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Airbus A400M Atlas

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Used from:2009–Now
Used by:Military
Manufacturer:EU Airbus
Model:A400M Atlas

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Project: A-400M
1:72 Airbus A400M "Grizzly" (Revell 04800)
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16. September, 07:49
Treehugger
Any special ideas for this build? :)
16. September, 08:49
16. September, 16:58
Reaper_lead
thanks! Nothing special planned so far. I think I'm going to stick with the "assumed" camo that revell provided for the german livery despite the fact that i can't find any reference material for any non-standard paint schemes. I'm not very partial to the standard gray.
22. September, 01:49
Reaper_lead
Ideas are always welcome though!
22. September, 01:50
Łukasz Gliński
Haven't seen interesting schemes for A400M, unless you include this one:
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22. September, 07:15
Ray Seppala
Nice start, I built one a couple of years ago as a RAF machine, unfortunately A400s are grey, grey or grey. Have seen some nice what-if camo ones in Belgian and RNAZAF markings. I have another to do in a very speculative scheme.
22. September, 11:05
Treehugger
Is it possible to glue on all the wheels after gluing the rest of the hull togehter, or must the wheels ideally be glued on early? I had some difficulty with with that, with the 1:144 kit.
10. October, 08:00
Reaper_lead
The instructions dictate that you glue gear and wheels after you close up the bays. It'll definitely require a little bit of maneuvering. I assume the gear construction is probably different from the 1:144 scale kit
10. October, 14:54
Ray Seppala
I might suggest replacing the axles with brass rod, they become fragile over time. And the gear units with wheels attached drop into the wells with a bit of fiddling.
10. October, 23:55
Reaper_lead added a new project.
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10. June, 22:26
Dave Flitton
Pictures?
10. June, 22:59
Reaper_lead
Added a few images. This is very much a side project, so progress will be slow
3. July, 23:08
Dave Flitton
Nice start!
6. July, 20:16
Nils Steyaert added a new photoalbum.
25. April, 09:47
Treehugger
Tip: The landing gear part is a little weird. You can't realistically glue on the wheels as separate parts, after gluing all the other stuff together, there is no room for it, or very difficult.
25. April, 13:23
Treehugger
Haah! Photo 3 seem to show the weird looking decal looks like the real thing (white bar with black dot on end).

It also looks like maybe I got the color correct on mine. I thought maybe it ought to be darker, but perhaps it is spot on (has to match with the not-that-dark-A400M decals).
30. April, 11:54
Erik De Smet
Ik wou die ook bouwen, maar de kit is niet meer te vinden en die op 1/72 is mij te groot. Succes ermee
6. May, 11:06
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30. April, 09:39
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30. October 2015, 13:13
Nils Steyaert
Update:

with the first A400M for Belgium now in the paintshop, i have started looking into serials & roundel decal designing to supplement the kit's stencil decals.

https://twitter.com/AirbusDefence/status/1253692736764612609

from what i can see, the font for the titles and serials would be an "RAF Type 1 font" (RAF_PW_ATH, download here bobsyouruncle.net/font-types.htm )

work is expected to begin as soon as my workbench is clear, should be soon. for the moment, im using the Luxembourg A400 as a reference, as this one will be operated in cooperation with the BAF.
25. April, 09:21
Nils Steyaert
update:

after seeing the new video from airbus, showing the completed Belgian A400M, ive noticed my design for the "Belgian Air Force" titles on the forward fuselage were too big. so i had to shrink them by another 5mm, making them about 32mm long in 144 scale, and those seem to fit alright. serials for the tail seem to be okay to me.

