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  1. Hi folks. This is my first post here, so first - small introduction. I am SF and fantasy modeller (mainly scratch build and kitbash). I am also a middle aged man without language skills, so sorry for my English And that's what I'm doing now. Ian McQue's Remora in 1/35 scale, scratch build from HIPS styrene, with using parts of military and aviation models. Yes, I know - lots of people do it. And yes, I know - you can buy a Remora's kit from Industria Mechanica. But I will build my own This is how it should be: -------------------------------------------------------- And that's my way to it. First steps with the hull (3mm styrene sheets, and Tamiya's L-shaped styrene profile). Strips of thinner styrene (1,5 mm) as frame plating. Rear section arches formed on the wine cork First attemps to wheelhouse Control panel (some junk and parts from aviation models). And the pilot's seat: Let me introduce Helmut. A guy who worked with me on several projects as a 1/35 scale comparer. I've started that project on April. At first it was going very slowly, now I am much further. But I would not like this post to be too big, so I will post the remaining photos in the following days.
  2. Pend Orielle or pomkit, What great kits they made. I built their 1/48 Mariner a while ago and i loved it. The resin is smooth , and the quality is great. Not up to todays standards but good enough for me. This is their 1/48 Sunderland kit. I have had the Alpha flight one and im really starting to wonder if they bought the pend orielle masters and improved them. Theres some things i recognise , like the cockpit detail. I could not find any info on this kit other than a couple of pics of the box , so was surprised how small said box was when it arrived, Its such a big kit. The fuselage was in quarters and the front parts were warped quite badly , luckily the hot water technique worked out OK so the first thing i have done is to join the front and rear parts to make the fuselage halves.
  3. This was one of my Christmas presents and it’s a treasure trove of odd WWI designs including scale plans. I wanted it for details of the Sablatnig planes but there are several others that I intend to build starting with the Oertz. Having just finished one Quad, I thought why not do another. So this is my intended victim the Oertz W6 aka the flying schooner. I know the GB doesn’t start till the 20th but I thought I’d crack ahead as I have a lot to do and I’ll make sure I don’t break the 25% rule. First off make the hull. Plans copied 20 times and former transferred to plastic and cut out. The next step is to Mitch them and assemble them.
  4. Hi all, So this one is a carry over from the Flying Boat GB that I started but never got finished in time. This is the kit.. Revell CL-415 Boxtop_2 by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr And here's some in progress pics.. Revell CL-415 WIP_1 by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Revell CL-415 Wip_2 by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Revell CL-415 Wip_7 by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Revell CL-415 Wip_8 by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Revell CL-415 Wip_9 by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Revell CL-415 Wip_10 by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Painting & Klear is done - decals next! Thanks for looking and Happy Christmas to you and yours! Cheers, Dermot
  5. I recently discovered the wonderful animated film 'Porco Rosso' by the Japanese master Hayao Miyazaki. I loved the film and so I ordered the 1/72 Fine Molds kit of the (partly fictional) Savoia S.21 in the re-built version. It comes with various extra bits and I opted to place her on the flying stand with both Marco and Fio on board. This is a small but very good kit that has all you need and fits together wonderfully. It only took me a few days to build and I'm happy with it. So happy that I've now also ordered the Curtiss float plane flown by Marco's adversary Donald Curtiss Build thread here:
  6. Triggered by Mikey-1980's thread on his excellent 1/48 Porco Rosso Savoia S.21 ... ... I watched the movie and inevitably succumbed to the temptation to build one myself. To fit with my other models I ordered the 1/72 version from Japan which arrived a couple of days ago. I'm not going to explain the background to this plane here, Mikey-1980 told something about it in his thread and for the rest, just go and watch the movie, it is absolutely brilliant! In 1/72 scale this is quite a small model but the kit looks good and comes with some nice extras: seated figures of Porco and Fio, a beach trolley and a display stand. The parts appear to fit very well and there are not too many of them, so hopefully this can be a quick build. It better be because I have too many on the go already The molding is reasonably detailed for the scale with recessed panel lines and some cockpit details. It is not exactly a big model: Mine is the S.21 F model, the later version repaired and modified by Fio Piccolo after Porco's original plane got shot down by Donald Curtiss (I told you to go and watch the movie!). It has a bigger engine and some other mods. Actually, the kit comes with two alternative engines, the new Fiat AS.2 one as in the movie (on the left) and another one which isn't the original Isotta Fraschini but something else entirely - I don't know what it is and why it is included (on the right): This screen shot from the film clearly shows the new engine: FInally, there are transfers (Oi, that dates me 🤪 - I mean decals) for the wing markings and the floats/fuselage undersides (which I won't be using) and a larger scale statue of Fio. ------------------------------------------------------------------- First things first, some priming and masking. I find painting over red always hard so I applied some white Tamiya primer over the parts I want to paint, and masked out the areas on the wings and tail fin where the green for the national flag will come. This is now drying. I also already assembled the engine and the floats which all came together very easily. This looks like a fun little build!
