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  1. Herewith my build of a somewhat unusual and very seldom modelled subject, a Rhodesian c-47 Dakota, commonly referred to as a Paradak and one of a number that were used by the Rhodesian armed forces for the highly successful and deadly counter insurgency rapid deployment method known locally as FireForce. This involved sticks of troopers deployed in Alouette iii helicopters and paratroopers dropped into the contact scene from a Dakota, the enemy were enveloped and destroyed and legend has it the soldiers could do continual drops into active contact zones multiple times a day. Highly effective but I am sure incredibly stressful for everyone involved. The kit itself is very well done, goes together with very little fuss and filling or sanding needed. In order to as best I could portray a Rhodesian version, I had to modify the kit engine covers by purchasing the Aires resin replacement set but also modified them further to have open / flayed gills. I also had to scratch build the unique exhaust tubes used to vent away hot exhaust gasses and 3d printed the cowls that sit behind the gills and vented heat away from the engine. These were unique modifications done by the Rhodesians to counter the Strella anti-aircraft missiles that appeared during the civil war. Apart from this I also used a detailed line drawing to make sure I had all of the correct aerials in place as well as the camo pattern and finally worked closely with my uncle to develop the exact shades, both internally and externally, which were again quite unique to Rhodesia. The work in progress of this build can be found here and it contains a lot of the back story as well as some historical information which I hope may be useful to fellow modelers who may wish to tackle this subject: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235130506-rhodesian-paradak-148-trumpeter-c-47a/ My inspiration A close up of the base, a simple operational area map of Rhodesia and then badges representing the air force squadron as well as the various units who would have done para drops from a Dakota. Herewith the final result
  2. This build will be a labour of love and it stems from my experiences as a young boy growing up amongst the military activities of the Rhodesian security forces. When hostilities finally ended, I was 15 years old and so never got to participate, however at the age of 18 was conscripted to serve in the South African Defence Force as this was our new home. The legendary effectiveness of the Rhodesian Light Infantry (RLI) and Rhodesian African Rifles (RAR) implementing the concept of rapid deployment in what was known as Fire Force was something I knew about and in turn it inspired me to volunteer and qualify as a paratrooper in 1 Parachute Battalion during my national service. Most of my jumps were executed from a Dakota and thus the connection between the countries and aircraft was made and is my inspiration for the build. The Dakota was used for rapid insertion of sticks of troops where static line jumps from 400 – 500 feet were the norm and this was usually into densely forested areas and directly into a contact situation, I can only imagine the adrenaline involved! The period being modelled was over 40 years ago and although there are some reference photos to be found, a lot of them are the same ones and it is sad to know that many of the generation before mine have left our planet and so with them has gone the hands-on knowledge of the aircraft. I am fortunate however to have an uncle who is a real authority on the Rhodesian Airforce and is actually part of a group of veterans who have for years been compiling information and producing detailed line drawings of various airframes which I sincerely hope will one day end up in a reference book. He has been invaluable so far in pointing me in the right direction and I dedicate this build to him, I will be eternally grateful not only for the support in this build but also for the modelling skills he has taught me since I was 10 years old, I owe him a lot. In scouring the various forums, I have not seen many built in the Rhodesian Air Force scheme, affectionately referred to as a Paradak and so I thought I would give it a go. I am using the 1/48 scale Trumpeter kit which from what I have seen does seem to build up to a very good representation of a C-47 / Dakota. I am not obsessed with minute accuracy but hope during the build to get as close as possible wherever I am able, this will include correcting some of the well-known issues such as the wrong engine cowl shape but hopefully also adding some very unique Rhodesian modifications. I hope in time it will look something like this (photo sourced from the internet): Progress may be slow but I will update whenever there is something to show. Sean
  3. I'm building the Italeri Dakota Mk. III at present, as per 48 Sqdn. on D-Day. I need advice on equipment location/colours in the crew area aft of the cockpit but forward of the main fuselage section. Has anyone got photos of the layout and especially what equipment/fittings went on the various bulkheads? Many thanks.
