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  1. What can you do. I have many models already completed but still waiting for this and that last touch that should come in the mail. But doesn't. So here is another project. It all started when I realized that I needed a pair of floats for a De Havilland D.H.89 Dragon Rapide. Since there are no aftermarket EDO floats for it, I acquired an old Noorduyn Norseman. The floats in the kit are not accurate, but can be improved upon. But the boxing came with floats, skis, and wheels, so no harm was done requisitioning those floats. And besides the design sort of grew on me. A quick search rendered a few attractive subjects, from which I chose one plane used by the US Forest Service. I think that is a good cause for any plane, to take care of nature, instead of obliterate it. Here is a link to a photo of the plane on Bill Larkins Flickr photostream: https://www.flickr.com/photos/34076827@N00/4425369018/ This is, as many of you know, and old mold, originally a Matchbox release, and then squeezed a bit more by Revell, which is my boxing. It is not a bad kit, but the flying surfaces suffer from Ribitis, that is, the inflammation of the ribs, in all flying surfaces. The parts were carried to the doctor, who happened to be Sanding Sponge Bob Doctor, that gave the patient a firm and repeated scrub under water, until the inflammation disappeared, leaving a more acceptable skin. So, without intention or premeditation, I found myself in the process of building a chubby Noorduyn Norseman. Other than show what I am doing, I won't abound on information since this kit has been with us since Victorian times. It is so old, that Revell actually blotted the original brand an date engraved on the molds. To the right and in the foreground, the original accordion wings, to the left and background, the sanding has already started: There is a difference: All surfaces undergo the same treatment: The floats that come with the kit (that I snatched and will be using somewhere else) are not accurate, and need re-working: All flying surfaces sanded down, all parts cleaned up and ready for assembly:
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