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      Post #79776, posted on 01-07-2022 GMT-5 hours    
      It's a long story, but I was obsessed with Eastern Air Lines when I was a kid. When I was six, I found out that Aurora had issued a 727 kit with Eastern markings. Unfortunately, I found this out right after Aurora had quit the plastic model business, and it broke my heart when we learned the local hobby shop couldn't order me in that Eastern 727 kit. (I still have the response from the former Aurora company, returning my stamps because they couldn't oblige my request for a kit catalog.) And yes, Monogram reissued the kit, but it was in TWA markings and that just didn't cut the mustard for me.

      On Christmas morning, my husband Ralph handed me two gifts from him and the Feline Justice Units. One gift was Capt. Dan Dornseif's splendid book on the Boeing 727. The other was a long, skinny box. At long last, I had my Eastern 727 kit (courtesy of the Atlantis Models reissue). And I thought, considering the wait, and since I have so many references about the real thing now, I should build that model the best I know how.





      This is after about a week's worth of cutting, resectioning, installing new sectional shapes and filling between them, sanding, filing, epoxy putty, Acryl-White, and anything else you can think of. There's still a good way to go (and I haven't even begun the needed surgery on the engines, wings or tailplanes), and the sharper eyes among you will notice a few shapes that need a little more finesse, but even in its present roughed-out state it already looks a lot more like a 727. (Getting rid of the squashed cockpit and the chipmunk cheeks on the forward fuselage goes a long way.) I've already got a resized decal ordered from Vintage Flyer for the "Whisperjet" livery, too.

      In the meantime, if any of you have a spare Aurora display stand of the sort this kit would have come with in the 1970s, please PM me. I have long thought those black plastic stands were cool and I'd love to put this model atop one, to make it that much more like the model I wanted back then. I know it's a lot of effort on an old and inaccurate kit, but I'm doing this for that kid who never got that Eastern 727 she wanted. (EDIT: Thanks to the kindness of a fellow member, I have a stand on the way now. Thanks!)

      More to come...!

      Jodie Peeler

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      Post #79777, posted on 01-07-2022 GMT-5 hours    
      Thanks for sharing this. I have the TWA kit from Monogram from 1978. I’m waiting for Vintage Flyer to release newer decals so I can build this kit. Let me know what improvements you are making with this kit as I’m following along with your build. Keep us posted with this. It’s a great kit from many days gone by.

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      Post #79778, posted on 01-08-2022 GMT-5 hours    
      Bravo Jodie,
      You are a braver soul than me "tackling" the Aurora 727 but it sounds like you have a great nostalgia connection going. I thoroughly enjoyed building the DC9 and have a few 737's in the to-build stash. I looked at "improving" the 737's and quickly realized it would be easier to buy an accurate BPK 737 instead. I'll keep/build the Auroras "warts and all" for the fun nostalgia angle.

      The Aurora stands are great. Unfortunately I'm not giving mine up as they work great for other models. One is being used for my "travel agent" MD80 and the other for a future "travel agent" United DC8-62.

      I'd assume Atlantis doesn't have the molds for the stands but guess it couldn't hurt to email and request that they get molded. Did the Monogram releases come with the stands?

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      Post #79779, posted on 01-08-2022 GMT-5 hours    
      Hi Jodie,

      Check your email, I got you covered.

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      Post #79781, posted on 01-08-2022 GMT-5 hours    
      The first time I ever left the bonds of earth, and danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings... was aboard an Eastern 727 at Easter of 1972. From that day on I've been enamored of Eastern 727s. Imagine my delight not long after that to find that Aurora (available at K-Mart back then) made a model of that very airplane! The difference between a -100 and a -200 was utterly irrelevant to me at that point, but when I saw this epic nighttime photo I was smitten.

      Still love this box!

      Until they day he died, my father called all airliners "whisperjets".




