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Roden Convair twin

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  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 11:12 PM

The Roden kit is a new mold, and although it says it's a 340 it has many of the features of the 440.  I have heard that most 340's were modified with 440 features, such as the square exhaust instead of the two augmentor tubes of the 340.


AHS has a good page on the kit with sprue shots;


To see build logs for my models:


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Posted by B-36Andy on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 9:24 PM

Vintage Flyer does Convair Liner decals for the old Hawk kit--

I'm sure they will be available in 1/144 for this kit

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  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 12:12 PM

That's cool.  Heres a few interesting liveries.



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Posted by GMorrison on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 11:32 AM

Tanks- according to scalemates the Roden kit is new tooling.

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  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 9:41 AM

Don Stauffer
I am not a fan of the HA livery- hope I can find some aftermarket decals.

But they run one heck of an airline, IMHO. Other airlines could take lessons.

Say, speaking of Convairs, do you remember Lake Central Airlines with the pale blue schemes and duck logo on the tail? They remain a fairly vivid memory out at SBN (South Bend) for some reason. I don't know if you were in the area back then, though.

If you find any good decals, could you let us know if you remember, Don?

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Posted by GMorrison on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 9:37 AM

Thanks for the notice on that new Roden "Convairliner" kit. 1/144 is going to be pretty small. Brain calculator suggests a wingspan of about 8".

United flew a large number of the 440 model, to replace the DC-3. The 240 family was the first twin engine pressurized commercial airliner.

We had a grandmother who lived in Solvang CA, about an hour outside of Santa Barbara by car. You would know the area from your time at Vandenberg. We flew SFO-Monterey, then to Salinas by flying east down 68, then south to Paso Robles following 101, then over the hill to the coast and down to Santa Barbara.

The Captain would often fly low over Hearst Castle at San Simeon on the return trip north.

I would think a set for a DC-4 would be a good place to start, those of course being available in hundreds of airlines.

Look forward to seeing what you come up with.

 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.


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  • From: Towson MD
Posted by gregbale on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 9:17 AM

Don, I have to admit, when I saw your header, I had another image in mind entirely....



Nonetheless, I share your excitement for the Convair kit! I'm sure AM decals will be forthcoming.

Don't know whether you've seen these, but Two-Six Decals does sheets for the SwissAir and the very attractive Sabena schemes.


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"Every time you correct me on my grammar I love you a little fewer."
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    June 2014
  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 9:15 AM

Hi Don;

  Would that be the one that Hawk or Aurora used to have ? That's an airliner that's evaded us for years. I remember those flying in and out of Buffalo Municipal many, many years ago. Usually in Capitol or Alleghany livery.

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    November 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Roden Convair twin
Posted by Don Stauffer on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 8:44 AM

I see Roden has released a new Convair twin.  I have been looking for a decent convair for several years!  I'll be ordering that soon.  I am not a fan of the HA livery- hope I can find some aftermarket decals.


Don Stauffer in Minnesota


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