for paint, if i can believe the info from official documents, all A400M's are painted in FS 36173 (which converts to Humbrol 156).
5. May, 17:39
Chris Parsons added a new project.
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8. April, 02:12
Treehugger
Suggestions for other builders:
1) Consider doing something with the stabilizers/elevators, which connects to the tail, but actually has this flat surface. This flat surface is molded onto the tail, which doesn't look the best, it should be connected to the stabilizers/elevators.
2) Decal sheet has some obvious errors. Also the yellow prop warning on the hull is supposed to be angled to be parallel with the tilted engines for anyone in doubt.
3) I used a nose weight of 30g iirc, at the nose and around the cabin area at the front, the manual suggests 40g. Note: I had the loading ramp closed.
4) Try make sure you get all the four engines tilted properly, so don't sand off too much plastic here and there.
5) The decal sheet have dark grey "A400M" decals on it. It would be important to make the paint lighter than the darker decals. I couldn't figure out if the decals were too light in color or not compared to photos.
1. March, 21:03
Dave Flitton
Interesting information, thanks
1. March, 23:00
Treehugger
Also, I found out that, one can't glue on the wheels, if you already glued on all the other parts for the landing gear and also all the aircraft hull parts.

What would work, is gluing on the wheels + the next big part and put those two things into the landing gear bay.

Once can ofc glue it all together, but that would make painting the wheels tricky, unless you want to put masking tape all over each wheel, which seems tedious.
2. March, 09:54
Florian H.
thx for the info :)
2. March, 12:20
Treehugger added a new project.
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2. March, 11:14
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11. February, 21:40
Treehugger
Tip: If needing to sand the clear parts for the tiny windows, it is a very good idea to leave the small clear parts on a part of the sprue, and sand the backside with a metal file, and finish with a polish stick, quick and easy. Also much easier to hold in your fingers that way.
10. February, 13:10
Treehugger
Better watch out for those sink marks. Make sure you add some putty around all the windows and sand down before starting to add any primer. :|

I think my brain somehow ingnored them, maybe because my brain went "that can't be sink marks, not around all the windows, that would be silly, really around all the windows?". Or "I am already busy with those other sink marks over here, I will have to ignore this."
9. February, 09:42
wilky
Having worked in a plastic injection molding factory that's a result of not enough pressure in the shot.
Obviously the machine operator hasn't informed the die setter of the issue.
Poor quality control
Total lack of care about the finished product
9. February, 09:55
Treehugger
The issue seems to be where the plastic hull is at its thickest, because on the inside, more plastic is protruding. Would be nice to know if this is preventable, or not. It sounds like maybe it is preventable, by being more careful working with the injection mold machine (or maybe in the configuration of it).

The sink marks around all the windows aren't deep, but just enough deep to annoy.
9. February, 10:16
wilky
It'd be the pressure of the shot.
Low pressure means not enough material is in the mold space.
Plastic cools and shrinks. This is why it's happening where it's thicker.
Hopefully it was detected during the run and not all kits are the same
9. February, 10:42
Treehugger
Looking at the kit again I should correct myself. Six of ten windows have noticeable sink marks. I've already added primer and some color, but I think I will just bite it and sand off the paint and add the putty. :|

Thanks for the feedback. :)
9. February, 12:39
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Project: A400M
1:72 Airbus A400M "Grizzly" (Revell 04800)
3. February 2012, 17:43
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Eric Juvyns
Thx everyone :)
Markus, I build that rack many moons ago (must be 20 years old by now). I'm thinking of building a new and bigger one in the near future.
Dirk, I don't think you will see it at any contest. How do you transport such a beast??
11. March 2013, 10:16
Michel Huijghe
That's a pitty that you won't place it in contest. :)
11. March 2013, 11:52
stefan natus
Lovely work.
11. March 2013, 17:48
Dirk Heyer
@ Eric:
You asked me
How do you transport such a beast??

Easily answer: You sit down onto the wingcenter start the engines, take in the target next highway and drive to the expo!!! So easy it is.....
:)
11. March 2013, 18:37
PeterK
nice!
11. March 2013, 20:25
Ray Seppala
Great built with a fabulous colour scheme!
1. October 2013, 05:38
Es-haq Khosravi
Well Done!!!
1. October 2013, 10:28
Dave Flitton
Just found this! What an inspiration for building my own.
9. June 2019, 19:46
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9. June 2019, 18:48
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9. June 2019, 18:49
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Airbus A400M Grizzly
GB Military Royal Air Force (1918-now)
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GB Military Royal Air Force (1918-now)
 
