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

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  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Saturday, January 4, 2020 12:05 AM

You're having too much fun, Keyda.

Here's the Revell 1/48 kit in MB markings that I did many years ago.  My wife has since helped with the weathering by hitting it with Windex (yeah, it had gathered some dust) once when it was on an open shelf before I had an enclosed display case for it.  Truth, it may have improved it!

 

Revell 1/48 B-17F

John

To see build logs for my models:  http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/mymodels.htm

 

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Posted by Keyda81 on Sunday, January 5, 2020 7:43 PM

jeaton01

You're having too much fun, Keyda.

Here's the Revell 1/48 kit in MB markings that I did many years ago.  My wife has since helped with the weathering by hitting it with Windex (yeah, it had gathered some dust) once when it was on an open shelf before I had an enclosed display case for it.  Truth, it may have improved it!

 

Revell 1/48 B-17F

 

I try.  I love being at the museum.  It's honestly been my savior.  I lost both my parents less than 2 years apart, Dad at 62, Mom at 61.  Going to the museum gives me something to look forward to, and makes me feel like I'm a part of something.  I'm helping keep the history alive. 

Very nice!  Mini W7, and Mini MMB will both be kept in an enclosed portion of my stand, once we get around to enclosing it.  I've got a whole thing planned out!

 

 

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Posted by the Baron on Monday, January 6, 2020 12:43 PM

Keyda81

...I do have a kit, and a ton of PE for Mini MMB.  It's the Revell B-17F kit in 1/48.  I will have to modify a few of the nose windows, but I think that is about it.  I haven't looked at the kit in depth yet.  

Yep, pretty much the only game in town for such a project. I've got that one in my stash, to convert it to a B-17E for my collection of American aircraft used at Midway.  For a kit that originated as a copy of Monogram's B-17G ("Don't let it happen again!" said the brass at Monogram to their opposite numbers at Revell), it's not bad.  The interior is really basic, but when it's all closed up, there's not too much to see, anyway.

I look forward to seeing your build of that one, too!

Best regards,

Brad

The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.

 

 

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Posted by Striker8241 on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 8:50 AM

Very nice build, Keyda! I'm impressed with your cockpit detail, especially the throttle cluster. And those troop seats - did they come with the kit or did you scratch build them? They look great!

The C-47 is one of my favorite WWII aircraft. I'll be watching your progress!

Cheers,

Russ

 

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Posted by Keyda81 on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 11:14 AM

the Baron

 

 
Keyda81

...I do have a kit, and a ton of PE for Mini MMB.  It's the Revell B-17F kit in 1/48.  I will have to modify a few of the nose windows, but I think that is about it.  I haven't looked at the kit in depth yet.  

 

 

Yep, pretty much the only game in town for such a project. I've got that one in my stash, to convert it to a B-17E for my collection of American aircraft used at Midway.  For a kit that originated as a copy of Monogram's B-17G ("Don't let it happen again!" said the brass at Monogram to their opposite numbers at Revell), it's not bad.  The interior is really basic, but when it's all closed up, there's not too much to see, anyway.

I look forward to seeing your build of that one, too!

Best regards,

Brad

 

I've got all the PE for the interior and exterior for it, so that should spruce it up some.  Like you said though you barely see any of it anyway.  I'm alright with that though, there will be lots of progress pics along the way, so it will be seen, and I'll know it's there! 

 

Thanks Striker!  The troop seats were scratch built.  Whiskey 7 has seats from an R4D, so the kit pan seats weren't going to work.  I'm hoping to get done with the putty, sand, prime routine soon and get painting.

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Posted by Keyda81 on Sunday, January 26, 2020 8:34 PM

Finally some progress to report.  I haven't been getting much time at the bench, but I managed to get up there for almost all of today.

I'm finally done with the putty, sand, prime, repeat routine.  What a pain in the butt that was.  I'm happy with how it looks now, so I'm ready for paint.  I got most of the PE glued on, and some of the scratch made fiddly bits.  Still a few more to do. 

Most of the PE flaps are ready to go.  Still have two more sections to build. 

She should see Whiskey 7's signature colors this week.  Finally.  Lol.

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  • From: Olmsted Township, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Monday, January 27, 2020 12:25 AM

Seamwork looks perfect.  I look forward to your Memphis Belle.  I built the Revell kit years ago and it was quite nice for it's age. 

Also, I'm sorry for your loss.    

 "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 Monday, January 27, 2020 8:14 AM

lawdog114

Seamwork looks perfect.  I look forward to your Memphis Belle.  I built the Revell kit years ago and it was quite nice for it's age. 

Also, I'm sorry for your loss.    

 

Thanks lawdog!  I think I was on the brink of insanity with the putty, sand, prime, repeat rountine, lol.  So glad it's done.  I've got one more little kit I want to do, and then Mini MMB is up next. 

Thank you.

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Posted by Keyda81 on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 12:16 PM

Primed the landing gear, and some other bits.

Got the underside of Mini W7 painted, can't really tell since I masked everything off to lay down the white for the invasion stripes. 

I'm hoping I can get some time later on today to start masking off for the black in the invasion stripes.  It's an ass backwards way of painting, but if you followed along with the first Mini Whiskey 7 you'll know I used acrylic craft paint to match Whiskey's unique colors.  I prefer not to mask over that paint if I can avoid it.  I will have to when it comes to painting the W7 on the fuse, and the R on the tail. 

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Posted by modelcrazy on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 12:36 PM

That's a big bird.

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Posted by Keyda81 on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 1:03 PM

modelcrazy

That's a big bird.

