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Steve Dra

How about some Italian freight hauling?

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Alitalia Cargo has always had a special place in my heart as my Late Aunt worked for them out of KJFK for 35 years before losing her battle with cancer.

I used to visit her there and got some memorable views of their fleet from her office window.  (I was too young to own a camera back then, hehe).

Anyway, Atlas leased this beauty to them and I just had to paint it. (She registered N409MC) :smile:  I may also do a fictional green stripe with the "Cargo System" red insert too as I remember them being all over the ramp (mostly 747s and DC-10s, some DC-8s).

Here are a few preview pics....

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I've added wear and tear on the usual places

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Hope to be done with her soon

 

 

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Hi Steve,

Congrats, this italian jumbo looks stunning!! Definitely looking for it when it will be released!

Cheers,

Alex

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Another wonderful piece of work. Strange why Alitalia didn't have the writing in green, or was it because the 744 was leased from Atlas I wonder?

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13 minutes ago, alex98 said:

Hi Steve,

Congrats, this italian jumbo looks stunning!! Definitely looking for it when it will be released!

Cheers,

Alex

Thanks Alex...check your IM inbox please. :wink:

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2 minutes ago, Steve Dra said:

Thanks Alex...check your IM inbox please. :wink:

Just did :wink:

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As soon as I saw your thread title, I was already thinking Alitalia! Great idea, can't wait to add it to my retro collection. Go for it, Steve!

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Beautiful!!! When are you releasing this marvel, Steve? looking forward to it. Great job!

cheers

-E

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Thanks guys.

I'm away from my painting PC this weekend.  I hope to have it done by this week.

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Hey Guys,

Everyone who's replied to this post just got an PM with a preview of what I hope is the final version of this deceptively difficult paint (difficult because there are few pics of her and I tried hard to get the small things accurate like "Alitalia" on both sides of the engine...which I only found one pic that confirmed that, along with if she had the AZA logo on both sides of the winglets.)  I found through experience that a lot of times, especially when its a leased bird from another company (in this case Atlas), they don't always paint all those things...especially on a freighter.  I mean, who's going to be looking out a window to see that on the engines and winglets on a freighter? Hehe.

If anyone can find me a pic confirming she had registrations on the wings I'd be grateful.  I know Alitalia typically puts both a reg and Alitalia text on the upper wings.  Not sure about a leased bird though.

Anyway...If I don't get any reports back of issues I'll release her for weekend cargo hauling. :smile:

Here is a shot of her showing those details mentioned above.  Getting ready for a flight from Rome to KJFK.

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Nowadays EASA law requires the reg to be under the left side of the wing. No idea if it did back then already, but today they must have it.

I have no pics of this plane though, sorry.

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