25. October 2018, 10:25
Ekki
Watching,
31. October 2018, 19:20
Derek Huggett
Just picked up, brand new, at an absolute bargain price....O.M.G. - the size of the box is bad enough! ('That'll learn me!')
11. June 2018, 12:26
Łukasz Gliński
Congrats, the sheer size of the box still makes me refrain from buying one ;)
11. June 2018, 12:46
Derek Huggett
Very wise Lukasz...I doubt myself sometimes! :)
11. June 2018, 13:04
Gordon Sørensen
If its a bargain price, can you really say "No"? The bigger the box, the bigger the plastic goodnes!
11. June 2018, 18:46
Derek Huggett
Hi Gordon. "I'm just a guy who can't say no!" (to a bargain, anyway). Thanks for the support - 'plastic goodness' rules! 8)
11. June 2018, 20:38
Glenn .
Look at it this way.... There's a lot of Therapy in that box! It will keep you off the streets and keep you inside in the warm! But you might have to paint this thing outside though. :) Did they update the markings to include RAF decals? You might want that great aftermarket sheet from Turkey.

www.scalemates.com/kits/1030407-babibi-model-ddt-01020-airbus-a400m-atlas

1:72 Airbus A400M Atlas (Babibi model DDT-01020)
12. June 2018, 06:29
Derek Huggett
Glenn - You expect me to have room to build it as well?!!! (I am grinning from ear to ear as I write this! :) ) We are too similar my friend (modeller vs collector), but it is therapy all the same as you say (even if it is just a placebo effect!). Looks like a nice aftermarket decal sheet (no, this release of the kit doesn't have RAF markings), but do I really need to add more decals to my stash as well? Cheers! 8)
12. June 2018, 09:23
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29. May 2018, 09:42
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24. April 2018, 18:50
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7. March 2018, 14:31
Ed Froix
Very nice and clean, like the paint job
7. March 2018, 15:10
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20. July 2012, 16:08
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Stefan Woll
Hi,

Decals are all one The A-400. A lot of work. I needed the hole day but the quality is great !!!

So far, Stefan
7. October 2012, 18:51
Mike Kryza
Hi Stefan - ready next week?? Are you a quick-builder?? :-D
Looks now very good - but it seems to be really a big bird. Think you need a lot of color... ;) Go on...
7. October 2012, 18:57
Thomas Mayer
Stefan, in your opinion: is the metal landing gear "really" the better way to go? I am deeply in doubt about SAC because of the very soft metal they use...
22. May 2015, 14:28
Christian Ristits
Great build, definitely a like!
22. May 2015, 16:01
Stefan Woll
Hey Thomas,

sorry for my late answer. Hhm...I would say no, it it not necessary. If you change the plastic pen for the wheels to a metal pen, then it would be good enough.

@ Christian

Thank you for your comment. :)
17. July 2015, 13:25
Ray Seppala
Stefan, your build looks great. Thanks for all the detail with the build. Looks like there are few fit issues I need to watch out for when I start mine.
19. July 2015, 10:42
Stefan Woll
Hey Ray,

no problem. I hope that could help you with my photos.
4. August 2015, 13:31
Ray Seppala
Stefan, your pictures are very helpful. Did you post any pictures with the masking removed anywhere? ....Never mind! I found you other album. Looks great!
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5. August 2013, 13:19
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9. July 2013, 13:53
Gerald Willing
Really big bird :)
9. July 2013, 13:54
Holger Kranich
And obviously a nice one!
9. July 2013, 13:57
arron parry wants this item
6. July 2013, 21:48
arron parry
The RAF are calling theirs "ATLAS"
7. July 2013, 21:40
Jamie Anderson
Hi Arron if you are doing this one as a test aircraft check out my air tattoo pics from last year some good pics of a A4OOM on the ground and in the air
7. July 2013, 21:49
arron parry
Thanks mate, will do, still on the wishlist at the mo,
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1:72 Airbus A400M "Grizzly" (Revell 04800)1:72 A400M Grizzly (Scale Aircraft Conversions 72042)
 
20. July 2012, 15:36
Stefan Woll
***Update 23.07.2012***

Hey guys,

I will show you today a litte Update. Last week-end I have worked on the cockpit. I varnished the panels in Anthrazit, the floor in light grey. The last thing I has to do are the seats but I will show this in the next update.

