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Antonov AN-124

1/144th Scale Revell Kit

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Antonov AN-124

Antonov AN-124

Back in early 2008, the club announced the theme for that years stand display at Telford, 1/144th scale civilian aircraft. So on this club night, there was a selection of kits from various manufacturers and this model took my fancy. Mine you, the AN-124 is one of my favourite aircrafts and I like a challange too. Then I was took that we also had to do an article on the model for SAM too. So two new firsts for me, a large 1/144th scale kit and writing an artilcle. What was I thinking?

I knew before I opened the box, this model was big, 50cms by 47.8cms is a big model in this scale. To put it into perspective, it's about the same size as a 1/72nd scale HP Victor. That did not bother me and then I saw the decal sheet, nearly the same size as the box with hundreds of little decals on it.

Building this monster was in the end an enjoyable experience, even with all those decals to be applied. Revell give five build options in this kit, in flight, landed, rear doors open, nose open and kneeling or both of the last two together. I chose this option with it in the HeavyLift-VolgaDnepr livery. So off to search around the internet for research photographs of this actual aircraft, of which I found plenty.

After building and painting this beauty, I waited a couple of months before starting on the decals. On this model, there is in excess of 700 decals on it. On each of the main wings I applied 258 decals on them, so over 500 there alone. I know some modellers will not apply all of these decals, but it is worth it in the end. The panel lines were enhanced by using Promodellers dark dirt wash then finished off with some Johnsons "Klear" mixed with Tamiya Base Coat.

For my full build details on this model, look for the article I did in the April 2009 issue of SAM.

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