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      Post #65867, posted on 02-02-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Hello All,

      First of all, when Jennings spoke of the 1/24 Airfix Mosquito and said "you are in for a ride with that Mossie," I wondered what he meant. Now I know, so it will be one of those builds that will be done in phases to prevent frustration. I will finish it, and victory shall be mine eventually, but I have decided to enjoy my vacation with a more leisurely build...or so I hope. We'll see...



      In the wake of building my Modelsvit Il-86, I have been bitten by the Soviet airliner bug. I wanted to build a Tu-154 and did some research on HpH and their 1/72 scale offering. Firstly, HpH works in fiberglass (like the Il-86) but few know that they also make REAL aircraft, namely, gliders. Being a fan of General Aviation as well as Tupolev's "Three-Holer," I decided to give it a go.

      The model arrived in a well packed box and features fiberglass wings and fuselage. All other components are resin and of top quality. The shape looks right to my eye, but as I have said before, I have never been one to take a ruler to a model. That being said, it looks like a -154. The fuselage comes with the fuselage set up for not using windows, but the modeler has an option. A full and fairly well detailed cockpit (complete with engineer and nav panels) is included with two vacu-form canopies. I shudder to think of how thin vacu-form will interface with the fiberglass...fortunately I am not going that route. I have decided to use Kurt's newly available 1/72 cockpit and cabin windows for the Tu-154. They look much better than any cockpit I could try to put together, and I will post a pic when I get them.



      The engines are nicely molded in solid resin and have fan and stator detail which can be added after the engines are painted. Nice touch! All panel detail is well done and not overstated. This is a big model, so when I saw that the landing gears were resin, I had flashbacks of my first KMC 727 build. Upon closer inspection, I noticed to my delight that the resin main gears are reinforced with metal rods.



      The kit includes a nice but very minimalistic decal sheet for Aeroflot's silver flag scheme. The Tupe looks smart in this scheme, but I might go with an after market Red-Flag Aeroflot scheme. I am still teetering on the fence. The kit includes a nice set of masks for the tail logo, and windows. Herein lies the problem for some modelers: there are no cabin window transparencies, so these will either need to be painted with the supplied masks, or the use of decals will be required. This is fine with me as almost never do if there is any choice.

      I am armed with the excellent volume Tupolev Tu-154: The USSR's Medium-Range Jet Airliner by Dmitriy Komissarov and Tupolev Tu-154 by Colin Ballantine for reference purposes.



      I will post progress shortly

      Cheers,

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      Post #65869, posted on 02-02-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      I'm going to go make popcorn!

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      Post #65873, posted on 02-03-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Wow, Dan!
      I join in for the popcorn )

      How much fuselage / wing detail is engraved in the model? Its hard to see.

      Good luck with that beast! I look forward seeing her grow; I was bitten by that same bug )

      These window, cockpit decals will make her shine:

      http://www.authentic-airliner-decals.de/epages/17895661.sf/en_GB/?ObjectPath=/Shops/17895661/Products/D72-LA01

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      Post #65878, posted on 02-03-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      I think it will be one more exciting project.
      Stocked up with popcorn. I love this bird.

      You can use this very interesting and highly informative thread as a reference.
      A.Levikh 1/72 Tu-154M kit - Slapigin_Igor & GoNzA construction


      Topic was started 5 years ago, but unfortunately stalled. At numerous requests in the process of construction, they managed to make 10-12 sets of landing gears. Some photos of set 1, 2, 3, 4.

      If I am not mistaken A.Levikh was going to run into series these landing gears, but almost a year there is no information in thread.

      But you can contact him (Aleksandr Levikh) directly and update info - aviakosmo(at)mail(dot)ru

      P.S. Dmitriy Kolesnik's finished Tu-154M (A.Levikh kit). a bit more.

      Aeroflot and Veb Plasticart
      The classics from childhood

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      Post #65880, posted on 02-03-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      How are you going to store all those big models??? I stopped doing 1:72 after #2 because I was running out of space....

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      Post #65881, posted on 02-03-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Hi All,

      Wow, that model by A. Levikh looks great! I might have to build another -154 when he releases it! I have been able to store my models by hanging them, nose-up, on the walls in my living room. Yes, my wife is quite understanding!

      I managed some progress last night. Since I am not using the cockpit, I am skipping several of the first steps. Today, a parcel arrived from Werner Lehmann with the window decals. Authentic Airliners never disappoints, and these are no exception. They look outstanding and even better, they are opaque, so the world is my oyster as far as paint schemes are concerned.


