USAF C-47 Skytrain
The fit of the parts was generally good, and there was only some minor flash to contend with. The decals seemed to be in good condition , but I thought it might be safer to use newer decals , especially since I was wanting a more colorful Skytrain from the 1950s. I had some left over decals from past models I made use of.
I looked online and found many photographs as well as the Air Force Tech Order specifying how the aircraft was to be painted and marked.
Of all the photos I saw of 50s & 60s C-47s, none of them looked like the diagram on the Tech Order page, they all seemed to be slightly different from each other. I painted mine very similar to what the T.O. called for though. My military training still dictates following the T.O.
This kit was a part of a large collection of kits donated to the Tulsa model club by the family of the late Mr. Claude Good after he past away in March of 2022. Mr Good was a life long aircraft enthusiast and had collected nearly 2000 kits during his 86 years. I was fortunate to be invited to give a new home to some kits of my choice.
I added some stringers inside the fuselage where it could be seen inside the open cargo doors and also added two standing crew figures near the door. They were intended to man the guns of this had it been built as an AC-47. They cross trained in to a different Air Force Speciality Code ( AFSC), one is a Crew Chief, and the other a Load Master.
The kit also included two pilot figures which can barely be seen sitting in the Cockpit going over their maps for the up coming flight, and talking about visiting the officers club when they arrived that evening.
It’s a nice kit, and has lots of raised rivet details, which for a DC-3/C-47 is accurate.
The instructions could be a little clearer especially in regards to assembly of the landing gear.
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