747-8F / 747-400F – Working with the cargo holds (1) – Neo engines release date

Hello all,

After starting to make the first units of the LEAP-1A and A350 sharklets I was able to continue working on the B747-8F/-400F project.

I made the three basic parts that are inside the tail cone, these parts will be assembled directly inside the kit’s tail, so the rear wall, the ceiling and the floor are both glued together but not attached to the cone.

I also started the cargo holds, the aft hold. Everything is very tight, it really was luck that the thickness of the deck matched the ceiling of the cago hold (although I did an approximate calculation based on the cargo door), thus allowing the cargo containers to fit right in. There is still a lot of work to do on the cargo holds, the most difficult will be to match both cargo hold sides, this is something that I am already doing on the other half of the fuselage.

I’ve been taking a look at how many containers does fit in the real aircraft, and I am afraid that because of the belly design of the Revell kit and the way I separated the three sections of the deck, there will not be as much space as the real aircraft, however, there is no space to see further than the current walls when viewing from outside anyway.
The model is not intended to be a cutaway model, so there are some things that I do not mind since my goal is to make the cargo set for a complete build, fully (or mostly) open but with the “outside view” idea.

Hope you guys see it promising, everything done so far is just pure base, plastic work and main structure design, there are no details yet, but I am really looking forward to start working on these.

Taking this chance with the update, I announce that the LEAP-1A engines, the A350 new sharklets and the new liveries will be available from May 10th, I need these ten days to finish a few things, make sure the instructions are correct, double check them, make the PE, print the decals etc.

Will give an update the next weekend with more info on this matter and with more progress on the cargo. I keep in mind the B737 cockpit, and I also keep in mind the new FMC15i cargo loader for which I keep designing its parts, but I just can’t do so much stuff simultaneously and I prefer to focus on current things at the moment 🙂

Wish you all a happy week!

Best wishes,
Guillem

LEAP-1A Engines finished

Hello all,

It has been a while since the last update, but I kept working on the LEAP-1A engines and I can finally say that they are finished.

At this moment I am doing minor adjustments to the photo etched and also including the two drains that goes underneath the engines.

I tried to represent what would be the Easyjet A320Neo engines since I also wanted to test the base white decals for the color decals that goes on top and also finetuned them after these engines were made.
The pylon decals are both photorealistic and vector following the same design of the real engines as close as I could make them. There are a couple decals that won’t have the backing white decal (top D shape panel line and the two panels at the rear cowling section) solely because when the engine is dark, these lines become unnoticeable on the real aircraft.

I hope you guys like them, it has been a bit long project for which I tried my very best to make them as accurate as possible and I am glad to see them finished.

From this point I will start with the production of the first units so once I have these a little bit more advanced, I will give a release date.

In the meanwhile I also kept working on the livery decals, China Southern A320Neo, Frontier N301FR/N308FR, I also include at release the same day the TAP A320Neo, Generic LEAP-1A A320Neo, and Thai AirAsia A320Neo, the other aircraft from the Airbus family, the Philippines Love Bus A350.
I may be working on a couple more A320Neo liveries while I am making the first units of the engines, all the new liveries will be released simultaneously at the same day of the engines and the A350 new sharklets+decal release date.

The photos of the LEAP-1A engines:

Best wishes,

Guillem

LEAP-1A Neo engines update

Hello all,

Apologies for the delay on updating the site. Last week has been a little bit busy with some things that I had to do, currently I am about to fully complete the LEAP-1A engines.

Although you can see them in a similar condition as the last update, this engine model was made from the two halves that have already been cut which are the parts that will be included in the set.

They are finished, but there are just a few things that have to be done prior the release, I will start making the first units during the next week. I currently started the photo etched parts which can be seen from the photos; the fanblades and spoiler supports, there are still other PE parts to make.

Decals are also another thing that have to be done, I couldn’t make them till now that I have the two engine parts assembled and thus can make the pylon decals.

I feel that I am way behind completing things but I am now fully focused on these projects. In the meanwhile I am also preparing new livery decals; Philippines “Lovebus” A350, A320Neo China Southern, A320Neo Frontier N301FR and N308FR, A320Neo TAP. I will be making a couple more for the A320Neo.

I am also preparing new A350 sharklets which will be released simultaneously when I release the LEAP engines, A350 new sharklets will include decals for all airlines, decals for these are now finished.

This week will be holiday but I will keep on progressing with the engines, although the main item is done, there are just few things that need to be completed.

Best wishes,
Guillem

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