Handcrafted parts from solid perspex and steel wire for fine detail ... BEL-AIR MODELS are durable collector items. Years of experience in crisp detailing and fine airbrush techniques, not in the least the distinct clear windows, make them stand out in every collection.
The production of a model
The modeling process starts at the drawing board. A side, top and front view is drawn in scale 1:36 to provide best accuracy for the eventual smaller scale of the model. Side and top view coordinates of the fuselage are entered into a computer-controlled milling machine and a first square form is cut in a block of perspex. Likewise the exact dihedral and wing plan form is cut. Tailplanes and further small parts are sawn by hand.
From these basic square forms the actual modeling starts. Each part is filed and sanded to its final correct shape. This needs to be done with care and ultimate accuracy; any correction by use of putty is out of the question because of the clear windows. After adding surface detail and polishing window areas to full transparency, the fuselage, wing(s) and tailplanes are assembled.
Now the model is ready for airbrushing. Masks for the windows are cut out and put in place; then the model is put on a stand to receive a first layer of primer. After a night of drying the color scheme is applied by a three-stage transparent airbrush technique.
The model is completed with remaining details such as wing struts, landing gear and antennas. Decals are carefully put in place and the model receives a final gloss coating. After a final check the masks are removed to unveal the see-through windows; a very satisfying last job.
Photo: The Breguet 763 Provence model awaiting his first layer of primer. The fuselage is polished to transparancy, as are the wing fronts for the landing lights. The engine bays are casted to ensure perfect symmetry.
Each model is put on a BEL-AIR MODELS Swivel Stand© with a moveable rod to position the model to your liking. The base of the stand contains a plate naming type, serial number of the model and date of manufacture. Model and stand are accompanied with an Owner's Certificate specifying the model's exclusive data, signed by the manufacturer mr. Bob Dros.
Much care is spent to the packaging of your order and it is shipped with insurance.
Photo: The Fokker F.32 model on the BEL-AIR MODELS Swivel Stand©
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