 

Yea, she's a bit on the larger side, lol.  I just keep thinking about the 1/48 B-17F that is up after this.Tongue Tied

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Posted by Keyda81 on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 4:52 PM

After roughly 3 hours of masking and a lot of burnishing tape edges, Mini W7 #2 has her deicing boots, and invasion stripes!  Whew.  That was a pain in the rump.  Next will be painting the rudder, and upper surfaces of the ailerons and elevators, then her signature colors.  Hope to have her painted by the weekend.

 

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  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 7:44 PM

Looking real good Keyda.

John

To see build logs for my models:  http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/mymodels.htm

 

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Posted by Keyda81 on Thursday, January 30, 2020 7:39 AM

Thank you!

 

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Posted by Keyda81 on Friday, January 31, 2020 10:11 AM

Mini Whiskey 7 #2 now has her signature colors!  I have some touch ups to do, but overall I'm happy with the outcome.  Mixing the paint is probably the most frustrating part.  At one point I comtemplated taking the craft paint with me to the museum tomorrow to match the colors, lol.  But the lighting in the hangar isn't that great and the variations would be too much to match to real life. 

I'm pretty surprised how close I got the colors to the first Mini Whiskey 7.

She's going to sit for the weekend once I put a gloss coat on.  I have the real Whiskey 7 to go work on tomorrow, and my car on Sunday. 

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Posted by Keyda81 on Sunday, February 2, 2020 8:43 PM

Put a gloss coat on, and started wiring the engines before the weekend came.  Along with painting some of the other little bits.  Still tons to do, but I'm hoping to have her finished up soon.  In the final stretch now.

Wiring the engines.  Hopefully finish those up tomorrow.

Shiny, lol.

The view from Whiskey's cockpit on Saturday. 

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Posted by Keyda81 on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 6:49 PM

Been busy plugging away at Mini W7 the past few days.  Hoping to have her finished up by the end of the week. 

Engines all wired up.

Scratch made some wheel chocks.  Still working on a few other things.

Painted the inside of the cargo doors, and the flaps.

Spent all of today masking and painting the W7 and R.  I'm not entirely thrilled with how it came out, but I know better than to mess with it.  I have a few touch ups to do still.

I need an easier way to make masks rather than a hobby knife.  Hopefully I can make some more progress tomorrow.

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Posted by Keyda81 on Friday, February 7, 2020 11:23 AM

Things were a bit slow going yesterday.  Working on all the little details now.  Having some issues with getting decals to print properly too.  Still trying to sort that out. 

I did manage to get the red around the escape windows painted, along with the fuel caps, wing walks, and the chalk number. 

Props are all ready to go

Normally I go work on the real Whiskey 7 on Saturdays, but we are having some weather move through the area, and I think it might be in my best interest to stay home.  If I do I'll spend tomorrow working on Mini W7.

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Posted by Keyda81 on Friday, February 7, 2020 5:20 PM

Last update until Monday.  I am going to go visit the real Whiskey 7 tomorrow. 

Got the rest of the markings on this afternoon.  Still need to throw a flat coat on it, but I'm letting it dry for now.

Should have her finished up next week. 

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Posted by Keyda81 on Monday, February 10, 2020 8:55 PM

Mini W7 #2 now has her legs, and some weathering. 

Gust locks are almost ready to go.

Flaps are all set to be installed.

Hope to have her all finsihed up soon!

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Posted by Keyda81 on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 7:11 PM

Mini Whiskey 7#2 is all done!  Phew.  Now I just have to make a permanent enclosed home for it.  It will be part of a display with two other planes I plan on building that also call the museum home.

A ton of pics...........

Wheel chocks, pitot static tube cover, gust locks, antenna, flags, stairs, various scoops on the fuse, anti-collision light interior seats, tubes on the exhaust, some of the cockpit and donation bomb were all scratch built.  I used PE flaps, PE interior and exterior.  Paints were a mix of Model Master enamels, Tamiya acrylics, and acrylic craft paint.  Thanks for looking!

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  • From: Olmsted Township, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Friday, February 14, 2020 1:12 AM

Gorgeous Gooneybird.  The RBF tags are a nice touch.  Thank you for sharing your work. 

 "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 BrandonK on Friday, February 14, 2020 9:39 AM

That's beautiful. Thanks for showing us such a wonderful build.

BK

On the bench: Alot !

On Deck: Alot more !

 

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Posted by Keyda81 on Monday, February 17, 2020 12:58 PM

Thanks guys!

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  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Monday, February 17, 2020 1:57 PM

Keyda81;

     Thank You for doing such an illustrious job on " Mini-Whiskey-7" Now would you consider doing one in " Capitol Airlines" livery and fit? If so I would be pleased to see the ship done by your hands.    T.B.

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  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Monday, February 17, 2020 2:24 PM

Really can't ask for much more than that out of a build. Turned out excellent. Good color, good details, and GREAT overall finish.

                   

 

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  • From: Bethlehem PA
Posted by the Baron on Monday, February 17, 2020 3:13 PM

Great finish, Keyda!  Thanks for sharing your build blog, too, it was fun to follow along.

The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.

 

 

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  • From: Saskatchewan, Canada
Posted by sickdude on Monday, February 17, 2020 9:54 PM

Amazing bird ma'am! I see you have a knack for scratch building, two thumbs! Thank you for sharing the build with us, real learning experience for me. Toast P.S. The Camaro is coming along great, my all time favorite car by the way! I've been quietly following the build for some time now, great stuff! Big Smile

William (Willy)

Modeling is like Hydra, build 1, 3 more appear...
Another thingy, to stick on this thing, is always, is always good...Propeller

On the bench: Polar Lights 1:1000 Star Trek U.S.S Enterprise Refit

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