      Available at http://www.authentic-airliner-decals.de

      I decided to test fit the wings as the first order of business. The instructions require the use of metal rods to secure the wings in place. The holes are marked, but need to be cleaned out with a drill to allow this. I used 1/8" brass tubing and a matching drill bit to complete the task. I had go a bit oversize for the holes on the wings because the port side wing would not line up to the wing-to-body fairing above the trailing edge of the wing. This allowed me a bit of wiggle room to get the wing in the right place. The wing roots follow the curvature of the fuselage nicely, but require some cleaning with the Dremel around the mating surfaces to minimize the gaps.





      Fortunately the kit includes most of the intake trunking for the #2 (center) engine. I painted the inside of the fuselage and the rear portion of the S-duct Tamiya XF-69 NATO Black. Installing the S-duct is a tight fit and requires some cleanup inside the center inlet. Once again the Dremel came into play, and I recommend the use of an extension to get into the inlet far enough to make clearance. My opinion it that a Dremel or Dremel-like tool is required for this model unless you are very patient!





      The directions indicate that the small air intakes, one in each inboard leading edge should be drilled out. I decided to not settle for a hole leading to the hollow wing interior. I used 1 inch long sections of 7/32" brass tubing, flattened slightly with pliers. The Dremel was again used to create properly sized and shaped holes to accept my ducts. CA glue was used to secure them in place, and I sanded to make them flush with the leading edge. Looking at photos, mine may be a bit too round, but I think they are convincing and I like the depth effect.



      In studying the directions, the order of assembly (like installing the landing gears prior to mating the wings to the fuselage, for example) does not make sense to me. Given the simplicity of this kit, I am going to use the directions for reference only and develop my own logical order of operation. I'm going rogue!

      More progress to come shortly...

      Cheers,

      Dan

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      Post #65926, posted on 02-06-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Dan, this looks great again.
      To be honest, all decal artwork is done by my brother.

      Kurt

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      Post #65932, posted on 02-06-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Thanks Kurt, Sorry about that.. I have made the correction. The decals are really outstanding, BTW!

      Christian, here are a few images showing the recessed detail.





      I think it is well done and consistent. Naturally, along the spine of the fuselage, some measure of re-scribing will need to be done once I have cleaned up the seam irregularities. I am hoping to have more progress tomorrow.

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      Post #66011, posted on 02-10-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Hello All,

      I managed a little progress yesterday. I have noticed that there are some challenges to be had by not cutting out the canopy and adding the cockpit. These are adding the nose gear well (which is larger than its opening in the lower fuselage) and also securing ballast. I used a very carefully managed Dremel to cut out the nose gear well. Through this opening, I added a copious amount of BBs into the nose and secured with CA glue.



      Shortly after, I soaked the nose section in cold water to prevent the heat reaction of the curing CA from causing damage to the model.



      Now the tricky part...adding the nose gear well. I had to shave the resin part down to the point where it would fit through the hole in the fuselage. I then used a VERY small amount of CA to secure a toothpick into the gear mount to give myself control over the part once inside the fuselage. I then simply turned it and pulled it into the proper position. Once the piece was securely glued in, the toothpick was twisted out and removed.







      The main gear wells also need to be opened up and the gear wells added. The wells are molded quite thickly, and need to be shaved down in order to fit all the way into the well.



      As you can see, I made a mess of the starboard well opening while cutting with the Dremel. On the port side, I used Dymo tape and a scriber to cut them out, which is a much better solution. The gaps have been filled with extra thick CA glue and will be sanded flush, which will make my transgression invisible with any luck.



      More to follow shortly...

      Cheers,

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      Post #66013, posted on 02-10-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      What a challenge, very impressive (I'm currently building an Antonov 12 in 1/72 and it's already big, so I can't imagine a Tu-154!)!

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      Post #66024, posted on 02-10-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Hi Nanga,

      The Roden An-12 kit, I presume? I have been eying that one too. How do you like it so far?

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      Post #66035, posted on 02-11-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Hello,

      Yes it's the Roden kit! It's not Tamiya, but quite correct in my opinion! The difficulty is more because of the size of the kit (and some difficulties to adjust the engines)!

      I've posted a WIP in this site (but in french sorry): http://fighters.forumactif.com/t30340-roden-antonov-12-1-72-retour-aux-affaires

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      Post #66038, posted on 02-11-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      The Roden An-12 is a great kit. It does require "some modeling skills" but as Nanga said, it's pretty darn accurate. I'd love to do one in Cubana markings someday.

