Originally Posted by Planecrazy
The model shown has a passenger door, not the larger freight door. That makes it a C-53. Deicer boots on the leading edges of the wings, horizontal stabilizers and vertical tail were standard on WWII C-53/C47s but this model does not have them.
Is this a model of a genuine WWII aircraft or of one post war as a heritage flight aircraft?
Good observations! I'm going to try and dig up some photos of the original bird and see. I know some commercial aircraft were converted for military use in WWII, so it's entirely possible that it only had a passenger door. The lack of deicing boots is an oversight on Hobby Master's part though. Their DC-3 isn't the most accurate on the market, but there aren't many manufacturers putting them out right now so I welcome any new DC-3s. I welcome them more if all the details are accurate, mind you.
US Army C-53 variant: