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1/72 - Curtiss C-46A/D Commando by Valom - box art - release in 2021


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2 hours ago, Paul J said:

Ah yes. Thats right. Have you used them yet?ūüėČ

To be honestly I did not ūü§óbut I have four Williams kit in the stash but somehow they always stall ....

Started two but they stall as they do need a heck of a lot attention as they will benefit scribing and redo the windows as they are in the wrong place as well...

I do think I will finish one in the end as they look great once build but I will probably also will be adding a Valom kit as they hit the shelves..

 

cheeers, Jan

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Not saying anything till see the price. I remember all those people who were enthusiastic about the Kalinin K-7. Still Vaclav appears confident with 5 boxings spread out over the years.

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36 minutes ago, dalea said:

Not saying anything till see the price. I remember all those people who were enthusiastic about the Kalinin K-7. Still Vaclav appears confident with 5 boxings spread out over the years.

Preliminary price in the Netherlands is 42,95 in euro’s....the Williams secondhand fetches more....

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Just now, janneman36 said:

Preliminary price in the Netherlands is 42,95 in euro’s...

Less than I expected. This is a big kit.

 

Cheers

 

Colin

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On 4/10/2021 at 5:07 AM, TheFlyingDutchman said:

I do have some C-46 Buffalo decals left which I designed for a friend a few years back. They are ALPS and laser printed, so not the sharpest decals you'll ever see, but they worked well for said friend. If anyone's interested mail me at attachbeforeflight@gmail.com , I only have a few sets as I do not have any commercial intentions with this! 

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That is a beautiful finish on that kit.

 

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1 hour ago, dalea said:

Not saying anything till see the price. I remember all those people who were enthusiastic about the Kalinin K-7

The Mikro-mir one?

Considering the enormous size of the thing in 1/72 and the somewhat niche aspect and therefore limited run, I found some suggestions of people expecting a sub-100 price rather daft.  AMS ended up selling (they had 10 in stock) all of them anyway. 
Don't think that's a real fair comparison in this case.

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I agree.  The market for a C-46 will certainly be much larger than for a Kalinin K-7.  It is one thing to be enthusiastic that a model exists of an exotic type and quite another thing to buy one.  Particularly bearing in mind that in the market, the vast majority of aircraft are exotic.  Including the C-46, to be fair, but considerably less so as it does fall into the popular categories of WW2, military and US.  As opposed to inter-war and Soviet.  Which is sad for those of us attracted to the more exotic types, but if they were popular and widely available they wouldn't be exotic, would they?

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10 hours ago, Graham Boak said:

I agree.  The market for a C-46 will certainly be much larger than for a Kalinin K-7.  It is one thing to be enthusiastic that a model exists of an exotic type and quite another thing to buy one.  Particularly bearing in mind that in the market, the vast majority of aircraft are exotic.  Including the C-46, to be fair, but considerably less so as it does fall into the popular categories of WW2, military and US. 

The C-46 was used by some of the most popular to model air arms:

China, Israeli Air Force, Japan Air Self-Defense Force, South Korean Air Force. United States Air Force, United States Marine Corps &  United States Navy

 

And civilian operators like Lufthansa, FOF in Norway and the ones hauling cargo in Alaska and Northern Canada are also quite popular. 

Photo by Ralf Manteufel - http://abpic.co.uk/photo/1219253/, GFDL 1.2, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=44128137

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On 11/04/2021 at 23:20, dalea said:

Not saying anything till see the price. I remember all those people who were enthusiastic about the Kalinin K-7. Still Vaclav appears confident with 5 boxings spread out over the years.

I got the K7 Worth every cent IMHO (I don't think people realise how big it is in 72nd

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Question: why did at least one (post-war, obviously) Lufthansa C-46 carry U.S. registration numbers?  Was this needed to get into and out of West Berlin?  I think the color scheme is pretty cool for this fat bird!

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Can't give you a definite answer, but it may be no more complicated than that Lufthansa leased the aircraft rather than owned it.

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On 4/12/2021 at 6:20 AM, TheFlyingDutchman said:

Which is why it still bears the LH crane logo on the fuselage, as a tribute! 

AVO is still in service with Buffalo Airways. I was in that plane when it was with Air Manitoba until the mid '90s.

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38 minutes ago, Admiral Puff said:

Can't give you a definite answer, but it may be no more complicated than that Lufthansa leased the aircraft rather than owned it.

That is the correct answer....

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34 minutes ago, busnproplinerfan said:

AVO is still in service with Buffalo Airways. I was in that plane when it was with Air Manitoba until the mid '90s.

 C-GTPO still fly’s as well with Buffalo, so they have two C-46s active..

 

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2 hours ago, janneman36 said:

 C-GTPO still fly’s as well with Buffalo, so they have two C-46s active..

 

Those were all ex Air Manitoba planes. They had four or five until they closed up in '94. I was apprenticing for my first year AME and got to tinker a little on AVO and I think TPO. Was only there for a few months before they closed.

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