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    ATP Decals

    In the 70's and 80's, I made model commercial airliners all the time. I purchased great decals from ATP. I recall they had the decal for the Air India B747, including the pagodas around each window. Now, I have resumed making models, but I believe that ATP has gone out-of-business. Is this true? Does anybody make model decals anymore? Thanks.
  2. I am a big Concorde fan. I just purchased the Airfix 1/72 Concorde model. It looks great but after reading reviews; I am scared to make this. The reviewers say the fuselage pieces just don't fit properly and must be fitted with filler. To boot, the white fuselage has different shades of white, meaning the model must be sprayed white. There are also problems with the retractable nose; it's supposed to lower easily but doesn't, so it must be placed in the horizontal position only. Other problems are mentioned about the cockpit detail, etc. I am truly scared to construct. I have made many models from Airfix in past years, and their prodicts are impeccable. I cannot believe they would release such a model kit. Has anybody heard of problems with this kit? Thanks. s
  3. I love to building aircraft but also models of world-famous bridges and buildings. I am confused where to post about these. I have built models of such things as the Empire State, Eiffel Tower, Cathedrals, etc. but there seems to be no place to discuss and share experiences.
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    Titanic Model

    For fans of Titanic, I made a large, almost 3 feet long, puzzle model, which is quite nice. It is not so detailed as the masts are not there but it is steady and fun. It only took 1 afternoon to construct. It's from Cubic Fun and very nice to display as the pieces interlock. No glue or painting; no mess and cheap to buy (only $35). The company also makes a Mayflower, aircraft carrier, etc. but I have no room in my apartment.
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    Cubic Fun 3D Models

    I love making those Cubic Fun 3D Puzzle Models. Although they require no glue, no painting, no decals, etc they are quite difficult. The Burj Khalifa tower model took me several days as the instructions were unclear and several parts were incorrectly labelled. It was very frustrating but finally finished it. They mostly make famous buildings and towers but just made Blue Angels F-18. I bought but haven't constructed Tower Bridge, St. Peter's, and Big Ben. I am looking for others who have made these models. I wish I had more room in my tiny apartment to display these. The Eiffel Tower and Empire State were easy.
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    Revell Replacement Parts

    After waiting over 4 months, Revell finally sent me replacement struts for the Space Shuttle/747 model. Had they made the parts correctly in the first place, they wouldn't have cracked. They made the parts so thin. Did they really expect those thin struts to securely keep the Shuttle atop the 747? Revell usually makes good products; I've never had cracked parts before.
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    Missing Parts

    I requested several replacement parts from Revell of Germany. I have been waiting patiently and even got assigned a number showing that they received my request. What happened? They give a phone # but nobody answers!
  8. I spent time ordering replacement parts from Revell Germany for my 747 SCA/Space Shuttle model. I even have a reference number. I have patiently waited about 3 months and got no parts. I finally called the phone number as well as e-mailed them but the phone number gets a vague automated response and the e-mail gets no response. If they don't intend to assist, they should say so. I spent over 2 hours trying to get these parts (struts to attach the Shuttle to the 747) which break.
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    Change Password

    I got a 15 character password sent to me as I forgot my old one. How can I change it to an easier one?
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    Revell Germany

    I requested replacement parts from Revell Germany. I know they got my request as a confirmation was sent. It was new struts to attach the B747 to the Space Shuttle.
  11. While I've made plastic airline models for decades, I now often make famous architecture of the world models. While these are called Puzzles 3D, in my opinion, they are really model kits and are very intricate. Although the pieces are already painted and no glue is required, make no mistake, they require days of intense work. I just spent over 30 hours constructing the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Other models include the Empire State, St. Peters', Notre Dame Cathedral, Leaning Tower,US Capitol, etc. These come with poor instructions and the modeler is left to figure-out and is frustrating. There seems to be no forum to boot. These are more difficult than most plastic kits I've made. Anybody know where threse kits can be discussed?
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    ATP Decals

    In the 80's, I ordered decals from ATP. They had great decals for commercial aviation aircraft such as Iberia, Air Florida, Air India, etc. Now, I can't find them. Did they go out-of-business? If so, is there another manufacturer producing decals of commercial jet aircraft?
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    Architecture Model Kits

    I have been building model airplanes for decades but lately I also make models of famous architecture of the world, such as Eiffel Tower, Big Ben, Brooklyn Bridge, etc. There seems to be no forum to discuss these. Although made of puzzle pieces, these kits are very intricate. I just spent over 40 hours building the Burj Khalifa and had nowhere to get assistance. These so-called puzzles are really model kits in truth without the need to glue or paint yet some are very challenging. Anybody here makes these as well?
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    Puzzle 4D Models

    While I mostly make plastic airplane model kits, I also do 4D Puzzle Kits from Cubic Fun. Maybe others also do these. My question is where to discuss these. Some kits are very complex (St. Peter's Square, Houses of Parliament, etc) but there is no place to discuss. Some are extremely complex and I need a forum to discuss problems. These kits appear simple: no cement, no paints, no decals, etc, but take my word; they can be monstrosities to build. I just spent 10 hours trying to construct a 5 foot high model of Burj Khalifa and the instructions led me nowhere and I gave-up.
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    Shuttle Tail Cones

