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Bstarr3

Any kits of the Boeing 314 Flying Boat?

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As the title says, I'm looking to model a Boeing 314 as a Pan Am Clipper, but have not had any luck finding kits of this plane. Does one exist?

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The Airfix 1/144 scale kit has been around for decades and it turns up regularly on eBay. There is one for sale on eBay UK right now at £19.99 plus postage

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A far as I know, there are three kits of the 314: in 1/144 by Airfix and at 1/72 by Anigrand (resin) and Combat Models (vac). The Airfix is currently oop (but obtainable) and the others are currently in production.

 

https://www.anigrand.com/

http://combatmodels.us/

 

As far as I know, the Anigrand kit is based on the Combat vac. I own the Anigrand kit and it is certainly buildable but very crude in the details. 

 

Carlos

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Minicraft also released one in several boxings. It's very close to the Airfix kit (if not...).

 

Jeff

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1 minute ago, pinky coffeeboat said:

Minicraft also released one in several boxings. It's very close to the Airfix kit (if not...).

 

Jeff

.....scribed instead of raised? (Can you say very closely imitated?)

Mike

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1 hour ago, CarLos said:

The Minicraft plastic is Airfix, I think.

 

That was certainly my understanding, for what it's worth.

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@Bstarr3 here's a look at the Airfix oldie,

IMG_20191105_222649

Nothing fancy with this age of a tooling of course, but the basics are all there. 

I'm not sure I'd want to pay £20 + postage for it though!! 

The old ebay can get a bit crazy sometimes! 

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This year I build Combat Models vacu 314...

Here is WIP thread:

 

Cheers

J-W

 

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On 11/15/2019 at 2:43 AM, CarLos said:

A far as I know, there are three kits of the 314: in 1/144 by Airfix and at 1/72 by Anigrand (resin) and Combat Models (vac). The Airfix is currently oop (but obtainable) and the others are currently in production.

 

https://www.anigrand.com/

http://combatmodels.us/

 

As far as I know, the Anigrand kit is based on the Combat vac. I own the Anigrand kit and it is certainly buildable but very crude in the details. 

 

Carlos

I note from the Combat Models site that they also have a Martin M-130, an aircraft I've long wanted to model along with the 314 Clipper.

Now I know where I can get them I only have to convince SWMBO that about AU$260 is not too much for something that will sit with my other 200 odd models and not be built for years.

 

DennisTheBear

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On 12/27/2019 at 11:08 PM, DennisTheBear said:

I note from the Combat Models site that they also have a Martin M-130, an aircraft I've long wanted to model along with the 314 Clipper.

One of forum member offered me Combat Model Martin 130 for sale much cheeper. I was not interested since it cannot find any WWII period info on scheme  . Write PM to me then I will give you contact info to this fellow. I know it is still for sale.

Regards

J-W

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I seem to recall getting a teeny-tiny Clipper plastic kit in my cereal back in the day?

Edited by malpaso

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5 hours ago, JWM said:

One of forum member offered me Combat Model Martin 130 for sale much cheeper. I was not interested since it cannot find any WWII period info on scheme  . Write PM to me then I will give you contact info to this fellow. I know it is still for sale.

Regards

J-W

Will do!

 

DennisTheBear

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On 11/14/2019 at 4:10 PM, AntPhillips said:

On the subject of the Boeing Clipper, take a look at this site

Ant,

 

What a wonderful story! I remember reading a brief statement about the flight a long time ago, but had no idea what the crew and the 314 accomplished until reading your post. What a magnificent flying boat and what incredible airmanship on the part of the entire crew. It is a travesty that one of the Boeing Clippers wasn't preserved  for all to see the luxurious accommodations and safety they represented during the golden age of  flying boats.

Mike

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The next best thing - The Flying Boat Museum at Foynes, County Cl;are, Ireland.

 

Ireland played a pivotal part in the development of the original trans-Atlantic flying boat services just before World War 2.

 

 https://www.flyingboatmuseum.com/

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On 1/18/2020 at 11:18 PM, DennisTheBear said:

Will do!

 

DennisTheBear

Hi DTB

 

J-W meant me, I only have the Martin 142 to sell but I think we could make a deal with around 85€ in total for that one means postage to down under included.

To be realistic I'll never get to building it anyways, let me know if you are interested.

 

Cheers

Martin
 

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On 1/21/2020 at 7:25 PM, occa said:

J-W meant me, I only have the Martin 142 to sell

sorry that I mixed the Martins apparently...

Cheers

J-W

 

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On 12/27/2019 at 4:17 PM, NorthBayKid said:

The Minicraft kit is a clone of Airfix, but with engraved detail

Nope! It is the Airfix kit with no alterations. Minicraft just bought bagged kits from Airfix. The decals are better in the Minicraft boxings though.

Edited by VMA131Marine

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38 minutes ago, VMA131Marine said:

Nope! It is the Airfix kit with no alterations. Minicraft just bought bagged kits from Airfix. The decals are better in the Minicraft boxings though.

Yup. There seems to be some confusion about this, spread on on the Internet (like that's never happened before).

 

On 12/27/2019 at 9:17 PM, NorthBayKid said:

The Minicraft kit is a clone of Airfix, but with engraved detail

Two reviews on Modelling Madness state that Minicraft revised the Airfix tooling:

 

https://modelingmadness.com/review/civil/airlines/spahrclip.htm

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... it was originally issued in 1967; more recently, Minicraft has done some work on the molds, removing the gazillion rivets and adding finely raised panel lines, and now offers the kit under their brand

 

https://modelingmadness.com/scott/civil/314preview.htm

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... Darned if it didn't look like the Airfix kit minus the rivets. This was confirmed by looking at the underside of the stand where one can see a mirror image of the word 'Airfix' imprinted there. It is also on the inside of one wing with the date of 1964! Apparently Minicraft basically used the Airfix kit and scribed in panel lines

 

However, I have the Airfix boxing from 1988:

https://www.scalemates.com/kits/airfix-04172-transatlantic-clipper--163336

 

... and it has fine raised panel lines, not rivets. Minicraft only issued the kit much later, c. 2001 according to Scalemates. In all other respects, it's a typical Airfix kit from the late 1960's, and it can be made into a good model if you're prepared to put some work in.

 

Not all old Airfix kits were covered in rivets. Many were, a good deal were not, and some had very restrained levels of rivet detail, not unlike some recent Airfix kits. A person could write an essay on Airfix rivets, if they had the time and the inclination😉

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1 hour ago, JWM said:

sorry that I mixed the Martins apparently...

Cheers

J-W

 

Oops sorry my mistake. actually it is the Martin M-130 that I have to sell.

And the Sikorsky S-42 if anyone is interested

 

Cheers

Martin

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Many links and a lot of talking.

But has any one built it yet ?

 

Here is what it looked like some 20 years ago, on its stand and still looking good in the cabinet:

Boeing-Clipper.jpg

Edited by AV O

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