Author Topic: Airbus A350-900 "Sabena"  (Read 7903 times)

Offline nils

  • 1/144 addict
  • Za Rodina!!!
Airbus A350-900 "Sabena"
« on: July 23, 2014, 06:59:29 PM »
ok, im gonna jump into this GB with a little project ive been preparing for some time now.
it was a little dissapointing when SABENA, the Belgian national airline, went bankrupt in 2001 following a corruption, so as a tribute to this once great airline and symbol of national pride, im going to ressurect the airline in model form  :)

the kit im gonna use, is Revell's new Airbus A350-900 XWB. decals will be homemade.
i was planning on ordering new decals from daco, but unfortunatly these were no longer available.

in an anternate history, Sabena would have bought 4 or 5 of these aircraft to replace the A340-200 (3) and A340-300 (2) in the fleet. but being 13 years later, im gonna use a new logo, the one the Sabena Flight Academy uses today.

on the bench:
-various models

on the drawing board:
-various 1/72 TinTin aircraft
-1/72 Eurocopter Tiger (Belgian Army)
-various other 1/72 and 1/144 aircraft

Offline GTX_Admin

  • Evil Administrator bent on taking over the Universe!
  • Administrator - Yep, I'm the one to blame for this place.
  • Whiffing Demi-God!
    • Beyond the Sprues
Re: Airbus A350-900 "Sabena"
« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2014, 03:31:28 AM »
Good idea.
All hail the God of Frustration!!!

You can't outrun Death forever.
But you can make the Bastard work for it.

Offline nils

  • 1/144 addict
  • Za Rodina!!!
Re: Airbus A350-900 "Sabena"
« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2014, 05:14:05 AM »
i started on the hardest part first, the tail. i going with blue in a streamline patern, because all-white is boring  :icon_sleep:




i found this scheme on Google, im going to base it arround this   8)

on the bench:
-various models

on the drawing board:
-various 1/72 TinTin aircraft
-1/72 Eurocopter Tiger (Belgian Army)
-various other 1/72 and 1/144 aircraft

Offline apophenia

  • Patterns? What patterns?
Re: Airbus A350-900 "Sabena"
« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2014, 06:03:11 AM »
Excellent approach, Nils!  I love the resurrected Sabena concept  :)
"I dared to ask for sunshine, and I got World War three
I'm looking over the wall and they're looking at me!"

Offline kitnut617

  • Measures the actual aircraft before modelling it...we have the photographic evidence.
  • I'd rather be dirtbike riding
Re: Airbus A350-900 "Sabena"
« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2014, 07:29:17 AM »
Hmm! what shade of blue is that Nils ?

Offline nils

  • 1/144 addict
  • Za Rodina!!!
Re: Airbus A350-900 "Sabena"
« Reply #5 on: July 24, 2014, 03:21:41 PM »
Hmm! what shade of blue is that Nils ?

i dont know, im using Revell 52 (Gloss Blue) as it appears to be similar.
on the bench:
-various models

on the drawing board:
-various 1/72 TinTin aircraft
-1/72 Eurocopter Tiger (Belgian Army)
-various other 1/72 and 1/144 aircraft

Offline kitnut617

  • Measures the actual aircraft before modelling it...we have the photographic evidence.
  • I'd rather be dirtbike riding
Re: Airbus A350-900 "Sabena"
« Reply #6 on: July 24, 2014, 09:07:16 PM »
Hmm! what shade of blue is that Nils ?

i dont know, im using Revell 52 (Gloss Blue) as it appears to be similar.

Actually that's what I wanted to know  ;)  thanks

Offline nils

  • 1/144 addict
  • Za Rodina!!!
Re: Airbus A350-900 "Sabena"
« Reply #7 on: July 25, 2014, 07:43:13 PM »
Update:

cockpit fitted, fuselage halves met.  8)
i decided to build it wheels-up on a display stand, as a desktop model.



first decals on the tail   :)

on the bench:
-various models

on the drawing board:
-various 1/72 TinTin aircraft
-1/72 Eurocopter Tiger (Belgian Army)
-various other 1/72 and 1/144 aircraft

Offline Dr. YoKai

  • Was in High School when mastadons roamed the plains...
  • A notorious curmudgeon who is partial to...hemp!
Re: Airbus A350-900 "Sabena"
« Reply #8 on: July 28, 2014, 08:03:57 AM »
 Coming along nicely! Nice looking livery, too.

