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Heller 1/72 Lockheed L-749 Constellation . . .
Posted by fotofrank on Friday, November 4, 2022 3:37 PM

I received the latest edition of the IPMS USA Journal last week. So many amazing builds on display at the Nationals this year. One model that really grabbed my attention was the Heller Lockheed L-1049 Constellation in TWA livery. I've been a fan of the Constellation for as long as I can remember. I saw the AirlineHistory.Org Constellation many years ago at Sun n Fun and the Constellation languishing under the Florida sun at Fantasy of Flight.

Somewhat motivated, I pulled my Heller L-749 Constellation down from from the closet where it has been for a few years.

Ordered a bunch of aftermarket stuff for the kit last night and did some minor assembly today. Stay tuned. I'll be doing the occasional build update, with pictures, of course, as the build goes along.

OK. In the stash: Way too much to build in one lifetime...

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Posted by keavdog on Friday, November 4, 2022 4:34 PM

I'll be watching Frank.  I'm doing one (super Connie) in 1/144 down the road.  TWA also

Thanks,

John

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Posted by GMorrison on Friday, November 4, 2022 4:44 PM

Frank, that was one of my favorite Airliner models. I built two- one Air france and one BOAC. It's a well engineered kit, pretty easy build. IIRC the cockpit roof is a separate piece that includes the (tiny) windows.

On the second one I glued the wing top halves to the wing roots before I put on the bottom middle piece. Nicely eliminated the gaps.

The only 1049 I ever built was the old Revell box scale one.

I had an Airfix 1/72 1049 kit in the stash that I was going to build as an EC-121 but I lost interest and gave the kit to my B-I-L. I do have the resin radome kicking around somewhere.

Gene Roddenberry was a Captain for Pan Am and was involved in a very serious incident with an L-049 in the Syrian desert. Look up the Clipper Eclipse.

Pulling up a chair.

 

Bill

 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.

 

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Saturday, November 5, 2022 7:53 AM

Hi!

       The only Clipper I have ever built was the one put out by Monogram many, many years ago. I have always loved that sensous looking Bird.

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Posted by fotofrank on Saturday, November 5, 2022 2:46 PM

GMorrison

Frank, that was one of my favorite Airliner models. I built two- one Air france and one BOAC. It's a well engineered kit, pretty easy build. IIRC the cockpit roof is a separate piece that includes the (tiny) windows.

On the second one I glued the wing top halves to the wing roots before I put on the bottom middle piece. Nicely eliminated the gaps.

The only 1049 I ever built was the old Revell box scale one.

I had an Airfix 1/72 1049 kit in the stash that I was going to build as an EC-121 but I lost interest and gave the kit to my B-I-L. I do have the resin radome kicking around somewhere.

Gene Roddenberry was a Captain for Pan Am and was involved in a very serious incident with an L-049 in the Syrian desert. Look up the Clipper Eclipse.

Pulling up a chair.

 

Bill

 

I assembled the tail surfaces today at our club build day. This afternoon, I'll epoxy some lead weights behind the flight deck so the airplane will stand on its landing gear. The windows and canopy are painted on the inside because when the fuselage is closed up, there won't be anything to see through the little windows anyway. And yeah, Bill, I'll do the same with the upper wings to. I did that on a Tamiya(?) P-47D Razorback and it worked out very nicely.

Like I said before, I have ordered a ton of aftermarket for this build. Corrected engines for this version are coming from HLJ.com in Japan.

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Posted by keavdog on Saturday, November 5, 2022 2:51 PM

Nice AM there.

Here's the decals I picked up.  Such a pretty bird

Thanks,

John

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Posted by GMorrison on Saturday, November 5, 2022 3:56 PM

keavdog
Here's the decals I picked up.  Such a pretty bird

Looks good, John.

I don't much care for decal de-icing boots but when I've used them, I paint the leading edges black so ther's no apparent gap. 

 

Bill

 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.

 

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Posted by PhilliePhan79 on Saturday, November 5, 2022 6:02 PM

Nothing prettier than a TWA Connie.  I have a 1/144 that I'd like to find some TWA decals for.  

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Posted by fotofrank on Saturday, November 5, 2022 9:09 PM

When my Connie is complete, it will be one of Eastern's Great Silver Fleet. Found the decals and window masks at Vintage Flyer. The finish will be overall NMF with the decals.

