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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. Hi, this is definitely out of my comfort zone: I built some resin and vacuform kits over the years but never tackled a 3D printed full kit. I will try to stay inside the due date but I cannot guarantee being a late entry. My goal would be to build a Piper Dakota in Chilean AF colors, but as you can see in this other thread, the details of the intended color scheme are still a bit blurry! Thanks for looking!
  4. In pains and with great self-denial I FINALLY finished the project "CC-129 RESCUE". I started the model probably about three years ago and.... I got stuck. I do not remember what caused it to soar into a corner of the studio, but every few months like a throwback it returned to the workshop. All in all, the result was a heavily repaired combination layout 😉 The base is the old Airfix kit, the engine covers, chassis bay sections and air intakes with filters are from the new DC-3 Airfix and the engines are from Quickboost. From the original decals only the inscriptions "RESCUE" survived (to this day I regret, but I do not have access to a plotter to paint them), I made up the drip windows, some antennas, some others details - all based on photos of a particular copy. The model was not immune to mistakes, but on the other hand, this is my first project of this size, and one of the things I will remember is not to paint this size of models with a nozzle of 0.2 (or maybe 0.15... ?) Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version) Time for photos
  5. 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.
  6. C-47 Skytrain/Dakota – Warpaint #133 Guideline Publications The military variant of Douglas’s DC-3 commercial airliner was a simple conversion to meet the needs of the US armed forces, developed from the passenger carrying aircraft that first entered service in the mid-30s in its initial role. It was toughened to enable it to carry heavy freight, which it could also load through a large new double side door, plus an astrodome to assist with long-distance navigation. It served in many armies and air forces throughout the war, where it performed stoically, taking part in many significant operations during the conflict, including the successful D-Day landings, and the ill-fated parachute and glider drops of Operation Market Garden, which was another of its capabilities, thanks to a shortened tail-cone that accommodated the equipment needed to tow a glider across the channel and on into battle. Many C-47s didn’t make it back due to enemy action, as they were heavily laden with troops, equipment or with a glider behind them, making them an easy target for the Nazi forces that they inadvertently strayed over on their way. In British service the C-47 was called the Dakota, garnering the nickname Dak, and was also referred to as Gooney Bird in some circles. It was a capable transport aircraft that was used in every sphere of conflict around the world, taking part in the operations carrying supplies from India to China to assist them with their fight against the Japanese forces that were expanding their empire across the Far East. After the war the Dak was involved in the Berlin Airlift when former Ally the Soviet Union childishly blocked access to the western held portions of Berlin, necessitating the importing of all goods by air for some considerable time. In civilian service the Skytrains were sometimes converted back closer to civilian specifications, but often kept the useful side cargo doors and strengthened floor, with many still in service today doing some interesting niche tasks to which they are well-suited. The Book The book by author Adrian M Balch is in the usual Warpaint format of portrait A4(ish) with a soft card cover but has an increased page count from the norm and utilises a perfect binding instead of the usual pair of staples to accommodate the total of 89 pages plus content printed on the four sides of the glossy covers, and includes folded A3 plans in 1:144, printed on both sides and penned by Sam Pearson. A short section details the birth of the type, then the subsequent variants and history with the numerous foreign and domestic operators carries on throughout the book, alphabetically arranged. Many of the photos are side-on and in colour, most of which are previously unseen by myself, having come from the author’s collection, some private collections as well as the usual official sources. The pages include a lot of useful pictures with informative captions of aircraft on the apron, on the field, in the air, during trials, occasionally stripped or damaged waiting for the coup de grâce, or in storage after being retired. The Profiles section shows a wide range of colours in which the type was painted, including some of the more colourful