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De Havilland DH 89 Dragon Rapide (OY-DIN) Lukgraph HELP!

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So, although I'm already busy on a handful of projects, I think I need to start this one too...

 

It's just not very often one of your top three dream kits suddenly appears out of the blue (Thank you Lukgraph)

 

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Subject: 'Provinsluftfartselskabets' DH 89 OY-DIN - It flew the route Aalborg - Hamburg via Gl. Rye & Esbjerg. (Original color photograph - Esbjerg Airport ca. 1938.)

 

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I've only done one resin kit before (HPH Catalina) so I don't really have any issues working with resin. Well most of my builds involve some kind of scratched parts anyway.

What I havent tried before are 3d printed parts, so anything I have to be aware of, before preparing the printed parts?

 

Cheers: Kent

 

 

 

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You do indeed waste no time Kent, I'll follow this with great interest and I'm sure it will turn out

another showstopper!!

Lothar

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So, build already stalled, what color would the seats have been?

 

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The instructions call for a 'leather' color for the seat cuchions, I'm thinking if there was a De Havilland standard color for the seats?

Would planes have had customised colors for the interior and passenger seats? I'm tempted to do them in a blue color, what do you think?

 

Cheers: Kent

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Will be following as well, as this kit is on my must have list (will order it next batch).

Regarding the seats, might be worth having a little search as to what leather dyes were available at the time.  I seem to recall lots of leather furniture was a dark brown, but that might have been different for transport uses.

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Checking my Moth book - Puss,Fox,Hornet etc have the same style of seats in colours to match the fuselage

 

Black, white, red, cream - whatever you fancy

 

Richard

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12 minutes ago, Landrotten Highlander said:

Will be following as well, as this kit is on my must have list (will order it next batch).

Regarding the seats, might be worth having a little search as to what leather dyes were available at the time.  I seem to recall lots of leather furniture was a dark brown, but that might have been different for transport uses.

 

I think transport generally used Rexine: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rexine

 

Richard

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This is the oldest photo I've been able to get at:

 

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Airline Standard. Courtesy De Havilland BAe Hatfield

 

Notice the different seats in the back... (BTW: No seatbelts?)

 

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Airline Luxury. Courtesy De Havilland BAe Hatfield

 

Kent

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Posted (edited)

The photo Lukasz provided of the seats inside of the 'Scottish' DH 89 is maybe closer to the answer to the color question...

 

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This is the 'Scottish' DH 89 G-AGJG before restoration, around 1974... Blue?

 

So unless someone has photographic proof of a different seat color in the original

DH 89's I think I will go with the light grey/black of the photo Lukasz supplied?

 

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Cheers: Kent

 

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I saw one with red seats and another one with dark brown ones! However, it is quite possible their seat leather was not the original one.

 

Nonetheless, we should not forget civilian planes upholstery was still far from being standard during the thirties. They were still build as luxury cars and it was not uncommon to ask the future owner what he wanted regarding such items!

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Yet on most civilian Rapides, the seats had the characteristic, elegant sunrise design regardless of the livery. It would not be unusual that these seats were designed especially for the DH.89.
IMO it’s well worth replacing the lumpy kit seats by new scratch-built ones as the main focal point of the completed model would be precisely the interior of the cabin.

If I remember correctly, even the ancient vacform 1/48 Dragon Rapide from Aeroclub had the correct sunrise upholstery design.

Cheers,

Quang

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Been doing a little research on the civilian version to get my bearings...

 

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I think maybe the roof hatch is a bit off?

 

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Location of wing spars and roof hatch...

 

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Another find, nice photo of the crew?

 

Cheers: Kent

 

 

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