DH-4 in U.S. Mail Service Aurora 1/48
November 29, 2012 in Aviation
Another of my builds from my distant past. (When did I get so old?!? ) Completed 36 years ago from the even then ancient Aurora DH-4 kit. Modifications include removal of all surface detail, the markings where depicted by raised outlines remember those? The cockpit was moved to the rear and the front position converted into the mail hold. Then engine was one of, if not the first, attempt at scratch building a major component. Exhaust fabricated from brass tubing heated with a candle to simulate heat discoloration. The fuselage was planked over with basswood and clear coated. Rib detail was added to the flying surfaces with tape and painted a cotton color with the ‘hairy stick’. Struts were made from basswood strips sanded to shape. Wires were made from florist wire straightened by stretching the wire between two pairs of pliers. The prop was carved from balsa as I recall, I really should make a better one, the prop bolts in the hub from short lengths of wire.
These airplanes carried minimal markings and where quite plain in appearance. I built this as a generic aircraft so I applied only a “U. S Mail” on the sides. I probably should add some numbers to the tail as that would be a bit more prototypical.
A bit ancient but it still looks ok in the display case. I have another in the stash, might be interesting to build another and see how they compare…… Eric F.