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C-47 Skytrain/Dakota Group Build Feeler

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C-47 Skytrain/Dakota Group Build Feeler
Posted by Keyda81 on Tuesday, October 09, 2018 8:35 AM

It's getting to be that time where I start on a journey to complete of scale "replica" of Whiskey 7.  There were talks of a group build in a different thread about that particular aircraft, so I thought I would bring it up and see if there is anyone else who would like to join in building a C-47 Skytrain/Dakota.

Figure the group build could run from we'll say December 1st, 2018 to June 6th, 2019.  The 75th anniversary of D-Day seems fitting for the finish date.  So it will run roughly 6 months. 

This is my first time attempting to run a group build, so bear with me!  Any scale you choose will be fine.  Let me know if your interested, and if we have enough I'll start a thread in the GB section! 

This is also posted in the group build section.  Decided to post in both sections so hopefully everyone will see it!

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Posted by Eagle90 on Tuesday, October 09, 2018 8:36 AM

Your first GB!!!  Cool!

Count me in if you do this.  I have like 3 or 4 of the Mono 1/48 kits.  Love the Skytrain!

 

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Posted by GMorrison on Tuesday, October 09, 2018 9:03 AM

Sure, I like the idea. I would suggest you narrow the topic to D-Day, but that's just my opinion.

In with an Italeri 1/72 C-47.

GAF
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Posted by GAF on Tuesday, October 09, 2018 9:10 PM

Keyda81> I remember the talk of doing a C-47 GB, and thought it was a good idea.  I think I would like to join, but may have to put off making a decision until December 1st.

I'm also running my first GB and it's kinda scary.  Enlist the help of a "seasoned" GB veteran to help out (just in case you have to bow out for a time).  Modelcrazy was kind enough to agree to help me, and it will help ease your worry about keeping up with things.

Good luck!  Smile

Gary

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Posted by Keyda81 on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 1:36 PM

Eagle90, Yes 

GMorrison, great!  Thanks for the tips!

GAF, Take your time deciding!  I'm on the forum pretty much daily, so I'll be around, and I've got some pointers already. 

 

I'll let this hang out for a while, make sure everyone has a chance to see it, I'll make sure the actual build thread is posted in the GB section by the 1st of Nov, if not sooner.

 

GAF
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Posted by GAF on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 1:51 PM

Thanks, Keyda!  I'm certainly in for building one.  I have to disagree with Gmorrison though.  Keep the category open so that even civilian DC-3s are suitable.  I would like to see some DC-3 airliners submitted.  And I want to do a CBI bird, one that flew over the "hump".

Gary

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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 1:56 PM

Aw Cmon ! 

 Keyda , That plane is so old I don't think I'll even find the parts . My local FBO has an engine and a landing gear in the shop . Oh ! You mean a model don't you ? 

 I don't have the budget to acquire one , but I shall observe and comment if you don't mind . Okay ? It looks like maybe I can acquire one , But we shall see .  T.B.

GAF
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Posted by GAF on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 2:03 PM

Tanker - Builder

 I don't have the budget to acquire one , but I shall observe and comment if you don't mind . Okay ?  T.B.

We may have to start a "GoFundMe" for TB!  If we raise enough, maybe we can get the rest of the parts for that full-scale one!  Big Smile

Gary

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Posted by PFJN on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 2:06 PM

Hi,

If you wanted to, you could also include variants such as some of the Soviet copies, with either bulged windows, a dorsal turret, or a glassed nose, etc, to help show all the different roles the plane was converted to.

ReconLi2

http://www.douglasdc3.com/li2/li2.htm

Glassed nose

http://wp.scn.ru/en/ww2/t/2005/5005/0

 

 

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Posted by Keyda81 on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 3:30 PM

GAF

Thanks, Keyda!  I'm certainly in for building one.  I have to disagree with Gmorrison though.  Keep the category open so that even civilian DC-3s are suitable.  I would like to see some DC-3 airliners submitted.  And I want to do a CBI bird, one that flew over the "hump".

Gary

 

GAF, that's a great idea.  So we'll go with DC-3's as well, and as PFJN suggested ones that were converted for different roles will be allowed as well.  R4-D's or C-117's would be other variants that could work too.  So anything in the family of a C-47 is fine by me!

T.B. You are more than welcome to observe and comment!

PFJN, Opened up to anything in the family of C-47/DC-3!  Thank you for the suggestion!  Would you be joining us in the GB?

 

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Posted by Real G on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 3:50 PM

I second the suggestion to include all C-47/DC-3 versions.  The plane is a classic and has been around for so long and flown with so many operators that it would be a shame to miss out on the diversity.  The Gooney Bird is so ubiquitous among modelers that even I have one in the stash!  And it’s a bog standard Italeri D-Day C-47, not some wacky one-off.

i remember watching a working class DC-3 follow a 747 taking off at HNL airport in the early 1980s, and the C-47 was louder!  What a contrast between old and new.

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Posted by GMorrison on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 4:08 PM

I flew in a DC-3 from Honolulu to Hilo, back in 1959. I was a little kid but remember it well.

Dad was about 7 years seniority at United Airlines. Besides the three of us, the other passengers were a chain gang returning to the Big Island from doing road work on Oahu, and some guards.

Dad made friends with them and later we went up to the prison to the industry store, which made Koa wood salad bowls. 

I've got my subject picked out, yes an airliner. I'll probably have to make my own decals, no joy in the search so far.

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Posted by PFJN on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 5:49 PM

Keyda81
 

GAF, that's a great idea.  So we'll go with DC-3's as well, and as PFJN suggested ones that were converted for different roles will be allowed as well.  R4-D's or C-117's would be other variants that could work too.  So anything in the family of a C-47 is fine by me!