    Regarding the Space Shuttles now displayed in museums, do they all have tail cones covering the engines? If so why aren't they removed to show the public the engines? I know the engines had to be protected during delivery flight. Also, if the Enterprise tail cone were removed, are there any engines at all? This prototype never actually flew on its own power but was really just a glider. Right now, visitors can view the Enterprise uncovered atop the Intrepid Flight Deck for a limited time as a new pavilion will be built soon.
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    Problem with 747/Space Shuttle Model

    I have no drill but I fear the fuselage could crack as I am not adept with tiols. The Super Glue I bought at a 99cent store is junk; it sticks to my finger and clothing but not to my plastic model so I go back to Testors in a red tube. In the meantime, I improvised my own struts and it appears to be holding. Its drying as we speak. Thanks for everybodys' assistance. I am disappointed that Muroc never responded about selling me new struts. I have complained to Revell about how poorly their included struts are. Don't they have modellers test before production? I see that Hasegawa makes a similar kit but the 1/200 scale is too smsll. Their struts look to be wrll-designed. Thanks again.
  17. After 2 weeks of work, I finally thought I completed the Revell 1/144 scale Space Shuttle atop the 747 model. Was I disappointed when placing the Shuttle atop the 747, the Shuttle won't stay! I've tried re-arranging the supplied plastic struts, which are very poorly made and 1 strut broke and had to be glued together. The kit was so well-made otherwise, even featuring over 80 precision decals. I can't believe they made thin "wishbone" shaped struts to hold the Shuttle atop the 747. I studied the genuine arrangement, and the real struts have 3-prongs and not just 2. Of course, the real struts are made of metal rods. Any suggestions? I am losing sleep over this. Drilling holes into the top of the 747 is out-of-the question and may crack the 747.
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    Problem with 747/Space Shuttle Model

    Yes. I'm trying to improvise struts that will keep the Shuttle atop the SCA 747. It's a challenge to me. A big problem is that I can't drill holes into the fuselage so I must depend on Testors Plastic Cement which is not strong. I've tried Super Glue but it won't stick to plastic. I accidentally missplaced the struts included in the kit. I was about to reindorce by gluing metal nails against the plastic but the 2 struts are missing. I have ordered replacements from Revell Germany which will take a long time. A new Shuttle will probably be in service by then. I will keep trying. Thanks for your suggestions.
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    Revell 1/144 747 SCA with Enterprise

    I am desperate for those struts to attach the Shuttle atop the SCA. I contacted Muroc a few days ago but got no response. Did they go out of business? What's surprising is that several posters here say they used the struts included as-is from the Revell kit and had no problems with the Shuttle falling-off. I tried to reinforce the original struts by placing thin metal rods against them but alas the Model Gods are against me and I missplaced the struts. I thought I placed them somewhere to dry but vanished. Right now, the Shuttle is attached with rubber bands!
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    Problem with 747/Space Shuttle Model

    No success. I am an amateur so don't have the ability to drill some brass rods as struts which would be the perfect solution. I have tried to add some support by placing some plastic rods underneath the Shuttle but to no avail. Plus, the original struts have snapped into 2 pieces again and while drying, I missplaced the struts altogether. So now my beautiful model is using rubber bands to keep the Orbiter atop the SCA 747. I contacted a place called Muroc which makes replacement resin struts but got no response; I guess they're sold-out. Also, I am uncertain if these $12 resin struts must be constructed or come pre-assembled.
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    Hasegawa NASA 747 + Shuttle

    The Revell 747/Shuttle 1/144 kits with the older N905 AAL pinstripe are no longer sold but Revell of Germany has re-issued the model with the new blue pinstripe livery and new NASA tail. Beware though the supplied struts are very fragile and do not support the Shuttle. My struts keep snapping-off so the Orbiter is held by rubber bands! I am unskilled to make my own struts out of resin. Good luck!
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    Hasegawa NASA 747 + Shuttle

    I saw the original SCA back in 1983 carrying the Enterprise back from the Paris Air Show. It was in the AA style livery. I saw it again recently in 2012 and it was in the new livery with a new modernised NASA on the tail and just a royal blue pinstripe. I tried to complete a 1/144 modell from Revell which has all the new decals but the struts provided are unable to hold the weight of the Orbiter and keep breaking. Now, rubber bands are holding the Shuttle in place.
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    Revell 1/144 747 SCA with Enterprise

    I got no reply from Muroc about purchasing the struts for the SCA. Using Super Glue is no problem but drilling holes which probably would offer the best strength is not an option. Removing flash is no problem as well but it appears that the struts must be assembled by me; exactly how do I assemble? Is it complicated? Are tools needed? I am an amateur compared to you guys and I don't expect perfection, I just a stable model which doesn't slip and slide. I am still contemplating making my own struts but I am not so creative as you guys.
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    Revell 1/144 747 SCA with Enterprise

    I contacted Muroc for the replacement struts for the current SCA. Hope struts don't need any drilling to use as I have no tools. What kind of cement will hold struts firmly in place so Shuttle doesn't slip-off and break. Testors cement doesn't seem strong enougj. As of now, ugly rubber bands are holding the Shuttle in place.
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    Revell 1/144 747 SCA with Enterprise

    I see there are 2 different struts available from Muroc. Which do I need to securely attach the Shuttle atop the SCA? My kit is a newer version, not the AAL. Also, I have no experience with adapting models so I must know if the 2 rear struts are already built or must I do work on them? Is any drilling required into the fuselage? I have no tools. What glue is required? Is Testor's Plastic Model Cement OK? Thanks for helping.