See you, Stefan
23. July 2012, 17:43
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17. March 2012, 16:41
Bill Gilman
Wow, that's a big kit! Do you have any in-process or finished build photos?
17. March 2012, 17:08
Jamie Anderson
Yeah it is a big kit not the most complicated but a joy to build never really thought about photos maybe next time
17. March 2012, 18:10
Eric Juvyns added a new photoalbum.
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5. February 2012, 09:30
Luc B
Thx for the 3 pictures and the explanation Eric!
5. February 2012, 12:16
Eric Juvyns
My pleasure Luc :)
5. February 2012, 12:50
Burkhard D
Eric, that wasn't intended as a criticsm in any way. I am just puzzled that it seems to provide a model a 'more realistic' appearance despite the observation that it is rarely found in reality. As I said, I use the technique myself! :)
I fully share your view that scale effect is key and maybe looking at very close-up photos shot from a few cm distance doesn't do justice to a paintjob that is supposed to produce scale effect when viewing from a distance of say half a meter away.
Again, no offense intended and thanks for sharing the technique. :)
5. February 2012, 12:52
Eric Juvyns
No problem Burkhard. I wasn't offended but, was surprised as I didn't expect this kind of comment. But as stated, I welcome every comment. Only the answer can vary in tone and content.
Happy modelling :)
For good measure I put in some more foto's to emphasize the size of this model.
5. February 2012, 13:00
Burkhard D
My comment was misplaced anyway, as you were talking about how to create the illusion of interior detail with pre/post-shading while I had, for whatever reason, accentuated exterior panel lines in mind. Guess I should have had one more cup of coffee in the morning before posting away. Thanks mate and sorry for the confusion. ;)
5. February 2012, 15:21
Thomas Mayer
Eric,

please have my sincere thanks for explaining "your" way to me and friends here at ScaleMates! I really appreciate you doing so!

Thomas
5. February 2012, 16:27
Eric Juvyns
My pleasure Thomas.
Don't worry about it Burkhard, we both got carried away I guess.
On to more pleasant things, like building a A400M ;) If only I got some more time to put into this project :(
6. February 2012, 18:38
MT Hopper
I know armour modellers use the technique called colour modulation on the exterior of armoured vehicles to depict the differential in lighting and wear and weathering on the differently angled surfaces. You can see examples on the MIG forum. Has anyone done something like this on aircraft models?
Cheers
MT
17. February 2012, 17:28
Eric Juvyns
Hey MT. I've read about this technique in the new FAQ2 book and asked myself the same question. In my opinion it is only usable on angular surfaces like tanks and armored vehicles and not so much on curved surfaces found on planes. So I will stick to the things I know and do it the old fashioned way.
17. February 2012, 22:37
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1:72 Airbus A400M "Grizzly" (Revell 04800)
 
9. January 2012, 12:18
Jan Goormans
Eric
al direct aan begonnen blijkbaar
en de Mustang, bijna klaar ?
11. January 2012, 19:57
Eric Juvyns
Inderdaad, kon het niet laten :) Het is echt wel een indrukkendwekkend model.
De Mustang ben ik aan bezig maar is momenteel dus on hold. Vermoedelijk zal ik een beetje gaan schipperen tussen de twee modellen.
11. January 2012, 20:10
Guillaume Friart
My work in progress : guitousquadron.blogspot.com/
25. December 2011, 16:33
Burkhard D
Can't wait...
16. October 2011, 16:02
16. October 2011, 16:03
Tim Vereecke
looks promising
16. October 2011, 16:10
Bill Gilman
Now that looks sweet! Add yet another kit to my wish list...
16. October 2011, 16:15
Danny Jeurissen
Beautiful plane ..
16. October 2011, 17:57

 

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