  4. Hi, guys! I’m going to build a 1/48 C-47 in Finnish Air Force livery. The Trumpeter kit is very nice. Unfortunately, Eduard photoetched to detail the interior is not discontinued and out of stock in all the shops I visited. I already found some pictures of the C-47 used by the Finnish Air Force. Specifically, from aircraft with fuselage code DO-4 to DO-12. I have not found pictures of the DO-1 to DO-3 aircraft. I had no preferences for any specific airplane until I found the “Soumen Ilmailumuseot” blog where you can see the amazing restoration work that people are doing on CD-47 DO-5 (https://www.ilmailumuseot.fi/blogi/?k=C-47). This plane was uses for training paratroopers. Could be good to build DO-5… But I have some questions that I really appreciate if someone could answer. 1. Interior color of FiAF C-47 (cockpit and cargo bay). Interior green? In https://www.ilmailumuseot.fi/blogi/?k=C-47 you can see original parts in interior green color. But some of the FiAF C-47 were previously used as passenger transport. What color would the interior be? You can find a good picture in https://avia-dejavu.net/photo%20DO-7.htm where you can see the interior of the cargo door in grey color. 2. Do all FiAF C-47s have the tail antenna cover (sorry if it is not an antenna…) that you can see in the picture below (FiAF DO-4)? The second picture is the DO-5 when it was parked at Utti forest. Source: https://www.airliners.net/photo/Finland-Air-Force/Douglas-C-47-Skytrain-DC-3/1163136 Photo by Juha Rutari Source: https://www.ilmailumuseot.fi/blogi/?k=C-47 Thank you in advance for your help. It will be much appreciated. Greetings from Spain! Miguel
  5. I got a box of spare parts and slightly started kits from a modelling friend. One kit was the Italeri C-47 Skytrain. It didn't have any decals so I wasn't sure what to do with it. Then I saw an article about the XCG-17 and that was something different. My Easter decoration's came to rescue. Some small plastic eggs had the right size for the domes that replaced the engines. Then I had to scratch the attachment for the towing cable under the wing. A mix of spare decals finished it.
  6. Joining you with this kit, with originated in 1979. Costing £18 at IPMS Gloucester show in 2022 Offering these options - which I'm not using. Parts. And leftover ski parts from an Airfix build. Enquiries have been made about a set of decals for Night Fright. If that happens before the paint stage, this project could change direction. And my new Airfix C-47 build, which originated the skis
  7. Hello, I am keen on depicting a C-47 model in wartime markings of the famous 'Argonia' (BuNo 43-15159). Looking at the available info, there are a few conundrums that I need clarifying: 1. Color of the fuselage 'D8-Z' codes - yellow, light grey or white? source: Osprey Combat Aircraft 054 - C-47 R-4D Units of the ETO and MTO, pg 21 source: portsmanpad via Flickr 2. Starboard wing 'Z' within a circle - should it be there or not? Machine in Sainte-Mère-Église lacks this marking. source: Osprey Combat Aircraft 054 - C-47 R-4D Units of the ETO and MTO, pg 27 source: chrispit1955 via Flickr Any help is most welcome. Regards, Aleksandar
  8. Douglas C-47 Skytrain (A08014) Airfix 1/72 Famed for its part in the D-Day assault into Northern France and folklore status in civil aviation history, the C-47 first flew in civilian guise in 1935 as the DST on the request of a sleeper aircraft for American Airlines based on the successful DC-2. The primary purpose for the aircraft was to provide East-West flights across the US in less than 24 hours. The DST became more famously known as the DC-3 when the sleeper arrangement was replaced by seats. Only one year later, KLM were taking the DC-3 from Amsterdam to Sydney, Australia to replace its DC-2’s on that route. Production of the DC-3 surprisingly ended in 1942 with only 600 airframes; however the demand for the aircraft was overtaken by the military for the transport role due to its excellent capacity and cabin uninterrupted by the wing spar due to the low wing layout. Only minor modifications were made to the C-47 including a reinforced floor and cargo door allowing wider loads to be carried. It could carry 6000lb of load such as a Jeep, a 37mm cannon, 28 fully loaded soldiers or 14 stretchers and medical staff. With this incredible flexibility, over 10,000 C-47 & C-53’s were built with production ending in 1945. Attempts were made later on to introduce a Super C-47, but the huge number of ex-military aircraft after the war meant that there were affordable alternatives for the airlines to purchase. This aircraft has had an incredible career with many still flying today, many in extreme climates. Over 50 versions were built and it’s been operated by around 100 hundred nations and many varied airlines, in every corner of globe. The kit This was originally released for the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the aircraft has been tooled before by ESCI and Italeri and boxing’s of these by ESCI, Airfix, Italeri and Revell, this is the first new tooling since the early 1980’s and it is most welcome. Packed in the new style sturdy red box with stunning digital artwork by Alan Tooby, first impressions are very pleasing. There are 5 light grey sprues, a clear one obviously and an impressive instruction sheet that really adds to the quality