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  • Member since
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  • From: Towson MD
Tropical TWIN OTTER
Posted by gregbale on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 6:51 PM

 Hoping to finally show winter the door with something a bit breezy and tropical: the Revell (ex-Matchbox) DHC-6-300 Twin Otter in the sunny livery of InterCaribbean (formerly Turks & Caicos) Airlines.

As one of Matchbox's better late issues, the kit holds up reasonably well in its current Revell/Germany release. Old options still included are skis and floats as landing gear alternatives, and choice of the blunt short nose (used on military aircraft) or the longer tapered 'shovel' nose I used on my civil build. Build was pretty much out-of-box, with a few minor add-ons.

The kit's completely blank cabin got some basic 'seat shapes' to have something visible through all those windows. I slipped several fishing sinkers into the nose, to keep her solidly on all three wheels. The simplified landing gear itself got a semblance of brakes for the main wheels, and scissors for the nose strut to replace the solid triangular chunk on the molding. Remaining additions were mainly assorted exterior bits and bobs such as windscreen wipers, aerials, and slightly more petite pitot heads to replace the large kit parts. Last necessary fix---for a grounded bird---was to remember to feather the props, since they do so automatically once hydraulic pressure bleeds off.

Decals were home-made, based on the lovely photo of the same aircraft on the Airline's own website. Paints were mainly Tamiya acrylics, with special Testors fluorescent acrylics for some of the bright tail colors.

There are a few things I'll do differently next time...one structural, one cosmetic. As to structure, the kit's main gear axles are especially spindly, and might best be replaced with heavy-gauge wire or even paper-clip sections. The cosmetic fix will be more challenging: the kit's windscreen isn't quite wide enough, and the 'A pillars' (to use an automotive term) consequently too wide; this does much to lend a 'blocky' look to what is supposed to be the Twin Otter's fairly sleek cockpit area. (There are some other problems with this area on the kit, but that's for those far more expert than I.)

All in all, a nice winter-beating project. I hope you enjoy the pics.

 

Greg

 George Lewis:

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  • Member since
    May, 2013
  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 7:13 PM

That is just plain neat-o, Greg. And it truly is weather-beating.

A refreshing change. Well-done, and my favorite detail just might be the feathered props. Who'd a thunk?

YesYesYes

-Greg

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  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 8:43 PM

Sweet, Greg.  Nice decal work!

Anything PT-6 powered will come to a stop with the blades feathered.

John

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  • From: Douglas AZ
Posted by littletimmy on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 8:48 PM

There are very few "Civilian" planes  that catch my eye.....

But, I LIKE THIS ONE !

Nice job on the Yellow ... That color always gives me "Fit's " when I try doing anything with it. ( I "usually" give up and pick a different color ... darker .... thicker.... to cover up the Yellow. )

I suddenly have a "Hankering" for a Mai-Tai  .... or a Planter's Punch ...

 Dont worry about the thumbprint, paint it Rust , and call it "Battle Damage".

  

 

    

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  • From: Towson MD
Posted by gregbale on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 9:09 PM

Thanks Greg, John & Timmy!

littletimmy

There are very few "Civilian" planes  that catch my eye.....

But, I LIKE THIS ONE !

Nice job on the Yellow ... That color always gives me "Fit's " when I try doing anything with it. ( I "usually" give up and pick a different color ... darker .... thicker.... to cover up the Yellow. )

I suddenly have a "Hankering" for a Mai-Tai  .... or a Planter's Punch ...

I, too, do far more military than civil aircraft...and that actually helped with the YELLOW.

The color on the real aircraft is what any 'interwar' a/c enthusiast would recognize as 'Chrome Yellow'...which I happen to have some experience with. A dash of orange in the flat yellow, and it was good to go!

Thanks again to all for your comments.

Greg

 George Lewis:

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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 9:04 AM

Very nice!  Is that kit easy to find, or is it pretty rare?

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

  • Member since
    March, 2003
  • From: Towson MD
Posted by gregbale on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 9:19 AM

Don Stauffer

Very nice!  Is that kit easy to find, or is it pretty rare?

Thanks very much, Don!

The kit---even the original Matchbox version---is ridiculously easy to find. Revell actually has (2) versions in current release: one in RCAF markings, and one in the livery of the Swiss Topographic Office. [Mine was the latter, but I believe the kits themselves are identical except for the decals included.]

They can be found here on Scalehobbyist.com. (As oft seems the case, Squadron is currently showing 'In Stock Soon.'). Probably readily available at 'all the usual' vendors.

Greg

 George Lewis:

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  • From: Denmark
Posted by HHscale on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 1:37 PM

Very nice, gregbale !

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Posted by Ozmac on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 10:09 PM

Very nice build indeed. Well done.

I have one of the Revell kits in my stash, and thanks to you I am now inspired to make a Twin Otter my next project. I think I'll do the West Coast Air float plane version, based in Victoria Harbour, Canada.

  • Member since
    March, 2003
  • From: Towson MD
Posted by gregbale on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 10:27 PM

Thanks, guys!

Ozmac
I have one of the Revell kits in my stash, and thanks to you I am now inspired to make a Twin Otter my next project. I think I'll do the West Coast Air float plane version, based in Victoria Harbour, Canada.

Tasty! Which color scheme? The one with the blue & green tail?

Greg

 George Lewis:

"Every time you correct me on my grammar I love you a little fewer."

 

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Posted by Ozmac on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 10:38 PM

Hadn't got that far ... just liked the floats when I pulled out the box from the stash. 

The body of the plane is white, and the tail is Night Blue, with the golden bird logo as well (looks like a bird with very long, slender wings, an albatross?). The engines are also blue.

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  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Thursday, March 15, 2018 4:45 PM

A!ha ! Hey Boss , The plane, The plane !

 That is a nice bright job , I do like what you did . 

  • Member since
    March, 2003
  • From: Towson MD
Posted by gregbale on Thursday, March 15, 2018 6:50 PM

Tanker - Builder

A!ha ! Hey Boss , The plane, The plane !

 That is a nice bright job , I do like what you did . 

Thanks, T.B.!

Greg

 George Lewis:

"Every time you correct me on my grammar I love you a little fewer."

 

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