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Monogram's 1/48 C-47 Skytrain "Mini Whiskey 7 #2" WIP

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Monogram's 1/48 C-47 Skytrain "Mini Whiskey 7 #2" WIP
Posted by Keyda81 on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 7:06 PM

Decided it was time to start on Mini W7 #2.  The first one I built was donated to the museum. 

I've already discovered I'm going to be even more picky about details with this one, since I know W7 quite a bit more now than I did the first time around. 

Started off with some scratch building in the interior.  Whiskey's interior is a bit different from that of a normal C-47. 

No bathroom in the back anymore, just storage compartments.

Hoping to have some more time to work on it tomorrow.  But my day never goes as planned, lol.

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Posted by GMorrison on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 8:58 PM

This should be a good build.

Christine, you are very fortunate to have earned access to her as much as you would care to.

It might be interesting to build a dio of her in maintenance. Keep putting those troops in your spares box. They are hard to come by and there are constantly folks looking to buy them.

 

Bill

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Posted by M. Brindos on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 1:59 AM

You're scratch building? Sah-weet!

I'll be keeping an eye on this thread!

- Mike Brindos

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Posted by BrandonK on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 10:02 AM

Ah SNAP !!! She's back and building another W7. I'm definately watching this one.

BK

On the bench: AMT '71 Corvette

On Deck: 1/35 Tamiya M41 Walker Bulldog, 1/35 Tamiya 1/4 ton Jeep

1/48 Pro-Modeller SB2C-4 Helldiver

1/35 Italeri M4E3 Sherman 76MM

1/48 Italeri Tornado IDS "Black Panthers"

1/48 Hasegawa P-38J Lightining

 

 

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Posted by rangerj on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 1:20 PM

Best wishes K. A very long time ago when I chased IPMS contests I would always build 2 of the subject matter. The first one is a trial run of the kit being built/modified/detailed, etc. The second time should be easier. The habit of buying two of every kit I ever bought never left me. So many kits, so little time. I was up in a C-47 last year and I like that old bird. I can't wait to see you finished model.

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Posted by Keyda81 on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 7:44 PM

GMorrison, I feel very fortunate to be able to work on her, and hang out with a bunch of other airplane nuts, lol.  It gives me a bit of a higher purpose feeling.  I'm not just here to be a Wife/Mom, I'm also helping keep history flying, and hopefully educating a few people along the way about that history.  I'll have a bit of dio when I'm done doing this build, and a Mini Movie Memphis Belle.  The bottom portion of my stand will get covered in grass, and I'll have both planes on it.  I keep giving away the troops, and people, lol.  I've had a few kits donated to me, so I figured I'd pass the buck along so to speak.Wink

M.Brindos, just a bit, lol.  I actually ventured into scratch building with a 1/48 F-16 Thunderbird, then even more with the first Mini W7.  I made the gust locks, pitot tube cover, stairs, and wheel chocks.  It's actually rather fun!  The biggest challenge is figuring how to replicate certain things.

BrandonK, Lol.  Yea summer tends to pull me away the bench.  I like to be outside, lol.  But not when it's cold. 

rangerj, I never had the intention of building two, but I have to have one in the house.  I'll actually have two, eventually I'm going to build one with LED's and spinning props.  I have another kit, and all the stuff I'll need to do it.  I'm going to try and get to that one over the winter.  But I have a Mini Movie Memphie Belle I need to do as well, so we'll see! 


Didn't get a whole lot of bench time today, waited an hour for our new puppy to do her business after lunch, lol. 

I added the hydraulic plumbing behind the co-pilot's seat, and opted to add the levers for the flaps, landing gear, and hydraulic hand pump. I'll glue the other two levers on after everything is painted.  Then I primed the whole thing.

Started fiddling with some PE as well. 

Next up will be to paint the interior parts.  Hoping I will have at least a couple hours to work on it tomorrow afternoon. 

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Posted by M. Brindos on Thursday, October 24, 2019 1:23 AM

Careful, Keyda. The scratch building bug might get ya lol.

Then it's all sorts of fun replicating bits and bobs.

- Mike Brindos

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Posted by Keyda81 on Thursday, October 24, 2019 10:06 AM

M. Brindos

Careful, Keyda. The scratch building bug might get ya lol.

Then it's all sorts of fun replicating bits and bobs.

 

As long as I have good amount of reference to look at it I'm all for doing some scratch building to make things more detailed.  I literally only need to drive a little over an hour to see Whiskey 7.  Or I could even just ask Whiskey's A&P mechanic to take a picture of something and send it to me, lol. 