presentation. Panel lines are of the recessed design and whilst heavier than your typical Hasegawa or Tamiya kit, aren’t as excessive as you might read about. Assembly starts with the interior as you’d probably expect. The cockpit and rear cabin interior are very nicely detailed with pilot and co-pilot figures included too (though these do seem a bit anemic). The instrument panel only has a decal option for the instruments, although not much will be seen once assembled anyway. The diagrams in the instructions are excellently drawn using colour to assist in clarifying assembly stages. The rear cabin is fitted out with bench type seats as an option, however you may choose to have a stripped out cargo area by omitting those. There are ejector marks on the interior surface, however I suspect that they won't be that visible once the kit has been put together. Assembly of the interior looks to be very straight forwards, with the whole assembled section being sandwiched between the fuselage halves. With the fuselage joined up, the lower wing mid section is fixed in place with a spar to reinforce the wing structure. There are a few strange assembly steps in this kit which caught my attention. The first being separate upper wing roots that need fitting before the upper wings are attached. I’m not sure why they aren’t just moulded as part of the fuselage. A nice little touch is the addition of oil tanks inside the nacelles that will be on show when looking in to the main gear bays and detailed rear engine bulkhead for the same reason. Detailing across the wing surface is predominantly represented with recessed panel lines with various raise details such as the wing kink reinforcing plates. Whilst these are obviously not scale accurate, they give a good representation of the panelling. The fabric effect on the ailerons and tail feathers is well moulded giving a good contrast to the metallic surfaces. The engine detail is quite well dealt with; the only thing that lets them down is lack of texture to represent the ribbed air cooling surfaces of the cylinders, similar to those found on the Lancaster B.II. Both banks of cylinders and the gearbox come as separate components that are to be mounted between the two nacelle halves. The undercarriage can be positioned in the raised or lowered position and of course has the option for skis if you choose the MATS scheme. The intricacies of the gear legs is well represented with no less than 6 parts making up each main gear leg excluding the skis which are made up of another 5 parts! All the doors are provided as separate parts. Whilst there is no internal detail on the front door near the cockpit, the cargo door has pleasing detail to enable you to have these in the open position. With this in mind, there is a great opportunity to detail the rear cabin and admire your handy work afterwards! The cabin windows are fitted from the outside which is good for assembly purposes, no pushing them in by mistake. The second feature that I find a bit unusual is the fact that the windscreen is made up of 3 parts; side windows and front section. Given that this is always a tricky part to avoid getting glue on, particularly for novice builders, a one piece windscreen or even a moulded section for the upper cockpit area could of made assembly and prevention of glue marks easier. Assembly finishes with the props and various aerials. Two types of prop blades are provided, both paddle and needle type. Decals The decal sheet is somewhat lacking in colour due to the liveries provided (although the MATS example does have its Artic Red areas, and the WWII version its Invasion Stripes), the register and crispness is superb as you would expect from Cartograf. A large collection of stencils is included on the sheet and despite the very small size, eyesight permitting are actually readable! Markings provided are: C-47A-65-DL 41-2100521 “Kilroy is HERE”, 92nd Troop Carrier Sqn/439th TCG, Operation Overlord operating from Upottery, Devon 6th June 1944 C47D 43-16062 Military Air Transport Service (MATS), Isachsen airstrip, North West Territory, Canada, 1949 Conclusion It is a good to see this kit re-released. Assembly on the whole looks fairly straight forwards and the level of detail is enough of a balance to satisfy both novice and experienced builders alike. With over 50 versions of the aircraft in the history books, I should imagine there will be plenty of options from the aftermarket industry in the pipeline to use this kit as a base model for modification too. Review sample courtesy of
  9. Airfix is to release in 2014 brand new tool 1/72nd Douglas C-47A/D Skytrain/Dakota & DC-3 kits Ref. A08014 Sources: http://www.airfix.com/shop/new-for-2014/172-scale-military-aircraft/a08014-douglas-dakota-c-47-ad-skytrain-172/ http://www.airfix.com/advent-calendar/present/166/ Ref. A08015 Source: http://www.airfix.com/shop/new-for-2014/172-and-1144-scale-civil-aircraft/a08015-douglas-dakota-172/ Maybe an idea from the future 1/72nd Airfix AC-47 & DC-3 box arts, scroll Adam Tooby's (Airfix illustrator) facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Finest-Hour-Art/235890616429673 V.P.
  10. Trumpeter is to re-release its 1/48th C-47 Skytrain kit in late June 2020 as Douglas DC-3 - ref. 05813 Source: http://www.trumpeter-china.com/index.php?g=home&m=article&a=show&id=181&l=en 3D render V.P.
