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  • Member since
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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Roden Boeing 307
Posted by Don Stauffer on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 1:27 PM

I started the kit awhile ago.  I am not doing a full WIP because I am writing up on article on it that I plan to submit to a magazine.  If the mag does not buy it I'll show more of the build.

The kit is very nice- exellent fit, very good detail, very little flash and really small sprue attachment points (but a lot of them).  There are mistakes in the diagram showing cowl/firewall build up.  The part numbers are incorrect.  You must go by the look of the parts in the diagram, which is well drawn and easy to see which is what.

 

The kit comes with TWA decals, but I wanted to build the Pan Am plane sitting in the Smithsonian.  So I had to make my own decals.  I have them drawn, and printed on paper to check fit.  Need to print them now.

 

The plane in the museum is one of the first delivered to Pan Am.  It was restored by a bunch of Boeing employees and ex-employees.  Yes it is the one that took a drink in Lake Washington.  It was rebuilt with loving care, and if you look at the pics of the plane in the museum (google images) you will see how they polished that plane to a perfect shine, that I wanted to represent, so that requires Polished Aluminum Alclad.  The pic below shows it after the last coat of the gloss black undercoat.  I have a good Alclad job now.  I elected to paint wings seperately, since the fit of wings to fuselage is excellent and only a slight cleanup gave a perfect fit. I figured painting before final assembly would ease sanding and cleanup.  Now, I will mount the wings, do the decal work, and also add engines and gears. 

 

I left the cowls and engines off until now to avoid a difficult masking.  Engines and firewall are not aluminum.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 4:13 PM

It is a good time to be a modeler - a friend bought the Maquette(?) kit, and it was BAD!  The two fuselage halves were not even the same length!  The quality of the rest of the kit was very poor.  I think that was the only kit where my friend opened the box, perused the contents, closed the box, then got rid of the kit.

Best wishes for your build!  Roden, despite their variable quality (compare their C-141B to their VC-10), are putting out nice kits these days.

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    November 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Thursday, May 21, 2020 8:23 AM

Real G

It is a good time to be a modeler - a friend bought the Maquette(?) kit, and it was BAD!  The two fuselage halves were not even the same length!  The quality of the rest of the kit was very poor.  I think that was the only kit where my friend opened the box, perused the contents, closed the box, then got rid of the kit.

Best wishes for your build!  Roden, despite their variable quality (compare their C-141B to their VC-10), are putting out nice kits these days.

 

Yeah, I bought that Maquette kit too.  Threw away the fuselage, kept the wings with the idea I might scratch a fuselage.  I may still do that- that kit was in 1:72 and I might like to have a 1:72 version.  No problem scaling up the decals.

 

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by GMorrison on Thursday, May 21, 2020 9:15 AM

Slow progress on mine. Matching length was ok; it was height that was off. And why have recessed but still blanked off cabin windows?

 

The decal kit from Vintage Flyer has the cabin windows. Current struggle is that the wings are from a B-17C and I have to rebuild the lower halves of the nacelles to remove the turbos.

 

I envy you, Don.

 

Bill

Modeling is an excuse to buy books

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  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Thursday, May 21, 2020 11:50 PM

I have one of these so I'm watch'n youPirate.  But then I would anyway.

My take on 1/72 is the Airmodel fuselage with Academy wings, and I want to do the early version.

John

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

 

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  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Friday, May 22, 2020 8:38 AM

Hi Bill;

    Hey,Gotta ask you a question. Is that plane and upsized and engined version of the C-46?

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Posted by jeaton01 on Friday, May 22, 2020 3:20 PM

Not Bill, but I'll answer anyway.  Nope.  No connection, and it came slightly before the C-46.

John

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

 

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  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Friday, May 22, 2020 4:45 PM

Oh:

   I guess they did have four engined transports at the time. Okay,I'll go along wid dat! To answer another question that was brought up though. Revell used to do a lot of their airliners with depressions where the windows were. Never understood it then, Still don't .

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Posted by GMorrison on Friday, May 22, 2020 5:07 PM

Tanker-Builder

Hi Bill;

    Hey,Gotta ask you a question. Is that plane and upsized and engined version of the C-46?

 

IThe C-46 was originally designed as a competitor of that aircraft, with a pressurized cabin and supercharged engines.

At a guess without looking it up, the Commando with two R 2600s probably had about as much power as the 307 with four 1820s.

Howard Hughes turned one into a house boat. Weird guy. Tanks weren't you there at a party with Lana Turner?

Modeling is an excuse to buy books

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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Sunday, May 24, 2020 8:24 AM

Got a nice Alclad finish, got the wings attached to the fuselage, and model is on its gears now.  Also started decals- just a couple, to ensure the sheet is okay.  I duplicate all decals so I have spares in case I screw up one.

 

They are working fine except for one I screwed up.

Here is the Alclad work.

 

I have the left engines on the wing now.  I also unmasked the windows and windscreen, with great trepedation, and found they were fine- a relief.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Sunday, May 24, 2020 10:20 AM

Oh My!

 That is one great looking  bird Don!

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  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Sunday, May 24, 2020 10:21 AM

Oh Bill:

 You're not supposed to tell all my secrets! LOL.LOL.

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    December 2002
  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Sunday, May 24, 2020 11:15 AM

Nice metal work, Don.

John

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

 

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Monday, May 25, 2020 12:58 PM

I'm embarrassed!  Apparently I forgot to save some editing I made on the decals.  I had decided to start decalling the right side first.  Turns out the correct font for the right side was not on the sheet.  The lettering on the name leans the other way on the right side and so the image I started with was okay for the left side.  I had fixed that, but had not notice the same thing for the logos and their text.

 I found it should be a mirror image of the left side (with the letters reversed, of course).  Spent yesterday editing the decal sheet.  Printed it out yesterday, but the ink needs to dry for three days before I can coat the new sheet.  In the meantime I will do the left side first :-)

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by GMorrison on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 9:28 AM

Don't reverse the map, LOL!

 

Modeling is an excuse to buy books

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 1:14 PM

Yep, caught that.  Copied the globe first and pasted it in an empty spot.  Then mirrored the whole logo and pasted the globe back in.  Did the PAA letters seperately.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by GMorrison on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 1:42 PM

Interesting process. I need to learn a graphics program.

I pulled out the big binder of old decal remnants and found a PAA set for the 1/72 B 377.

Those winged globes were just a little different. PAA is inside the wing, and the globe view is more from the north pole than equatorial.

Look forward to her all dressed up.

Funny you got NC 19903.

 

Bill

Modeling is an excuse to buy books

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Thursday, May 28, 2020 10:26 AM

GMorrison

Interesting process. I need to learn a graphics program.

I pulled out the big binder of old decal remnants and found a PAA set for the 1/72 B 377.

Those winged globes were just a little different. PAA is inside the wing, and the globe view is more from the north pole than equatorial.

Look forward to her all dressed up.

Funny you got NC 19903.

 

 

Bill

 

I found the right logo by google-ing panam logo with an image search.

I have lots of pictures of the Smithsonian plane so I saw the reg numbers in all those photos.  I wanted to do that specific plane.  I would be happy to send anyone who wants to build that plane the image of my decals.

 

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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