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Cessna , Beech and Piper . Hmmm.

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Cessna , Beech and Piper . Hmmm.
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Monday, December 12, 2016 1:26 PM

 Don will like this ;

  I acquired at my favorite Flea Market , a Hobbycraft Piper Cherokee 140 . Unopened , still in the box . Surprisingly the little plane wasn't showing to much age related discoloration . Only the main wing edges were discolored .

     Now , the rest of course was marred by flash . The parts though , fit well when cleaned up . I am always looking for these little jewels .So ,I do believe I shall do it as pictured on the boxcover .

      Just another to add to my ever growing multi - scale civil fleet . Geez , I do wish there more .  T.B.

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Posted by GMorrison on Monday, December 12, 2016 7:11 PM

That's a nice model. The

Minicraft one anyways.

 

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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 8:45 AM

Yeah " G " ;

   The really nice part is the exceptionally clear windows and full interior . The interior is easily seen through the windows right from the parts trees . I am having fun again !  T.B.

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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 8:47 AM

Hey " G ";

   Just acquired in the mail an old " Minicraft " D-C-6-B . I hope it will be as nice as the Piper . Of course it's a lot smaller -1/144 scale . Looks nice though .  T.B.

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 9:46 AM

What scale is the Piper- 1:48?

One of the things that disappoints me is that the demand for civil lightplanes is so weak we may never see kits of planes from defunct mfgs.  It seems like the only thing we will get are Cessnas, Beechs, and Pipers.  I sure would love to see a Stinson Station wagon, or even a Voyager, a Taylorcraft, or a Globe Swift!

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by patrick206 on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 12:38 PM

There were so many old airplanes from the 20's and 30's, that made huge strides forward in commercial aviation. It seems a shame they go so forgotten today, but I can understand the limited market since more people are attracted to fighters and jet aircraft.

My list would include the Curtiss Robin, Bellanca Airmaster, Curtiss Condor, etc. They performed very well for their day and were quite rugged, reliable and able to hold up to really rough use.

At the top of my list would be the Boeing single engine airliner, open cockpit and closed forward passenger compartment for maybe two or three passengers. One was restored by an aviation family in Spokane, Wa. just a few years ago, Next trip to Seattle I'll see if I can visit them for a look. Worth two hundred extra miles.

Patrick 

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Posted by GMorrison on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 12:30 AM

Czechmaster resin makes a really nice little B40.

Don Stauffer built a beautiful one.

Boeing 247 in United colors to replace the old OOP Williams Bros. one.

A real DC-3.

A nice Caravelle to replace that Mach 2 monstosity.

770,780. A new 727.

DC-20.

Vickers Viscount in either Capitol or UAL.

Heck a Fokker F-20.

B377 with square windows.

The jet Comet.

 

 

 

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 6:49 AM

Two of the classics that did make it into kits which are still available are the Beech Staggerwing and the Stinson Reliant.  I think it is Special Hobbies, or is it CR, that makes that Staggerwing.  In any case, it is a great kit, modern up to date with resin details.

The old AMT Reliant has been repopped and on shop shelves now.  Not a bad kit, but not up to modern standards.  Replacing the engine with a resin one helps greatly- that big radial up front is pretty prominent.

That Boeing 40 was indeed a nice kit.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 1:44 PM

Don;

 The only Taylorcraft I have been able to find is the 1/24 Paper and card model . The originator of that and some other similar kits has since retired . It would be nice to see many of the ones like the little ones I think Hawk released years ago . The Idea of having a Beech Bonanza in 1950 vintage would be nice or an Aeronca .  T.B.

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Thursday, December 15, 2016 7:02 AM

Tanker - Builder

Don;

 The only Taylorcraft I have been able to find is the 1/24 Paper and card model . The originator of that and some other similar kits has since retired . It would be nice to see many of the ones like the little ones I think Hawk released years ago . The Idea of having a Beech Bonanza in 1950 vintage would be nice or an Aeronca .  T.B.

 

Ah, there you are in luck.  Minicraft makes a couple.  I think they kit both the V-tail and the newer conventional tail version.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Thursday, December 15, 2016 8:57 AM

Don ;

 I got to thinking after my last post . ? remember the  AERCOUPE ? it's one of the cute ones that looked like a small sedan married to an airplane .  T.B.

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Friday, December 16, 2016 6:41 AM

Hummm.  I owned an Ercoupe, but I don't think of it as having any car appearance.  I'll see if I can find and post a picture of it.

Yeah, I would love to build an Ercoupe.  I do have an old wood kit of one.  Maybe I should build that.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Friday, December 16, 2016 9:44 AM

Well;

   Which one was like that ? I really did think it was the ERCOUPE . Myself , after the old J-3 , settled for a Cessna 180 with floats just like the Monogram Kit . The other one , foolishly , was a rebuilt Ag-Cat ; I bought it wrecked and re-assembled it .What a fun airplane that was .

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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Monday, December 26, 2016 9:37 AM

Yeah :

This model must've missed the inspectors table .This has turned out to be the lousiest plane model I have ever built . But because of what it is , It will get built ! And , it's still fun !  T.B.

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Posted by goldhammer on Monday, December 26, 2016 1:13 PM

As far as the Staggerwing, Roden has several in both civilian and milatary versions, IIRC, in 1/48, and I think even one on floats.  Would love to see the bird available in either 1/32 or 1/24.

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Tuesday, December 27, 2016 6:26 AM

goldhammer

As far as the Staggerwing, Roden has several in both civilian and milatary versions, IIRC, in 1/48, and I think even one on floats.  Would love to see the bird available in either 1/32 or 1/24.

 

That's right, it was Roden.  The first kit release was a military version, with only military decals.  I did my own decals, the classic Beech speedbird scheme.  I had just got it finished and they released the civil version with the speedbird decals.  They are quite nice kits, I recommend them. 

 

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Tuesday, December 27, 2016 11:52 AM

Ah Goldhammer ;

  I have Both versions . Wheels and Floats . Just like my Otters .Beautiful planes from Roden .  T.B.

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