  11. Unusual C-47s 1:72 Iliad Designs (72020) Iliad Designs is a producer of decals, colour charts and books from Canada's capital city Ottawa. This sheet sees them continue their line of C-47 decals. Schemes for four aircraft are included, all of which are interesting in their own right. The aircraft in question are: RCAF Dakota Mk.ii 659 from 115 Air Transport Unit, serving with the UN in the Sinia circa 1960. Gloss white with high conspicuous red markings. C-47B 45-0884. Operated by Caraco Air Service in support of the US Nuclear Weapons programme. C-53 Troop transport version of the C-47. Civilian pilots from Northeast Airlines who flew between Goose Bay and the UK due to a shortage of Army Pilots. C-47 used by the US Military Air Attache in Wellington, New Zealand. Aside from being an interesting collection of schemes, the decals themselves look to be of very good quality. The printing is crisp and sharp, while colours are bold and solid. They look thin and glossy on the sheet, so they should perform well. Conclusion This interesting sheet is nicely printed. If you have the (relatively) new Airfix kit or the older Italeri kit waiting for you to build it, then this sheet will enable you to produce a range of aircraft with interesting variation in markings. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  12. I present my recently completed 1/144 scale Roden C-47, in the markings of the aircraft used by 335 squadron RNAF to transport the King of Norway, during the early 1960's. The model was built as part of the Nordic GB, but missed the deadline due to some last minute issues with the decals, which were rectified very promptly by Vingtor.. The full WIP can be seen here Having built several DC-3's in this scale before (both minicraft), I think the Roden offering has the edge, in terms of looks and accuracy. Wheel wells were fully detailed internally using scrap card and rod, aerials and under fuselage radar bumps were scratch built. Paints used included Alclad Hi-shine plus Aluminium, Alclad White, MRP Luminous Orange, black and yellow. The dark blue trim on both engines and the fuselage cheatline were airbrushed using Revell Lufthansa Blue enamel. Decals are from Vingtor sheet 144-124. Although this sheet does give the cheatline, on my initial set, I experienced some cracking due to me having one of a small number of a bad batch. Vingtor were able to help me subsequently, but by that time I had already reverted to airbrushing the cheatline. I'm very pleased with the way the cheatline has come out however! And finally, here she is with her older stablemates: Thanks to all those who followed the GB, and special thanks to @trickyrich, @Col. and @Vingtor for their support and help! Comments and questions welcome Thanks for looking. Terry
  13. Dear fellow Britmodellers, here's my 1/72 Airfix C-47 Dakota, built with the addition of Eduard photo etch, Airwaves Boarding ladder and Xtradecal markings for an aircraft of 89th TCS, 438th TCG, based at Greenham Common in August 1944. At that time the b/w D-Day stripes were already overpainted on the upper surfaces. I painted the model with Gunze/Mr.Hobby acrylics. All photographs by Wolfgang Rabel. Thanks for your interest in this topic, best greetings from Vienna! Roman
  14. HobbyBoss is to release in late June 2017 a 1/72nd Douglas C-47 Skytrain kit - ref. 87264 Source: http://www.hobbyboss.com/index.php?g=home&m=product&a=show&id=1342&l=en V.P.
  15. Having originally said I'd join this group build, it's about time I did! The Nordic theme is of great interest to me, and as an added bonus, my wife is half Norwegian! My chosen subject is the Roden 1/144 C-47. My plan is to model a Norwegian Air Force version using Vingtors splendid decal sheet 144-124 for the type. I have a soft spot for the C-47/DC-3 in 1/144 scale, having two completed, and a further three in the stash. The third to be built will join these two Minicraft offerings that I built a couple of years ago: So starting with the the kit. I think I picked this one up at a show a few years back. The other Roden offering I have is the AC-47, and the third in the stash is an Eastern Express C-117D. This one should be good for the Norwegian version, with a few minor mods and detail additions: The parts are unsurprising, and actually quite nicely moulded: The Vingtor decals are quite superb: There are a good few choices to depict various machines throughout the service life of the aircraft. Early years, 50's through to early 60's.... and later years, 60's through to mid 70's ............ And a nice overhead shot showing one of the later aircraft: I'm in the process of gathering as much reference material as possible, as although this is small scale, I like to achieve as much accuracy and authenticity as possible, within reason. Not known for my fast build pace, this will be a challenge for me, but I did complete four 1/72 models for last Years club Telford theme, in around 6 weeks, so I'm in with a chance! More very soon. Terry
  16. Good evening. Here is my take on the beautiful C-47 sky train, specifically the "Camel Caravan to Berlin", a good story and based in Neubiberg, a stones throw away from where I live. The kit is Revell, 1/48, with various mods and a few table spoons of putty. Enjoy and thanks for looking. CF