  7. Having throughly enjoyed the recent "Flying Boats & Floatplanes GB" I though I would book a page in peoples diary to say, let's do it again. So if you enjoyed the last one even half as much i I did, or you missed the chance last time, let's start gathering names ready for the next chance to get this one in for 2019. I will update this page as hopefully people add their names to the list. Also let everyone know what you fancy building. If we learnt anything last time, there's no shortage of choice ! Participants 1. @JOCKNEY 2. @nimrod54 3. @John D.C. Masters 4. @Sabre_days 5. @jrlx 6. @Dazey 7. @LDSModeller 8. @Romeo Alpha Yankee 9. @zebra 10. @Ray S 11. @Rick Brown 12. @Col. 13. @Paul J 14. @JWM 15. @Knight_Flyer 16. @SleeperService 17. @CliffB 18. @Dermo245 19. @MarkSH 20. @S48 21. @zegeye 22. @Erwin 23. @Ted 24. @greggles.w 25. @SeaPlane 26. @bigbadbadge 27. @phoenix 28. @Grandboof 29. @Arniec 30. @Avereda 31. @Blitz23 32. @TonyTiger66 33. @Thom216 34. @Muddyf 35. @PeterB 36. @philp 37. 38. Update We now have our dates for the 2019 Group Build Saturday 31st August 2019 To Sunday 22nd December 2019 Cheers Pat
  8. EDIT: This was my entry to the Flying Boats and Float Planes GB, which I hosted. As usual, I didn't manage to finish the build before the GB deadline. As I may take some time to finish it, due to several real life obligations, I decided to move the thread to the Aircraft WIP area. This was my last post before moving the thread here. Thanks all for looking. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Hi all, As the original proponent of the "Flying boats and float planes" GB it is my obligation to participate with an entry that, hopefully, will be interesting to follow. I'm chronically short of time for modelling and my GB track record is shameful: I only managed to finish an entry in the recent Prototypes GB, not to mention a half built Bf 109 E4 moved to and finished in a KUTA GB. All other entries where finished after the deadline or are still to be finished one day. So, I decided to choose something that could be built out of the box but also not too scandalously easy. All things considered, I chose Italeri's Dornier Do 24T: The kit is a 2013 retooling of the original 1978 kit. It looks well detailed in the box and comes with a small PE fret for detailing the cockpit and a few external bits. Another plus, considering my objectives, is the absence of rigging (there are only two aerials to install). EDIT: there's also simple cross-rigging between the wing struts but nothing too frightening. I'll build paint scheme A, a RLM 73/RLM 72 top, RLM 65 underside plus yellow under-wing tips and tail band: IMAG4908 Unfortunately, in my brief search online I couldn't find any information on this specific aircraft. From the Group name we can only know it was used for maritime search and rescue operations. Anyway, I can't resist a Luftwaffe aircraft with yellow under-wing tips, so this will be the chosen scheme Cheers Jaime
  9. While waiting for suitable weather to prime the M.39, I started work on another Macchi, the M.33 flying boat, that I had been thinking about building. Using enlarged drawings from the Web and contemporary photos, I started by carving and sanding balsa into the wing shape. The shaped wings will be covered with styrene in much the same manner that I used on the M.39. The fuselage and outrigger floats will be plunge moulded and empennage shaped around balsa cores. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macchi_M.33 Thanks for your interest. Dennis
  10. Well, another wonderful little kit by Avis of an appealing subject rendered in great detail, with sound engineering and molding, which makes for a pleasurable build in all departments. The step-by-step build is here: Even as a short-run kit, these last civil releases by Avis have raised that bar in that category high up. As you can see, I built three of their recent kits in a row, something I seldom do, but I was enchanted by the subjects and the quality-price ratio. The care on the details, the good instructions, clear and at a readable size, the good decal sheet, the printed clear parts, the accessories included, what a delight! There is a minor issue with the decal placement under the wing, please refer to the WiP for correction. As I said elsewhere: It warms the cockles of my heart!
