Author Topic: 1/72 Douglas DC-3 trimotor  (Read 2629 times)

Offline nils

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Re: 1/72 Douglas DC-3 trimotor
« Reply #50 on: July 28, 2020, 08:13:32 PM »
Finished  8)

Back History

In 1938, TWA was looking at improving the flight safety over long ranges, especially transatlantic crossings. the most succesfull plane to do that was the twin engine Douglas DC-3, but TWA's founder, Howard Hughes, wanted a third engine on the aircraft for added safety factor. taking the exaple of the Ford Trimotor, engineers from Douglas and TWA started converting one of the TWA DC-3's to accomodate a third engine on the nose. in 1939, flight tests were conducted and proved to be satisfactory, however, fuel consumption was increased a third, reducing the aircrafts range by 33%. the project was eventually abandon and the trimotor DC-3 was put up for sale.

in early 1940, the aircraft was sold to Alaskan Airlines, and was outfitted with a fixed and enclosed landinggear, this added to the weight of the aircraft, but the 3rd engine made up for the extra power needed.

it only served until 1941, when it was inducted by the USAAF, where it served as a Ju-52 lookalike and served as a simulation aircraft and was featured in many propaganda films (in german colors) until 1944. during its service, it recieved various nicknames like "Three-see-three", 3C3 and "Trikota" among others.

after the war, it was stored away, awaiting to be scrapped, until Pratt & Whitney bought the aircraft for testing purposes.
it served the company well until 1970, when it was sold once again to Canadian based Buffalo Airways, who then sold it to Marlin Air Services in 1996. Marlin continued to fly the aircraft until 2009, when it was finally retired. its currently stored at a museum depot in Reno, Nevada, awaiting restoration for static display.









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Offline Robomog

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Re: 1/72 Douglas DC-3 trimotor
« Reply #51 on: July 28, 2020, 09:13:53 PM »
Absolutely perfect, well worth waiting for.

Memorial to Brian is a finishing touch.  :-* :-* :-* :-* :-*

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Offline Old Wombat

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Re: 1/72 Douglas DC-3 trimotor
« Reply #52 on: July 28, 2020, 11:02:35 PM »
Great job on both build & back story, Nils! 8) :smiley:
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Re: 1/72 Douglas DC-3 trimotor
« Reply #53 on: July 29, 2020, 01:01:16 AM »
It looks fantastic! Great job on the decals and the c-bash!

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Re: 1/72 Douglas DC-3 trimotor
« Reply #54 on: July 29, 2020, 01:35:14 AM »
Yep, great job  :smiley:  And I can just see C-BASH on skis in an earlier incarnation  ;D
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Re: 1/72 Douglas DC-3 trimotor
« Reply #55 on: July 29, 2020, 02:00:26 AM »
I love the memorial decal as a finishing touch. Very well done all around!

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Re: 1/72 Douglas DC-3 trimotor
« Reply #56 on: July 29, 2020, 02:24:58 AM »
 :smiley:
All hail the God of Frustration!!!

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Offline elmayerle

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Re: 1/72 Douglas DC-3 trimotor
« Reply #57 on: July 29, 2020, 03:12:44 AM »
Great build and a beautiful finish.

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Re: 1/72 Douglas DC-3 trimotor
« Reply #58 on: July 29, 2020, 03:43:52 AM »
Great work Nils!  I agree, Brian would be proud and blushing if he could see your model. 
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Re: 1/72 Douglas DC-3 trimotor
« Reply #59 on: July 29, 2020, 03:48:59 AM »
 :smiley: :smiley: :smiley:

Offline Antonio Sobral

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Re: 1/72 Douglas DC-3 trimotor
« Reply #60 on: July 29, 2020, 02:42:47 PM »
Beautiful job!

Great choice of decals :)