Author Topic: 1/144 DC Globe from the Roden C-124  (Read 2259 times)

Offline Brian da Basher

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1/144 DC Globe from the Roden C-124
« on: October 04, 2012, 06:44:21 AM »
Recently I picked up one of the new 1/144 Roden C-124 kits:



Well, I finally got around to building it:









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Re: 1/144 DC Globe from the Roden C-124
« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2012, 06:54:25 AM »
At the end of W.W. II, countries all across the globe had changed dramatically. Some had shrunk, some had grown and some had changed names. This created an enormous demand for up-to-date atlases and only one company, the Globe Publishing Co. of Dixville Notch, New Hampshire, was able to meet the demand. Unfortunately, while they were tops at bringing out new maps and atlases, they had little experience in global distribution on a large scale. Fortunately, in 1947, a new Douglas transport prototype made an emergency landing at the Dixville Notch International Airport and Globe Publishing was able to convince Douglas to build one of the new transports to their exacting specifications.









Globe Publishing wanted their transport powered by the new Nash supercharged Nashatronic V-16 inline engine which offered great power and range. So the Douglas DC Globe was born. Made world-famous being filmed bringing new atlases into Berlin during the Soviet blockade, soon the DC Globe was winging its way full of atlases all over the globe.

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« Last Edit: October 04, 2012, 07:09:36 AM by Brian da Basher »

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Re: 1/144 DC Globe from the Roden C-124
« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2012, 07:04:01 AM »
While sales of their new atlas broke records, profits weren't enough to meet the expense of keeping the DC Globe flying and Globe Publishing was soon acquired by Penguin Books. The DC Globe was sold to a group of investors who wanted to turn it into a flying truck stop. Unfortunately, the new Air Stuckey's was burned to a cinder when a kitchen grease fire got out of control. Luckily, the plane was on the ground at the time and nobody was hurt. Now all that remains of the once-famous DC Globe are these photos from Lifeless magazine of it flying over the jungles of New Brunswick.









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P.S. While posting this, I mis-typed Globe as "Flobe" and this amused me to no end.
« Last Edit: October 04, 2012, 07:17:01 AM by Brian da Basher »

Offline ChrisF

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Re: 1/144 DC Globe from the Roden C-124
« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2012, 07:29:58 AM »
Nice tidy build that brian !! I like it !

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Re: 1/144 DC Globe from the Roden C-124
« Reply #4 on: October 04, 2012, 05:08:37 PM »
Fabulous, I like it. :-* :-*

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Re: 1/144 DC Globe from the Roden C-124
« Reply #5 on: October 04, 2012, 07:37:11 PM »
 :)
All hail the God of Frustration!!!

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Re: 1/144 DC Globe from the Roden C-124
« Reply #6 on: October 05, 2012, 02:52:45 AM »
Looker for sure, BdB!  8)

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Re: 1/144 DC Globe from the Roden C-124
« Reply #7 on: October 05, 2012, 10:43:27 PM »
I like it :)     I also like the fact that your photos show just  how gutsy the pilot is who has no qualms about flying nap of the earth.  ;D
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Re: 1/144 DC Globe from the Roden C-124
« Reply #8 on: October 05, 2012, 11:22:47 PM »
Nice job on a tough model! Did you spray paint the white? It looks smoooooth. The DC Globe looks a little like a fat plump Bristol Brabazon.

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Re: 1/144 DC Globe from the Roden C-124
« Reply #9 on: October 05, 2012, 11:34:22 PM »
The model's brush-painted by hand in Model Master Primer Gray acrylic, which looks white in the shots where the flash went off.

I wouldn't want to fly that thing so close to the ground over the jungles of New Brunswick either!

Thanks for your kind comments! They inspire the madness to no end.

Brian da Basher

P.S. I've already started my It's the End of the World As We Know It GB project...it's just a little smaller than this beast.


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Re: 1/144 DC Globe from the Roden C-124
« Reply #10 on: October 06, 2012, 06:28:06 AM »
Thanks for enhancing the world of model building one more time.
How wonderful it could satisfy Berliner's needs for new Atlases at such a critical time.
Supercharged Nashatronic V-16 engines seem ideal for such a plane.