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      Post #79782, posted on 01-08-2022 GMT-5 hours    
      Jodie,

      Thanks for sharing. I had two of these kits as a tiny tot like two or three (too young for glue apparently), so my dad and brother built the TWA and the Eastern 727-100s. I do remember the Eastern my brother had the engines upside down and I was always tease him about it. The TWA 727-100 (maybe a different manufacturer) had the new paint scheme with higher quality wings and they nailed the wing fence on the leading edge like I have not seen any other model replicate. They passed away sadly with the downsizing of my parents house after having been beaten to death by many nieces and nephews. I should have rescued them. But, glad you find some and enjoy.

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      Post #79783, posted on 01-08-2022 GMT-5 hours    
      That boxtop is my favorite version of the hockey stick scheme; love the white low on the fuselage and extending all the way back on the fuselage and up the rudder. IMHO they got it right the first time.

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      Post #79785, posted on 01-08-2022 GMT-5 hours    
      Thanks, everyone, for the kind responses. I'll try to reply to some of the points that have been raised throughout.

      The reconstruction process on the fuselage has been pretty extensive. I worked from a Boeing modelmakers drawing of the 727 in 1:100 scale, starting by cutting off the tail, then the forward fuselage, and then cutting the fuselage lengthwise along the lobe crease. I then cut two shapes from sheet plastic: the fuselage profile, then the floor outline. Both formed a keel that I used for reconstruction. The constant-diameter sections of the kit fuselage formed the basis of much of the fuselage, though I had to sand and reshape as appropriate to get the correct profile (it's a little slab-sided from the kit). The aft fuselage required some resectioning to fit the Boeing outlines. The forward fuselage is pretty much all new-build: with plastic outlines in the shape of the fuselage sections, then filled between with plastic and then final shape with Apoxie Sculpt. The rest is a lot of sanding and artistic judgment.

      The tail is still in progress. The intake had to be lengthened a little bit and the fairing beneath had to be lengthened and reshaped a little. The leading edge and top of the tail also needed reshaping. More work is to come. I haven't even begun work on the wings and tailplanes, let alone the engines, but all will need work. But reworking the fuselage, which has a lot of "we're working in 1962 from artists' renderings so we can get the kit on the market first," is much of the project.

      Monogram got much of Aurora's tooling and some of the airliners were reissued in Monogram boxes. The ones I remember were the 727 (in TWA colors), the 747 (Pan Am), the DC-10 (American), and the 737 (United Saul Bass colors). Monogram made some improvements - that's how the 727 got its flap track fairings - but I don't recall the stands being in the Monogram reissues. They wouldn't have fit in the smaller boxes Monogram used, anyway. (I have a Monogram DC-10 upstairs awaiting a build; it too has a childhood story behind it that, like most of my childhood stories, is too boring to share here). I have two DC-9s and two 737s, but the 737s will remain unbuilt, since my BPK kit awaits its return to the bench.

      The story Jennings tells is somewhat akin to my own: when I was a kid, my paternal grandmother would go to California each summer to visit family that had moved there. When Southern Airways retired the Martin 404s and thus discontinued passenger service from our county airport, my family had to take her to Greenville-Spartanburg for departure and then pick her up when she came back. She always flew Eastern. That's how it started for me. I was fascinated by the green and blue stripe, by that logo, and by that scary-looking EASTERN lettering (extended sans-serif always looked kind of scary to me, especially that snakelike "S"). I have so many memories of watching Eastern 727s and DC-9s from back then, and that scene on the Aurora boxtop is so much like memories of being at GSP and watching my grandmother go out to the plane, then watching the cabin door close and the airstair fold itself up. I loved airliners already, but I wanted so much to be an Eastern pilot when I grew up. I think you know how that story ended. So it goes.

      The fuselage is in primer now, with final shape refinements underway. More to come...soon, I hope!