  11. Hi everyone! My next build will be my favorite aircraft, the 1/48 Cat from Revell, the camouflage will be the early WW2 U.S. Navy used until May 1943 Credits: Wingspalette I will also this aftermarket parts: True Details Cockpit True Details Wheels Eduard PE Set (n.48182) Quickboost Engines Eduard Mask Hope that someone is interested on this build
  12. Savoia-Marchetti S.55 (72015) 1:72 Dora Wings The S.55 was a double hulled flying boat designed and built by Savoia-Marchetti in Italy in the early 1920s. Unusually the designed accommodated the passengers and cargo in the twin hulls and the pilots in the wing centre section. The engines were also unusual in that they were a pair of inline engines mounted above the wing in tandem canted sharply up. The drove contra rotating propellers. The aircraft would become famous for a series of trans Atlantic flights in the late 20s and then the Italian Air Force taking a flight of 24 aircraft to the 1933 Chicago Centaury of Progress Exposition. The Aircraft would be used in a civil capacity in Italy, Russia and the US. Military users would be Italy, Brazil, Spain, and Romania. Only one aircraft survives today being located in Brazil, where bizarrely it was traded for Coffee Beans after its transatlantic fight there! The Kit Dora Wings are becoming know for kitting unusual aircraft and the S.55 certainly fits the bill there. The kit arrives on 11 sprues of grey plastic, one clear film, 2 sheets of PE and two resin engines. Construction begins with the resin engines having their exhaust stubs added. The front fairing/radiator? is also made up at this time, as are the pair of pilot seat. All are put to one side for later. Next up the two hulls need to be made up. These are a main stepped hull bottom with two sides and front/rear decks. Internal structures need to be made up and added before they can be put together. The insides have a lot of detail consistent with a boat structure, while nice most wont be visible. The framework for the engine mounts are then built up and the engines added. Next up the cockpit is built up in the wing centre section. The floor is added with control wheels, throttles and the previously built up seats. The wing centre section can then be closed up. The main outer wings are then assembled from lowers and uppers with a single part control surface. Next up the large tail is built up and attached to its booms. To finish off the wing centre section is added to the twin hulls. Then the outer wings, tail section and engines are added. Markings The decals are from Decograf and look good with no registration issues, there are three decal options provided; S.55 Santa Maria, Reg No. 10015. Atlantic flight 16/02/1927. S.55 Santa Maria II, Reg No. 10016. Atlantic flight 08/05/1927. S.55 JAHU, Reg I-BAUQ ex I-SSAV, Atlantic flight 28/04/1927 (box art aircraft) Conclusion This is certainly an unusual aircraft which should appeal to those who like them, or Italian aircraft, or indeed the modellers of Flying Boats. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  13. Well, finally I've finished this model. Many stops and problems of different types but I am more than satisfied with the final result. As I was saying during the process, it's the first time that i'm looking for a finish in good condition, with minimal weathering effects, enough to give it some credibility. To highlight the work of staging with water. I have used an unconventional technique, very hard work but I think the result is worth it. At first, i've modeled the whole sea scene in clay, which allows you to work without haste and design the image that i had in mind. Once the model was finished in clay, I made a two-component silicone mold (special for molds). Once the mold is made, fill it with a transparent bicomponent resin, stained with translucent tamiya acrylics. So far all good except for the "small" detail of wrong to use talcum powder as non-stick and clear, these were stuck to the resin. I had to cut and carve the entire surface of the water to remove the whitish layer of talc. After carving, sanding and polishing ... the result is not bad. As for the model, it also gave me some problems ... especially in the final part when making the braces, something I had never done before. Here are the photos of the model in its natural environment. I hope you enjoy that!! More pics and process info in my blog. https://jamiegrahamworks.com/2018/06/14/pt-macchi-m-5-fly-1-48/