 

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Posted by missileman2000 on Sunday, November 6, 2022 8:15 AM

That kit can produce a really great model.  I know folks who pass it by because it has a reputation of being a lot of work to build.  Heller sometimes has the same reputation of several kitmakers today- never mold a piece as a single piece when you can mold it as a three or four piece assembly. but they produce great results if you are patient.

BTW, for those wanting to build a Connie in 1:144 the Revell Connie is a very nice kit, easy to build with good results.

 

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Posted by fotofrank on Sunday, November 6, 2022 8:31 AM

missileman2000

That kit can produce a really great model.  I know folks who pass it by because it has a reputation of being a lot of work to build.  Heller sometimes has the same reputation of several kitmakers today- never mold a piece as a single piece when you can mold it as a three or four piece assembly. but they produce great results if you are patient.

BTW, for those wanting to build a Connie in 1:144 the Revell Connie is a very nice kit, easy to build with good results.

 

 

Thanks, Don(?). Patience generally isn't one of my virtues but I'm learning. The kit had been in storage for, maybe, four years. When I opened the box again the other day, I was really impressed with the petite detail. Plus, raised panel lines are never an issue for me. With all of the aftermarket stuff I have on order for this build, I expect a very nice result.

This is the ballast needed to get the airplane up on its nose gear:

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Posted by JohnnyK on Sunday, November 6, 2022 11:25 AM

That's a great looking airplane. Can't wait to see your finished model.

Your comments and questions are always welcome.

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Posted by fotofrank on Sunday, November 6, 2022 2:06 PM

Closed up the fuselage earlier. Now to take care of the seams.

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Posted by InternationalRescue on Tuesday, November 8, 2022 7:26 PM

That profile is unmistakable!  Really looking forward to your build.  I have two in my stash...not sure how that happened! :-)   Time to blow the dust off one of them and dive in.

Cheers,

Dale

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  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Tuesday, November 8, 2022 8:23 PM

InternationalRescue

That profile is unmistakable!  Really looking forward to your build.  I have two in my stash...not sure how that happened! :-)   Time to blow the dust off one of them and dive in.

Cheers,

Dale

Thanks, Dale. The Connie has to be the sexiest four engine airplane ever to grace the skies.

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Posted by keavdog on Tuesday, November 8, 2022 8:54 PM

I built my dads squardron - looks great even as a war bird

Thanks,

John

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Posted by fotofrank on Wednesday, November 9, 2022 9:11 AM

keavdog

I built my dads squardron - looks great even as a war bird

 

If I understand correctly, John, when Howard Hughes delivered the first C-69 to the AAC, the aircraft was O.D. and gray on one side and in TWA livery on the other. I haven't been able to find a picture of that airplane though.

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Posted by fotofrank on Friday, November 11, 2022 9:49 AM

The Connie is coming along nicely. The fuselage is closed up and the seam taken care of top and bottom. The canopy is attached and blended into the fuselage. I was test fitting the horizontal stabilizers and they look good, perpendicular to the vertical tail, so I'll go ahead and glue them in place. I find it interesting that Heller molded this kit in two colors: silver and white.

I'm impressed with HLJ Japan, the resin engines I ordered will arrive later today, less than a week since I placed the order! The white metal landing gear have arrived from Scale Aircraft Conversions. I'm still waiting for accessories I ordered from domestic vendors to arrive so I can press on.

This is going to be a gorgeous airplane when it's done.

I'm pretty excited.

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Posted by fotofrank on Friday, November 11, 2022 1:46 PM

Found this video on YouTube, Arthur Godfrey flying a Constellation from New York to Miami. Couldn't happen today, that's for sure. Have a look...

https://youtu.be/O1z6BDBakYQ

 

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Posted by CapnMac82 on Sunday, November 13, 2022 12:59 PM

fotofrank
Couldn't happen today, that's for sure.

Well, Art Godfrey was a legit USNR O-5 (CDR) and a full "green ticket" NAviator, as well as being qualified by Eastern Air Lines.

I'd wager that ther are some nasal radiator O-5 out there with an ATP ticket, and flying for one of the air lines.  Now, the number who are radio & stage famous will be smaller, obviously.

But, yes, clearly a bygone age.  Along with plugging your brand of cigarettes you represent by smoking them in the cockpit.

So is walking across the hot tarmac at the airport apron to climb the boarding stairs out in the weather, too (which would be how I boarded a TWA Connie about age 6 or so).

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Wednesday, November 16, 2022 10:17 AM

Gee!

