Glencoe 1/144th Martin M-130 China Clipper
June 10, 2014 in Aviation
The Clippers were first flown in 1935. In 1936 the China Clipper made the first ever commercial double crossing of the Pacific Ocean. Trans-Pacific flights spanned 5 days and 60 hours of actual flying. By 1940, two of these aircraft had accumulated 12,718,200 passenger miles. In 1942, two aircraft were impressed into the US Navy as transports.
The Hawaii Clipper was lost in 1938 (cause unknown), the Phillipine Clipper, in 1943 (crash into mountain), and the China Clipper, in 1945 (hit object while landing/crashed).
The ancient Glencoe model has held up well over the years, and is still available. It is very basic, consisting of 6 steps, and 1 step for it’s base. There are decals for 3 schemes, including a U.S.Navy camoflage scheme, and all 3 Clippers. To be on the safe side, it’s best to clear coat them, as mine cracked, and I ended up painting the orange on the wing top. It was a quick build, of a famous, history making aircraft.
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