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About janvolekcz

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  1. They look amazing! I know I'll be getting at least one of them. It is especially nice to see full set of stencils and paint masks!!!
  2. That's great news!! Cannot wait to see how it will look! Will the a321 be from zvezda as well? And of course, happy holidays to you all!! Jan
  3. From the looks of it, the Extratech PE fan should be designed from the CFM engines, which have 36 blades visible from the front. The IAE engines have 22 blades, which therefore appear bigger (CFM: http://www.snecma.com/-cfm56-5b-.html?lang=en ; IAE http://ghettoflyers.blogspot.com/2012/03/v2500-a1-turbine-engine.html) For working with PE parts, you might find these useful: http://www.scalemodelguide.com/construction/techniques/photo-etched-parts-models/ http://www.ipmsgreatplains.org/PhotoEtch.aspx And finally here are some reference pix: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/
  4. Hi Peter, So far as I know, there is no 1/144 airliner with deployed flaps/slats out of the box. However, that might change soon. Last year Zvezda announced a new a320 and Il-62. Based on the 3D renders for the molds, it looks like it should have the option of deployed flaps (I don't recall the slats, but presumably they will be also extended). Neither kit is out yet, but it seems like they should be hitting the counters soon, at least I hope. For the rest, it is either Contrails conversions, as you noted, or scratch build. I have a set of the a320 contrails wings, and they have some major pr
  5. As Ben said, welcome! Before turning to airlines, my favorite were WW2 German planes in 1/72 scale. I have been recently on an airline streak and have really enjoyed building them. So here are my two pennies to your inquiry. 1. Among the mainline companies, the best ones seem to come from Revell and Zvezda. Zvezda's airliners have been very nice with good details and most of them feature clear parts for windows. For U.S. subjects they have the only injection 767 and also the 787, which was also re-boxed by revell (with better decals). Revell's offerings range from above average to great. The
  6. Those look great! Any chance that one could order them straight from you?
  7. Thank you guys for the help. I'm planning to get Ray's decals, and resin engine...now I know which one :)
  8. Hi all, I just saw the leased a330 in CSA livery. I wanted to ask you about the type of engines used on this bird as I would like to make a model of it. Here are few pictures: http://www.airliners.net/photo/CSA---Czech/Airbus-A330-323X/2261213/L/&sid=f01e67844b0e981e478eae52b0459224 http://www.airplane-pictures.net/photo/290095/ok-yba-csa-czech-airlines-airbus-a330-300/ TIA Jan
  9. Best of luck, and keep us posted! Will look forward to the pictures!
  10. This is shaping nicely Good luck with the sanding. Look forward to future updates
  11. Dan, here are few more thoughts. As was said earlier, the most common kit is Revell's 1/144 A319. It is a pretty nice model. The only problematic feature are rathe small winglets. There are several aftermarket replacements, including the Extratech PE. Also, several decals have a drawing of the right size winglet, which can be easily cut out from a plastic sheet and lightly sanded to get the proper airfoil. As far as the aftermarket details are concerned, there is the PE sheet by Extra Tech, resin engines (with and without deployed thrust reverse) and wings with flaps and speed breaks deploy
  12. I cannot speak to either Revell or Airfix's early 747, but the easiest way might be to get Kurt's wonderful cargo deck designed for Zvezda. It is a simple replacement with minimum cutting. Here is the link http://www.authentic-airliners.de/accessories/ Hope this helps. Jan
  13. Thank you for posting these, they are wonderful references!!
  14. I'll add my $.02. I was browsing for images of a310s and noticed this Aeroflot scheme from 20 years ago. I guess now we know where American got its idea. http://www.airliners.net/photo/Aeroflot/Airbus-A310-308-ET/2166210/&sid=37c1df17552427e8c115bc17fbc3706c Jan
  15. Here are my thoughts on the test shots and decals. First, the Lufthansa logo is in yellow. One can see a slight discoloration outside of the blue circle suggesting the presence of the yellow. As mentioned before, it is a b&w scan of the decals, which would make the yellow nearly invisible. Regarding the windows, I pulled out several pictures from airliners.net and tried to measure them against other discernible features. It seems that the long panel around the windows is about 2.4-2.6 times wider than windows on the real aircraft, and that the width of the doors is about 2.5x the height
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