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Southwest has put out a video showing the construction of one of its newest Specialty Planes. It's all done in just 2 minutes, 30 seconds, too. It's like watching a kit being put together. Also love seeing the application of the paint job in a succession of masking and painting.

Check it out and be sure to mute the soundtrack.

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Wolf Seril (author)2010-04-29

Sweet, now I have a use for that 747 fuselage I have collecting dust in my basement.

I knew I saved that for some reason.

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lemonie (author)2010-04-27

Good film, very nicely put together. I wonder what price on the paint-job?

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PKM (author)lemonie2010-04-29

High, I'd imagine- wouldn't you hate to be the guy positioning the stencils for that?

"Oh no, there's a wrinkle... 11 feet above the wing... guess I'd better take it off and redo it"

I'd like to know how they do the registration to make sure all the different colours line up properly.

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rbstimers (author)2010-04-27

Awesome! I'm going to go build one now!

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bowmaster (author)2010-04-28

Ohhh!!!! This is how it's done. I got a kit for one of these online the other day for $50, and it didn't come with instructions.

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n0ukf (author)2010-04-27

Is there any indication anywhere what the elapsed time is between fuselage rolling in and painted plane rolling out?

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Tool Using Animal (author)2010-04-27

God that music was dreadful, says someone voluntarily attending a Jazz concert saturday.

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You don't know dreadful - turn the volume down 'cos it's MIDI

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gmoon (author)2010-04-27

Wow, nice video...

Another "wow" about the soundtrack comment. Mute the video if you don't care for modern jazz (I think it's awesome.) Sounds like Jean-Luc Ponty, or some other modern violinist following in Stephane Grappelli's footsteps...

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fungus amungus (author)gmoon2010-04-27

I should have said "horribly inappropriate." I still think it's a pretty poor choice of music for this video. The combination here doesn't work.

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gmoon (author)fungus amungus2010-04-27

Modern "swing" invokes a "Kenny G" reaction in some folks, particularly if it's bad (or if that person hasn't hear much good swing.) But swing is still appropriate for movement...

Anyway, we'll call it a matter of personal taste.

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lemonie (author)2010-04-27

I don't rate Philip Glass much but the video is great:

(YouTube stuffs-up the lovely fluid-motion though)
KoyaanisqatsiI

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caitlinsdad (author)2010-04-27

 I think the guy testing all the controls was piloting the flight I was on once in the same way.

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wenpherd (author)2010-04-27

Ooh, cool i always wanted to make one. But i wonder where i can order the parts...........

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kelseymh (author)2010-04-27

Great find, Ed!  I love the bits where they're doing QC on the controls and landing gear...

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