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JohnHaa

De Havilland DH-89A Rapide, scratch, 1/48

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Dear members,

 

Like many other modellers, I admired John's Aero diarama of Stackton Aerodrome.

 

I thought this was a good opportunity to add an old model, when I just started to build in scratch.

 

I did some homework, because it is a long time ago I build this model. Of course in pre- internet days, we had only books and magazines.

From a Scale Models Magazine, October 1980 , I used the 3-view drawings as starting point,

further I used Profile Nr.144.

As times literally flies...😉

 

To revive the old times, here, I hope you like the photographs,

 

With kind greetings,

 

JohnHaa

 

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That is a stunner! Your modelling skills are admirable, to think this is from pre-internet when source material wasn't so easily available, thank you for sharing

 

Marc

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That is stunning. The Rapide is in my top five favourite aircraft, thank you for posting.

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Beautiful - Just like Silver Fox this is one of my favourite civil aircraft & a demanding subject for scratchbuilding; a twin-engined biplane with  a voluminous visible interior and complex faceted shapes making up the fuselage all coupled with an extremely technical colour-scheme.

 

Excellent!

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From 1980?! Fantastic John!

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Absolutely stunning.  I am in awe of your skills.  Always loved the Rapide since I saw one flying over in the early 60's.  I think that was probably the event that started my interest in aircraft.  Thanks for sharing.

Graeme

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Great work! It looks so perfect, no even suggestion of any scratch work happend here...

So I see it is not only me, who has models made plus forty years ago ;)  

Cheers

J-W

 

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Outstanding model of a beautiful airplane!

 

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You are right, John's diorama is very evocative!

Your model is beautiful, as it is the original plane.

Your work is top notch, congratulations!

 

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Superb model of arguably the most stylish and elegant biplane ever.

 

Kind regards,

 

Joachim

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Absolutely stunning John. One of the most beautiful aircraft of all time. Surely it is time for someone to kit this aircraft in 1/48 or even 1/32?

 

Cheers

 

Malcolm

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They don't come much better than that model. I've flown in a good few Rapides over the years. Beautiful.

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Very nice work! :worthy::wub:

 

There's a good reason that era was called the Golden Age of Aviation.

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Everyone,

 

Thank you very much for your very kind comments !

 

Yes I agree, this kind of planes are beautiful. Elas, a bit difficult to build. 

I recall getting the cockpit section of fuselage right, was tricky as Bandsaw Steve wrote in his comment. Also to make the engine / undercarriage fairings was a complicated affair. And two of them.

The designers at De Havillands made us modellers' life not easy ....😅

 

Anyhow, I am glad I have seen this beauty in real; in the sixties I lived near Rotterdam Airport, where the KLM used one for Photo work.   I still remember that beautiful sound, like sewing machines !

 

With kind greetings,

JohnHaa

 

  

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Having spent many hours in and around Rapides I think this captures the character of the type superbly. Magnificent work, well done

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Awesome!

Can't begin to think what a challenge it must be to scratch-build something like this!

Amazing!

:worthy:

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Wow! Amazing scratch building there, you have captured the look of the Rapide perfectly. It's a shame the windows have gone all brownish but I guess that's just the passage of time!

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Wow , what can I say  that's not already been said , I have the Aeroclub model but this is in another league.

I hope mine turns out as good as this.  :goodjob:

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Words fail me, so I will echo what the others have said. This in no way looks like a scratchbuild, but a state of the art kit. Beautiful in all respects! You sir, are one steely-eyed modeler.

Mike

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Dear viewers,

 

Thank you for your compliments, much appreciated !

 

Greetings,

 

JohnHaa

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