schemes and the ‘specials’ that were painted in more vibrant liveries, including a few airframes equipped with incongruous-looking radome from other aircraft to be used in training radar operators for those types, such as the F-104. My favourite variant is usually the slightly weird one, but this time it’s the olive drab aircraft with invasion stripes for the D-Day landings and beyond. There’s just something about that scheme that is very appealing and evocative of its finest hour. A close second is the Vietnam camouflage scheme with multiple miniguns projecting from the side windows as a ‘Spooky’ Gunship. I have a thing about gunships, in case you didn’t know. The In Detail section is an interesting look at some of the notable aspects of the type and its variants that spans three pages, and is followed by the afore mentioned profiles that also includes top and bottom views extending onto the inner cover, the most vibrant of which is Dazzle Dak that was covered in black and yellow chevrons all over its upper wings and undersides. Fun to mask! Conclusion The Warpaint series always gets a thumbs-up due to their consistent layout and quality. This is an excellent book that will see plenty of use by anyone interest in, or in building this military transport with a career that extends from the mid-30s to today in some shape or form – heading toward 100 years! It’s clearly not a definitive reference of everything C-47, as that would require several hundred if not thousand more pages, but it really hits some of the high points. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  7. Due to the unavailability of the Airfix new tool C-47, I bought the Italeri/ESCI Dakota Mk.III in 1:72. I plan on using Aerocalcas decals to make it as CTA-15 from the Comando Aeronaval Antártico. Some of you may have seen my topic regarding the fit of the kit in the WW2 aviation section. I was warned about the fuselage and wings having poor fit, so I eagerly cut the fuselage and wings from their sprues to make some test fit. Turns out the fuselage has a ver goof fit, but the wings are a different story, having a sizable gap on the root. I'll see if I can add a spreader bar below the fuselage in order to widen the area.
  8. HpH displayed a 1/32nd Douglas DC-3/C-47 Dakota/Skytrain resin kit prototype in a model show at Bratislava (SK). Pictures? To be followed. Source: http://www.network54.com/Forum/149674/message/1450913241/Its+true V.P.
  9. Airfix's 1/72 Douglas Dakota III out of the box, with the exception of Xtradecals for the RAF D Day version. Bought second hand online and missing some of the antenna and stencils, but hopefully got these on order from Airfix spares.... Nice kit with good detail. Only real problems were self inflicted with the fit (little tolerance) and also tearing some airframe specific decals on the invasion stripes (last time I paint those...)
  10. Good afternoon This is my build of the 1/72 Douglas Dakota from Airfix as used by the Royal Australian Navy. I completed this earlier in the year. In the 1950's this particular aircraft, N2-43, was fitted with a Sea Venom nose and radar and a Gannet radar under the rear fuselage and served as a flying classroom for Observers (Navigators) for those front line aircraft. When the Sea Venoms and Gannets were replaced with Skyhawks and Trackers in the late 1960's the radars were stripped out and N2-43 was returned to general duties but retained the modified nose. Built as a C47A, it's original USAAF serial was 42-92711 and it flew with the RAAF as A65-43 until being delivered to the RAN in 1949 as N2-43. It flew with 851 Squadron which became VC851 when the RAN flew mostly American aircraft. I used decals from Hawkeye Models and a resin nose from Southern Sky Models in WA to modify the kit. This Dakota is currently on display at the Australian Fleet Air Arm Museum at Nowra NSW. Paints used were: Tamiya X-2 Gloss White Tamiya XF-71 Cockpit Green Vallejo Metal Color Aluminium various Tamiya blacks Minimal weathering, as these aircraft were kept in very good condition. Flory grey wash to highlight panel lines and Abteilung oils for exhaust and hatch stains. The kit went together quite well except for gaps on the upper wing roots which required some attention. Also some of the smaller parts were a bit brittle and snapped. This seems to be common with some of Airfix's new plastic or it could just be my not so small fingers. Just behind the wings on the fuselage underside I have scribed a square panel which is a patch on the real aircraft covering the hole where the Gannet radar used to drop down. The underwing serial '800' was not included in the decals so I made a stencil and air brushed it on. This is the aircraft on display at the RAN FAA museum at Nowra, NSW. These photos were taken by me in March this year in between covid lockdowns.
