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Symbols on the Revell DC-4 plans

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Symbols on the Revell DC-4 plans
Posted by B-36Andy on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 8:54 PM

Has there been info from the group on figuring out the plan symbols for this kit. 

I'm about to start it and want to lower the flaps but plan is in hieroglyphics!

Andy

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    December 2002
  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Thursday, July 11, 2019 12:12 AM

I've heard that the Thunderbirds version has much better instructions.

 

https://stage.revell.de/fileadmin/import/images/bau/03920_%23BAU_C_54D_THUNDERBIRDS_PLATINUM_V0101LOW.PDF

John

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    November 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Thursday, July 11, 2019 9:18 AM

I had a terrible time interpreting those symbols!  I studied the instructions for hours.  Part of the problem is their jumping around, so it is hard to figure out which option the instructions are moving through.

I guess the idea of those icons is that they don't need to have all the instructions have multi-lingual texts.  The art work is not great either- one has a hard time figuring out where the arrows are pointing.

The kit is generally fine- except for the instructions.  If you have questions on an individual step, maybe I have figured out what is going on there.  I have put mine aside for awhile while I work on an Apollo model for the anniversery.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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    May 2016
Posted by B-36Andy on Thursday, July 11, 2019 8:14 PM

Thanks guys for the offer to help and for the the clearer C-54 instructions! This will definately make the build easier now! i knew the ship had fowler flaps but the kit was so confusing--clearer now!

Don I may be calling on you to bail me out on some of this!

Andy

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    March 2015
Posted by JohnnyK on Friday, July 12, 2019 12:34 PM

jeaton01

I've heard that the Thunderbirds version has much better instructions.

 

https://stage.revell.de/fileadmin/import/images/bau/03920_%23BAU_C_54D_THUNDERBIRDS_PLATINUM_V0101LOW.PDF

 

Those instructions are pretty good. Now i have a gripe. The instructions have 99 steps, yet the instructions indicate that the front landing gear be installed in step 24. That landing gear will be broken off in no time. This seems to be a common problem with most instructions.

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    September 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Friday, July 12, 2019 12:59 PM

I've learned over time that there's seldom a work around for that.

Modifying the mounting so that it can be installed last usually adds structural weakness, where it will eventually break while on display.

I try to be extra careful with it.

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    September 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Friday, July 12, 2019 5:08 PM

Looking at the cartoon pages, yeah they try so hard to have everyone understand that I doubt anyone can.

Without actually building it, the ? Seems to have to do with flaps up/down.

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Saturday, July 13, 2019 6:42 AM

GMorrison

Looking at the cartoon pages, yeah they try so hard to have everyone understand that I doubt anyone can.

Without actually building it, the ? Seems to have to do with flaps up/down.

 

Indeed.  The question mark indicates an option.  There are a lot of options wit this kit.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

  • Member since
    May 2016
Posted by B-36Andy on Sunday, July 21, 2019 4:24 PM

Looking at the plans and kit for the DC-4 --(Thunderbird plan), I am wondering if it wouldn't be a good idea to scratch build a main spar to keep that long flexible wing straight----

Andy

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