Last flight of the Concorde - the Airfix 1:114 with LED effects in 1970s travel-agent chic
To my mind, Concorde was the pinnacle of our quest to conquer the sky. Sure, I much prefer to travel on a modern Airbus, but it doesn’t have the same romance.
This is a simple build of the Airfix 1:144 Concorde Gift Set commemorating its retirement from service.
The kits is actually very simple build, and does show its age a bit (flashy, minimal details, some poor fit). But it achieves the most important thing - captures the wing geometry beautifully.
Although I had the “gift set” boxing with Humbrol paint cups, I didn’t use them.
The pain is mostly Mr Hobby Aqueous H1 gloss white, with some black detail with Vallejo 70.950 black.
A simple LED circuit powered from a 12V adapter (because I had some spare 12V LED strip):
- each engine has two 5mm Red LEDs in series with 560Ω.
- the 12V LED strip mounted inside the passenger cabin
Where did the pics go? Seems like I neglected to photo the early stages of the build.
Installing the LEDs in the engine pods..
Half a styrene ball forms the stylised globe - I’m going for a 1970’s travel agent chic feel.
With power applied…
The kit captures the wing geometry beautifully (for all its other faults).
I have it flying over my desk now;-)