  17. My entry will be Italeri's C-47 finished as an aircraft operated by Buffalo Airways using the Leading Edge decals.
  18. Good Day All, Finished my C-47 for the Group Build. Thought you would enjoy the pictures. All the Best! Don
  19. If things go well and I manage to land the days correctly, I´ll be able to visit the Big H in June, planning to buy a decal sheet with an Argentinian C-47A TC-34, plus the Dakota Mk.IV from Airfix. My question is, what version of the C-47 does the Dakota Mk.IV represent? Would it be the C-47D? And if so, were there any external differences between the C-47A and C-47D? I´m not familiar with cargo aircraft, my favourite planes tend to be Luftwaffe fighters. Thanks in advance!
  20. Tiny Gooney Birds! The American bird represents a C-47 of 317 Troop Carrier Group (TCG), 55 Troop Carrier Squadron (TCS) Mindoro, 1944. The Japanese plane is an L2D2 type Zero transport (“Tabby”) of the Yokosuka Naval Flying Group, 1945. Both models are 1/200 scale.
  21. Air National Guard C-47s 1:72 Iliad Designs Iliad Designs is a producer of decals, colour charts and books from Canada's capital city Ottawa. This sheet sees them continue their line of Air National Guard decals with a selection of C-47s from the early years of the ANG. Schemes for four aircraft are included, all of which are interesting in their own right. The aircraft in question are: C-47A 0-92079 of the Puerto Rico ANG; VC-47A 315568 'The Old Dominion' of the Virginia ANG; C-47A 315555 of the Nebraska National Guard; and C-47A 220691 of the New Mexico National Guard. Aside from being an interesting collection of schemes, the decals themselves look to be of very good quality. The printing is crisp and sharp, while colours are bold and solid. They look thin and glossy on the sheet, so they should perform well. Conclusion This interesting sheet is nicely printed. If you have the (relatively) new Airfix kit or the older Italeri kit waiting for you to build it, then this sheet will enable you to produce a range of aircraft with interesting variation in markings. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  22. Hello! Here are several photos of the construction and final result of the latest model to come out of my workbench. The airframe is painted in order to represent a C-47 in service with the Portuguese Air Force detachment on Lajes airfield, Terceira Island, Azores. The base was built by the RAF in 1943, as an effort to close the azorean gap which allowed german U-boats to run havoc amongst allied vessels. In 1945 it was passed on to the Portuguese forces, and since 1945/6 it has served as an American base. This scheme was not normalised and existed during 1952 only on this C-47 It`s the Airfix kit with the addition of Quickboost engines and wheels. Hope you like it! Cheers! José Pedro
  23. Dear Fellow Modellers Here is the Airfix 1/72 C-47 Skytrain in the guise of an RAF Dakota IV from the period of the Berlin Airlift. I used the Eduard photo etch, quickboost resin exhausts and resin P&W engines. Panel lines were partly filled then sanded, sprayed with primer and the process repeated several times. Then I carried out ‘rivetting’. The U-shaped aerial had to be moved to behind astrodome and Gee aerial fitted. I used the Xtradecal decals to represent the aircraft of 46 Squadron normally based at Oakington in 1948. The DC-3 ‘sleeper’ was originally commissioned by American Airlines as they thought the fuselage of the DC-2 was too narrow for berths back in 1935. The DC-3 was then revised by the USAAF as the C-47 transport. 46 Squadron flew Dakota’s from Wunsdorf to Berlin Gatow during the Berlin airlift in 1948. As you can see I added 1/72 Hauler windscreen wipers and have slid back the pilot's window. I'm afraid opening up the engines has felled one of the ground crew! Hope you like it? Andrew
  24. Here is the Airfix 1/72 C-47 when based at Sembach with the 66th TRW. It is not an easy build due to my mistakes (both the build and decals) and some tight tolerances but will have a go at another and avoid the pitfalls. The decals came from XVTonker on here, who produced some decals for USAFE C-47, Furball Decals for the stars and bars and a Scalemaster sheet for the USAF titles. The metal finish was done with Tamiya Aluminium spray can and various panels with Vallejo Metal Color. Robert
  25. Can anyone please tell me whether there is, apart from the transfer sheet, any difference between the A08014 C-47 Dakota/Skytrain and the A08015 Douglas Dakota Mk.IV kits? Ie is the plastic the same in both kits? Thanks in advance.
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