Italeri 1/72 Douglas C-47 Skytrain

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  1. Trebor

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    Douglas C-47 Skytrain by ~Jandreau on deviantART

    Better known as the DC-3, the Douglas C-47 Skytrain was used as a transport by pretty much all allied powers in WWII. This aircraft played a MAJOR role in the Normandy invasion of France on D-Day on June 6th, 1944.

    This is an Italeri 1/72 Douglas C-47 Skytrain.

    the biggest pain in my arse was painting the D-day stripes on the fuselage. I had to measure the width of the stripes and then paint them by hand >_< yes, slap me cos I didn't use tape like I SHOULD HAVE! >_<*

    the thing I'm most proud of on this plane are the 2 soldiers in the plane. they're from a different kit, but they're the same scale. thing is, they are German soldiers, so I tried my best to make them look like allied GIs.

    a good guy suggested I go with the British markings. and he was right ;D

    pic c. me
     
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    Can't seem to access the pic.
     
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    Very nice mate. Don't worry about your stripes through, in reality many were simply hand painted with a broom and not masked in anyway. So infact yours has got an authentic look to it!
     
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    are you serious, dude?
     
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    Yup Andys right, most invasion stripes are quite rough around the edges due to the quick application.

    Looks great mate:)
     
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    Hi Robert! I managed to access the page for Deviant art, although not the individual pics, and what I could see looked very good indeed. The D-Day stripes look very authentic, and as Andy stated, they were often very rough!
    In order to keep things secret right up to the last minute, the stripes were only painted on the aircraft the evening before the Invasion, 5 June, 1944. Mostly, the paint used was a washable 'distemper' type, and really was applied by whatever method was available, brush, yard brush, mop, whatever! If you look at close-up photos of Dakotas (C47's) with the stripes, you'll see they are mostly rough and patchy, quite often with very ragged edges. Afterall, they were intended as temporary recognition markings, not part of the overall colour scheme. A lot of modellers see these stripes on preserved, airworthy aircraft , where, of course, they look pristine, as the owner of the aircraft has paid a lot of money to have the paintwork finished professionally, and the modeller duplicated the modern representation! Yours looks like it should, functional!
    Well done mate!
     
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    well that means a LOT to me, thank you so much, guys!

    EDIT: does someone mind showing me some pics?
     
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    You're welcome mate.
     
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    Nice work mate

    I agree the stripes look more realistic
     
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    shes nice mate!
     
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    Nice work mate!:D
     
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    very nice mate well done
     
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    She's a beauty! And you two soldiers look great. Like the British roundels. :thumbup:
     
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    heh, thanks a lot, everyone! :D
     
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    Great build! :thumbright: Only one critique, the stripes are too neat! :lol:

    I want a 1/48 C-47.
     
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    I had a look at the model and must say you well done Robert.:D.Great !!!! :D :D :D
     
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    yay! you found it! lol

    thanks, Wojtek! means a lot to me, bud
     
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    You are welcome buddy. :D :D :D
     
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