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      Post #66052, posted on 02-12-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Wow Nanga!

      That is very nice!! The cockpit is outstanding! I like the execution of the paint scheme too.

      You should post it here, too. I think many would be interested to see it.

      Cheers,

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      Post #66059, posted on 02-13-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Thank you Dan, I'm glad you like my work on this Antonov!

      I'm sorry, but I don't consider to post this here, I took over hundred pictures of this build and I have to resize and re-download all to post here, it's a too massive job (but I promise, I will add pictures of the finish model on my gallery!).

      However, maybe I will start a WIP of a Authentic Airliners 757 soon!

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      Post #66236, posted on 02-28-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Hi Nanga,

      I am looking forward to seeing the pictures of your finished Antonov! I think you won't be disappointed by Kurt's 757...I have his 1/72 727-100 (planning United Saul Bass) and 727-200 (PSA Solid Title Orange Scheme). I have built his 1/144 737-900 and 1/72 BAC One-Eleven 500 and found both to be totally enjoyable!

      ...But, back to the big Tupe. I have managed some progress on this project. I had some technical issues with my camera, so the first several photos were taken with my iPad. I apologize for the lack of resolution, but I figured they were better than no photos at all. I am now back up and running with my camera, BTW.

      I installed the #1 and #3 engine pods after cleaning up the extra resin casting on the pylons. This is an interesting operation because the interface with the fuselage is a bit concave, requiring careful trimming with the Dremel. The fuselage lacks any indication of where and at what angle the pods should be mounted. The only clues are two divits which should be drilled out and wire added with corresponding holes drilled into the pylons. The problem is that there is no indication of where to drill the holes on the pylons. I went after photo references from the internet to get accurate placement. If I were to build this model again, I would completely eliminate the wire strengtheners and just rough up the mating surfaces and use CA to bring them together, after carefully marking out the locations. The wire interface just caused difficulty, in my opinion.

      Next came the fitment of the wings....





      Unlike the engine pylons, the wings and fuselage came "somewhat" pre drilled for the use of 1/8" wire or tubing to create a a short spar for strength. Once again, I would elect to not follow this procedure if I were to build this kit again. The "spars" caused the wings to fit on with a small measure of dihedral (upslope towards the wingtips) instead of the significant anhedral (sloping down towards the wingtips) exhibited by the real thing. Because of the curved interface between the wing and the fuselage, this became a challenge, causing me to widen the perfect sized holes in the wing root to allow this adjustment, thus largely negating the effectiveness of the spars in their structural duties. I am the quintessential rule follower, so this brings me some pain to say this, but this is the first model I have built where it would have been much easier to just disregard much of the instruction sheet. That being said, HPH makes a really nice model of this airplane, so in my view, that is the important part.





      The photos are a bit fuzzy, but providing the correct anhedral effect creates some small gaps on the top wing root area, which are easily fillable with CA glue.





      The instructions lay out the fitment of the canoe fairings on the lower surface of the wings. This is the one place where the instructions are required to get it right. The actual castings have no indication as to which is which and they are all very similar. Look carefully at the drawings, which are thankfully very accurate and detailed. One note, though: the instructions just show the port side wing with a "2x" indication. This creates the illusion that each canoe fairing (port and starboard) are identical...not so. If you look carefully, the ones outboard of the main gear well pods are handed.





      Next, I added the horizontal stabilizers, which follow the "area ruled" contour of the bullet fairing quite elegantly. By this point, I had gotten smart, and not used the suggested wire reinforcements. This went smoothly with just a slight roughing of the surfaces and the application of CA glue. Next will come the sanding-priming-sanding-priming process. Below are a few shots of the construction after CA filler has been exacted, with a thin coat of Model Master Primer.







      One minor issue, similar to some of the fiberglass difficulties that I experienced with my Amodel Tu-114 some years back was made apparent with the primer. Here we can see a few voids in the material, which will be easily filled with CA glue.



      It may sound that I am a bit negative about the kit, but overall, the challenges are those typical of a limited run kit. A rewrite of the directions would be very helpful, but the experienced modeler can easily create his or her own plan with little difficulty. I absolutely applaud HpH on producing this accurate model of one of the prettiest and fastest subsonic jetliners ever built. So, overall I am thrilled to be building this kit and looking forward to finishing it up. I am moving into a new house next week, so I am hoping to get it finished up before then, if at all possible.

      I have selected F-DCAL's Aeroflot Don decal depicting RA-85726, which as far as I have been able to ascertain, was the sole TU-154M to wear this exact scheme. I think it will look smart when it is done, along with the Authentic Airliner Decals windows.