     I remember them Self propelled Stairs! The Manually propelled ones too! The Snow starting or the Rain pouring down and invariably, if you were a tall Lady or gent, Knocking off your Hat or PillBox or even worse, hitting your head on the top of the door opening in those smaller planes. 

    You know there were some amazing things going on back then. I mean even with the door open, when you'd get to your seat, and look out the window (Whether you had the window seat or not!) It was so much quieter there.

      The sound of pure power when the engines started in a Blow of smoke and mechanical thunder, that you could feel in the Bottom of your seats. Yes, Folks, you could feel the engines sheer power in your seat!

       Funny though, At cruising altitude, you would have to look out to see the prop fuzz because the plane seemed to be suspended in the air with nothing making it go!

 Meals, Yeah, real ones! In the price of your ticket! Seats far enough apart that you could eat it in comfort too! Crying Babies attended to quickly and perenting calmly done.Women nursing? Not too much back then, but who cares? the Flight Attendant would take the Nursing Mother Back to their seats, to let her take of what nature built a mother to do.

        Smoking, yeah, Like I really needed this Heavy set or unbelieavabley Skinny guy lighting up a Cigar! Yeah, I smoked then and do now. If you cannot hold it til the flight is over there was or is, definitely some self control issues in your life! I have done the deed since I was twelve! So What? I do not need to do it around someone with an allergy or in a confined space with folks who might not appreciate my second hand smoke!

        Same goes for drinking. I drink water a lot. I will not board an airplane anymore since my aircrash many years ago, but you can bet your bottom dollar I would not be stupidly sloshed, so as to make myself a pain for others. Now, Stupidly Sloshed, implies Alcohol! You bet! I can't stand drinkers almost ready to drop around me on the train, bus or other conveyance. I drink hard Stuff and I make sure, if I am at a party or a friend's house I either walk home or ask for a ride, BEFORE I make a fool of myself!

      Sorry, Got off topic there! The Vickers Viscount,Whatta Bird! And the Connie, Sensous to a fault, let's not forget the real workhorses here that flew everywhere seeming all the time in a  era of flight, of growing America, constantly in the air. An occassional over flight of a B-29 or 24 flying from Modification facilities close to where we lived. A regular parade of shrieking engines passing over our house, D.C.6 and 7s  (We were in the Flight path,Oh well)

 A veritable history of Civil Aviation. Yup, go to the airport and watch planes, Anyone could, And there's the airstairs lined up to get the unsuspecting weary traveler to their cab Or family car after Knocking off their hats, or getting wet on the way up or down. I remember one time, A set at both ends. One end loading the other offloading(Faster turnaround maybe?) It was still fun! 

 

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Posted by WillysMB on Wednesday, November 16, 2022 11:55 AM

The first flight I remember was a Connie from Denver to Pittsburg. Dressed to the nines with Mom's close attention, walking out to the stairs on a red carpet, a hostess at both ends of the stair the one at the top pinning my TWA wings On. Flight back days later was an AA Electra which didn't impress as much. Those were the days...

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Posted by GMorrison on Wednesday, November 16, 2022 12:26 PM

I've never had the opportunity to fly on one. UAL brat- flew in every type they had since 1956.

Old Vickers Viscount desktop plane of my father's.

Bill

 

 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.

 

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Posted by fotofrank on Thursday, November 17, 2022 9:50 AM

I attached the wings the other day, gluing the upper halves on first to not have a big gap to fill. That worked well except the left wing had no dihedral. This morning I cut the join where the wings mate with the fuselage and I'm using rubber bands to pull the wings up for dihedral. I hope it works. I will re-glue the joins with Tamiya cement then apply some CA glue to reinforce the join.

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Friday, November 18, 2022 1:04 PM

Oh Boy!

 Always did like the longer nosed version. Now the Shorter nosed version was not seen by many. I think with the exception of your model I think I have only seen maybe three, in my whole life!

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Posted by fotofrank on Wednesday, November 23, 2022 1:22 PM

Well, most of the aftermarket stuff for the Connie has arrived. The wheels and tires arrived in the mail today. Earlier I received the engines (from Japan) and the landing gear. I'm still waiting for the Eastern Airlines decals and paint masks but now I have enough accessories on hand so I can move on with the build.

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Thursday, November 24, 2022 10:51 AM

Hmmm:

    Totally cool. Any Connie is Beautiful, and with the Airline you picked and your work, I am sure she will be gorgeous!

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Posted by Model Monkey on Sunday, November 27, 2022 6:35 PM

Excellent, will be watching!

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