Trumpeter's 1/48 C-47 Skytrain "D-Day Mini Whiskey 7"
Where do I start...Whiskey 7, or 43-30652. A 1943 Douglas C-47 Skytrain that served as the leader of Serial #18 on D-Day, according to records with the 37th TCS, 316th TCG. No actual photographs where her tail number can be seen exist before Market Garden, where she is pictured with the 36th TCS. I am a volunteer at the museum where Whiskey 7 lives. I crew her as a cabin safety officer during ride flights. Her history has become a bit of an obsession of mine, and I've tracked down most of it. Aside from a bit missing during WWII. I have previously built what I call "Mini Whiskey 7"(two of them actually). They represent how she currently looks. I've used the Monogram kit for both of those. I picked up the Trumpeter kit a while ago. I had planned to use it to make one of the Mini Whiskey 7's, but realized it had the glider tow tail, Whiskey currently doesn't. So it has sat in the stash for a couple of years. I had the idea to build a D-Day version of Whiskey 7. I intended to make it as accurate as possible, without actually have any pictures. So I had to go by what I found on the internet, and try to piece things together.
There are no decals on this build aside from on the prop blades. I used a Cricut to make masks for the 37 on the nose, the W7, R, and tail number. Montex masks were used for the National Insignia. Most of the paint used was model master enamels, with a few Tamiya acrylics. I used Quickboosts corrected resin rudder, and exhaust. Eduard PE inside and out. Flory washes, and Tamiya weathering powders were used to dirty her up. I used tissue paper and micro crystal clear for the door hinge tapes, a body spray cap, and apoxie sculpt for the SCR-717C radome on the belly.