Revell AG's 1/144 scale
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I shall not elaborate much here on the history of the Pepsi Concorde,
other than it was painted up in 1996 as part of the Pepsi Corps new
$500M US promotion effort. The airframe, F-BTSD, was signed with Air
France to be painted up in this scheme.
A total of 16 flights were flown in this paint scheme before the
aircraft was returned to its Air France operational colours. For more
This is the Revell AG 1/144 Concorde kit. It is a fairly nice model
with decent recessed panel details and polished molding with no pebbly
surface imperfections. Nevertheless, my copy had a number of sink marks
over and under the wing halves that required filling, which don't seem
to appear on other copies of the kit. The shape of the forward
windscreen and nose were wrong. Trailing edges of the flying surfaces
required thinning, as would be for most models of this scale. By far the
biggest disappointment of this kit is the lack of intake and exhaust
ducts. I had to scratch build these with plastics and fillers, which
weren't exactly pleasing to endeavour upon. Aside from such, the kit
suffers from no other major pitfalls. Take heed joining the upper and
lower wing halves so no steps result.
The kit was built in flight condition. The fit of the gear bay doors was
straightforward with minimal filling and some rescribing. A clear
plastic piece replaced the tail light. Antennas and cable ducts were
replaced and/or scratch built with styrene pieces, as well as the
replacement pitot tube. A stand I had lying around was adapted for the
project, and a mount was built into the kit fuselage structure to
accommodate the fitting. If there was any other modification, I honestly
can't recall at the moment.
The paint was custom mixed blue curtailed to the colour on the decal.
The model was sprayed with Tamiya white primer and let dry before
sanding. I would elect grey primer first next time before the white
primer coat, reason being the latter was too light as to allow light
through the wings and exposing the grey putty pattern that was
impossible to hide thence. The tail pattern was masked with the decal as
a template, and sprayed in the order of white, red and blue before touch
Decals were applied as per instruction with additional stencils taken
from the kit decal sheet. If I were to attempt another Pepsi Concorde,
I'd obtain two sheets of the Flightline decal as the underlying colours
were bleeding through. I had to mask and respray over the white 'Pepsi'
logos on the sides as a result of.
Much thanks to Mr. Robert Dippi on AirlinerModelling for offering his
set of Flightline Pepsi Concorde decals, without which this project
probably would not have been completed on time.
This project is dedicated to a friend.
Click on the thumbnails
below to view larger images:
|The Concorde Story
Author: Christopher Orlebar
US Price: $29.95
UK Price: £19.99
May 20, 2004
Details: Hardback; 232 pages; ISBN:
Model, Images and Text Copyright ©
2004 by John Chung
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12 April, 2004
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