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Beech D-18 -converted RarePlane vacuum-formed 1/72nd kit


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This model started life as a venerable RarePlane* vacuum-formed kit, and was converted, with some modifications, into an air show stylized machine. New engines and props, full interior -with restroom, and many other details like diverse antennas and lights were added to bring the standard just a tad higher, redeeming its destiny from tired out-of-the-war-mill, to splendorous crowd-awing aerobatic apparatus.

The step-by-step account of the transformation can be seen here:

The necessary masks and decals were commissioned from Arctic Decals and were to their usual high standards.

This model was built in parallel with another civil conversion of the same type using the Encore half-hearted re-pop of the original PM kit to make an American Airlines plane, and it was an interesting experience comparing the quality, engineering, behavior, and potential of both.

 

I must say that both kits have their uses, but my heart inclines towards the vac, that although being a much earlier effort, has much more to it than the not very well rendered iteration of the injected-cum-so-so-resin-bits sister kit.

 

Still, a great pleasure is found in playing with these old kits and honing those skills with a frill or two, and much is learned, and much is enjoyed, plus the endeavor resulting in not so common renditions with a bit of extra pizzazz.

 

The model represents a present time aerobatic machine used on air shows.Not all kits can be used to portray this particular airframe, only the ones with the shorter nacelles and without the kink (LERX) at the wing roots.

 

*Before his passing, I sustained a very lovely exchange with Gordon Stevens, talking much about kit-making, aviation and life. Wherever he is, I hope I made him proud with this, his creation. 

 

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This is a real beauty, both the real subject and your model so finely rendered. Its finish is flawless. The transparencies, including the large windscreen which is one of the focal point of the design of this airframe, look just perfect. Being new to the forum, I followed in the second row your build and I enjoyed it greatly.

My best regards,

Daniele

 

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51 minutes ago, Dstream said:

This is a real beauty, both the real subject and your model so finely rendered. Its finish is flawless. The transparencies, including the large windscreen which is one of the focal point of the design of this airframe, look just perfect. Being new to the forum, I followed in the second row your build and I enjoyed it greatly.

My best regards,

Daniele

 

Thanks Daniele

Glad you enjoyed the process and result.

Cheers

46 minutes ago, Space Ranger said:

Excellent. Beautiful. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, even. Gordon would be proud.

Thanks Michael

You are very kind.

Cheers

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Another beautiful model of a beautiful aeroplane Moa - quite stunning in fact. I don't believe I have ever seen a better finish on a Rareplanes model. Nice tutorial information in the WIP too!

 

Cheers

 

Malcolm

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1 hour ago, busnproplinerfan said:

It's nice when red and black colours work together. She looks good.

It is eye-catching, no doubt.

Cheers

1 hour ago, Baldy said:

Another beautiful model of a beautiful aeroplane Moa - quite stunning in fact. I don't believe I have ever seen a better finish on a Rareplanes model. Nice tutorial information in the WIP too!

 

Cheers

 

Malcolm

Thanks Malcolm.

It was an enjoyable build.

 

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Well done, C.  I had a great uncle who wore out two of these flying for a construction company in Burbank.  Seeing one doing aerobatics is a little jarring to my mind.

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On 2/16/2020 at 6:36 PM, jeaton01 said:

Well done, C.  I had a great uncle who wore out two of these flying for a construction company in Burbank.  Seeing one doing aerobatics is a little jarring to my mind.

 

On 2/16/2020 at 9:46 PM, dnl42 said:

Bravo! :clap2:

 

On 2/17/2020 at 1:35 AM, Andrew.S said:

Absolutely lovely!

 

On 2/17/2020 at 2:04 AM, Toryu said:

I love the Beech 18. The most handsome 'liner' of the 30s. Became famous again in the James Bond movie 😀.

A wonderful model Claudio!

 

On 2/17/2020 at 4:14 AM, Courageous said:

Another stunner, love the scheme.

 

Stuart

 

On 2/16/2020 at 9:52 PM, Learstang said:

Brilliant work, Claudio! I do believe you would have made the late, great Mr. Stevens proud with what you did with his creation!

 

Best Regards,

 

Jason

Thank you all for your kind words!

Cheers

 

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