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This rather involving modification of the somewhat dated Special Hobby kit came finally to fruition. In spite of a few shortcomings, it is a good thing that Special Hobby released long ago this kit and included Amelia's version, if inaccurately depicted, which can anyway be corrected. I took advantage of the Arctic Decals set, which corrects inaccuracies on the original decal sheet an provides a few more details. Many hours were dedicated to research and the making of details for the model. Here is the Lockheed Electra 10E as flown by Amelia beyond the point of no return, literally. Those interested may visit the step-by-step building article here: In this particular layer of the modeling multiverse, Amelia has safely arrived to fame and glory. After this, and realizing that she had tempted luck long enough and it was time for a quieter life, she dedicated her time to further propel women's education and rights, as she has been doing before. The long-traveled Electra (a star in the Pleiades, "amber" in Greek and Agamemnon's daughter in mythology) went to a museum, despite the wishes of Putnam who wanted yet more money and promotion. As she matured, Amelia eventually distanced herself from Putnam, and retired to the countryside, to an estate with a small airstrip, where she kept flying until advanced age, receiving the visits of her many friends. She passed away in peace, as if flying beyond.
Special Hobby models belong to that kit category that could be best described as "I am glad they kitted it, I am glad it does exists and I can buy it and build it, I only wish it would have been a little bit better". Hey, I am grateful for some of their releases, I have built a few. But they sometimes present some issues: - Instruction of the type of "This part goes somewhere in this area, you figure it out" (as in this kit's landing gear). - Sprue gates that are often located in places that compromise fine detail (as in this kit's props, for example). - Wishful thinking (as in this model, where drawings -more like sketches- of Earhart's plane are presented, but you have no alternate parts (fuel tanks for the interior, nose lights, antenna loop, different LG mechanism, for example), nor details or instructions good enough to serve as a guide for the adaptation. - Resin bits that, if welcome, present occasionally fit problems. - Oversize small parts (in this case the dorsal fuselage vents) - Vacuum-formed canopies difficult to trim and blend with the surroundings. - No masks whatsoever, even if this canopy needs it, nor templates to make yours. - Inaccurate color calls or details (Earhart plane had International Orange painted areas). - The fit is not the best on some parts. - No locating devices per se, but there are marks for some parts. - Ejector towers and the occasional sink marks are present. Not difficult to overcome, but annoying. Yes, I know, they are short run technology. But somehow they give you a long run. Now, this was released in 1999. Later kit releases from SH have showed improvements. In any case, the two other Electra kits that I know of (Execuform and Dekno's) would require quite a bit of effort themselves. The model came to me with no resin bits, so some cheeky monkey at some point sold it second hand -to the friend that finally got it for me- without them. Thanks very much, you despicable rat. Not terrible, since the engines are very common (P&W R985 Wasp Junior) and can be ordered from different manufacturers of your choice if need be. The best, by far, are the Small Stuff (72113) ones. White metal "Vintage" Aeroclub (E012) and resin Engines & Things (72021) are options too. The instrument panel can be made; the seats, control column, etc., can be sourced from the spares bin or manufactured. The Earhart particular bits (mainly long range fuel tanks, navigator station and miscellaneous details) will have to be fabricated. We'll see if this one has better luck than its full size homologous and manages to arrive to its more discrete destination, the boxes where I keep all completed models. So nothing you don't know about: The particular bits pertinent to Earhart's version are fashioned, plus the parts needed to replace the missing resin bits. Fuselage long range tanks, first console, parts to make the LG accurate: General view. Some parts fabricated, some from the spares bin, some adapted or made better (like the props) You can see I didn't use the kit's bulkheads, which are inaccurate at least for this version, or the kit's props, which are quite so-so. Lenses for the nose, navigator station accoutrements, miscellaneous bits: