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  1. Old kits are sometimes such a pleasant surprise. Even with their limitations, some of them are well above what it's being produced today by certain brands. Exaggerated flying surfaces' ribbing and inaccurate floats aside, this kit is very nice, has reasonable detail, and even detail again that many contemporary kits lack. And that's why I keep building old kits, together with new ones that offer civil schemes and uses. As explained in the step-by-step posting, I just wanted a pair of floats to adapt for a DH89 conversion project, and somehow ended up building this kit that happened to provide them. I didn't regret that, having learned a bit about the type and enjoying the building process. I sanded the exaggerated rib detail, opened a side door, added an engine and prop, landing and navigation lights, new Pitot, whip and cable antennae, a cabin interior, tailwheel fairing, and other details to perk up the model. I build but finally did not install what looks like a cropdusting bar, unsure about what may have corresponded as associated equipment in the interior (tanks, pump, etc.). You can follow the step-by-step building sequence here: There are so many colorful civil users of this plane out there, that I was surprised that there are no good replacement resin floats for it. My heartfelt thanks to Arctic Decals for producing and selling the set that made this model possible. The chosen subject (a plane of the US Forest Service) is related to my admiration and respect for nature, in a time when obtuse rulers make everything in their power to destroy it, profusely helped by the usual orcs. What next... may be a Beaver?
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