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Making a DC-7C in 1/72

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  • Member since
    October 2009
  • From: Sweden
Making a DC-7C in 1/72
Posted by HansJ on Tuesday, November 10, 2009 11:47 AM

Hi everyone,

As it happens I have two Heller DC-6B in my to-do-pile and now I want to make a DC-7C out of one with some parts from the other.

Has anyone here made this conversion before? As I understand, there are four major modifications to consider -

1. Lengthen fuselage
2. Heighten fin and rudder
3. Modify engines with saddle tanks and four-bladed propellers
4. Modify and extend wing center section

I have searched the web for any hints but it seems this conversion is unusual. Any hints?

 Thanks!

Hans, Sweden

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Tuesday, November 10, 2009 2:49 PM

Hans, Ian Huntley did an article in Aeromodeller, I believe, that addressed making corrections to and other variants out of the Heller kit that was quite good but has only a little DC-7 info.  Here is another drawing showing fuselage dimensions from the DC-4 to the DC-7C.  The tail shapes are off but the fuselage station info is pretty useful. 

John

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

 

  • Member since
    October 2009
  • From: Sweden
Posted by HansJ on Tuesday, November 10, 2009 3:34 PM

Thanks John!

I would really need a large three-view drawing of the DC-7C, especially of the tail. The ones on the web I have found are too small or unusable. Not even the two books I have on the subject (Arthur Pearcy's 'Douglas Propliners' and AirlinerTech DC-6/DC-7) include any larger drawings. Strange.

Is the paint & decal drawing in the recent Revell Germany re-release of their 1/122 DC-7C any good? Typically enough it can't be downloaded from revell.de like most other kits they've made...

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Tuesday, November 10, 2009 5:53 PM
I don't know, Hans, I only have older releases of the Revell kit and they are stored away.  I did look in my copy of the Airliner Tech book and the drawings on page 99 should take care of all the wing and tail differences.  Are you going to do the DC-7C?  It looks like that is the only version with the different tail, and wing span.

John

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

 

  • Member since
    March 2007
  • From: Carmel, CA
Posted by bondoman on Tuesday, November 10, 2009 8:56 PM
I suppose you'd use a donor L-749 for the cowling/engine faces.
  • Member since
    October 2009
  • From: Sweden
Posted by HansJ on Wednesday, November 11, 2009 2:34 AM

 jeaton01 wrote:
I don't know, Hans, I only have older releases of the Revell kit and they are stored away.  I did look in my copy of the Airliner Tech book and the drawings on page 99 should take care of all the wing and tail differences.  Are you going to do the DC-7C?  It looks like that is the only version with the different tail, and wing span.

I will try to use those drawings and scale them up in a copier to see if they work. As far as I know, the DC-7C is indeed the only one whose tail and wings differ. Thanks again!

Maybe I can sacrifice the cowlings from my L-749 kit as well, that kit needs so much correcting anyway... :-)


Hans

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