Monogram’s 1/48 C-47 Skytrain “Mini Whiskey 7”
Built from the old Monogram 1/48 C-47 Skytrain kit as “Mini Whiskey 7” The real “Whiskey 7” is a D-Day surviving aircraft owned and operated by the National Warplane Museum in Geneseo NY. I was fortunate enough to be able to take a flight on “W7” last summer, and absolutely had a blast. It was one of the best experiences of my life. So much so I’m planning to do it again this summer with my daughter.
Whiskey 7 is a very unique looking aircraft. Her paint is a bit faded in places, so she’s a bit of a “calico’ of sorts.
There was quite a bit of scratch building involved including the pitot tube cover, gust locks, wheel chocks, stairs, donation bomb, the interior seats, interior section behind the cockpit, spark plug wires on the engines and a few antenna.
Aftermarket goodies included PE flaps, PE interior and exterior, metal landing gear, resin wheels, decals and Eduard remove before flight tags.
Paints used were a mix of Tamiya acrylic, Model Master enamels, and acrylic craft paints. I had to use acrylic craft paints to match Whiskey 7’s unique coloring. It was thinned with a 75/25 mix of Future and water. A clear coat was applied over the craft paint. It held up well to masking as long as I de-tacked the tape on the back of my hand first.
A few of the markings were painted on, both W’s and the R on the tail. Some decals were home made, and the tail number was pieced together from a sheet.
The base is made from MDF board, and clear acrylic sheet, purchased from Home Depot. Grass was purchased at Hobby Lobby. I mixed two different shades of green grass and applied it with spray adhesive.
I hope you like my replica of Whiskey 7. If you don’t know who W7 is, she’s in my cover photo!
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