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Hudson to Lodestar conversion?

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5 hours ago, modelldoc said:

Lockheed Hudson from Special Hobby / Revell and you have all parts for a Super Electra

@modelldoc Yes, done that one, and even the old Airfix Hudson turned into G-AFGL. That was a Labour of Love alright! 

A couple of us are looking at our Revell PV1 Ventura kits in 1.48 and pondering the prospects. 

And I'm currently working on the MPM Special hobby Lodestar in 1.72 which uses a lot of the Hudson parts. 

The concensus here seems to be that the old Academy Minicraft Ventura is the better fuselage shape depth-wise. 

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I've just acquired a 1/48th resin Lodestar fuselage made in US by Fox 3 Studios.  Yeah I've never heard of them before either.  The fuselage is designed to be matched up with Classic Airframes Hudson kit.

 

The photo below shows fuselage comparison with Revell Ventura and Classic Airframes Hudson fuselage profiles.

 

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And the against the plans posted earlier in this thread enlarged to 1/48th scale.  Note the window spacing.

 

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There are some things to think about.

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Well, that is an unusual thing to do with the window distribution. 

Is there any surface details to indicate what they have in mind for the door or the little tail windows? 

Those front 2 holes are closer together. I'll keep a look out for anything like it, but I haven't heard of any variations in the Lodestar configuration 

 

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US navy transport Lodestars were R50-1, R50-4, R50-5, R50-6, and the army had C56, C57, C59, C60 and C66. 

Both of forces often had vip versions of transports for top brass. Just thinking that there might be some variation in cabin layout and windows within these various marks, and your fuselage represents one of the "odd" types 

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42 minutes ago, rob Lyttle said:

Well, that is an unusual thing to do with the window distribution. 

Is there any surface details to indicate what they have in mind for the door or the little tail windows? 

Those front 2 holes are closer together. I'll keep a look out for anything like it, but I haven't heard of any variations in the Lodestar configuration 

 

The rear cabin door is represented in the correct place corresponding with the plans but the door is 3mm wider than the plan and has a flat top rather than the curve shown in the plan.  Actually it matches the door size and shape on the Classic Airframes Hudson model.

 

The small rear toilet windows are not represented on either side nor is the front cargo door. 

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The flat top door hints at being a military version to me. And the slightly wider opening too. 

But I've found nothing so far to match the window layout 

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45 minutes ago, rob Lyttle said:

The flat top door hints at being a military version to me. And the slightly wider opening too. 

But I've found nothing so far to match the window layout 

Yes based on photographic evidence I've been able to confirm the door shape is correct for military Lodestars.

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Just an observation but there is probably another factor with general alignement and that is shrinkage in the fuselage master and the rubber and any subsequent sub masters especially over longer lengths.

 

John

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Could be this he was working on....? 

Can't make out the window distribution on the side though. 

NC 80601 Lodestar with Standard Oil just after the war 

 

Added.... 

There's additional information and correction further down that thread, showing the red and blue stripes are the other way round, 

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Based on this.... 

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The other thing is, I have a hunch that the engine in the picture is a P&W Twin Wasp, so different nacelles if that's the case? 

It's a very attractive scheme though 😍

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