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Heller 1/72 Lockheed L-749 Constellation . . .

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  • Member since
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  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Friday, February 3, 2023 6:40 AM

Hey!

 You know why we do that? Because we know in our heart we can make it better. I must've had four or five of Revell's old clunkers around till I got one looking, Just so, Just Like the one sitting on the Tarmac at the Airport. Took a few back then!

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    January 2021
  • From: SW Florida
Posted by fuzznoggin on Monday, January 30, 2023 6:36 PM

Looking sharp!!  Yes

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    February 2011
Posted by knox on Sunday, January 15, 2023 5:22 PM

I know I’m going to really enjoy the finished picture, but I love this plane and following the build is fun. Thanks for posting your WIP. 

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    June 2017
  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Sunday, January 15, 2023 8:46 AM

Thanks, John.

This has been a bit of a tedious build, but I know the Connie will look great when it's finally finished.

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    December 2002
  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Saturday, January 14, 2023 8:47 PM

Looks good, Frank.

John

To see build logs for my models:  http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/mymodels.htm

 

  • Member since
    June 2017
  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Friday, January 13, 2023 3:14 PM

Finally - An Update on the Connie.

I'm trying to wrap up as much of 2022 as I can before I begin builds for 2023. Not going too well. Once again I've overwhelmed my self with unfinished builds.

So, I've made a little more progress on the Connie. Just a little. I finished the two outboard vertical tails. They are painted with AK Polished Aluminum and AK Aluminum for contrast and Tamiya Rubber Black for the deicer boots. The decals are from Vintage Flyer.

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I filled the windows on the fuselage with Bondo and then CA glue then sanded and polished the windows. Now I need to shoot some primer over the windows to check to make sure they are filled and smoothed OK.

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I still need to polish the wing roots and finish the engines. Thanks for looking in.

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    March 2022
  • From: Twin cities, MN
Posted by missileman2000 on Tuesday, December 20, 2022 9:17 AM

I like kits that have clear decals over window openings.  Or, if decals are not for window areas and the kit has open windows I use Micro Scale window material.  Unless the kit is very large scale it works fine (1:72, 1:144, 1:200).

 

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  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Monday, December 19, 2022 9:10 PM

mfsob

 

 
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.

 

The same can be said of the older Airfix airliner kits. I suffered through one of their 1/144 DC-9s, wasn't really happy with the end result, so naturally, went right out and bought another one!

 

Well, I'm busy filling and sanding the windows on the fuselage. I expect when it's finally finished the airplane will look really nice. And you're right, Missleman, patience is the key with a build like this.

Yeah, mfsob, a few years ago I stumbled through a build of an old Airfix 1/144 Boeing 314 Clipper. After it was finished, I went right out and picked up another one. Both Clippers are still displayed on the shelf and still looking good.

After I finish the windows, I'll have some more pictures.

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  • From: West Virginia, USA
Posted by mfsob on Monday, December 19, 2022 12:52 PM

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.

The same can be said of the older Airfix airliner kits. I suffered through one of their 1/144 DC-9s, wasn't really happy with the end result, so naturally, went right out and bought another one!

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  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Sunday, December 11, 2022 8:01 AM

Ya Know!

       In all the years they've been making Airliner kits, you'd think the Decal Companies and Plastic Dudes could get it right! I have always had that window/decal problem, no matter what scale or manufacturer! Or what kind of plane. Even My S.S.T had mis-aligned windows on the Decals

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  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Wednesday, December 7, 2022 1:50 PM

The decals for the Connie arrived yesterday from Vintage Flyer along with the window masks. According to the instructions that come with the decals, the windows on the model don't match the windows on the decals. I made a copy of the decal sheet to test the placement and window alignment. Well, it looks like I'll be filling and sanding the kit windows Then placing the decals after paint. I used the tiny window on the passenger door to align the decals so that window will remain, I think. Fortunately the decals sheet has individual round window decals that I'll place after the fuselage stripe is in place. Whew.

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    June 2017
  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Sunday, December 4, 2022 1:22 PM

Work on the Connie has been kinda slow. This week I have been working on the engines. The engines are resin from Plus Model and they are really nice. I've never really worked with resin before so this is a learning experience for me. The castings are excellent, there are even alignment pins to aid in correct assembly. Still cleaning up the seams before they are attached to the wings.

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    February 2018
  • From: North Carolina, USA
Posted by Model Monkey on Sunday, November 27, 2022 6:35 PM

Excellent, will be watching!

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  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
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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    June 2017
  • From: Winter Park, FL
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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    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
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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    June 2017
  • From: Winter Park, FL
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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    September 2012
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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    July 2016
  • From: Malvern, PA
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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  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
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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  • From: Formerly Bryan, now Arlington, Texas
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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    June 2017
  • From: Winter Park, FL
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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    June 2017
  • From: Winter Park, FL
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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    June 2017
  • From: Winter Park, FL
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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  • From: USA
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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    June 2017
  • 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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    February 2015
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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    June 2017
  • From: Winter Park, FL
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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  • From: Close to Chicago
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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