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      Post #79786, posted on 01-09-2022 GMT-5 hours    
      That KMart line brought back some memories! I can’t remember which of the Aurora models it was, but the price was more than I had in my pocket. I very carefully removed a price tag/sticker from a model I could afford (probably a car) and put it on the airliner I had to have. I did a great job of switching them, and brought my plane home! Other than speeding, that is probably my worst crime ever! It’s shoplifting with intent to pay… oh well, it was 40 some years ago. Sorry KMart.

      I don’t always say “Proceed as requested”
      But when I do, it is because I have no clue what you just said.

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      Post #79792, posted on 01-09-2022 GMT-5 hours    
      Does anyone know if the scheme depicted on the boxtop above survived into the application of the bicentennial badges, or had they gone to the bare metal rudder and rear fuselage by that time?

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      Post #79793, posted on 01-09-2022 GMT-5 hours    
      Most of Eastern's 727s appear to have gone to the bare metal rear fuselage/rudder by the mid-1970s, perhaps to help deal with the heavy sooting of the sort you see on the box top. On some the metal belly stayed at the original location; on others it came up to the vicinity of the lobe crease, and there seemed to be no hard and fast rule.

      On the other hand, check out N8135N in 1983-84:

      https://www.jetphotos.com/photo/6499776
      https://www.airliners.net/photo/Eastern-Air-Lines/Boeing-727-25/994040

      Perhaps a quick repaint after return from a lease?

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      Post #79794, posted on 01-09-2022 GMT-5 hours    
      Thanks for the explanation and the interesting photos.

      Gene

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      Post #79811, posted on 01-11-2022 GMT-5 hours    
      Re: Aurora stands I emailed Atlantis. Got a quick reply back asking for a photo of a stand and a note that they had not located the tooling for them.

      I did send a photo of one of mine. If more people want the stands you could always email Atlantis with more requests.

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      Post #79812, posted on 01-11-2022 GMT-5 hours    
      Wow, that's quite a lot of rework! Well done so far, the nose shape looks very 727.

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      Post #79813, posted on 01-11-2022 GMT-5 hours    
      Congrats Jodie Peeler on your project and your memories attached to it.
      My father was a commercial pilot from the 40s to the 70s and I was inspired into aviation early on. But, it was the the Aurora airliners "warts and all" that were hands on ignitors in imagination and dreams inspiring me to an ultimate 40+ year aviation career.
      I still have projects with them in mind to get to someday. Your efforts at exactness are awesome and inspiring. At my stage of building, I am currently content with the finest clean and detailed build that can be done with existing molds, aside from their blatant inaccuracies.
      Kudos!

      Have a great day!
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      Post #79835, posted on 01-14-2022 GMT-5 hours    
      "It's been a week," you've no doubt not been saying. "When is that crazy Jodie going to post a progress report?"

      In primer now. Fuselage is almost done:


      Much of the effort's been on the tail. Lots of Apoxie Sculpt to reshape the tail canoe (which still needs a little subtle work). Rudder lines have been filled and rescribed, which makes things look much better. Also a start on improving the hot section.


      With the fuselage almost done, work on the wings is coming soon. That'll be a hoot.

      Thanks to all of you for the encouragement!

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      Post #79838, posted on 01-15-2022 GMT-5 hours    
      From a sow’s ear, a silk purse is being made right before your eyes!

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      Post #79839, posted on 01-15-2022 GMT-5 hours    
      Looking good!

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      Post #79841, posted on 01-15-2022 GMT-5 hours    
      Looking Fantastic Jodie

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      Post #79860, posted on 01-16-2022 GMT-5 hours    
      Per the latest Newsletter from Atlantis. B-727 will be back as a Kit # 6005 in new colors.

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      Post #79927, posted on 01-22-2022 GMT-5 hours    
      Time again for another installment, because you've no doubt been wondering "what's that nutcase done now?"

      The big happy news this week is that, thanks to Gene Jacobi, the model now has a genuine Aurora stand to sit on, once it's done. Just a little refurbishment and it's good as new. Thanks, Gene!



