces I did not bother to even glue them- a press-fit was adequate, as if it were a snap-tite.  Detail is great, especially the landing gear and doors- far nicer than usually found on 1:144 models!

Sorry the pictures are so dark.  I just took them this morning, eighteen of them, and have not had a chance to run them through photoshop.  Will repost when I get them doctored up a bit.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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  • From: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Posted by goldhammer on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 1:52 PM

Beautiful work on one of the prettiest airliners ever made. Here's hoping you get article published.

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Posted by scottrc on Friday, December 29, 2017 6:55 AM

Nice work Don, I enjoy your airliner subjects.  Look forward to hoping to see your article published.

Scott

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    April, 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Friday, December 29, 2017 7:33 AM

Really nice looking build.  My dad was in the 553rd recon wing in vietnam - learned a lot about the millitary version of the Connie!

Thanks,

John

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    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Friday, December 29, 2017 9:06 AM

Turns out I forgot an antenna and a beacon light on top of the fuselage.  So need to reshoot all the pictures!  I'll be doing that today.  There were a couple under the nose too. If it had just been the ones under the nose, I'd probably have let them go, but the stuff on top of the fuselage is quite visible, so got them on yesterday.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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  • From: Albany, NY
Posted by jeffpez on Friday, December 29, 2017 9:14 AM

Love it! Now I have t start looking for one at a reasonable price which may be difficult.

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Posted by Theuns on Friday, December 29, 2017 11:02 AM

Fantastic Don, really looks the part.

I was surprised that the real conny is not quite as large as one would expect it to be, there is one at the airfield I work being restored for a meseum display,

 

Theuns

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Posted by roony on Friday, December 29, 2017 11:22 AM

Looks great already.  Good luck on the magazine article.  Would love to see the new pictures when they are done.  There are so few civilian models, it's always nice to see one done.

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  • From: Far Northern CA
Posted by mrmike on Friday, December 29, 2017 11:48 AM
Beautiful, Don. Looking forward to the doctored pics and the article.
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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Saturday, December 30, 2017 10:16 AM

Think I've got it now.  Put on the antenna and position light, shot 16 pix, and as I finished and picked up the model to put it back on shelf, I realized I had not put the tip tanks yet.  So got those on, and shot another 16!

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Saturday, December 30, 2017 2:47 PM

The Lockheed Constellation and the Bugatti 100, two of the most beautiful airplanes ever built. Don, I have an old Monogram kit of this airplane and I have a Heller 1/72 scale L-749 Constellation. Not sure when I'll get to either of them, but I'd like to do the Heller kit as a M.A.T.S. transport when I get around to it. Your builds are always so well done. I especially admire your Bell P-59 you built a while back. You know, it just might be the lighting, but are the wings and the underside black or dark blue?

OK. On the bench:

MENG 1/48 F-35A dedicated to my late brother Buzz.

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  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Sunday, December 31, 2017 7:14 AM

Hi;

 I think I can speak to this for Don . All the Connies in that livery were natural metal on the wings and underside . I actually got to passenger in one on a flight to California when I was a medium sized " Little tad "

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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Sunday, December 31, 2017 10:49 AM

fotofrank

...  You know, it just might be the lighting, but are the wings and the underside black or dark blue?

 

Yeah, it is the lighting.  ceiling was pretty dark, side lit through window.  Alcad is a bit lighter than many I do, but it is shiny alclad.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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  • From: Charleston, SC
Posted by kg4kpg on Tuesday, January 02, 2018 7:14 AM

Looks great Don. Love the Revell Connie’s. When can we see the article and what magazine? Fine Scale?

 I’ve built one with another in the que In Aer Lingus livery. A 1/72 Heller after that.

You should build a light box. Add a couple cheap desk lamps and you can get great photos. Plenty of plans online. 

Here’s my Connie. 

Chris

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    February, 2006
  • From: Boston
Posted by Wilbur Wright on Tuesday, January 02, 2018 2:55 PM

Beautiful job Don,  on arguably the most beautiful aircraft ever built.

 

What did you use for NMF?

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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Wednesday, January 03, 2018 8:57 AM

Wilbur Wright

Beautiful job Don,  on arguably the most beautiful aircraft ever built.

 

What did you use for NMF?

 

I used Alclad.  I have done a plane in the new Vallejo stuff, just to prove to myself that if paint goes all acrylic, I can still do NMF, but I will use Alclad as long as it is available.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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  • From: Central Florida
Posted by plasticjunkie on Wednesday, January 03, 2018 10:15 AM

The Super Connie has to be the most beautiful and most graceful looking airliner ever. Yours looks fantastic . Beer 

 

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Too many models to build, not enough time in a lifetime!!

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Posted by B-36Andy on Friday, January 05, 2018 4:32 PM

Nice job,Don! That plane is one of my favorites!

Can't believe its 1/144 as it looks at least 1/72. 

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Posted by fritzthefox on Saturday, January 27, 2018 1:25 PM

Great looking finish! Kelly Johnson would be proud. 

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  • From: Ridott, Illinois
Posted by Banshee1000 on Saturday, February 10, 2018 8:00 PM
That came out very nice.

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