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  1. Hi there, this is going to be my very first 'Work in Progress' article. And it's something a bit ununsual: converting Academy's C-97 Stratofreighter into an AEW bird. Sometimes you stumble across a subject, a thing or so and you say: "amazing!" That's what happened to me when I first came across Freightdog's conversion kit for a C-97 AWI / AEW aircraft, of which I never had seen anything before. Honestly, I think none will ever dare to question the beauty, elegance and grace of e.g. a Griffon-powered Spitfire. Well, the early-warning version of the Stratofreighter would not have been among those aircraft if it really would have made it to become reality. But from almost the first moment on, I knew, I wanted to build this, well..., 'thing'. Unfortunately Freightdog's conversion kit is only available in 1/144 but not in 1/72 scale. Anyway... I bought it ... and then Academy's 1/72 C-97 Stratofreighter kit ... and then Minicraft's C-97 kit because the Freightdog conversion refers to panel lines of the 1/144 kit as points to measure from, e.g. for cutting the forward fuselage or glueing on the the radomes. Maybe you kown this feeling: "looks good, but I am not really sure...". Indeed there are differences and it is necessary to compare (and recalculate) the data given for the 1/144 kit with what they would be and where certain points would be on the 1/72 kit (simply doubling dimensions does not work!). I had already started some time ago to make friends with the 3D software 'Blender' so that I could finally use my 3D printer for my hobby. It soon became clear: this would be my first major 3D construction. So, here ist the result of many, many hours. Photos will follow (if linking them to flickr will finally work... sooner or later) To be continued! Cheers, The Red Baron
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