  14. (Caveat: this is not a new build, it is actually ten years old, a time when my scratching was quite less developed. I am posting here this as an illustrative aside on a conversation we are having on another thread I posted, in order not to clutter things there, and hoping that perhaps somebody may have a glimpse and smile) Original text as it was published ten years ago -somewhere else- follows: The quest for Speed has originated a plethora of beautiful shapes, dazzling prototypes, unique machines with the single purpose of combining lots of power with a polished, streamlined, efficient, lean airframe. The object of this article was just a study, a proposal on the subject by W.G. Carter published in the “Aircraft Engineer” supplement of Flight Magazine of September 1930. This racer was supposed to use two Napier Lions in a tandem configuration, thus canceling the dreaded torque effects that made these super-powered machines hard to control especially during take-off runs. Of course the tremendous heat delivered by the power plants needed a huge radiating surface – these were water-cooled engines – that had to be spread over almost every surface. The oil radiators were placed on the model in the lower surfaces of the engine gondola, while the water radiators were represented by colored decals in several areas, depicting the aluminum “skin” type radiator also used, for example, in the Supermarine S.6. Construction The model is based on the 3–view given in the second page of the above-mentioned article. With extremely attractive lines this proposed machine was conceived to embody the state of the art of the trade for the time. Since this design was just a study, there is no really detail to talk about, so for example radiators surfaces location, cockpit interior and colors are speculative. A trolley was also devised to help exhibit the model. The tiny canopy was vacuformed in my psychedelic Mattel contraption. In-progress images will tell the story of the building development, while shots of the finished model will give an idea of the refined concept and gleaming beauty of this 1930 study on marrying horsepower with elegance and efficiency. Ingredients: One float – modified – from the Aeroclub generic floats vacformed sheet. One seat from a long ago forgotten kit, reversed and modified. A Napier Lion metal casting also from Aeroclub. Several aluminum tubes, wires and liberal use of styrene sheet and rod. Home made decals. Completing the ingredients list are Argentinian Yerba Mate, putty, a modicum of predisposition towards sanding, and a couple of Fellini’s DVDs for the breaks.
  15. Dear All, Here is my rendition of Italeri's 1/72 Dornier Do-24T1, in the colours of Luftwaffe's 3/Seenotgruppe, 1942 (in a unidentified operational theatre, though it could be the Black Sea, due to the yellow underwing tips). This build started life as my entry to the Flying Boats and Floatplanes GB, which I hosted in late 2017 till mid-January 2018. As usual, I didn't manage to finish in time but I was using this build as a test bed for seaplane weathering techniques, so it would be difficult to finish in time anyway. In fact, it took me an additional 4 and a half months past the GB deadline to finish it... First a few words on the kit itself: Fit is generally good, but I had to fill in the joins between the wing sections and between the sponsons and fuselage. The really worst part, in terms of fit is glueing the wing to the struts and these to the fuselage, as there are almost no location holes to ensure proper alignment. Good detail in the cockpit and engines, the machine guns are not bad either (for plastic parts) There's a lot of surface detail: a mix of recessed panel lines, raised panel lines and rivets. I'm sure there will be people who won't like it but it didn't bother me. In fact, it seems that a lot more panel lines could be seen in real pictures. The kit comes with a PE fret but the instrument panel has no detail for the instruments (it's not a multi-layer panel, like Eduard's current approach, or a metal part + acetate with instruments; there's no decal for instruments either). However, this is a minor point, as the instrument panel can't really be seen through the cockpit windows. The PE walkways are very difficult to bend on the edges (there should be a slight bend, delimiting the walkways laterally) The transparent parts for the side windows are really bad but, again, there's nothing to look at inside and the gun turrets are a bit thick. The transparent part for the cockpit windows is very clear and distortion free but didn't fit perfectly on the fuselage. The instructions are reasonably good but some details are a bit vague (ex: installation of the rear turret, demarcation of the camouflage in the German versions) and there was an error on the decal scheme of the German versions (decals nº 9 should be nº 10 and vice-versa) The decals are very good (Cartograph) Regarding the build itself, some noteworthy points: The kit was built completely out of the box. No after-market or scratch building has been added, with the exception of rigging and antenna wires. I used Gunze Aquous and Tamiya acrylic paints (XF-26 and XF-27 for RLM72 and RLM73, respectively) airbrushed The most important part of the build was the weathering (based as