      With the fuselage (mostly) done, this week I began work on the wings and engines. I've done one engine and one wing as proof of concept before modifying the other unit, so you'll get some comparison shots. Let's start with the wing:



      Here's the (mostly) unmodified port wing with the modified starboard wing. According to my drawings, the wing needed about 3 mm trimmed off at the root and a significant reduction/reshape at the tip, so I mapped everything out and made the appropriate cuts. That wasn't all; the wings were too thick just about all the way through, and the control surface scribing wasn't up to par. That's not to mention the flap track fairings were...not good.

      To make a long story short, all the scribed lines were filled with CA, sanded down, and rescribed once all the reshaping work was done. I made the cut at the root, then modified the mounting tab to fit inside the wing, both to give the wing some structure and to provide a way to keep the wing on the airplane once it's done. (Which helps.) The wing thickness required not only block sanding, but I ended up cutting away part of the lower half's leading edge to get things plausibly thin. Everything got super glue to hold it in place. I could never get happy with the wingtip shape so I finally cut the proper shape from sheet brass and inserted it into a slot cut into the wingtip. After that, a lot of Apoxie Sculpt and sanding did the rest. I've also added the fairing at the wing root in front of the gear well, and a couple small fairings on the trailing edge. You can also see the slot I've cut for the new leading edge fence.



      The flap fairings were in the wrong locations and were the wrong shape. They were carefully sawed off, and the holes left in the wings were patched with sheet plastic and CA.



      Here, I cheated. I've been using an unassembled 1:144 Authentic Airliners 727-100 kit as a pattern of sorts, and as a check against the drawings I've been using (which, although good, don't always reflect the real airplane's features). To get a better shape for the flap fairings, I put the AA flap fairings on my copier/printer and enlarged them to 1:100, and that gave me a pattern to work from. The two inboard fairings are scratchbuilt from laminated sheet. The two outboard fairings are the kit items, reshaped and repositioned. With everything in place, now I can hunt down little blemishes and gaps and get those filled, get any last rescribing done, and then do it all over again on the port side.



      Now to the engines, which were more salvageable than I thought. Lots of sanding and reshaping - fortunately, the plastic is thick enough to handle it. Since the engine needs to come off the pylon for reshaping, anyway, it's easy to add the .040" or so to widen the pylon.



      Both ends of the engine got brass liners. The intake got a cut-down Hasegawa DC-10 fan disk with a new, appropriately-shaped spinner. The exhaust got a blanking plate, since it'll be painted black inside anyway. After assembly, more sanding, and then Apoxie Sculpt to fill the gap on the bottom, and then more sanding. Once I was happy with everything, the pylon and engine were reunited, and await final sanding and addition of the hot section fairing and other details. Then I get to do it all again on the other side.

      All this has been a lot of work in service of a 42-year quest. Even little Gilda is concerned. "Mom? We need to talk."



      An intervention may be in the offing soon, and my next post may well be from within the care of the South Carolina Home For The Bewildered. Stay tuned!

      Jodie Peeler

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      Post #79928, posted on 01-22-2022 GMT-5 hours    
      Wow! Looks fantastic. Great job, Jodie!

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      Post #79930, posted on 01-22-2022 GMT-5 hours    
      Great work Jodie, and you're welcome.

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      Post #79949, posted on 01-24-2022 GMT-5 hours    
      Great work, that's progressing quickly! Gilda's concern is relatable to my cats, they won't let me go into the modeling room for more than 5 minutes before they yowl at the door and insist on looking on the workbench as I sniff glue.

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      Post #79964, posted on 01-26-2022 GMT-5 hours    
      Yes WOW is my first reaction :-)

      Unbelievable is another thought that comes to mind. We are all rooting for you. Way more courage than I think I'll ever have.

      Go, Go, Go......

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      Post #79967, posted on 01-27-2022 GMT-5 hours    
      Hello Jodie!

      Your perfectionist ways are truly transforming that kit into something very special.....and I can't wait to see the result!

      Best regards,
      Jeff Jarvis

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