      More progress soon...

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      Dan

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      Post #66589, posted on 03-22-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Hello all,

      Well, so much for finishing this one before the house move...oh well! I now have a much better hobby area with which I am quite pleased, so it is all good. On to the progress...

      Today I spent a few hours getting the Tupe ready for final painting.


      I have fitted the thrust reversers. The size difference between the nacelles and the T/R clamshells was too great to ignore. I filled and sanded to get the proper aerodynamic effect. I will need to re-scribe the panel lines here tomorrow.






      Notice that the turbine detail is really good out of the box!



      Lots of wet sanding with 400 grit sandpaper is required. I found that there were several places that required filler (CA) after thinned primer applications.




      The final primer coat shows very few issues and final paint can commence tomorrow after the addition of the stall fences and panel re-scribing. I am struck by the real attractiveness of this aircraft, which competes with the 727 for ultimate beauty. I hope that I can do it justice with my work! By the way, those large squares are inches! This is another BIG kit!

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      Post #67159, posted on 05-04-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Hello,

      My apologies for the long delay with the Big Tupe. I am finally back at it again and should have it finished shortly. Overall, I am very happy that HpH has produced this kit of one of the most prolific Soviet jetliners. The kit, due to the fiberglass media, has some issues which create some extra work. A fair amount of sanding was required to clean up the seam between the pre-assembled fuselage and wing halves. This was not a big deal in itself, but I found that the more filling and sanding that I did, the more pinholes were uncovered in the fiberglass. It became a "one step forward, two steps back" type of experience. I did the best I could with it, but could not eliminate all of them. Fortunately, what pinholes remained were not very obvious after painting.

      With the primer coat done, I painted the the wings, stabs, and lower fuselage Model Master Aircraft Grey, followed by the upper fuselage being painted Model Master Classic White. This was given two days to dry and then I went to work painting the engine inlets. I started with the silver lip, masked and painted the composite intake Model Master Radome Tan (this was a bit of a guess on my part), masked and then used Tamiya Flat Black for the rear face of the podded engines. Hopefully this will create a good effect when the fan faces are added later. The center engine inlet lip was painted silver, masked and everything aft of that was painted flat black.







      After removing the masking tape, I was pleased with the results.



      I am using the excellent Aeroflot Don decal set from F-DCAL. This set is resized, being designed for use on one of the 1/144 kits available. Knowing this, I purchased two in case I needed extra striping material here and there. It turned out that this was necessary, so I am glad that I did.




      The decals went on well and are a high quality product. I clear coated them first as recommended by the manufacturer. After the lacquer dried, I began applying the decals. Lots of soaking time is required to get the decals to release from the paper...be patient. After soaking from 3-5 minutes, the decals were gently freed from the backing paper. I then carefully re-dipped them on the water. This allowed more water to mix with the adhesive, and gave me more time to adjust the decals on the model.

      After the livery decals were dry, I added the 1/72 Window Decal Set from Authentic-Airliner-Decals, which make a very nice enhancement to the model.




      Shortly I will be clear coating the model with Future, adding weathering detail, and finally the landing gears.

      Cheers,

      Dan

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      Post #67166, posted on 05-05-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Great work, Dan!

      How much I love and miss these birds, I can almost hear her shrill and smell her fumes.

      Lovely!


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      Post #67194, posted on 05-06-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Thanks! I think the Tu-154 was a gorgeous airplane and I wish I had gotten the chance to ride on one. I only had the opportunity to see one in person once at Frankfurt in 1985. Ironically, my view was from the passenger window of a 737 on a mechanical delay. We ended up flying all the way to Heathrow at 11,000 feet due to a broken fuel heat valve! I feel the Tupe had a beauty only rivaled by the 727.

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      Post #67195, posted on 05-06-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Some more progress and almost done...

      I spent the bulk of today weathering the Tupe. I used a combination of Testors CreateFX, an acrylic dark wash, lead pencils, and various acrylic colors thinned with water and mixed with dish soap.




      Here, a lead pencil was used with an index card to create panel lines and to accentuate panel lines that had been lost to sanding and finishing.



      The pencil was also used to make pressurization leak marks which should conform to the local airflow.



      Photos of this particular aircraft show lots of exhaust staining in this area. I used the airbrush with a 20% Tamiya Flat Black/80% rubbing alcohol mixture with an extremely slow flow setting to create the effect.