  11. I am really privileged to have been asked to build 'Night Fright' by the team restoring that aircraft back to flight. With quite a few extras the pressure is on as she will be displayed next to the real Mcoy! The Night Fright C-47 Restoration Project. Using Trumpeters new mould C47 with Eduard detail sets, scratch building and a friends 3d printer and with privileged access to the Night Fright teams archives and reference photos, this model depicts her as she would have been on the 5th June 1944.
  12. 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
  13. Hello, I'm currently building a representation of the original Kwicherbichen in July 1944. There are plenty of photos of the current Kwicherbichen but the only contemporary photo I can find is this one https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205211346 The border between neutral grey and olive drab varies from plane to plane, but Kwicherbichen's nose appears to be unique. Is that lighter colour the neutral grey wrapping up higher than elsewhere or is it a patch of a different colour? The rudder appears to be a different colour but is this due to a change of angle. The rudders of these Dakotas also appear a different colour - https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205211773 The Airfix kit doesn't cater for the porcupine section of the exhaust on Kwicherbichen. Does anybody know of a suitable source? Cheers Andy
  14. Inspired by the recent GB Douglas Dakota group build I eventually decided to throw something together for a change and chose this rather bright Dak of the French Navy.They were operated by 56 Squadron from Nimes.I recall seeing their aircraft at Luton and Jersey. Its the Airfix "new tool" kit with some minor modifications.The hatch over the flight deck was added from plasticard and a trim tab scribed on the starboard aileron.The original astrodome cut out was filled and a new opening made further down the fuselage.The aircraft's main role was training Navigators hence the bubbles location over the main cabin.The Exhausts were also opened out. Aftermarket resin wheels from quickboost were used as I feel the weight on tyres effect has been overdone in the kit.A pannier was added under the nose,unfortunately their is scant reference material regarding the item but I believe it houses ariels.Numerous ariels were made from plasticard of came from the spares box. The decals are Xtradecal sheet 72-207.I wanted a different serial to that supplied(One of the aircraft I had seen) so bought a set of numerals by tech mod which proved impossible to use,by me at least, even after a coating of Klear.Fantasy print shop came to the rescue with a very user friendly set of decals. The kit requires a certain amount of fettling to go together mainly around the spar centre wing area and the Cockpit side windows are best installed prior to closing the fuselage.Talking of transparencies I used a Pmask set for masking which were excellent. The kit was finished with a mix of Tamiya and Humbrol acrylic rattle cans.The original aircraft were a painted silver which is much easier to replicate than bare metal.
  15. 19 September, 1944. British and Polish Airborne forces are surrounded by Germans around Arnhem. That afternoon the RAF mounts a major resupply operation. 164 aircraft approach the drop zone at 1,500 feet. German defences open fire, and Dakota KG374 is hit twice in the starboard wing. The flak gunners concentrate their fire on the damaged Dakota. Its pilot, Flight Lieutenant David Lord, checks on his crew. Fortunately they have all escaped injury. The navigator, Flight Lieutenant Harold King, informs Lord the drop zone is three minutes away. The number 2 engine is burning intensely but the crew decides to press on. Lord takes the Dakota down to 900 feet to allow the supplies to be dropped more accurately. A couple of minutes later KG374 has dropped supplies to the beleaguered troops - but two containers remain on board. Lord circles around for eight minutes to join another formation dropping supplies, still under constant fire and with the engine burning fiercely, and makes the second drop successfully. Lord remains at the controls to allow the crew time to bail out of the crippled Dakota. King helps the other crew with their parachutes, but suddenly the crippled Dakota breaks up, flinging King out. King parachutes to safety but sadly the other five crew members are killed. King is taken prisoner of war. Flight Lieutenant David Lord is awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross for his skill and bravery. Lord's aircraft, KG374, will be the subject of my group build. Being a relative newbie it's also my first group build and first work in progress on any forum so wish me luck and I hope you enjoy following the build! Image below courtesy Gary Eason's Flight Artworks website.
  16. My first “big” build after i started making model planes about a year ago... Thinks this is the sixth model i have made so far... The 1/48 C-47 “Honey bun III”, Italian, Normandy, Holland and Bastogne veteran! Hope to improve my weathering techniques in the future... Please let me know what you think, i can only learn and hope my next plane will be better 👌🏻
  17. 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!