much as possible on period pictures): a lot of chipping was applied on walk-on areas and areas subject to friction or spray of sea water chipping was applied in several layers: aluminium - chipping fluid - primer colour (RLM02) - chipping - chipping fluid - camouflage colour - chipping salt accumulations on the top surfaces simulated with a misty layer of "rain streaks" product, which was then removed almost totally with a brush water line mark created with AMMO Mig's "Nature Effects Dark Slime" grime accumulation and staining of panel lines and panels on the undersides (hull, tail, tailplane) with several AMMO Mig Oilbrusher colours (Dark Brown, Ochre, Olive Gree, Rust) panel lines on "above the water" surfaces were enhanced with a dark brown wash oil leaks on engine nacelles with a "Fresh Engine Oil" product fuel leaks on top of wing with diluted transparent yellow exhaust stains on top of wing using black pastels As a first try with sea plane weathering techniques I'm very pleased with the results. The WIP can be found here. Here are the final pictures. 1. Overall views IMAG5519 IMAG5520 IMAG5526 IMAG5527 IMAG5531 IMAG5532 IMAG5535 IMAG5499 IMAG5503 IMAG5506 IMAG5539 IMAG5521 IMAG5534 2. Details of gun turrets and cockpit Front turret IMAG5522 Cockpit barely seen through the windows IMAG5523 Mid-ship turret IMAG5515 Tail turret: IMAG5516 3. Rigging, antennas and engine detail Rigging between the lateral struts, done with elastic fishing wire, brushpainted RLM65, antenna wires done with AMMO 0,3 mm rigging thread: IMAG5524 Details of engine nacelles and propellers, showing engine oil spills: IMAG5525 IMAG5537 IMAG5538 Some chipping on the propellers, done with a silver pencil: IMAG5536 4. Weathering on the upper surface of the wing Chipping on the walk-on surfaces, chipped paint on nacelles, oil spills, fuel spills, exhaust stains: IMAG5528 Detail of starboard side, showing also some accumulation of salt: IMAG5529 The same for the port side: IMAG5530 5. Weathering on the under surfaces of the wing and tail plane Accumulations of salt and grime and general staining of the starboard underside of the wing: IMAG5540 The same for the port side: IMAG5540 Underside of the tail plane, weathered differently, since it was subject to sea water spills: IMAG5542 6. Weathering of the hull and sponsons The weathering of the hull and sponsons includes: chipping of the paint, showing primer (RLM02) or metal, water line mark, accumulation of grime on panel lines and panel staining and spots of rust: IMAG5543 IMAG5544 IMAG5545 IMAG5546 IMAG5547 IMAG5549 7. Interior detail The following series of pictures shows the finished cockpit before closing the fuselage. It's been weathered with dry brush and wash techniques: IMAG5141 IMAG5142 IMAG5144 IMAG5145 IMAG5146 IMAG5147 IMAG5148 8. Pictures of real weathered aircraft (for comparison) Just for comparison of my weathering efforts with real weathered aircraft, here are period pictures of Luftwaffe Do24s: I hope you like it. All comments are welcome. Thanks for looking. Jaime Cheers
  16. The 1/48th scale Felixstowe kit is now on the www.lonestarmodels.com website. The kit has optional fuselage parts so it can be built as early enclosed cockpit or later open version. Parts look very good in the photos. The kit is not cheap but this is a large aircraft. Which colour scheme will you choose? So many choices. :-)
  17. A man can never have too many flying boats in his collection. Here's what I've been doing to fill in time before aGolden Age group build on HyperScale starts in December. For those that want some insight into the kit check out Ken Duffey's build of the same kit here on Britmodeller: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235006699-beriev-be-10-mallow-172-scale-amodel-kit/&page=1 The kit goes together quite well for a limited run production, with a reasonable fit being achievable most of the time after some trimming and filing in places, particularly involving some thick flash here and there. But on the whole the fit is good once the parts are cleaned up. The kit appears to be CAD-designed, with possibly 3D printing of the masters. This gives design precision, but I suspect the use of epoxy or metal-coated epoxy tooling, which can warp slightly, may have resulted in flash in various openings where the mould halves have not quite sealed together. I have to say however, that I am impressed with A-Model's recent kits (their DH.60 centre-float amphibian, which I recently bought, appears to be a gem). I also believe they are producing Modelsvit's kits too, as these are tooled in a very similar manner; and like A-Model, larger subjects need multi-part fuselages because of tool size limitations. Anyway, here's where I'm up to - Essentially all of the major sub-assemblies are completed, and once I join the hull halves I hope to make finish things off reasonably quickly.
