1/144 Minicraft C-54/DC-4 in Early SAS Colors
I don't normally build airliners, and I never build anything that has a natural metal finish, but I wanted to do something for the SAS 75th Anniversary Group. I had the Minicraft C-54 kit lurking around, and I was able to find some decals that would work, so off I went. It appears that the early SAS DC-4s were actually C-54s that they obtained after the war, but I didn't do any research to confirm this. The decals are from Lima November and are very nice.
The build was uncomplicated thanks to the small number of parts in the kit. Everything went together without problems. I applied the natural metal using Humbrol Metal Cote Polished Aluminum sprayed straight from the can. The decals were thin and fragile, but I managed to get them on the plane without any major drama. The kit decals supplied the black de-icing strips on the leading edge of the wings, and the black strips on the tail were hand-painted.
Overall, an enjoyable build. In addition, it was fun to stray away from the normal things I build, although this will be the last airliner for a while. If you want more details on the project, please visit the SAS 75th Anniversary Group. Everyone stay safe. Cheers.
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