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Hi all,  found this today on Facebook more new pics of the DC-3 from HpH: Our next future release is being prepared - a famous DC-3 or C-47 in 1/32 scale! For those that don't do Facebook, pics below.

https://www.facebook.com/hphmodels/photos/pcb.1681345815292404/1681345311959121/?type=3&theater

 

 

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:frantic:

 

One question that has been bugging me since I saw some pics taken by Karim at Moson.

 

I always thought the cargo door was specific to the C-47 version, not the DC-3, which had an "ordinary" passenger door :hmmm: . Time to take a dip in the documentation methink ...

 

I love the rendition of the surface, and the well thought-out PE band to hide the mid-fuselage joints, top and bottom ...

 

Hubert

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Finally! Someone is doing raised rivets and overlapping panels.... rejoice! :)

 

Looks good.

 

Craig

 

Take a look at the Revell P-40E from 1967!  :)

 

But, yes, absolutely superb surface detail...

 

And airline markings - I wouldn't have thought that would have pressed any of my buttons - but it really has!

 

Same query as Hubert re. doors though? I guess it depends on whether an early airline airframe, or post-war?

 

Iain

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Hubert, the cargo doors are C-47 specific.

 

As far as I know, all prewar civilian purchased DC-3s did not have the big cargo doors. They had the small passenger door, with, as far as I know, no passenger door on the right side. The only originally civilian aircraft that had the right side door were the DST sleeperliners.

There are very few actual true civilian built DC-3s left in the world. Many were impressed by the military once hostilities started, and met various ends.

 

The cargo door was a military modification along with a strengthened floor, cargo tie down points, etc.  I also believe that the astrodome was as well, although I may be incorrect on that point.

 

Now, postwar, thousands of surplus C-47s were recertified as DC-3s and sold as airliners on the civilian market. Unless rebuilt totally, they all had, and continue to have the big door.

 

One other thing. As far as I'm aware, most, if not all prewar civilian built DC-3s have Wright engines.  The Pratt and Whitney installation was a military conversion by Douglas, due to majority of Wrights being used on B-17s and such.

 

So to make the DST I've been dreaming of, there'll be a slight bit of minor modifications needed.

Knowing HPH, I'd put money on the cargo door needing to be cut out by us, so for you and I at least, that'll be a huge savings in work.

 

I hope that helps.

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Just a quick glance at he boxart appears to show a Wright powered civilian DC-3.  Notice the different engine installation, no astrodome, etc.

 

And those main tires need about half their air let out of them.  DC-3s rode on noticeably flat low pressure tires. 

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Just a quick glance at he boxart appears to show a Wright powered civilian DC-3.  Notice the different engine installation, no astrodome, etc.

 

And those main tires need about half their air let out of them.  DC-3s rode on noticeably flat low pressure tires. 

 

 

I also felt the wheels look a bit "squarish" in profile, but I did not want to enter any "bashing game" about pics of a prototype ;)

I do not mind a cargo-door to be cut off, but I would moan about the possible joints of a cut-out cargo-door in the kit, when I want a small-door civilian ...

 

Just hoping now it stays within my "affordable" psychological price bracket. A bit worried about that following Heinz quoting Jiri about the price in the HPH thread in the vendors section :( ...

 

Hubert

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*shudder*

 

I have about 1000 hours of pilot time in DC-3s.  This model brings all the horrors of flying these god-awful machines right back into mind, despite my best efforts at suppressing the memories.

 

Great looking model, though.  Excellent detail!

 

Jake

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