  18. Hi everyone I've finally finished my Airfix DC3 Dakota Mk IV and what a great kit it is. The only additions that I've added was some masking tape seat belts on the flight deck. Unusually for me there is no weathering at all on this one and I'm very happy with how she turned out.. For my next build I'm going to finish a kit I started a while back the Airfix 1/48 Gloster Meteor F8 as well as carrying on with my Tamiya 1/32 Spitfire Mk IXe Cheers all Iain
  19. Hey everyone It seems that lately I've been in the modelling doldrums, I've started many kits but I have just lost interest as the build has gone on, my 1/48 Lysander and 1/32 Spitfire being prime examples, in fact the last kit I finished was my 1/48 Defiant which I believe was completed a couple of months ago.. ..So I've been off work for the past week with Bursitis (swollen elbow) and to be honest I was feeling a little hacked off. Anyway I was routing around the work shop and I dug out my 1/24 Hawker Typhoon and in a fit of enthusiasm I decided to spend some time on it, I'm detailing the motor and needed some plastic struct so I nipped down to the Kernow model rail centre in Cambourne. Looking around the shop I noticed, nestled amongst a load of other kits an Airfix 1/72 DC3 Dakota Mk IV.... I've read good reviews about this kit and it was only £22.99 so in a fit of passion I bought it. This happened on Thursday morning and here is where I am as of now, 15:35 on a rainy Saturday afternoon... ..I haven't been this enthusiastic about a model for a long time, the kit itself is brilliant and although it doesn't just fall together it is very satisfying to build and it certainly looks the part. The doors are only tacked on at the moment to help when it comes to painting, I'll finish her as G-AGKN. The build has been OOB other than four bits of masking tape to represent seatbelts and I have used the Eduard masking set CX-401 as its just easier than masking by hand. Later on today I'll go around all the seams to see what needs attending too, carry out any re scribing (there shouldn't be too much) and get some paint down. Cheers all Iain
  20. A 1/144 scale picture/diorama built for a friend. The original Crown Lancaster and Minicraft Dakota. The Lanc and Dak at rest with BBMF crew, re-enactors and veterans looking around. Build thread here -
  21. 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
  22. Not the recent issue but the old ESCI/Italeri repot from the early 2000s. I'm sure this kit needs little introduction as it's been around since the late 1970s, not without its flaws but pretty decent for its age. I managed to break the windscreen so had to replace it with some jewel case. Seen in company with my Canadian Lanc and the recent Shackleton. Sorry the photos aren't great, iPad special I'm afraid.
  23. The Roden kit does not give the individual code, carried on the tail, of this aircraft. Does anyone know what it was or must I simply invent one? Separately, was this aircraft with the unit for D-Day? The kit lacks the upper wing and fuselage stripes as is correct for the July 1944 date given, but have they been carried and then overpainted, rubbed off? Either would present an additional way of breaking up blank expanses of Olive Drab. Further, did these aircraft appear with the multi-toned ODs often seen on early aircraft (this is after all a 1941-ordered aircraft) including the Medium Green blotches, or were they more consistently painted/repainted? Most views of D-Day period aircraft appear to lack the more extreme variations seen elsewhere, unless I'm just not looking at enough photos.
  24. Douglas DC-3, Trans World Airline. 1:144 Roden. This aircraft needs no introduction! It is the new Roden kit in 1:144 and a lovely little kit it is too. No issues with construction, it fits together beautifully. The decals are a big improvement over previous Roden offerings, but still need to be handled carefully. Finish is Alclad with Citadel silver for the control surfaces. We could do with a few aftermarket decal sheets for this one, I'll certainly build more, it is a great little kit and a huge improvement over the Minicraft offering. It isn't very big at all, with the modellers standard reference point, a jar of Tamiya paint; And finally, the 'with something else' picture. It could only be the Fly Models DC-9-10 with Draw Decals TWA markings. Thanks for looking, John
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