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Minicraft's 1/144 scale
Boeing 737-300

by Mick Capell


Simpson's Boeing 737-300


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This kit provides three firsts for me:

  • First civil aircraft attempted

  • First model on the net, and

  • First time using Hannants' Xtracolor enamels

The kit is the Minicraft 737-300 and the decals are from Sky Decals (SKY14034).



The paints used were X316 (Simpson's Yellow), X137 (Thrifty Blue) and Alclad Polished Aluminium.

Normally I build WWI biplanes so I was grateful that the kit went together quickly and without any problems. By folding a piece of paper and slotting it through the fuselage wing slots ( very hi-tech) I was able to safely hold the airplane while it was painted.

The yellow was sprayed on a low compressor pressure and thinned to a mixture of 50 percent thinner. Using my trusty Paasche airbrush, several light coats were applied over a couple of hours then left overnight to dry.



The next day an anti static cloth was used to polish the model up and prepare it for the decals.

The wings and engines were built and painted separately and at this point I discovered that Xtracolor was a great base coat for spraying Alclad.

I am one modeller who will be saying goodbye to acrylics as I found these paints to dry to a rock hard, shiny finish and cleaned up very easily.



I know that we don't see a lot of airliners on HyperScale but I hope that you will enjoy seeing this unusual model as much as I enjoyed building it.


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Text and Model Copyright 2004 by Mick Capell
Images Copyright 2004 by Jay Laverty
Page Created 06 December, 2004
Last Updated 06 December, 2004

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