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Virgin Atlantic Airbus A340-600.

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I recently took the plunge and bought BraZ Models Airbus A340-600 conversion. I plan to use the decals provided, and complete this model in the colours of Virgin Atlantic.

First job was to cut the Revell A340-300 fuselage into the required sections:

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Once this was done, I test fitted the resin plug and found that the Revell fuselage has a slightly larger diameter than the BraZ part:

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To overcome this, I decided to extend the fuselage one half at a time, thus enabling the plastic part to fit snugly to the resin plug. Any excess plastic was then trimmed off, leaving the two fuselage halves having the exact same diameter as the resin insert:

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Now this was complete, the fuselages could be joined, leaving nice and flush joins, with only minimal filling needed:

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Next the wings and tail were added. The fit was far from perfect, but some filling and sanding later and all was fine:

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Next the gear was added, and BraZ's four-wheel centre bogey fitted beautifully. I'm currently working on the engines. These are very well cast and will be painted separately to make the masking process easier:

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I'll add more pictures as I progress.

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Here is the Airbus in primer. I'm happy with the result, so onwards with the painting!

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Engines are being painted, and will be added at a later date.

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In between torrential downpours over the last couple of days I've managed to get some paint on the A340-600...

Engines have been done. First the nacelles were primed and then sprayed Halford's Ford Cherry Red, then the plyons were given a coat of Dove Grey. Decals were then added, and when laquered I'll add the various metal shades seen on the pylons and exhaust cones:

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The fuselage had the tail sprayed Cherry Red first, then this was protected whilst the corruguard areas were painted Rover Steel Grey, and when dry were masked off for more Dove Grey:

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Next job is give the fuselage a final rub-down, before adding the fuselage colour. Halford's Citroen Pearl Grey is near enough an exact match for the silver of this scheme so fingers crossed for sunshine tomorrow!

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Evening all... the A340-600 conversion is now finished.

I spent the afternoon adding the final details such as the wheels, aluminium on the leadng edges, adding the engines and painting lights etc. I'm pretty pleased with the outcome.

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So... was £90 worth it? Well, it's a lot of money but I loved every single minute of this build. With a bit of forward planning and careful trimming, filling and sanding it builds into a lovely model. The resin was beautifully moulded and the decals were excellent.

I enjoy a challenge and this provided that... maybe a A340-500 will be a future project. My hat goes off to BraZ for producing models and conversions such as this... without people like him I would not have been able to add such a graceful aircraft to my collection

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uuh WOW very nice work, specially the conversion :) After doing a couple of 737-700's from -800's I promised myself to stay away from fuselage cutouts... Nice work :)

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Tom, you make this build look so easy - and we all know such conversion is anything BUT easy!

Great job.

Regards

Eduardo

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Awesome job! Watching your build on this really makes me want to give it a go.

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Hehe NVM I read u used Steel Gray for the Corroguard :)

Nice Work

Take Care

Edited by MaRiO FDZ

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You love these conversions don't you Tommy. I do love your work and that other chap cupra's work as well. I just hope I build my one as good as your kits.

Thanks Toni

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Hey man, congrats for your fantastic work...

You make too easy and quick... how many hours or days or months ? did you take to get the final model ?....

Fantastic!!

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Lovely build Tommy. :thumbsup: Pity these conversions a hard to find and beyond the affordablity limits at the moment.

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Hey man, congrats for your fantastic work...

You make too easy and quick... how many hours or days or months ? did you take to get the final model ?....

Fantastic!!

Many thanks.

This took about three weeks from start to finish. I'm a teacher so could work on it for many hours each day!

Tom

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You love these conversions don't you Tommy. I do love your work and that other chap cupra's work as well. I just hope I build my one as good as your kits.

Thanks Toni

Hi Toni,

Many thanks, and yes I do love a conversion. It's the only chance to buld and A340-500/600 currently, but I'm hoping one of the mainstream manufacturers will issue one one of these days.

Tom

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Congratulations on the model. I would be curious to know how you masked the red pattern from the silver fuselage.

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