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Old 10-14-2016, 01:19 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: HM Douglas C-47 Skytrain USAAF 53rd TCS "Sky King" HL1305

Originally Posted by Planecrazy View Post
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:
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