T.B. You are more than welcome to observe and comment!

PFJN, Opened up to anything in the family of C-47/DC-3!  Thank you for the suggestion!  Would you be joining us in the GB?

Hi,

After looking over eBay and Wikipedia for a bit, I see that there is a company that rebuilds old DC-3s and upgrades them with turboprop engines, called the Basler BT-67.  And I also see the Airfix Magazine did a recent article on converting their DC-3 model to one of these variants.  If its OK with you I might look into trying to do a build like that. Stick out tongue

PF

https://www.baslerturbo.com/

BT-67

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Posted by Keyda81 on Thursday, October 11, 2018 9:58 AM

Real G, It will be open to all versions of C-47/DC-3.  They are pretty loud, even inside.  All I could hear on my flight was the hum of the engines.  I took a small video and when I play I turn the volume up all the way!

GMorrison, I have to say it was a one of a kind experience taking a flight in Whiskey 7!  I'm hoping I can do it again some day.  I had no idea what to expect, and a few things spooked me a bit.  So I was scared, excited, and in complete awe the entire flight!  I would like to do it again since I would know what to expect, and maybe take my daughter with me too. 

PFJN, That's entirely fine by me!  I think it's great that someone is taking the time to keep the old birds in the air!

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Posted by learmech on Thursday, October 11, 2018 10:19 AM

Ill jump in on this one. Ive been looking for an excuse to build my Monogram C-47

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Posted by UnwaryPaladin on Thursday, October 11, 2018 11:24 AM

My Italeri 1/72 AC-47 "Spooky" kit is practically jumping off the shelf in excitement! Ooo! Oooo! Pick me!

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Posted by Keyda81 on Thursday, October 11, 2018 11:24 AM

learmech

Ill jump in on this one. Ive been looking for an excuse to build my Monogram C-47

 

Yes

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Posted by scottrc on Thursday, October 11, 2018 11:44 AM

I might be in, I have been wanting to add a DC-3/C-47 to my collection.  I may do the Airfix kit so I can also be part of the Airfix GB.

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Posted by Keyda81 on Thursday, October 11, 2018 12:20 PM

scottrc

I might be in, I have been wanting to add a DC-3/C-47 to my collection.  I may do the Airfix kit so I can also be part of the Airfix GB.

 

Sounds good Scott!

 

 

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Posted by Johnny1000 on Thursday, October 11, 2018 6:59 PM

I kind of love the C-47.

I've never done a group build before, and am skeptical I could make the deadline. What happens if you can't get it done in time?

-J

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Posted by knox on Thursday, October 11, 2018 7:16 PM

 This sounds like a fun group build. This is a picture of our Jeep “Abigale” ( I didn’t name her ), being unloaded from a DC3. 

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Posted by Keyda81 on Thursday, October 11, 2018 7:33 PM

Johnny1000

I kind of love the C-47.

I've never done a group build before, and am skeptical I could make the deadline. What happens if you can't get it done in time?

-J

 

Not a big deal if you can't make the deadline.  Finish up whenever you can!

Knox, That doesn't look like the easiest way to do things, lol.  My how times have changed. 

Seems like we have enough interest in this to give it a go.  I'll set up a thread in the GB section in the next few days, and put a link here as well.

GAF
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Posted by GAF on Thursday, October 11, 2018 9:31 PM

Keyda,

As a suggestion, you might want to mention this in the "Airliners and Civilian Aircraft" forum thread.  I think most forum goers generally check both, but it couldn't hurt to let people know that civilian versions are welcome.  Smile

Gary

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Posted by Keyda81 on Thursday, October 11, 2018 10:09 PM

UnwaryPaladin

My Italeri 1/72 AC-47 "Spooky" kit is practically jumping off the shelf in excitement! Ooo! Oooo! Pick me!

 

YesGlad to have you onboard!

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Posted by Keyda81 on Thursday, October 11, 2018 10:11 PM

GAF

Keyda,

As a suggestion, you might want to mention this in the "Airliners and Civilian Aircraft" forum thread.  I think most forum goers generally check both, but it couldn't hurt to let people know that civilian versions are welcome.  Smile

Gary

 

Good idea!  I'll peek in over there as well!

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Posted by lewbud on Friday, October 12, 2018 1:51 AM

Buddy- Those who say there are no stupid questions have never worked in customer service.

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Posted by lewbud on Friday, October 12, 2018 1:56 AM

Johnny1000

I kind of love the C-47.

I've never done a group build before, and am skeptical I could make the deadline. What happens if you can't get it done in time?

-J

 

Not going to speak for Keyda, but most of the builds I've hosted and been in want you to finish the model even after the deadline. So start early and keep going until you run out of parts, things to paint and decals. Post pics, lots of pics. 

Buddy- Those who say there are no stupid questions have never worked in customer service.

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Posted by Keyda81 on Friday, October 12, 2018 8:42 AM

Thread is up in the GB section of the forums!  Glad to have you all on board!

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Posted by PFJN on Friday, October 12, 2018 10:41 AM

lewbud

Cool,

Thanks.  [Edit] I just ordered a set.  I especially like that particular paint scheme. [/Edit]

PF

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Friday, October 12, 2018 11:55 AM

Humm, Hmm............I have a Revell 1/72 DC-3 I've been wanting to build  in Cubana Aviacion circa late 1940's early 1950's livery and have custom made decals for it. Will this qualify for this GB?

 GIFMaker.org_jy_Ayj_O

 

 

Too many models to build, not enough time in a lifetime!!

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