Airfix 1/72 C-47
So, this is a little out of my wheelhouse, as I build primarily 1/48 postwar jets. The origin of this particular build started off quiet unexpectedly, as is often the case with me. While perusing a thread on a Facebook group (Cold War Modeling) dealing with our self-imposed specializations I realized I'd never really given much thought as concerns my own building...commence Soul Searching Routine 1.0. I settled on USAF. Not really as compact as, say, Polish Multi-Engine Jets of WWII, but it would suffice. And in keeping with my newly established boundaries I decided to start at the beginning(ish) of my alma mater. Thus was born a project depicting one of the USAF's earliest marked airplanes, a war-weary C-47 pressed into service during the Berlin Airlift. The result is humbly presented here as my first submission to iModeler...my foray into aircraft with spinny things on the front of the engines (as opposed to engines composed entirely of spinny things, as is right and proper). I'll update this post with build details shortly, as time doesn't permit me to do it now, but I thought I'd at least get a start at it...hope you enjoy this little contribution.
Alrighty, to finish...this, as stated, is the new-tool Airfix Dakota. As my first experience with Airfix under Hornby, I have nothing to compare it to. Generally, it's a good kit. They've managed to cram a lot of plastic onto the box, and the kit includes a full interior. Parts fit could be a little more precise, but I managed to get it all together. O problem that keeps cropping up with these CAD designed kits is that build inaccuracies telegraph throughout the build...a little bit off here leads to way off somewhere else. If you're careful to ensure alignment, it shouldn't present much of a problem. I wasn't. Another nit I picked was that I felt the panel lines where a tad heavy. Not Matchbox heavy, but I felt they could have been more restrained.
I used most of the Big Ed photoech kit for it, the stand-out omission being the flaps. They're beautifully designed, but really need to be soldered to ensure tey hold together for more than 20 seconds. I built this before discovering solder paste, and consequently made a mess of them. Other than that, Eduard is still the king of PE and I'll happily invest more than the price of the kit to provide those enhancements. Also used were a number of Quick Boost sets for items like wheels, engines, and exhaust assemblies. I had purchased the radiator intakes, but they were more of a risk to install than I wanted to take, and as it turns out, extremely fragile. Decals are from Iliad Designs, and are first rate. I also used a set of C-47 stencils from an Eastern European manufacturer whose name escapes me...
Painting was primarily accomplished with Vallejo colors...I love these more and more every day. Great coverage, airbrush and paintbrush friendly, excellent opacity. I couldn't ask for more. The main color had to be custom mixed to reflect the heavily faded paint of the real thing. Not sure I nailed it, but it's reasonably close.
Notably missing is the antenna wire...one day I may add it, but I was approaching critical mass on this build and just wanted done with it.
Next up on my vintage USAF list...C-46?
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