Author Topic: 1/72 Douglas DC-3 trimotor  (Read 2628 times)

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1/72 Douglas DC-3 trimotor
« on: June 02, 2020, 12:20:10 AM »
this idea struck me earlier today and i thought it would be a perfect entry in memory of Brian Da Basher.
i have a spare 1/72 Esci DC-3 in the stash gathering dust, and i suddenly got to wonder how good it would look in spats and with an extra engine. afterall, crossing the atlantic on just 2 Pratt & Whitney Twin Wasp engines is a dangerous job, you need some extra power just in case.

sourcing parts has already begun, to replace the undercarriage, i got a set of spats from a Revell 1/32 Stuka, i think these would fit perfectly without extra modifications. as for the 3rd engine, i think im gonna look at the Heller 1/72 CL-415, as i think it comes with the Pratt & Whitney Double Wasp radials from the -215 (its bsicly the same kit with -415 parts in an extra sprue). i know its not the same engine, but its the best i can source.

i got the idea after learning about the Conroy Tri-Turbo-Three: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conroy_Tri-Turbo-Three

as for a color scheme, i have no idea yet, but here's a rough sketch of what the layout should be.

« Last Edit: June 02, 2020, 03:15:33 AM by nils »
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Re: 1/72 Douglas DC-3 trimotor
« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2020, 12:23:20 AM »
 :smiley:

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Re: 1/72 Douglas DC-3 trimotor
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2020, 12:31:02 AM »
A real Trifecta of Brian-isms.

1. Spats
2. Three engines
3. Scale-o-rama
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Work in progress ::

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Re: 1/72 Douglas DC-3 trimotor
« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2020, 12:51:44 AM »
A real Trifecta of Brian-isms.

1. Spats
2. Three engines
3. Scale-o-rama

Yep! Nailed it  :smiley:
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Re: 1/72 Douglas DC-3 trimotor
« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2020, 02:10:58 AM »
 The profile looks promising! Good luck with the build!

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Re: 1/72 Douglas DC-3 trimotor
« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2020, 03:09:10 AM »
 :smiley:
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Re: 1/72 Douglas DC-3 trimotor
« Reply #6 on: June 02, 2020, 05:23:02 AM »
Very Brian.......... :D :smiley: :smiley:

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Re: 1/72 Douglas DC-3 trimotor
« Reply #7 on: June 02, 2020, 06:12:13 AM »
Cool!
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Re: 1/72 Douglas DC-3 trimotor
« Reply #8 on: June 02, 2020, 06:46:04 AM »
Really like where this is going.  :smiley:
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Re: 1/72 Douglas DC-3 trimotor
« Reply #9 on: June 02, 2020, 07:52:05 AM »
Just perfect with 3rd engine and, above all, spats

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Re: 1/72 Douglas DC-3 trimotor
« Reply #10 on: June 02, 2020, 09:22:09 PM »
Update:

parts have been souced, and i have did a dryfit test this afternoon.
from what i can see, the nose is gonna need some heavy modification to accomodate the 3rd engine.

the spats appear to fit in the wheel wells like a glove, all its gonna need is some PSR work to fill up the gaps.
as for color scheme, right now im thinking either the Alitalia decals that came with the DC-3, or a more modern Ryanair color scheme. i could opt later to make DIY decals if im still undecisive.





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Re: 1/72 Douglas DC-3 trimotor
« Reply #11 on: June 02, 2020, 10:56:06 PM »
Update:
 . . .a more modern Ryanair color scheme. i could opt later to make DIY decals if im still undecisive.


Cheapskate Ryanair, perfect . . .   ;D


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Re: 1/72 Douglas DC-3 trimotor
« Reply #12 on: June 03, 2020, 01:27:55 AM »
Spot on to BdB style.  :smiley:

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Re: 1/72 Douglas DC-3 trimotor
« Reply #13 on: June 03, 2020, 03:43:38 AM »
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Re: 1/72 Douglas DC-3 trimotor
« Reply #14 on: June 04, 2020, 10:43:12 PM »
Update:

work has begun, i started testing the fitting with the 3rd engine. i removed the nosecap and it appeared to be a pretty decent fit.
as for color scheme, im still thinking either Ryanair, but in a 1930's theme, or Belgian Congo based John Mahieu Aviation.

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Re: 1/72 Douglas DC-3 trimotor
« Reply #15 on: June 05, 2020, 08:47:51 PM »
Update:

i have finally managed to sort out the color scheme problem, i have decided to go with DIY made decals of my own What If airline bussiness, Marlin Air Services. i was planning on using those markings on a DHC Twin Otter, but i think i can pull it off on a DC-3 aswell  8)

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Re: 1/72 Douglas DC-3 trimotor
« Reply #16 on: June 06, 2020, 03:40:45 AM »
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Re: 1/72 Douglas DC-3 trimotor
« Reply #17 on: June 11, 2020, 10:18:08 PM »
Update:

i kicked the project into high gear, as the interiour is not visible from the outside, i decided not to paint or work on the passenger compartment, but will use the seats and parts in another project.
cockpit is quite basic, but should suffice for me. the wings are also assembled and when the paint was dryed, i put the fuselage halves together.

now i can start on the conversion work. starting with the 3rd engine fitting.





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Re: 1/72 Douglas DC-3 trimotor
« Reply #18 on: June 12, 2020, 02:46:42 AM »


Hmmm...that shot gives me ideas... ;)
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Re: 1/72 Douglas DC-3 trimotor
« Reply #19 on: June 25, 2020, 10:56:22 PM »
engines were fitted today, and i started painting the main wheels.



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Re: 1/72 Douglas DC-3 trimotor
« Reply #20 on: June 26, 2020, 11:21:17 AM »
This is certainly going in the right direction.
Nice work

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Re: 1/72 Douglas DC-3 trimotor
« Reply #21 on: July 01, 2020, 10:18:12 PM »
another bench session, more progress.

on the last session, the tailwheel broke off, so today, i replaced it with a larger single-piece tailwheel from the sparesbox.
all i needed to do was to drill a hole where the gear was fitted, the new rear wheel fits perfectly.

also, the spats have been added to the wings. once the glue is dry, the gaps on the sides will be filled up with putty, then it just needs some PSR before the whole thing can be fitted to the fuselage.



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Re: 1/72 Douglas DC-3 trimotor
« Reply #22 on: July 01, 2020, 10:39:31 PM »
Woh! What big spats you have! :-*
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Re: 1/72 Douglas DC-3 trimotor
« Reply #23 on: July 02, 2020, 01:09:03 AM »
Woh! What big spats you have! :-*

Woo yea!  Brian would be very impressed with those

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Re: 1/72 Douglas DC-3 trimotor
« Reply #24 on: July 02, 2020, 06:11:12 PM »
here's a quick dry fit test i did this morning  8)



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