Here's a few pics of the things I built for the first one.

The stairs, donation bomb and the seats inside.

Gust locks.

Antenna on the top of the fuselage.

Pitot tube cover.

Wheel chocks.

All of that will be scratch built again with #2.

 

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Posted by modelcrazy on Thursday, October 24, 2019 10:10 AM

There's some nice scratchbuilding right there K. There are few who would know the details as well as you.

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Posted by M. Brindos on Thursday, October 24, 2019 2:56 PM

That seriously looks fun! I'm sorry I missed out on following that build while it was in progress.

Fortunately, I'm here for this one!

- Mike Brindos

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Posted by Keyda81 on Friday, October 25, 2019 10:14 AM

modelcrazy

There's some nice scratchbuilding right there K. There are few who would know the details as well as you.

 

Thanks!  I do spend quite a bit of time with Whiskey 7, lol. 

 

Mike, it was a lot of fun recreating that stuff.  It adds a lot to the building process.  I might even get into detailing the landing gear bays a bit on this one.  I didn't do that the first time around.  The model was glued down to a base, so you wouldn't see up there anyway.  But since I built that first one, I've stood on the tire, and worked in the gear bay, lol. 

Hoping to get some time this afternoon to work on it. 

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Posted by Keyda81 on Monday, October 28, 2019 8:19 AM

Got some painting done on Saturday, glued in a few bits in the cockpit as well.  Starting to look like Whiskey 7's cockpit.

Hopefully I get some time later on today to start adding some details.  Then it will be moving on to the rest of the interior. 

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Posted by scottrc on Monday, October 28, 2019 8:53 AM

Count me in for watching this build. Big Smile

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Posted by Keyda81 on Monday, October 28, 2019 4:32 PM

Got a couple hours of time at the bench this afternoon.  I think I'm calling the cockpit done.  Added the seats, foot pedals, anti-slip strips, and some weathering.

I may stare at it, and see if there is anything else I want to add.  Now I have to get working on the passenger seats. 

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Posted by lawdog114 on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 3:00 AM
Coming along very nice Keyda.

 "Can you fly this plane and land it?...Surely you can't be serious....I am serious, and don't call me Shirley"

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Keyda81 on Sunday, November 3, 2019 7:20 PM

Thanks lawdog!

Well after a few of the other volunteers that help work on Whiskey 7 "requested" some additonal detail in the cockpit I added a few more things, lol.  Both of which are barely visible, but oh well.

The first was the landing gear lock release handle next to the pilot's seat on the floor.  The second thing was a very small yellow dinosaur that is on a bungee just above the intrustment panel.  I decided on my own to add the black binder, and the pouches for the headsets in the cubby above the red door. 

Some of the stuff is so small my camera won't focus on it, lol.  I've started working on the passenger seats, and hope to have those finished up and the fuse closed up in the next few days. 

 

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Posted by fotofrank on Sunday, November 3, 2019 7:31 PM

I really admire you folks who do this type of work. scratch-building is an art form...

OK. On the bench:

Way too much to build in one lifetime...

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Posted by Keyda81 on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 3:10 PM

It can be challenging some times, but it adds another level to the build itself, at least for me it does.  It certainly adds time to it, lol.

I finished up the passenger seats.  I added the parachute that is kept behind the cockpit.

Glued the fuselage and wing halves together.

Got the underside of the wings cut out to add the PE flaps.  But that is for another day.

I'm going to have a ton of putty and sanding to do.  Oh well, I'll get through it.  Not entirely sure when though, leaving for hunting middle of next week.  So it might be a little while.

 

 

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Posted by Keyda81 on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 7:51 PM

I have a complete airplane now, and a lot of work to make it pretty!  I've got some fairly decent sized gaps to fill, a lot of seam sanding, and some gouges that I made while cutting out the hatch to fix.  I usually don't show the "ugly".  But I figured this time, why not?!  I've been down this road with the first one, and I managed, so I'm sure I can manage this one too.

The other side ft nice and snug, with just a little "well" to fill, this side....not so much.

A couple of nasty gouges I made.  Oh well.

I also made a mess with the glue.  Again, not the first time, lol.

Another pretty big gap.

I'll likely get started on the putty, sand, prime repeat process tomorrow. 

 

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Posted by M. Brindos on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 8:21 PM

Don't forget that you can use styrene strips or stretched sprue to fill gaps so you can rescribe them safely.

- Mike Brindos

Figure Painting Moderator -- Genessis-Models

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