Piper L-4 in 1/48

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    Terry (Airframes) commented in my J-3 Cub thread that he was thinking of building an L-4 with that kit. Having built one of the Heller 1/50th models a while back and not being very pleased with the results I went out and bought a few kits to try and build a better version. What I intend to do is take the majority parts of the Minicraft 1/48th L-21 kit (a re-pop of the old Super cub kit that was released by at least 3 other companies), modify the clear parts and tail profile slightly, replace the front cowling and engine parts with the Hobbycraft J-3/L-4 ones and should have a much more accurate 1/48th L-4.

    Pics 2 3 are basicly the same kit. Super Cub/ L-4

    Pic 4 is the Heller L-4

    Pic 5 compares the Super Cub parts to the L-4 parts. L-4 clear parts are to the right. L-21 fuselage is the white one.

    As of now, my plans are to scratchbuild a Stinson L-5 as I have been unable to attain a Sanger vac kit in 1/48.

    These artillery spotter/liaison aircraft have been neglected far too long, both in modeling and in the history books. Their contribution to the war was immense.
     

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    Thanks Andy, useful info. I think I might use the Minicraft version as a basis, or go up scale to the Bronco 1/35th kit, with suitable Jeep and figures. It's a shame an old friend of mine hasn't got his L4 theses days, I could have used that for some good detail pics. Got to fly it a few times, and boy, was it fun. Apart from seeing cars below going faster than you were flying!
     
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    Great stuff Andy!
     
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    If you need any detailed information on the Supercub, let me know. I oversee 7 of them at my full time job and at any given time we have one in maintenance. I would glady take photos for you.
     

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    1/50 scale? That's a new one.

    Very cool none the less.
     
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    Brilliant ! Was that a Maule landing, or a modified Super Cub ?
     
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