Offline nils

  • 1/144 addict
  • Za Rodina!!!
Re: Airbus A350-900 "Sabena"
« Reply #9 on: July 28, 2014, 08:47:54 PM »
time for an update :)

i just finished applying a 2 layers of gloss-white (first one on last night, second one just applied this afternoon).
im gonna wait and see if the coating is sufficient, or a third thin coat would be needed.
white is always such as a pain to paint, even if the plastic is already white, the best way to do this was to thin the paint as much as possible (but not to much, otherwise the thinner might caose the first layer to chip)

so far, no chipping.

when its dry, and the cover is good everywhere, i will start on decals.



meanwhite, work has also started on the wings.
the tailplanes have already recieved 2 coats of paint.
once dry, they will be tapes of and the edges will be painted with metallic aluminium.




ive also finished the main assembly of the wings (without the engines). these have already recieved a first layer of grey, but i still need to do the wingtips. im thinking painting these blue  8)

as for the engine nacelles, im thinking either white with the new sabena logo (same as on the tail), or Blue, with the old sabena logo (for nostalgic purposes, i still have some Sobelair decals left from a revell 737-800, thought these would go nicely)

on the bench:
-various models

on the drawing board:
-various 1/72 TinTin aircraft
-1/72 Eurocopter Tiger (Belgian Army)
-various other 1/72 and 1/144 aircraft

Offline Brian da Basher

  • He has an unnatural attraction to Spats...and a growing fascination with airships!
  • Holding Pattern
  • *
  • Hulk smash, Brian bash
Re: Airbus A350-900 "Sabena"
« Reply #10 on: July 29, 2014, 03:54:39 AM »
That's really coming along great, Nils!

It's a treat to see this Aribus in that lovely Sabena livery!

Brian da Basher

Offline nils

  • 1/144 addict
  • Za Rodina!!!
Re: Airbus A350-900 "Sabena"
« Reply #11 on: July 29, 2014, 10:18:55 PM »
UPDATE:

this morning, the white paint was dry, and ive seen it covered up pretty good, although some parts were quite thickly covered.
so this afternoon, i started work on the fuselage decals. the large grey Sabena titles were a bit difficult to apply, due to they're size they were prone to curling up, but after a good roll/pet down, they came out alright  8)

all the decals have now been applied, and a re sealed in in a high-gloss finish, but i might have to give it a second gloss coat.
next up, im gonna start on the engines and wings. i already given the wings a think coat of clear, to make the surface smooth for decals.
i still need to mask off the slats, and paint the forward edges in metallic aluminium.

pictures to follow tonight  ;)
on the bench:
-various models

on the drawing board:
-various 1/72 TinTin aircraft
-1/72 Eurocopter Tiger (Belgian Army)
-various other 1/72 and 1/144 aircraft

Offline nils

  • 1/144 addict
  • Za Rodina!!!
Re: Airbus A350-900 "Sabena"
« Reply #12 on: July 30, 2014, 01:59:47 AM »
as promised, a little preview picture :)

on the bench:
-various models

on the drawing board:
-various 1/72 TinTin aircraft
-1/72 Eurocopter Tiger (Belgian Army)
-various other 1/72 and 1/144 aircraft

Offline Old Wombat

  • "We'll see when I've finished whether I'm showing off or simply embarrassing myself."
  • "Define 'interesting'?"
Re: Airbus A350-900 "Sabena"
« Reply #13 on: July 30, 2014, 06:44:39 AM »
Looking very nice there, Nils! :)
"This is the Captain. We have a little problem with our engine sequence, so we may experience some slight turbulence and, ah, explode."

Offline nils

  • 1/144 addict
  • Za Rodina!!!
Re: Airbus A350-900 "Sabena"
« Reply #14 on: August 07, 2014, 04:41:45 AM »
FINISHED  8)

and conclusion of the kit itsself:

the revell Airbus A350 is a very good kit, everything falls to together very well, no warping or fitting-problems what so ever  :)
its a real joy to build, decals soak very quickly and show no signs of silvering, even the cockpit-frame decal fits perfectly, my hat goes of to the people at revell for making such a great kit  :D

Pictures:











on the bench:
-various models

on the drawing board:
-various 1/72 TinTin aircraft
-1/72 Eurocopter Tiger (Belgian Army)
-various other 1/72 and 1/144 aircraft

Offline Brian da Basher

  • He has an unnatural attraction to Spats...and a growing fascination with airships!
  • Holding Pattern
  • *
  • Hulk smash, Brian bash
Re: Airbus A350-900 "Sabena"
« Reply #15 on: August 07, 2014, 05:17:21 AM »
You finished that up very nicely, Nils!

I really like how the World Cup logo adds a splash of color!

Brian da Basher

Offline nils

  • 1/144 addict
  • Za Rodina!!!
Re: Airbus A350-900 "Sabena"
« Reply #16 on: August 07, 2014, 06:47:23 PM »
thanks  :)

ive uploaded the pictures to a second Photobucket account due to exceeded bandwith  ::)












on the bench:
-various models

on the drawing board:
-various 1/72 TinTin aircraft
-1/72 Eurocopter Tiger (Belgian Army)
-various other 1/72 and 1/144 aircraft

Offline GTX_Admin

  • Evil Administrator bent on taking over the Universe!
  • Administrator - Yep, I'm the one to blame for this place.
  • Whiffing Demi-God!
    • Beyond the Sprues
Re: Airbus A350-900 "Sabena"
« Reply #17 on: August 08, 2014, 02:53:58 AM »
 :)
All hail the God of Frustration!!!

You can't outrun Death forever.
But you can make the Bastard work for it.