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Old 03-17-2019, 02:54 PM   #1
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Default Douglas C-47A, KLM (post-war), 1/72

I would like to present you my latest model: KLM Dakota PH-TCY. I do understand that this is a diecast forum. But we are all airliner lovers and this is a (custom modified) model of the grandmother of modern air travel.
I hope you like it.





The motivation for this duo build with the Fordson 7V Bowser (from scratch) was a 1948 photo by photographer Paul Huf. Some details might differ from the original picture (I left the cargo door open and the bowser had a ladder attached on the right side).

When I dived into the history of aircraft s/n 9410, I found that it played an essential role in the development of Dutch and Belgian aviation (as PH-TCY, PH-DAC and OO-VDF). It is actually the last Dakota registered to KLM NV and one of the few that has flown operationally from the ‘new’ Schiphol well into the seventies.

The aircraft has fulfilled all tasks that are typical for a Dakota: military transport aircraft in WWII (RAF FD864), luxury passenger aircraft for KLM, bush plane in the East (De Kroonduif) and affordable pioneer for newly established airlines. In the latter role, this plane was one of the first aircraft of what we nowadays know as Brussels Airlines. And as if it was a Tintin album, the plane ended up in a bloody African conflict, where it played a key role during the Congolese Civil War in the mid -90’s. The plane was eventually abandoned at Mbuji Mayi and last spotted in 2008 in deplorable state. It seems to have vanished from Google earth since.

The model is a Revell 1986 issue from original ESCI moulds. The interior details, as well as some external parts, are built from scratch. The right hand engine has no cowling to show you the details of the fine Pratt Whitney R-1830 Twin Wasp engine.

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Old 03-18-2019, 11:13 AM   #2
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Very nicely done! Great job!

What color did you use for the bare metal?

Keep it coming!

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Very nice finish! An amazing job you did!
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Wonderful demonstration of your skill and talent, very few people are able to compete with you.

I have an unbuilt ESCI DC 3, the model is very nice but I see on yours a lot of parts and details that were not in the box.

The big problem when you add details from scratch is that it is difficult to make things exactly to scale, sometimes, you have to be creative and imaginative.

Excellent models, I love the story.

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Thanks for the kind comments!

Indeed JP, a few non-standard add-ons were used in this model. The HobbyBoss PE set was used (a challenge since it did not fit automatically) and the wonderful resin products of Harald Hensel (HaHen).

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What color did you use for the bare metal?
That is Inspire Chroom, dear Markus. I used Alclad gloss black base, than one layer of Inspire (some panels have a different shade of alclad alu) and as a varnish Alclad ALC-600 aqua gloss. This methode is simple and effective!

Actually, the most challenging part of this duo built was the Fordson fuel truck ;-)
Herewith my build logs (sorry, in Dutch) with a lot of pictures.

https://modelbrouwers.nl/phpBB3/view...dfac1d9159c5a1

https://modelbrouwers.nl/phpBB3/view...f5d7e81c8b0c34

Cheers! VJ
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Awesome, simply awesome Vintage Jet!
I wish I had a fraction of your skills in 1:200.
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Awesome, simply awesome Vintage Jet!
I wish I had a fraction of your skills in 1:200.
Plus one! This is amazing, must have been lots of hours put in to it. Beautiful! Love the polished finish...
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