D-Day C-47 Skytrain
June 6, 2014 in Aviation
Well, it’s 9:15 p.m. Central and I just finished mowing my Dad’s yard. Now that work is over, I can contribute to the D-Day build.
I know I said I could get this done in two weeks, and I probably could, but a Gloster Javelin, Yak-38, MiG-29, XF5F Skyrocket, Vought V-173 and Northrop N9M all had to interfere!
This is the Monogram kit reissued just in time for the group build, and it is still a wonderful kit. More than enough cockpit detail that you will never see and a nice set of aluminum style troop seats. (FYI, the seat belts on every seat are different, not carbon copies of one another. Nice touch!) I did open the door to the lavatory and removed the door to the cockpit.
For those who know my work, you will immediately notice that this is not the usual clean pampered airplane I normally build. This one has been through the ringer! I started by applying the invasion stripes. (Probably WAY too cleanly judging from the photos I’ve seen!). The decals in this kit were excellent, and I probably could’ve used the stripes, but decided paint was the way to go. I then applied a coat of Testors metallic silver via the fizz bomb method followed by heavy preshading. Then the OD and grey, glosscote decals and dullcote. (Love the smell of it!) I then proceeded to chip the paint away from strategic locations. I probably could have used a little more restraint as it kinda looks as though it flew through a flock of Canadian Geese, but I’ll see what you all think. I then followed up with some pastel exhaust streaks and some radial engine puke compliments of Testors “grease and oil”! Hope you guys like it! (BTW, sorry I didn’t glue the wheels on and just noticed the starboard one had become dislodged from the strut. I guess that pilot will be fired.)
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