SEARCH FINESCALE.COM

Enter keywords or a search phrase below:

Revell(G) DC-4

924 views
11 replies
1 rating 2 rating 3 rating 4 rating 5 rating
  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Revell(G) DC-4
Posted by Don Stauffer on Monday, June 19, 2017 9:14 AM

Got my 1:72 DC-4 yesterday. It will be awhile before I can get it on the bench.  Some ambiguity in the instructions.  One of the difficulties with making kits for people of many languages is that icons are not always that clear in expressing complex decisions :-(

A nice feature is that there are seperate interior fuselage sides rather than trying to mold interior into back side of exterior skins.  There is a very high parts count- this thing will take awhile to put together.

One of the things that frosts me is that not only is there no estimate of weight for nose suggested- the instructions do not even mention nose weight!  Instead, the kit comes with a tail brace to prevent sitting back on tail- what a regression!

Anyone know if anyone makes AA decals for a -4 in 1:72.  Queried Draw Decal, they do not and do not intend to.  I am left with trying to scale up the AA decals from my 1:144 Minicraft kit- that seems like quite a scaleup. If that does not look very good, I'll just go with Draw's Northwest decals.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

  • Member since
    December, 2009
  • From: Australia
Posted by scotty100368 on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 4:36 AM

Don,

Vintage Flyer Decals has them:

http://vintageflyerdecals.com/american.html

Click a DC-4 livery pic and then simply select a scale.

Scott Garard

Queanbeyan NSW

Australia

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 9:19 AM

scotty100368

Don,

Vintage Flyer Decals has them:

http://vintageflyerdecals.com/american.html

Click a DC-4 livery pic and then simply select a scale.

 

Thanks, Scott

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

  • Member since
    September, 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 10:55 AM

I guess Douglas struggled with it too.

  • Member since
    August, 2016
Posted by Keyda81 on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 7:00 PM

I had the same issue with my C-54 Skymaster.  I put a bunch of weight in the front of it, and it was still a tail sitter.  But I guess they were in real life as well.

  • Member since
    June, 2014
  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 8:05 AM

Surprisingly ;

 Many were . Did you ever wonder what the dimple under the tail was for ? That was so if it did , nothing important would get damaged . They certainly couldn't rotate enough in take - off to bump that spot !

 In my " Independence " aircraft I have 21 washers that just barely fit . Now it stands on it's nose gear .

 Which , by the way was strengthened with a brass rod up the middle of the leg . T.B.

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 9:09 AM

Tanker - Builder

Surprisingly ;

 Many were . Did you ever wonder what the dimple under the tail was for ? That was so if it did , nothing important would get damaged . They certainly couldn't rotate enough in take - off to bump that spot !

 In my " Independence " aircraft I have 21 washers that just barely fit . Now it stands on it's nose gear .

 Which , by the way was strengthened with a brass rod up the middle of the leg . T.B.

 

Which strengthens my *** about mfgs telling us how much weight the nose needs! If properly balanced, that weight does not add substantially to stress on nose gear, though it does still add to the weight on the mains.  But, it is really hard to actually measure how much it takes to balance.  A one-time task that the mfgs should do!

 

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

  • Member since
    December, 2002
Posted by 7474 on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 4:00 PM

Airplanes are tail sitters because when they're designed the engineers take the weight of the engines into account, the center of gravity moves forward. The attached video of the 747s without engines almost flying in gusty winds, the photos of b-24s in the scrap yards without engines sitting on their tails. 

 

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHhZwvdRR5c

 

 

 

  • Member since
    June, 2014
  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Sunday, July 23, 2017 12:31 PM

Oh Yes ;

 I often wondered why Falcon Jet didn't do that to the 20s . they had a tendency to sit quite often during upgrades .

  • Member since
    September, 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Sunday, July 23, 2017 10:03 PM

Unless it's an MD90 yuk yuk

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Monday, July 24, 2017 8:31 AM

Or a B-36.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

  • Member since
    June, 2014
  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Sunday, August 20, 2017 8:25 AM

Hi DON !

  Listen , I discovered a way to solve the weight problem .Without sacrificing the landing gear . Mount it dry then sit the plane on a Diet scale that measures in Grams . Take a matchbox sized container and tape it above the cockpit

 Make sure you deduct the box and tape weight before the next step . That's your Tare . Now start adding B.B. s or washers till it sits on the gear firmly but doesn't weaken it .

 

     This has worked for me since . On the washer loaded one I was trying to build like I didn't know this .  See ,when I worked for Timex in Little Rock , Ar . We would supply each station with a shift full of parts and they only could be measured in Grams .

 I still have my scale someplace .

JOIN OUR COMMUNITY!

Our community is FREE to join. To participate you must either login or register for an account.

SEARCH FORUMS

SUBSCRIBER-ONLY CONTENT
FREE NEWSLETTER