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Monogram's 1/48 C-47 Skytrain "Mini Whiskey 7"

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Monogram's 1/48 C-47 Skytrain "Mini Whiskey 7"
Posted by Keyda81 on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 9:30 PM

Since some don't visit the group build section often I figured I would share this here as well.  This was my build for the C-47 Skytrain/Dakota/DC-3 GB.  As the tite says it's Monogram's 1/48 kit, and I built it as "Whiskey 7" from the National Warplane Museum.  I used aftermarket interior and exterior PE, and flaps.  I also did a lot of scratch building.  Including the interior seats, gust locks, pitot tube cover, wheel chocks, stairs, donation bomb, & antenna. 

A few pics of the real Whiskey 7 for comparison.

My build.  Set up how the real Whiskey 7 usually is at the airshow.

Some other angles.

A few close ups.

This build was a lot of fun, and a lot of firsts for me.  I really didn't think I was capable of scratch building, and paying close attention to detail.  I guess the fact that I love the real Whiskey 7 helped.

 

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Posted by keavdog on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 9:38 PM

That turned out GREAT Keyda!  The attention to detail is awesome.  Paint and seamwork is on point.  Really nice tribute.  Well done.

Thanks,

John

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Posted by Keyda81 on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 10:10 PM

keavdog

That turned out GREAT Keyda!  The attention to detail is awesome.  Paint and seamwork is on point.  Really nice tribute.  Well done.

 

Thanks John!  I was hoping I wouldn't miss anything.  Making a list really helped out with that.  My mind tends to bounce all over, so if I thought of something I wrote it down real quick, lol.

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Posted by knox on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 11:21 PM

That is a seriously sweet build!  I love the donation bomb.  The DC3 is one of my favorite airplanes.  I got to fly in them all the time in New Guinea. Once I can start posting pictures again, I plan on joining your group build.  Again— Nice job.  

                                                    knox 

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Posted by Keyda81 on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 7:47 AM

knox

That is a seriously sweet build!  I love the donation bomb.  The DC3 is one of my favorite airplanes.  I got to fly in them all the time in New Guinea. Once I can start posting pictures again, I plan on joining your group build.  Again— Nice job.  

                                                    knox 

 

Thanks knox!  It was actually an idea from another forum member to add the donation bomb.  It's not entirely accurate, but it does the job!  Will be glad to have you aboard.

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Posted by Shipwreck on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 8:00 AM

Keyda that is a WOW build. You are doing good. I have a special interest in the Dakoda because my father was in the 101st Airbourn, infantry, and the Dakoda was the motor that made the gliders fly!

On the Bench:

Revell 1/96 USS Constitution

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Posted by rooster513 on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 8:20 AM

This is really cool Keyda! I've seen this bird a few times, including at the airshow this past summer and you've done a great job replicating itYes I bet the museum would love to display it with all the other models they have. 

-Andy

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Posted by gregbale on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 8:28 AM

Superb work, Keyda!

The 'love' really shows through. It's always special to do a project where there's some personal connection: I think it brings out the best in us as builders, and your project is a perfect example of that.

A real gem!Bow DownBow DownBow Down

Greg

 George Lewis:

"Every time you correct me on my grammar I love you a little fewer."
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Posted by Jay Jay on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 8:31 AM
WOW super job on the Whiskey 7 Keyda. Your heart beat through your hands on this one. LOVE the paint work.

 

 

 

 

 

 I'm finally retired. Now time I got, money I don't.

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Posted by Keyda81 on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 8:42 AM

Thanks Shipwreck!  She holds a special place in my heart.  I was lucky enough to take a flight in her last summer, and plan to do so again this year with my daughter.

 

rooster13, Thank you!  I don't think I could part with my Mini Whiskey 7, lol.

 

Greg, Thanks, and you are exactly right!  I have never put that much effort into a build before.  I surprised myself, lol. 

JayJay, Thank you!  Having the chance to take a ton of pictures helped too, lol.  I had well over 200 reference photos.  No denying I love Whiskey 7 though!

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Posted by rooster513 on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 8:46 AM

Keyda81
rooster13, Thank you! I don't think I could part with my Mini Whiskey 7, lol.

I don't blame you there, lol. Maybe they could hang up a picture of itBig Smile

-Andy

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Posted by fotofrank on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 9:32 AM

Really somthing, Keyda. The airshow set up is a cool concept since airshows is how we see these great old airplanes today. The airshow set up and the paint/color variations really bring the build to life. The gust locks are a nice touch and lend some reality to the display. I think I'll "borrow" the gust lock idea for a future build. Keyda, Whiskey 7 is one of your best!

OK. On the bench:

Way too much to build in one lifetime...

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Posted by Keyda81 on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 9:46 AM

rooster513

 

 
Keyda81
rooster13, Thank you! I don't think I could part with my Mini Whiskey 7, lol.

 

I don't blame you there, lol. Maybe they could hang up a picture of itBig Smile

 

They are more than welcome to!  The A & P mechanic who is also one of Whiskey's pilots followed along with the build on facebook and has seen the pictures, so he's more than welcome to snag some.  He's hoping he can be the pilot for mine and my daughters flight this year.

