Curtiss Condor II. “William Horlick” – ITC/Glencoe 1:81 – Byrd’s expedition plane
June 8, 2015 in Aviation
This is the horrible ITC Condor kit, represents Richard Evelyn Byrd’s expedition plane, “The William Horlick” from 1934.
The kit is a “modeling nightmare” – be aware of the one build can find on the net says: “…deep into modelling hades” 🙂 but at least exists so You can have a Condor if You really really like one. Well this kit is a real pig even if You consider it’s age (1952); for example the pilot, copilot and a passenger are the ONLY interior parts in the kit. You have to glue the sides of their seats to the fuselage walls, as there are no floorboards, bulkheads, dashboard or controls. The kits clear parts are about transparent as a glass Coke bottle bottom.
I had to completely rework everything – for example all the wing struts are from sctrach because the kit’s are all useless. Practically all I can use are the fuselage halves and the wings (mainly). Everything else are scratch – including the wing struts, engines, glazing etc. I converted the plane into skys because it feels more of an expedition machine. One of my hardest builds in my life, but now I like it 🙂
Glencoe buy up old model molds from the 50’s and 60’s from companies that went out of business; like ITC, Aurora, Pyro etc. These molds are – said Glencoe – refurbished and new decals, some new parts and new box arts are added. In reality the new parts actually worst than the originals so this is not a huge improvement in this case, the decals are useable (but tend to silvering). There are a vacuum version in 1:72 on the market of the Condor II. and I don’t know wich requires more work to put together. It is a fun fact that the original mould claimed lost and the original ITC kit became pricey collector’s item (just like Heller’s Couzinet). A story I heard that the mould (partially) found in an old warehouse and when Glencoe bought it the collectors became quite unhappy. Nevertheless the kit rarely seen built and believe me there are several reasons of it 😀
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