This is my 1/32 scale C-47.
I don't know where to start describing the construction. Someone said I was crazy to even attempt this but I had been toying with the idea for a while.
Building started on Boxing Day 1997 and the model was completed mid-April 1998. This
required about 8-10 hours each weekend and 2-4 hours each night. Surprisingly, I managed
to stay married during this project!
Balsa, brass, aluminum, resin, sheet plastic, epoxy, green and white putty and CA glue are all included in the materials list.
are made up of plastic sheet, solder, lead foil etc. The throttles are brass. The
instruments are Reheat decals. The interior of the cockpit also features headsets and
The prominent cargo
floor and radio operator station were added. All bulkheads, ribs and stringers where
hand-cut. Doors were positioned open to show these features to best effect. The clear
astrodome was heat formed from acetate over a marble. The cargo load includes a jeep,
barrels, knapsacks and rope bundles made from thread.
A skeleton of balsa and plastic was skinned with Evergreen styrene sheet. Various putties were applied and Gunze "Mr Surfacer" smoothed the resulting surface.
Window were cut individually from polycarbonate. Wing tip lights were sourced from
model railroad jewels and the landing lights were taken from the handle of a plastic
I used the powerplants from Engines & Things as a rough basis for the final product. After cleanup they were given additional details including pushrod tubes made from stainless steel pins. The ignition harness is fuse wire.
Engine nacelles have open flaps and exhaust made from brass.
Tires were built up using balsa, plastic and CA glue. The scratchbuilt gear was made out of brass wire and tube, aluminum tube, plastic strips, lead foil and an assortment of wire for plumbing.
I applied several coat of Johnsons' "Future" before painting the colours to assure a smooth surface. All paints used were Gunze.
De-ice boots and invasion stripes were masked and painted. All decals were hand cut. The nose art was custom printed on to decal paper and the nose art lettering was painted by my wife onto decal paper also.
Would I do it again? Yes.
Am I going to do it again? Yes. A B-24 and B-17 are already in the planning stages!
Article, Model and Images Copyright © 1999 by Vern Gwin