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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
DeHavilland Rapide
Posted by Don Stauffer on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 12:54 PM

Well, my Connie is done, and the Jetstar is in (enamel) painting phase, so I have a free workbench whenever the Jetstar is in the drying box.  So I have started an old Dehavilland Rapide!  Love that plane.  Here is the interior (or some of it).  I may paint the upholstery a different color before putting it inside fuselage.  The kit comes with only military markings, so I'll be working up some inkjet decals too.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by fotofrank on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 2:40 PM

Who makes the kit, Don?

OK. On the bench:

Old Monogram kits: T-28A (USAF), T-28C (Pensacola NAS), T-28D (VNAF)

MENG 1/48 F-35A dedicated to my late brother Buzz.

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Posted by PFJN on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 4:47 PM

Hi,

Can't wait to see your build.  The Rapide is such an "interesting" lookin plane Stick out tongue

Pat

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  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 9:33 PM

I'm wondering if it's the Veeday kit that I have.

John

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Posted by GMorrison on Thursday, December 28, 2017 1:48 AM

I o ly ever have built the little Heller kit but it was a nice model. I did once find and build a little resin kit of a very similar Italian aircraft. In fact I used a Heller kit for some of the parts like wheels and props.

I’ve seen a 1/48 vac kit but this doesn’t appear to be that one.

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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Thursday, December 28, 2017 8:30 AM

fotofrank

Who makes the kit, Don?

 

Oh, sorry.  It is an Airfix kit.  So far seems like a nice kit.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Saturday, December 30, 2017 9:34 AM

Got the interior inside the starboard fuselage half.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Saturday, January 06, 2018 9:56 AM

Decals drawn, hope to print them today.

 

 

The stripes and reg number, and airline name were from scratch, in layer above original image.  The images down below were cleaned up from original drawing from google image search.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by sharkbait on Saturday, January 06, 2018 12:28 PM
Strangely enough, in a box down in the basement, I have all the tech drawings to install floats on one. Cheers.

You have never been lost until you've been lost at Mach 3!

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Sunday, January 07, 2018 10:43 AM

sharkbait
Strangely enough, in a box down in the basement, I have all the tech drawings to install floats on one. Cheers.
 

Interesting!  I have never seen a picture of one on floats, even when I did a google image search.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by sharkbait on Sunday, January 07, 2018 11:29 AM
I have never seen a picture of one on floats either. I recall the drawings are for EDO floats. I will ask around and see what I can find. Cheers

You have never been lost until you've been lost at Mach 3!

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Posted by jeaton01 on Sunday, January 07, 2018 6:02 PM

DeHavilland  of Canada used EDO floats made by Fairchild of Canada under license.  I had the first photo of a Dragon Rapide on floats below and found some others.  I think the text on the nose of the second is The Globe Mail.  I don't think any UK Rapides were on floats.  My best guess is the floats were Xa 5400 EDO floats as on Bellanca Skyrocket or Wb 5030 as on Stinson SR-9F Reliant. 

One forum had a post saying that these registrations were float equipped: CF-AVD, CF-AYE, CF-BBH, CF-BND, CF-BNG, CX-ABI, SE-BTA, Peruvian AF 438.

 

 

John

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Posted by GMorrison on Sunday, January 07, 2018 11:42 PM

The aircraft is listed in early IDF order. I think one got shot down.

 

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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Monday, January 08, 2018 7:29 AM

Hey Don ;

 You dastardly Chap ! Now you've got me wanting another model I really don't have room for ! 

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Monday, January 08, 2018 8:37 AM

Thanks, John.  It is still a pretty bird even sitting on floats!

Tankerbuilder- you should have room for this one- the Rapide is not a big aircraft.  The fuselage at 1:72 scale is less than six inches long.

BTW, I realized I had screwed up the decals- had two left sides!  Plus the red was too dark.  Had to redo it yesterday, got them printed.  They have to dry a day, then another day for the overcoating.  Plus, I discovered the upper wing is the wrong color- need to mask off the fuselage and spray the upper wing light gray!

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 9:22 AM

Got the Rapide all painted now.

 

 

I intend to apply the decals before I glue the lower wing and nacelles to the rest.  I think doing the fuselage stripe will be easier than struggling along in the gap between the two wings.

Having more trouble with the decals.  When I sealed them they ran/bled like crazy.  Either Testors has changed the chemistry of their glosscoat, or Epson has changed the chemistry of their inks. I have never had trouble before with that combo.  I suspect the Glosscoat, as it now takes longer to dry than it used to.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Friday, January 19, 2018 9:08 AM

Almost done!  I broke off an exhaust stack and lost it- have to make a replacement, and there are a few bad spots in paint near rigging termination points, but the gray color is a custom mix that I will have to mix up again.  But those spots are on bottom and don't show very much.  Here are a couple of grab shots.  Busy weekend ahead, maybe get some better shots middle of next week.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by PFJN on Friday, January 19, 2018 11:32 AM

Hi,

 

That turned out great.  The Rapide is such an interesting looking plane and your build looks exceptional.

Pat

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Posted by B-36Andy on Friday, January 19, 2018 4:38 PM

Great looking ship Don! I had one years ago but never built it---

Andy

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Posted by jeaton01 on Friday, January 19, 2018 7:44 PM

Well done. Don.  More pictures!

John

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Posted by keavdog on Friday, January 19, 2018 8:02 PM

Cool little bird!  Nice livery too

Thanks,

John

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Posted by EdGrune on Saturday, January 20, 2018 10:56 AM

Interesting build article in the January 2018 issue of Airfix Model World.   During the 1950s there were several Rapides used by an air advertising company in London which used them as flying billboards.  The build includes a simulation of the underwing neon tubes advertising the musical 'Kiss Me Kate'.  Several other ads are also available from Tasman Products.    Fluorescent powder paint lights the tubes.  The build describes how the modeler improved the replacement windows and painted to highlight the stitching of the fabric skin.  

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Posted by Ray Marotta on Sunday, January 21, 2018 10:19 AM
Check google images with "Dragon Rapide on floats" as your search term. Half a dozen pix right away... All the best Ray

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Posted by fotofrank on Sunday, January 21, 2018 2:30 PM

When I first came to Florida in the summer 1973, I went to a fly-in at a little grass strip, out near Zellwood, I think. Almost the very first airplane I saw that day was a Rapide! It was in the pattern coming in for a landing. I remember it being gray with red accents. Such a beauty. I think it was owned by Kermit Weeks.

Beautiful build, Don.

OK. On the bench:

Old Monogram kits: T-28A (USAF), T-28C (Pensacola NAS), T-28D (VNAF)

MENG 1/48 F-35A dedicated to my late brother Buzz.

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  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Friday, January 26, 2018 11:27 AM

Hey Don ;

 That is very pretty for an unusual bird .

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Posted by Devil Dawg on Friday, January 26, 2018 6:40 PM

Don Stauffer

Almost done!  I broke off an exhaust stack and lost it- have to make a replacement, and there are a few bad spots in paint near rigging termination points, but the gray color is a custom mix that I will have to mix up again.  But those spots are on bottom and don't show very much.  Here are a couple of grab shots.  Busy weekend ahead, maybe get some better shots middle of next week.

 

 

Awesome work, Don!!

Devil Dawg

On The Bench: 1/48th Hasegawa F/A-18F Super Hornet;  1/48th Eduard/Hasegawa Ultimate Sabre with "MiG Mad Marine" markings; Revell Of Germany 1/144 Boeing E-4B Airborne Command Post

Build one at a time? Hah! That'll be the day!!

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