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  1. So while I'm still working on the MiG-29s (one can only build the same thing over and over so many times, despite variations in build and markings), I decided to take a short break to keep from burning out (plus I ran out of Alclad primer, so I can't do burner cans for the time being). I've been obsessed with Colombia's wicked-looking AC-47T Fantasma, a turboprop conversion of the AC-47 by Basler. I mean, look at it. It just looks so sinister: (Photo credit: dc3dakotahunter.com) So anyway, I saw an article about it on Combat Aircraft magazine, looked it, up, wondered if there was a conversion of it, and lo and behold, AlleyCat was just about to release one for the new Airfix kit! So I saved up my pennies and ordered one as soon as they became available. A few weeks later, it showed up on my doorstep and I was pumped! To do the conversion, I picked up A08015, which I had to make sure would work. Alleycat says that while it is designed for the Airfix kit, this conversion could be used on the Esci or older Airfix kits, though adapting the engines might be a challenge since it was designed with the new kit's engineering in mind: I wish I had put up pictures of the parts. I washed them and laid them out nicely, but I forgot to take a photo. The first cut is to separate the front cabin floor from the kit floor: Unfortunately, AlleyCat's instructions were a little vague on how to put the kit together. Hopefully, this writeup will come in handy for other people wanting to do this conversion. The first question I had was whether to remove the bottom part of the molding stub, as marked below. The initial pour stub had been cut off, but after fiddling about with it, I wasn't sure if was necessary to remove it. It wasn't fitting right, and it wasn't until I discovered later that it was because the replacement front cabin floor was deliberately made significantly longer (over 1cm) to allow for adjustment. The pour stub for the forward fuselage was also interfering with the fit. I asked AlleyCat on Facebook and they advised that it was not necessary to remove the stub, but I ended up removing it anyway as my piece was slightly warped, and the thickness of the part made it difficult to reshape in hot water. Removing the stub also made it easier to attach to the kit floor, as I glued some strip styrene at the bottom to reinforce the join.
  2. This is a turbo prop conversion to the DC-3 by Basler. This heavily modified aircraft is used by a company Spectrem for geological research and electromagnetic prospecting. Pics thanks to Graeme H
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