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Triple Seven trio: Part 2 – finishing the models

2 Aug

3d paper plane models This arrangement can be seen on the prototype aircraft, but checking photographs of later aircraft I decided that that the entire leading edge is silver on these machines. The Xtradecal sheet instructions show the correct appearance, however, 1 have noticed variations in its thickness from livery to livery. Once again, you must check your references.For the liveries 1 matched colours either to colour photographs or to decals. Except for the American Airlines tail colour, I used Testor enamels almost exclusively and I thinned them with Aero Gloss thinner. Aero Gloss is made by Pactra for flying models, but I have found that it works very well with Testor paints, allowing them to airbrush extremely well for a shiny finish.

Painting the liveries

For the American Airlines tail colour I used 80 percent Model Master fight Gull Gray with 20 percent white.
For the British Airways fuselage colour I used Testor White, thinned, straight from the bottle. I thin Testor enamels about 25 percent with the Aero Gloss and spray in a light mist using about 20-psi pressure. For spraying large areas I use a Paasche H-l, while for detail work I use an Aztec with the appropriate tip.
The United grey colour is called Charcoal Gray by the carrier, and I mixed it using 55 percent Testor White, 40 percent Black and 5 percent Yellow. Alternatively, Welsh Models indicates that you can use F. S. 16376. 1 did not feel that this was dark enough, however.
The British Airways blue, which is known as World Blue, is available as X322 from Xtracolor. Not having that handy, I mixed it using 10 percent Testor Light Blue, 75 percent Dark Blue, and 15 percent Black. I matched it to the blue colour on the decal, so 1 feel it is pretty close.
For the lower portion of the United scheme, which is in Midnight Blue, Minicraft indicates that you can use Testor Blue Angles Blue, which I think might be pretty close. Not having that, I mixed mine using 80 percent Testor Dark Blue and 20 percent Black.
I painted the fuselage on the American aircraft with Testor Model Master Buffing Aluminum, buffed for a shinny finish with cotton and, for some panels, SnJ powder. I sealed it, and all of the other models, with Future Floor Finish.


The decals for the American Airlines model came from the Minicraft kit. They are made by Cartograph and went on easily. The decals for the United Airlines kit came from the Welsh Models kit. These are printed by Micro Scale and are excellent. 1 note that the Minicraft kit, which also has United decals, but by Cartograph, has a Boeing 777 inscription for the upper fuselage. 1 have never seen this on any United 777. The British Airways decals came from Xtradecal, sheet X44-02. They are perhaps a little thinner than the others and the large tail sections separated into about three pieces while still on the paper. I was careful to use warm purified water and lay and pressure the decal flat into the water, so there was no folding to cause the cracking. None of the other sections cracked either. In any event, with sufficient care, they went on without additional trouble and look excellent. I allowed them a couple of days to dry and then sealed all of them, again using Future.


There is actually quite a lot of reference material available for the Boeing 777, but for building the models I believe three items are pretty critical. These are Volume 24, Issue 9 (November 2002) of Scale Aircraft Modelling, which has a very good profile of virtually every production 111 at the time, including most of the British Airways ‘World’ schemes. As with most of the other books on the 777, Airliner Tech Volume 2 was published early in the aircraft’s development, so many of its photographs are of early production aircraft, or even other aircraft types. There are, however, some good detail shots of the landing gear and of the Pratt & Whitney engines and their pylons. Finally, Motorbooks’ Boeing 777 by Philip Birtles has a photograph of a 111 in the colours of virtually every carrier that had the aircraft in use when the book was published, as well as a fleet listing. Unfortunately, this does not include American Airlines or Delta, so if you are going to model an aircraft of either of these airlines you will want to find another source of pictures. It also does not have any photographs of the Union Flag scheme, and only one of the World scheme, all the rest being photographs of the Landor scheme. There are several websites that offer photographs of the aircraft in different liveries as well. A good one is www. airliners. net

Aftermarket parts and decals

Braza Models advertises a 1:144 resin fan conversion for the Rolls-Royce engine, presumably for the Welsh Models kit, since the Minicraft kit includes the British engines, lt also advertises a 777-300 conversion. This consists of two fuselage plugs, to go fore and aft of the wing. I have no idea of the current availability of these sets.
Although it is not as complete as the range available for some airliners, there is a pretty good selection of decals available for the
111. To note just a few, Liveries Unlimited has offered Saudi Arabian and Emirates schemes; MASP offers Varig and Saudi Arabian decals; Welsh Models has a Lauda sheet; Xtradecal, in addition to the Llnion Flag sheet I used, also offers the earlier Landor scheme; Flying Colors has an Alitalia set, as well as Kuwait Airways, Continental, and Korean Air markings in its offerings; and F-DCAL has several of the British Airways schemes, along with Pakistan International Airlines; Platz offers )AL decals, as well as an etched metal detail set; and Brazil Decals has Air France and Air China, as well as )AL decals
Additionally, of late, Minicraft has got pretty strongly on the kit re-release bandwagon and released several versions of the
111 with different markings. These include, in addition to the American version I modelled, United, Delta, and Continental boxings. In a recent catalogue there was also a ‘flights of fancy’ version advertised, which had markings for a Pan American 777 and a PSA 777; not my taste, but sure to appeal to some. I believe most of these are, or will be, available from Hannants, at www. han-nants. co. uk, while in the US, most of the kits are available at Squadron Shop, www. squadron. com. My decals and conversion kits, however, I typically get from Hannants, although there is a range of outlets available for all these products.
All together these three
111 models involved some pretty serious work, but they make really nice additions to my airliner collection.

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