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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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...)
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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!
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. 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 -
  14. 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
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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
  18. 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.
  19. Hi, I'm calling this done. It's the new tool Airfix kit with Rocketeer decals (I didn't get on well with these). Thanks to Paul J for the blister window, though I have come to realise it should be tear drop shaped, please don't chastise me! Finished with Tamiya acrylics. Untitled by bryn robinson, on Flickr Untitled by bryn robinson, on Flickr Untitled by bryn robinson, on Flickr Untitled by bryn robinson, on Flickr Untitled by bryn robinson, on Flickr
  20. Combat Models is to release in 2015 a 1/32nd Douglas C-47/DC-3 Skytrain/Dakota vacuform kit Source: http://combatmodels.us/ V.P.
  21. With the 2015 show just around the corner I thought I better pull my finger out and post some of my 2014 shots! More of the wings can be found here: http://www.hanger51.org/airshows/2014/dunsfold-wings-and-wheels/ And all of the wheels here: http://www.hanger51.org/the-garage/dunsfold-wings-wheels-2014/ Hunter XL577 by tony_inkster, on Flickr Canberra PR.9 XH134 by tony_inkster, on Flickr P-51 Mustang by tony_inkster, on Flickr Spit & Stang by tony_inkster, on Flickr D-Day flypast by tony_inkster, on Flickr Great War Display Team by tony_inkster, on Flickr Royal Netherlands Air Force Historical Flight Foundation B-25 by tony_inkster, on Flickr Vera by tony_inkster, on Flickr Lancaster summer by tony_inkster, on Flickr Gnat G-RORI (XR538) by tony_inkster, on Flickr Dogfighting Vulcan style by tony_inkster, on Flickr Breitling Wing Walkers by tony_inkster, on Flickr
  22. C-47 as used by Pionair Air Charters, pics by Graeme H. This aircraft is now retired to The Ashburton Aviation Museum in New Zealand.
  23. Douglas AC-47D Gunship 1:48 Revell The Douglas AC-47 Spooky (also nicknamed "Puff, the Magic Dragon") was the first in a series of gunships developed by the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War. It was designed to provide more firepower than light and medium ground-attack aircraft in certain situations when ground forces called for close air support. The AC-47 was a United States Air Force C-47, (the military version of the DC-3) that had been modified by mounting three 7.62 mm General Electric miniguns to fire through two rear window openings and the side cargo door, all on the left (pilot's) side of the aircraft, and the modified craft's primary function was close air support for ground troops. Other armament configurations could also be found on similar C-47-based aircraft around the world. The guns were actuated by a control on the pilot's yoke whereby he could control the guns either individually or together, although gunners were also among the crew to assist with gun failures and similar issues. It could orbit the target for hours, providing suppressing fire over an elliptical area approximately 52 yd (47.5 m) in diameter, placing a round every 2.4 yd (2.2 m) during a three-second burst. The aircraft also carried flares it could drop to illuminate the battleground. The AC-47 had no previous design to gauge how successful it would be because it was the first of its kind. The USAF found itself in a precarious situation when requests for additional gunships began to come in because it simply lacked miniguns to fit additional aircraft after the first two conversions. The next four aircraft were equipped with 10 .30 calibre AN/M2 machine guns. However, these weapons, using World War II and Korean War ammunition stocks, were quickly discovered to jam easily, produce large amounts of gases from firing, and, even in 10-gun groups, only provide the density of fire of a single minigun. All four of these aircraft were retrofitted to the standard armament configuration when additional miniguns arrived. The AC-47 initially used SUU-11/A gun pods that were installed on locally fabricated mounts for the gunship application. Emerson Electric eventually developed the MXU-470/A to replace the gun pods, which were also used on subsequent gunships. The Model The original Monogram kit of the AC-47 was released in the late 70’s and although it has been released a few times since the moulds appear to be standing up well. The kit comes in a large top opening box, with an artists impression of an aircraft strafing somewhere in Vietnam. On opening there is a large poly bag with all four grey styrene sprues inside, which hasn’t protected the parts much as there were quite a few that had become detached. At least the clear sprue was contained in a separate poly bag. The parts are well moulded, with only a little flash in places and a few moulding pips, but