 

fotofrank, Thanks!  That is usually how I see her when we arrive at the airshow in Geneseo.  I'm hoping I can get hubby to help me build a display case.  I'll see about adding some fake grass, since in Geneseo it's a turf runway.  I might even be able to print out a back round or something to put on the wall of the case.  I want her in a case either way, and soon.  I don't want to try and dust her!  You are more then welcome to borrow the idea!  I have to credit GMorrison for the idea to include the donation bomb.  He picked it out in one of my pictures and mentioned it.

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  • From: western North Carolina
Posted by kensar on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 9:52 AM

Excellent looking result, Keyda.  The detailing and scratchbuilt details really add to the model.  A nice display base would really set it off!

 

Kensar

 

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Posted by UnwaryPaladin on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 9:54 AM

Wow! That looks fantastic, you really nailed the colors. Your scratch building looks very good, really adds to the model. 

 

So, what's next?

 

Joe

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Posted by Greg on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 10:00 AM

Nice work and good attention to detail. Yes

-Greg

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Posted by Keyda81 on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 10:33 AM

Thanks kensar!  I'm going to have to try my hand at a diorama for sure. 

Thanks Joe!  I think I'll start on my Airfix P-40 for Bish's group build next.

Thanks Greg!

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Posted by ChrisJH666 on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 1:07 PM

Very nice model

In the queue: 1/48 Beech Staggerwing (RAAF), P38 (RAAF), Vultee Vengeance (RAAF), Spitfire Vb (Malta), Spitfire VIII x2 (RAAF), P39 x2 (RAAF), Martin Baltimore (Malta?), Martin Maryland (Malta), Typhoon NF1b, Hellcat x2 (FAA)

 

Chris

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Posted by Keyda81 on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 1:22 PM

ChrisJH666

Very nice model

 

Thanks!

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Posted by the Baron on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 2:17 PM

That's a great finish, Keyda!  Yeah, I like the donation bomb, too, that's a nice touch.  In fact, you've got great details all over the plane.  Well done!

But-what did you do with the stick of paratroopers? Big Smile

The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.

 

 

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Posted by Keyda81 on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 2:30 PM

the Baron

That's a great finish, Keyda!  Yeah, I like the donation bomb, too, that's a nice touch.  In fact, you've got great details all over the plane.  Well done!

But-what did you do with the stick of paratroopers? Big Smile

 

Thanks!  I tossed them in one of my spare parts boxes.  I'm not much for painting figures, lol. 

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Posted by JacknewbIII on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 3:45 PM

I really like the color scheme on that one! Very nicely done all around on that build!

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Posted by Keyda81 on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 4:00 PM

JacknewbIII

I really like the color scheme on that one! Very nicely done all around on that build!

 

Thank you!

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Posted by 1943Mike on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 11:44 PM

Keyda, Good on you for stretching out your comfort zone and coming through with flying colors (pun intended). You're picking up bits and pieces of this hobby quickly and my hat's off to you for jumping into more "advanced" techniques.

As I've probably mentioned too many times before, the DC-3 was the first aircraft in which my brother and I were passengers so it has a soft spot in my fading memory banks.

Mike

"Le temps est un grand maître, mais malheureusement, il tue tous ses élèves."

Hector Berlioz

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Posted by Tosh on Thursday, January 17, 2019 5:52 AM

To Keyd,

I’ve just returned from an illness with my wife and I.  This looks amazing!

Your friend,

Tosh

Reside in Streetsboro, Ohio

At work with my grandson Ezra, A-10-A “Operation Iraqi Freedom“ Warthog.

Built in honor of those that served!

 

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Posted by Keyda81 on Thursday, January 17, 2019 7:57 AM

Mike, It was certainly out of my comfort zone, lol.  But I'm really glad I attempted it.  I learned what I'm actually capable of doing.  I still need more practice with PE though, lol.  I'm sure the proper tools would help with that as well.  Thank you!  I've taken a few commercial flights through the years, but I never really liked flying.  Until I took a flight in Whiskey 7.  I don't know exactly what it was, maybe the fact that there is much more sensory experience to it in W7.  All the sounds, like the engines starting up, and throttling up, you could feel every bump going down the runway, and the second she left the ground you felt it.  You could feel the wind through the open cockpit windows, hear the engines just humming along.  Commercial flights feel like your in a tiny uncomfortable chair stuffed inside a sardine can.  They go way higher up in altitude and it makes my ears hurt.  Lol. 

Thanks Tosh!  Hope you and the wife are doing good.  Glad to see you back on the forums!

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Posted by Keyda81 on Saturday, January 19, 2019 11:59 AM

Mini Whiskey 7 now has her own custom homemade display case.  Had hubby help me with it since I'm not that good with construction projects.  Turned out pretty well for the first time making one, and the odd shape.  I picked up the grass at HL and used spray adhesive to adhere it. 

A few before the lid goes on.

I made a little sign too.

On the shelf with the lid.  The caulk will eventually dry clear.

 

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  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Saturday, January 19, 2019 4:24 PM

Super nice, Keyda. Now Whiskey 7 has a realy nice home. Well done.

OK. On the bench:

Way too much to build in one lifetime...

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  • From: Naples, FL
Posted by tempestjohnny on Saturday, January 19, 2019 5:07 PM

How did I miss this. What a finish. Easily your best one yet. The color variation is perfect.

 

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Posted by Keyda81 on Saturday, January 19, 2019 7:27 PM

Thanks fotofrank!

tempestjohnny, Thanks!  Definitely my best one.  I made sure nothing was skipped or overlooked, lol.  

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