RAM Models Concorde Cancelled Orders Part 1
Just in case you’ve never heard of the Concorde, it was a British-French turbojet-powered supersonic passenger jet airliner that was operated until 2003. It had a maximum speed over twice the speed of sound at Mach 2.04 , with seating for 92 to 128 passengers. First flown in 1969, Concorde entered service in 1976 and continued flying for the next 27 years. It is one of only two supersonic transports to have been operated commercially; the other is the Soviet-built Tupolev Tu-144, which was operated for a much shorter period of time.
Martin has been doing his homework. I don’t think anyone has ever done a decal sheet for a ‘what if’ Pan Am Concorde before. Whirlybird did 2 decal sheets for Braniff Airlines and BOAC, but that’s about it as far as Concorde ‘what if’ sets go. IN total 15 airlines, other than Air France and BOAC (which became British Airways) ordered Concords, so there’s plenty of scope for more to come and the fact this sheet is labelled as ‘part 1’ makes it pretty clear that Martin at RAM Decals has more up his sleeve.
I’m quite partial to ‘what if’ scenarios, especially if they’re based on a little bit of fact, such as this sheet is. Pan Am did produce advertising material promoting the Concordes they had ordered. You can see an example here about half way down the page and also here.
The only modern Concorde kit, produced in 2004/5, is the Revell kit. All others are from the 90s and earlier. So, let’s talk about the decals. The sheet is designed for the Revell 1/144 kit and contains 2 options.
- Based on promotional materials as linked to above
- Classic Pan Am”billboard’ scheme.
The sealed bag contains:
- 1 double sided colour letter/A$ sheet
- 1 15cm x 5.5cm decal sheet
The instructions are very clear and the 2 colours used are referenced in 4 paint manufacturer’s ranges as well as FS number. I like the 2 sets of forward door decals, one to fit the doors on the kit and another to represent the doors the size they should have been on the kit. You can either build the kit as it is or simply fill in the engraved lines for the door and use the decals to represent correct sized doors. You’re given 5 ‘Clipper’ name options and 5 aircraft number options.
The decals are printed by Fantasy Printshop and look very good. The backing sheet is very snug around the decals and the detail level is very good, have a close look at the US flags to see for yourself. The decals appear very thin and should sit down snugly without any problems.
This sheet is on sale now for £9.99, which is currently about US$13.00, and they are available on RAM Models’ website along with your usual suppliers.
Overall it’s a very well put together decal sheet of a ‘what if’ Concorde that hasn’t been done before. The decals are nicely printed, and as good as any aftermarket decals on the market. The instructions are comprehensive and clear and the decals are designed to fit the only kit that anyone is really going to build – the Revell kit. If airliners are your thing, then this sheet should be on your wish list.
Many thanks to RAM Models for the review sample.