Boeing SST 2707-200
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This is my Revell Boeing SST from 1968. The kit represents the
2707-200 as the design stood in 1966. The kit was originally
released in Boeing's company prototype scheme of mustard yellow,
black & white.
The 2707-200 was to be 318 feet long and carry 277 passengers at
Mach 2.7. Later on the variable geometry wing was abandoned and the
passenger load cut back to 234. The entire project was cancelled in
I don't mind filling and sanding, but this kit really tested my
patience! The only pieces not needing putty are the landing gear
struts and the stand. I used 3M Acryl-Blue for the basic filling,
and then automotive spot-filler/primer. This comes in spray cans,
which I decant into an old Testor's liquid cement bottle. It's
fairly hot stuff that bonds nicely to the plastic and polishes out
When the filling was done (or when I'd done as much as I could
stand), I polished all the surfaces with Micro Mesh.
I gave the models several coats of SNJ. I started using the
polishing powder but didn't think the effect looked right for this
project, which I wanted to look more like an executive desk model.
So I shot another coat of SNJ and started over, wet-sanding with the
12000 grit Micro Mesh and then buffing it with soft cloth. This gave
the SNJ a nice, satin sheen. I suppose I could have used Future on
it, but I figured the chances of getting a perfectly smooth,
dust-free result were slim. Besides, I didn't want it that glossy.
The upper fuselages were masked off and sprayed with Testor's gloss
white from the Boyd's range. I didn't worry too much about getting
this perfectly smooth since I knew I could finish it off with the
Micro Mesh. I carefully sanded the demarcation to get rid of the
ridge where the white was masked so it wouldn't show up under the
cheatline decal. Suffice to say there were several rounds of
polishing, re-spraying and re-polishing.
The kit decals had started cracking on the sheet so I had to make
my own. I scanned the kit sheet at 600 dpi in order to print them
from a color laser printer. I tried printing them straight from
Photoshop and from QuarkXpress but the results were poor. I ended up
using the scan as a template and redrawing everything from scratch
in Adobe Illustrator.
Matching the Pan Am blue was a happy accident: 100% cyan turned
out to be a pretty good match on that particular printer. I printed
several sheets and barely came out with enough useable decals to
finish the models. The printer kept smearing the toner, and I still
had trouble with the long stripes breaking or creasing. The black is
reasonably opaque, but the cyan is very transparent so it's a good
thing I painted the white down to where the bottom edge of the
stripe would be.
The stand had gotten pretty scratched up over the years, so it was
sanded and then polished with the 12000 Micro Mesh. I tried coating
it with Future but couldn't get an even, dust free coat. So I washed
it off with ammonia and used car wax instead, which worked great.
This model was more work than I've done on anything else and I'm
very happy with the result.
All the same, I don't think I'll be doing the other version of
this kit any time soon!
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Created 20 December 2002
04 June 2007
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