      The compressor fans were added, after being finished with Tamiya Flat Aluminum with a dark grey wash. These look acceptable but this kit could be improved with proper stator vane details like provided with the Modelsvit Il-86.



      On to the landing gears. The wheels are molded in halves but are easily removed from the carrier material. The landing gear legs have metal reinforcements which is a very nice touch! I used a scriber to remove them from their molding blocks and sanded to remove any excess.







      Photos show the landing gear legs and the wheel hubs to be painted a light grey/green. I used a mixture of 75% Tamiya Cockpit Green and 25% Tamiya Flat White, clear coated with Future.

      I am in the final stretch and will be done soon!

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      Post #67196, posted on 05-06-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      DAYUM!!!

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      Post #67209, posted on 05-08-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Absolutely beautiful.

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      Post #67218, posted on 05-08-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Thank you guys for your kind words.

      OK, so I have finished the Tupe today! Here is the progress....



      I finally figured it out...and I can't believe I didn't see it before. I was wondering why the decals didn't interface well with the HpH model. Here it is, HpH had molded the engines (one piece with the pylon) with the pylon more or less centered top to bottom with the nacelle. Check out the pic behind the model on the iPad. I think it may be a combination of this, and my putting the cheatline a tad too high on the fuselage that caused the cheatline to go slightly over, not under the pylon. I am not sure how this could be corrected easily, but I see it as a minor nuisance and not a deal breaker...just make sure you have that extra decal set!

      Here's one other thing to look out for...the main landing gears on my example were mis-sized. The first photo shows the original and after lots of filing, the more symmetrical result. Remember that 1/16" at the gear is about 1/4" at the tip! Check your gears. Honestly, I think that both of them should be shortened a bit to get the proper stance. Even with the shortest gear as a guide, the airplane will sit a bit more tail-high than the genuine article.




      I am glad, however, that HpH gave us the metal inserts for strength. Really, minor problems are expected with limited run multimedia kits, and I mention these issues not so much as a criticism, but to help guide others.

      Here are the photos of the finished article...










      Conclusion:

      I am eternally grateful to HpH for producing a very nice model of one of my all time favorite airliners! In many ways, it is nicely engineered and having fiberglass as a medium, this cannot be easy. The resin parts are of very good quality with no voids whatsoever. The shape looks right (except for the pylons) and it really captures the spirit and the complex shapes of this beautiful aircraft. I feel that for the Tu-154 fan, this is well worth the price and effort to make a very nice model. As with most (if not all) short run kits, it has its hang-ups but in the end, it looks all of the part of a Tu-154, which is the most important thing. I would recommend this kit for modelers that have worked with some multimedia kits before and are willing to take the time to fix a few minor issues. Now I have to get one of their Tu-104s!

      Cheers,

      Dan

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      Post #67219, posted on 05-08-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      You have done a fantastic job!
      What a beautiful model you have made.
      Congrats!

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      Post #67221, posted on 05-09-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      You made an undeniably beautiful model, looking at which we see the TUPE! Of course the manufacturer "has put a pig" (did the dirty on) with engines. This moment is noticeable only to the knowing person.
      But the nose cuts the eye, align all the lines on the nose, it is very noticeable.

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      Post #67222, posted on 05-09-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Thanks for that!

      Babay, I think you are referring to the anti-glare black on the nose. I went back and looked at photos of the actual airplane and if so, you are correct and thanks! All markings should terminate at the radome. Cool pic BTW!

      I have now fixed the mistake. One difference between this particular aircraft and the standard Aeroflot airplanes is that the cockpit windows appear to have the white outlines. Here is my revised model...


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      Post #67228, posted on 05-09-2017 GMT-5 hours    
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      Thanks for that!

      Babay, I think you are referring to the anti-glare black on the nose.


      Yes that's right, that's what I meant. Hoping to help you I found the photo even better.
      The RA-85726 cabin preserved in the museum of aviation in Taganrog.


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      And another moment, in all the photographs the nose is always white.

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      Post #67231, posted on 05-09-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Very nice! Thanks for the pic and the info! It is too bad that all of those beautiful airplanes grounded now.

      Cheers,

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      Post #67235, posted on 05-09-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Incredible. Brings back memories of watching Magadan's -154s back in the day (and wow, were they unforgettable airplanes). There will never be another airplane like that beast, and your model is a fitting memorial. Well done.

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      Post #67247, posted on 05-10-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Thanks Jodie!

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      Post #67262, posted on 05-12-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Beautiful model. Well done!!!! You definitely have more patience than I would in a build like that........