  18. Sorry for the late arrival of this build thread. First resin kit (So remember Tricky, you got me into this !) Apparently this lot are part of the same kit, however the instructions leave much to your interpretation, a few clues would have been appreciated ! Comments, help, advice, counselling all greatfully accepted ! Cheers Pat
  19. The Dornier Do 26 was a result from a 1937 order from Deutsche Lufthansa for three long range flying boats, capable of operating non-stop in the Lisbon-New York route. The first prototype, D-AGNT Seeadler (Sea Eagle), made its first flight on 21 May, 1938, and the second one, D-AWDS Seefalke (Sea Falcon) was completed in the beginning of 1939. These were the only boats completed before the war, so the third prototype D-ASRA Seemöwe (Seagull) went to Luftwaffe together with 3 more aircraft. Both Seeadler and Seefalke never went into service in the North Atlantic route as planned, instead they made 18 South Atlantic crossings transporting mail before the war put an end to the service. You may look for more on the Do 26 in John Stroud's "European Transport Aircraft since 1910", 1966 Putnam, or in the article from the Wings Of Peace series by the same John Stroud published in Aeroplane Monthly, June 1988. As far as I know there are two vacform kits of the Do 26 1n 1/72 - Airmodel (OOP) and Combat Models (listed in their page). I suspect that they are the same, but I'm not sure. There is also the injected kit by Mach 2, and Amodel promises a new kit for later this year. I had the Airmodel kit on my stash for many years and recently I began cutting and sanding the parts, apart from a timid start. Here are the parts, together with the beautiful plans (from Flugsport magazine) printed in the back of the instructions: On thing I always do with vacforms - and also with some short run injected kits, with no locating pins - is to add some tabs, as it makes so much easier the build: It is also important to glue stretched sprue where you must have a sharp edge. After adding some putty, a gentle sanding with a sanding block gives you the knife edge difficult to obtain by the molding process. This is the basic cockpit interior. I intend to detail it much more, as I will open the roof and the front hatch. I'm glad it fits well! The center section parts together with a spar are also glued. And that's all for now. I hope to show some progress later this week. Carlos
  20. Gee this build snuck up on me, plus it seems it will the the 3rd GB in progress!! Now for something completely different I’m going to build an Italian Seaplane for this build, a pretty little Macchi M.5. Ok now before everyone gets excited and reminds me this is the US Navy GB, there is a little known fact that the US Navy flew Macchi M.5’s (loaned from the Italians) from December 1917. These aircraft flew as 263ᵃ Squadrigilia and were in operations against Austro-Hungarian forces over the Adriatic sea. In one of these encounters occurred on the 18th August 1918 where a US Navy Pilot Charles H. Hammann became the first US Navy pilot to receive the Medal of Honor. Unfortunately I can’t find enough details on Hammann’s aircraft to replicate this aircraft but will build the other aircraft which was important in this event, Ensign George Ludlow’s Macchi M.13015 (he was rescued by Hammann after being shot down) which is included in the decal set. Ludlow's is the bottom aircraft, very colourful. oh and I can't forget the resin, gotta have resin in every build! This is part of the kit. I won't be getting too carried away with internal detailing as most of it will be hidden, so this will very much be an out of the box build. This will be my first big scale biplane so will be a bit nervous when it come to the rigging, all helpful advise appreciated. Plus as an additional first this will be the first GB which has no added extras! Been looking forward to building this right from the beginning, plus will be trying a few different painting techniques I’ve seen in other builds.
  21. Summer in Australia seems finally to be over and I'm ready to get back into building. The change in season happily coincides with this group build, which already has some great-looking projects underway. I'm going to build a Boeing 314 Pan Am Clipper in 1/144 from the Minicraft kit. I am thinking about my prototype. There are two particularly famous 314s. The Dixie Clipper, NC 18605, carried Franklin Roosevelt to Casablanca in January, 1943. The other -- and what to call it depends on when you're referring to -- made the first circumnavigation of the Earth by a commercial airliner in revenue service. I didn't know the story, so I will relate it here. In short, NC18602, the California Clipper, was in the air at the time of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. On arrival in Auckland, Pan Am ordered the crew to proceed home the long way -- to New York via Australia, South Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Brazil -- after stripping identifying marks from their aircraft. They made it about a month later, and Pan Am renamed the aircraft the Pacific Clipper (and also re-registered it NC18609), apparently to agree with newpaper stories. I'm thinking about how to finish this kit. There are three options: Out-of-the-box: The kit includes decals showing NC18609 and Pacific Clipper -- after the big flight, in other words. The upper-wing registration mark is unfortunately integrated with the international-orange region that Clippers had on their upper surfaces -- a feature I would prefer to paint. Mid-flight: With the markings removed or painted over. I don't know how it was done, but it could make for an interesting depiction. On arrival in Auckland: Designated NC18602 and California Clipper. I don't have decals for this. If I knew how to do figures and dioramas, I'd show Captain Ford on his mobile phone, getting the big surprise from headquarters. Here's the boxtop: Here's where I am already, after only an hour of work: The kit seems to be fitting really well, considering that this is apparently a reworked Airfix kit from the 1960s. These aircraft were natural metal, right, not painted silver? Thanks for looking. Some links: Wikipedia In Search of an Icon
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