the details have stood up well. There are several flow lines, particularly around the windows, but these shouldn’t cause any problems with a bit of primer. The kit does have raised details as that was the way when it was first released, but in this case, according to several period photos I’ve been looking at they are pretty accurate, particularly the rivets lines. Construction starts with the pretty comprehensive interior, with everything being fitted to the long floor section beginning with the cockpit which is fitted out with the pilot and co-pilots seats, bulkhead, instrument panel, dual control yokes and separate throttle box. Just behind the cockpit bulkhead the navigator and radio operators positions are assembled with tables, seats, half bulkheads and a stack of radios. Moving aft there is another bulkhead and two sets of four seats, which come with the seatbelts pre-moulded into them. Right aft there is a third bulkhead is fitted and behind that the Elsan style toilet and sink unit are fitted. In-between the second and third bulkheads is where all the weaponry is situated, the three miniguns, each made up of three parts, four spare ammunition boxes, also made up of three parts, and two crates of what I can only assume are flares, one single and one double, with the single crate fitted in front of the rear bulkhead, near to the cargo door. This assembly is briefly set aside whilst work continues with the fuselage interiors. The side windows come in lengths of six for which the two in the aft positions need to be cut away, you will also need to cut away the flashed over window in the fuselage, nearest the cargo door. The cockpit mounted gunsight is then fitted to the port side and a hole needs to be opened up in front of the astrodome. On the starboard fuselage there is radio rack fitted, and tail wheel mounting, along with the full set of windows, cockpit side console and overhead console. The cargo door part needs to be cut with the forward section being discarded and the aft section glued into position. The cockpit/interior assembly is now glued to the port side, after which the minigun assemblies can be fitted either with all three guns firing out of the windows or two out of the windows and one out of the door, just check you references on the aircraft you intend to build. Three ammunition boxes are then placed behind each minigun; the fourth is fitted next to the double flare case which is placed on the starboard side, opposite the miniguns. The fuselage can now be closed up. Attention then moves to the wing assemblies. The lower centre section is fitted with a long spar which is moulded complete with the undercarriage bay rear bulkheads the outer lower sections and larger upper sections are then attached and the whole assembly fitted to the fuselage. The horizontal tailplanes, each comprising of upper and lower halves are glued together and also attached to the fuselage, along with the tailwheel, the leg of which is in two halves with the single piece wheel sandwiched between them. The engines are assembled next, with each single piece engine fitted with a propeller spindle, before being attached to the rear bulkheads and covered with the cowlings. These are then fitted to the fairings on the wings, whilst the landing light cover is also fitted to the leading edge of the port wing. Each main landing gear assembly is made up of the main oleo frame, retraction actuator/yoke, a pair of scissor links and the two piece wheels. These are then fitted into position in the main wheel wells. There is a choice of engine exhaust styles and once again you should check your references to work out which style fits the particular aircraft you are modelling. The astrodome, windscreen, DF aerial, HF aerial, VHF aerials and pitot venturii are fitted, along with the oil cooler intakes, cargo door ladder and the propellers, (ensuring you use the correct paddle blades, as both type are included in the kit), thus completing the build. If you wish to make a diorama using this kit then there are two crew members and a groundcrew figure included. Decals The decal sheet is nicely printed by Cartograph which is in register, with good opacity and with a thin carrier film, although on the matt side they look like they should settle down pretty easily onto a gloss coat without silvering. The sheet includes an alternative instrument panel decal should you not wish to paint the styrene part, a full set of stencils and markings for two aircraft. Douglas AC-47D, 3rd Air Commando Squadron, Nha Trang airforce base, South Vietnam 1968 Douglas AC-47D, 4412 Combat Crew Training Squadron, Hurburt Field, Florida 1971. Conclusion It’s great to see this kit re-released again as I remember having fun building it not long after the very first release. There’s nothing complicated about the build so would be a good model for anyone to try, although the more experienced may wish to add extra details it’ll still look great straight out of the box. Very highly recommended. Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. 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