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Twin Otter "Argentina Air Force - Falklands/Malvinas 82"


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I´m starting this 1:72 Twin Otter from Argentina Air Force. I have the intention to make the "T-82" involved in a mission of rescue and evacuation of a pilot shot down over the islands during the conflict.

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I like Matchbox models and this seems quite acceptable.

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Well done for undertaking this interesting project. I am (very slowly!) starting my own series of builds of aircraft which participated in the Falklands War, mainly Argentine types since that country employed a wider variety. The Twin Otter is on my list but since AFAIK there is no 1/48 kit of it, or a conversion set, it's not a priority. Does that Aerocalcas decal set cover the Twin Otter specifically? I didn't know it existed. I have a couple of Aerocalcas sets myself, covering other types such as the Mirage III in 1/48.

Keep us updated on your progress!

Regards, Tony

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Does that Aerocalcas decal set cover the Twin Otter specifically? I didn't know it existed.

The decal sheet number 72021 brings decals for the Mentor, the Twin Otter and for the UH-1 heli.

Unfortunately the owner of Aerocalcas died last year and the decals are not in production any more.

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I have this kit int the stash and am very interested to see what you do with it.

Martin

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Hi

This looks interesting, I didn't know that the Twin Otter was involved in that conflict. I shall enjoy watching this progress.

Roger

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The seats and the belts are going to.

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I did sand this two holes that only exist and the left side of the fuselage.

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The cargo floor is done

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Luis this is a fantastic idea for a build and the work you've done on it so far has been amazing, please keep those pictures and updates coming.

Cheers

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This is looking very good, I do like the T'wotter I hadn't realised the FAA used the yet another interesting colour scheme. The kit is one of the good Matchbox kit's what a shame they went under. This is one I built it's used by NASA for Icing trials. I have another one in the stash that I intend to build as a NOAA one. Keep up the good work! :)

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John

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ive got the revell repop of this kit and im going to try and recreate this one..

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cause i used to work on this very aircraft and even flew her once...with Brymons chief pilot in the other seat!!

steve

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Steve, that photo brings back memories for me. Many years ago I made the Matchbox Twin Otter in that Brymon scheme (albeit G-BGMD), as the first - and as it proved, only - part of a planned 'Scilly Aviation' collection.

Luis, great work on your Twin Otter - I'm following with interest. As I recall, the biggest issue with the kit seems to be the base of the windscreen which curves up :) , whereas I think it should turn down :( . I ended up using 'trompe l'oeil' (i.e. a bit of black paint!) in an attempt to recreate this on my Brymon plane.

Cheers

Cliff

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Hi Steve

The letters on the tail I masked up and painted. For the others I managed to track down some italic Letraset (dry transfer) sheets. Not a perfect font, but OK. Had to mess around reversing the decals in order to get the backward sloping italic on the starboard side (easy with an I or an H - not at all easy with a G).

If I was doing it today though I would print my own on my inkjet printer. There's a flip function in Microsoft Paint which allows you to create reverse italics - again it won't work immediately for all letters. For the G therefore I'd probably flip an italic C and then add a thin strip of decal when it's on the plane to convert it to a G.

Very happy to discuss further by PM if you'd like to (to avoid any risk of being accused of highjacking Luis' thread!).

Cliff

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The cockpit almost done.

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As I recall, the biggest issue with the kit seems to be the base of the windscreen which curves up :) , whereas I think it should turn down :( . I ended up using 'trompe l'oeil' (i.e. a bit of black paint!) in an attempt to recreate this on my Brymon plane.

Cliff, like you said the windscreens are the worst of this kit.

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