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Ford tri motor
Posted by ardvark002 on Friday, May 12, 2017 7:37 PM

Hi all,  I've been working on an early Airfix kit. The four part fuslage is a nightmare! Are either the Monogram or revell kits, two piece. I love the tri but about to put kit on the shelf of doom. I have a second Airfix kit so I can try the fuslage again. Any help on building the body and keeping everything sq would be appericated. Two part fuslage would be really great. thanks for any tips. Keep on build'in.  Aardvark

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    November, 2004
  • From: Cat Central, NC
Posted by Bronto on Friday, May 12, 2017 10:12 PM

The Monogram and Revell kits are the same kit.  They are also molded in 4 piece fuselages.  The technology available at the time these kits were originally produced (late 60's early 70's) did not allow for the level of slide-molding needed for a 2 piece fuselage for the corrogated skin on this aircraft.

  • Member since
    December, 2002
  • From: Fort Knox
Posted by Rob Gronovius on Friday, May 12, 2017 10:19 PM

You'd get better responses in the aircraft forum than the general modeling forum.

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    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Saturday, May 13, 2017 8:47 AM

Rob Gronovius

You'd get better responses in the aircraft forum than the general modeling forum.

 

True. 

However, a quick note- the Revell/Monogram kit is 1:77 scale, not 1:72, and the difference is enough that using resin 1:72 engines on it will not look right.  I think it is sad that there is no current decent kit of that iconic aircraft :-(

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by ardvark002 on Saturday, May 13, 2017 5:29 PM
Hi, thanks for the replys. I agree with Don, to bad someone does not make a new kit. Aardvark
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    January, 2009
  • From: hamburg michigan
Posted by fermis on Sunday, May 14, 2017 12:13 AM

While I am unfamiliar with the kit, and can offer nothing for assistance...I can offer a little inspiration...

 

This gal was at the airport that I work at (mostly just in winter, plowing snow...and special events during summer).

I wasn't working the airport on this day, I was working my main job and happened to be passing the airport between jobs and found myself in one of those "emergency situations", and the airport had the closest bathroom! After "taking care of business"...the boss asked if I had a little free time to bring around the fuel truck and fuel her up...SURE!!!

So, I gave 'er the hose!

  • Member since
    September, 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Sunday, May 14, 2017 12:33 AM

The Airfix kit is just fine.

It's a test of skill, esp. hiding the wing joins.

Another kit to add would be the Southern Cross.

Challenge yourself to build these old kits because the subjects are important.

I just wish there was a Curtiss Condor on 1/72

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Sunday, May 14, 2017 10:45 AM

GMorrison

The Airfix kit is just fine.

It's a test of skill, esp. hiding the wing joins.

Another kit to add would be the Southern Cross.

Challenge yourself to build these old kits because the subjects are important.

I just wish there was a Curtiss Condor on 1/72

 

To me the biggest problem is the two outer engine mountings.  The struts do not fit, the engines seem to fit at angles, and it needs scratchbuilt struts to look right.

There is a 1/72 Condor (the airline version), from Glencoe. It has been re-released a few times, and builds to a pretty good build.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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