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Which decals?

Allegheny Airlines
3 (42.9%)
U.S. Airways
4 (57.1%)

Total Members Voted: 6

Voting closed: March 18, 2012, 07:33:29 PM

Author Topic: Convair CV 480/580 project  (Read 9422 times)

Offline Brian da Basher

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Convair CV 480/580 project
« on: March 16, 2012, 04:46:06 AM »
Next on my bench will be the (im)famous Testor's box-scale Convair C-131.



Mine will be the civilian version, the CV480, but with slight modifications.

I've been wanting to do this one for a while, but the kit is so basic it makes you laugh (then cry). For starters, I don't think there's any clear parts...

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« Last Edit: March 16, 2012, 07:37:46 PM by Brian da Basher »

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Re: Convair project
« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2012, 06:18:25 AM »
This will be interesting to watch, I've got a 1/72 kit of one to do sometime too -- a RCAF Cosmopolitan
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Re: Convair project
« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2012, 06:41:52 AM »
For a moment, I thought you meant the original design for the F-102, you know, the one with the rocket/ramjet propulsion...

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Re: Convair project
« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2012, 05:10:03 PM »
Looking good Brian

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Re: Convair CV 480/580 project
« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2012, 07:29:15 PM »
Before I start, I have to sort out the decal options. This is because I need to paint the fuselage prior to filling in the windows with glue. I've got two options:

Allegheny Airlines "real world" livery by Draw Decal:



or U.S. Airways "blue fuse" livery never seen on this aircraft:



Please vote in the poll at the top of the page! Thank you!

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« Last Edit: March 16, 2012, 07:41:19 PM by Brian da Basher »

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Re: Convair CV 480/580 project
« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2012, 12:08:28 AM »
I like the allegheny scheme, but you know you gotta go with what makes you happy  ;)   By the way, you are a building monster lately, lots of good stuff! :)
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Re: Convair CV 480/580 project
« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2012, 01:53:09 AM »
Uh oh 50/50 so far  ;)
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Re: Convair CV 480/580 project
« Reply #7 on: March 18, 2012, 10:17:42 PM »
Go with a combo of both liveries?
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Re: Convair CV 480/580 project
« Reply #8 on: March 24, 2012, 08:15:28 PM »
Oddly enough, Mr Howling Mouse, I have a sheet like that from Two-Six:



Slated for another project, though.

Today I bring you the worst of perversions:



Airplane bondage!

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It took me all week to get this far. Monday I painted the gray on the lower fuselage, wings & engines. Tuesday it was the blue on the upper fuselage. Wednesday I did a little touch-up work and painted the horizontal stabs and props. Thursday I filled in the windows with Elmer's Glue. The glue was finally dry enough this morning for me to paint the windows on the inside and button up the fuselage.

It's all downhill from here (riiight).

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Re: Convair CV 480/580 project
« Reply #9 on: March 26, 2012, 04:25:43 PM »
Very good

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Re: Convair CV 480/580 project
« Reply #10 on: March 26, 2012, 05:30:54 PM »
Gee Brian - doing impressive job.  Howz this work?  Windows are filled with white Elmers glue?  Then you paint windows on inside?
Use same color for windows as is on lower fuselage?
Is going to look hardcore 1950s.

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Re: Convair CV 480/580 project
« Reply #11 on: March 28, 2012, 03:32:31 AM »
Gee Brian - doing impressive job.  Howz this work?  Windows are filled with white Elmers glue?  Then you paint windows on inside?
Use same color for windows as is on lower fuselage?
Is going to look hardcore 1950s.

I'm glad you like it! The windows are actually painted a shade darker (MM Dark Ghost Gray)than the lower fuse (MM Gray Primer). The Elmer's trick is simple, but the results can be on the fragile side. Something to keep in mind when handling the model.

The plan is to apply fuselage stripes before attaching the wings. Hope to have an update in the next day or so.

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Re: Convair CV 480/580 project
« Reply #12 on: March 29, 2012, 04:54:22 PM »
It turned out I had a little more touch-up painting to do yesterday. I wanted to give the paint a good 24 hours to dry before putting decals on. Hopefully I'll start on the decals later today.

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Re: Convair CV 480/580 project
« Reply #13 on: March 29, 2012, 07:00:20 PM »
Looking forward to see it

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Re: Convair CV 480/580 project
« Reply #14 on: April 14, 2012, 10:08:26 PM »
Well I had even more painting to do (forgot the nose), but I managed to take some pics before moving on to the decals.









I'm not sure why the paintjob looks so patchy in these shots. It's a lot more uniform seen in person.

More to follow.

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Re: Convair CV 480/580 project
« Reply #15 on: April 14, 2012, 10:15:57 PM »
This project took longer than expected, but I'm pleased with the results. While U.S. Airways never flew the CV-480/580, their forerunner, Allegheny did. I only did some small mods to the kit. Instead of using the kit's engine decals, I opted to attach props left over from a 1/72 He-219 with the blades clipped to size and add a couple of air scoops to the engine nacelles.









More pics to follow.

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Re: Convair CV 480/580 project
« Reply #16 on: April 14, 2012, 10:19:32 PM »
While this Testor's kit is hardly state-of-the-art, I hope this project will help others see that these old kits are definitely worth building. The only other option for a small-scale CV-480 is a resin kit which runs about then times what I paid for this oldie-but-goodie.









I had a good time building this model and participating in this GB! I hope we see more completed entries as we approach the deadline.

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Re: Convair CV 480/580 project
« Reply #17 on: April 14, 2012, 10:31:08 PM »
Very good

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Re: Convair project
« Reply #18 on: April 15, 2012, 12:40:27 AM »
This will be interesting to watch, I've got a 1/72 kit of one to do sometime too -- a RCAF Cosmopolitan

What kit is that?? I want one!
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Re: Convair project
« Reply #19 on: April 15, 2012, 01:10:00 AM »
This will be interesting to watch, I've got a 1/72 kit of one to do sometime too -- a RCAF Cosmopolitan


What kit is that?? I want one!


This one, it's a multi-media kit.

http://www.welshmodels.co.uk/PM008.html

From what I gather, this line of kits that Welsh Models cast, form and sell, are mastered by someone else who goes by the name Proteus Models.  There's a lot of variants for sale too, apart from this one.

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Re: Convair CV 480/580 project
« Reply #20 on: April 15, 2012, 03:42:56 AM »
That looks great Brian.  Love the engines - they somehow look more powerful with the different spinners.
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Re: Convair CV 480/580 project
« Reply #21 on: April 16, 2012, 11:43:25 PM »
Love that dark blue!  Did you just change the spinners?  At first I thought you made it a turbo prop.
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Re: Convair CV 480/580 project
« Reply #22 on: April 17, 2012, 02:42:12 AM »
Love that dark blue!  Did you just change the spinners?  At first I thought you made it a turbo prop.

You've got a good eye, Cliffy! While I swapped out the kit props with those from an He-219 (which has the spinner already molded on), once you square off the tips of the 219's prop blades, the blades of both are close in size.

The way the blue photographed and I think with the next blue scheme I'll lay down some dark gray primer first and see if that helps. One good thing about this project is that it has me putting more thought into the paintwork.

Brian da Basher