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1/72 Boeing Beaver Floatplane
« on: June 09, 2016, 06:46:32 PM »
Hi Carlos:

This is a placeholder for my upcoming Boeing Beaver Float-plane. It was designed as a bush plane for use in Canada during the 1930s. I'm still collecting the pieces but I should start cutting sprue and gluing next week.

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Re: 1/72 Boeing Beaver Floatplane
« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2016, 11:16:24 PM »
Good, let's go!
Do you have an idea of the final color?

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Re: 1/72 Boeing Beaver Floatplane
« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2016, 03:57:39 PM »
 :) ;) :D ;D :icon_beer: :))
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Re: 1/72 Boeing Beaver Floatplane
« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2016, 06:05:23 PM »
Good, let's go!
Do you have an idea of the final color?

Good question. Research shows they were very corlourful so once I have the decals ( I do not have any civilian ones) I'll let you know.
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Re: 1/72 Boeing Beaver Floatplane
« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2016, 04:38:33 AM »
Here are some WIP pictures. Some parts are dry fitted.



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Re: 1/72 Boeing Beaver Floatplane
« Reply #5 on: June 14, 2016, 06:38:46 AM »
Hmmm ...his model promises a lot
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Re: 1/72 Boeing Beaver Floatplane
« Reply #6 on: June 14, 2016, 06:42:52 AM »
 :-*  Always loved the Peashooter... always loved floatplanes... inexplicably, never thought to combine the two!  EXCITING!

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Re: 1/72 Boeing Beaver Floatplane
« Reply #7 on: June 14, 2016, 09:59:20 AM »
That's a nice combination. What kit donated the floats?

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Re: 1/72 Boeing Beaver Floatplane
« Reply #8 on: June 14, 2016, 10:17:44 AM »
That's a nice combination. What kit donated the floats?


Hasegawa He 51B-2. It also comes with spats so I can still build a complete kit.

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Re: 1/72 Boeing Beaver Floatplane
« Reply #9 on: June 15, 2016, 12:24:38 AM »
Carl, that is a very nice combination of floats and Peashooter :)
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Re: 1/72 Boeing Beaver Floatplane
« Reply #10 on: June 15, 2016, 04:38:07 AM »
That's a killer concept and it looks like you're off to a wizard start, Mr Gimper!

Those floats are such a natural I'm wondering why Boeing never tried this.

I am bowled over by your imagination!

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Re: 1/72 Boeing Beaver Floatplane
« Reply #11 on: June 15, 2016, 05:50:46 AM »
It looks like you're planning an extended canopy?  2, 3 seats?  Great idea.  I picture something like an extended version of the squared-off canopy on the YP-29 (http://wowpp.gcdn.co/80EFB1/origin/2d/usa/yp-29/usa-yp-29-screenshots-02-1600x900.jpg)

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Re: 1/72 Boeing Beaver Floatplane
« Reply #12 on: June 15, 2016, 08:05:47 AM »
I'm liking this.
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Re: 1/72 Boeing Beaver Floatplane
« Reply #13 on: June 15, 2016, 06:49:52 PM »
It looks like you're planning an extended canopy?  2, 3 seats?  Great idea.  I picture something like an extended version of the squared-off canopy on the YP-29 (http://wowpp.gcdn.co/80EFB1/origin/2d/usa/yp-29/usa-yp-29-screenshots-02-1600x900.jpg)


Yes to an extended canopy but not for extra seating. I'll provide the details when I have finished the kit  :o

The YP-29 looks cool.
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Re: 1/72 Boeing Beaver Floatplane
« Reply #14 on: July 07, 2016, 05:34:27 AM »
The Boeing Beaver was an evolution from the P-26A Peashooter and Westland Wasp.

The Beaver came out of a requirement to address the need to fly urgent medical supplies to remote Canadian communities which had no land access.

This aircraft belonged to Wilfrid Reid "Wop" May OBE DFC (March 20, 1896 Ė June 21, 1952),. May was a Canadian flying ace in the First World War and a leading post-war aviator. He was the final Allied pilot to be pursued by Manfred von Richthofen before the German ace was shot down on the Western Front in 1918. After the war, May returned to Canada, pioneering the role of a bush pilot while working for Canadian Airways in Northern Alberta and the Northwest Territories.

May made Canadian Aviation history when in December 1928, Bert Logan, an employee of the Hudson's Bay Company was posted to Little Red River, Alberta, on arrival he was unpacking when he suddenly became very ill. His wife, a nurse, realized he had diphtheria, and a desperate effort started to get inoculations to the town before anyone else was seriously infected. Simply getting the word out that help was needed was an adventure in its own. At the time, there were no roads in the north, and the nearest telegraph station was miles away over a frozen landscape. The message eventually reached Edmonton, and on January 1, May was asked if he could deliver the medicine. He left in an Avro Avian with another flying club member, Vic Horner, the next day around noon, and landed on Kimiwan Lake, McLennan for the night just before 4 p.m. when it was becoming dark. They refueled on the Peace River and continued their flight, arriving in Fort Vermilion at 3 p.m. A group had just arrived from Little Red River and the drugs were quickly distributed. They had to stop in Peace River on the return flight due to engine damage from the low quality fuel, and did not arrive back in Edmonton until January 7. By this point, his flight had become known across Canada as "the race against death", and he and the mayor arrived to find a media circus waiting for them in town. Note the Avro Avianís maximum speed was105 mph (169 km/h)

Commercial Airways purchased three Bellanca Pacemaker CH-300s in 1929. CF-AKI was Mayís personal aircraft after Canadian Airways Limited purchased Commercial Airways.

But May wanted something faster. So he called his best buddy Bill in Seattle and said: Hey Bill, I want something that is fast, has floats and an enclosed cockpit so I donít freeze up like I did in 1929. What can you do for me?

So Bill scratched his head and remembered that Westland had updated his P-26A so he had one shipped over, added floats, a full canopy and a heated storage box behind the cockpit.

As well Canadian Airways Limited was no stranger to Boeing products having also purchased Boeing 40s.

Note the Bellanca Pacemakerís maximum speed was 165 mph (266 km/h) while the Boeing Beaver could reach a maximum speed of 234 mph (377 km/h). Less with floats.

Bill of Materials:

Revell P-26A
Hasegawa He-51B for the floats
DML FW-190 canopy
Other home made items
Thunderbird Models Bellanca CH-300 Pacemaker Decals. Wop May flew CF-AKI.
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Re: 1/72 Boeing Beaver Floatplane
« Reply #15 on: July 07, 2016, 05:43:00 AM »
Very nice and very well conceived.

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Re: 1/72 Boeing Beaver Floatplane
« Reply #16 on: July 08, 2016, 05:44:24 AM »
That really finished up wonderfully!

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but seeing the results you've achieved has left me speechless!

Talk about pure eye-candy! If I had something like this on my desk at the office, I'd never get any work done as I'd be staring at it all day, dreaming of chasing the clouds and saving villages in this baby!

What a beauty!

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Re: 1/72 Boeing Beaver Floatplane
« Reply #17 on: July 08, 2016, 06:04:41 AM »
 Very lovely floatplanization !

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Re: 1/72 Boeing Beaver Floatplane
« Reply #18 on: July 08, 2016, 06:32:03 AM »
Hi Carl :)...I knew very well that this model has much potential and the result is beyond my expectations,I really like it  :-* :-* :-* Well done !
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Re: 1/72 Boeing Beaver Floatplane
« Reply #19 on: July 09, 2016, 05:43:44 AM »
Lovely work
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Re: 1/72 Boeing Beaver Floatplane
« Reply #20 on: August 16, 2016, 09:04:42 AM »
Was sure a P-26 float plane would look stogy slow or ugly.
You proved me wrong.  Is looking classy :)