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      Post #74717, posted on 03-19-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Over the years some of us have been wondering if a kitmaker will do the Boeing 707 prototype. The old yellow and brown 707. Although my dad didn't work on it in the 50s, he told me that Boeing had only one airplane when they painted it in USAF colors for the military and then washed the paint off and painted it like a airliner for the airline customers. He was there when it was flown over Lake Washington inverted.

      He bought me the Comet kit in 1956 which is no more--lost in my childhood. I wonder if someone is thinking of making a kit in 1/144 or 1/72?

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      Post #74719, posted on 03-19-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Highly unlikely, unless one of the resin kit molders creates one. I suggest that if you want a -80, either bite the bullet, and buy one of the old Comet kits, or go through the onerous experience of converting one of the existing 707 or KC-135 kits.

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      Post #74721, posted on 03-19-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      The Dash-80 was always painted beige and brown, even when they put a KC-135 boom on it. In fact, the boom had a continuation of the trim colors across it. They never “washed” the paint off. The USAF knew what they were getting (unlike the KC-46 fiasco).


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      Post #74722, posted on 03-20-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      The other problem with producing a kit of the Dash 80 is that it had about 17,000 different configurations throughout its career: different engines, different wing configurations, various test equipment, you name it. It seems like every in-service photo you see of that airplane, it's never the same between any two pictures, and a kitmaker has to decide which point in time to freeze - unless we're talking about a kit that's 30% basic airframe and 70% optional parts.

      I keep hoping the Comet molds might miraculously resurface, or that a limited-run kitmaker might oblige us with a 1:144 version in resin or plastic. That's an important airplane.

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      Post #74723, posted on 03-20-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      I will love a 1/144 kit.
      Great idea, make the kit as it came out of the factory and prepare lots of
      extra configurations, pointy nose, test engine pylons, etc.
      That way people will buy more than one kit.
      I can already see myself going crazy with lots of Dash-80's and one doing a roll for sure!!

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      Post #74726, posted on 03-20-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Please, let's stay on topic. This has nothing to do with the KC-46 issues/problems. Any unrelated posts will be deleted.

      Regards,

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      Post #74729, posted on 03-20-2020 GMT-5 hours    
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      Please, let's stay on topic. This has nothing to do with the KC-46 issues/problems. Any unrelated posts will be deleted.



      Thanks for the tip! ;-)

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      Post #74745, posted on 03-22-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      I just looked at my Aurora KC-135.
      I had no idea it was the Comet kit!!
      I need some Dash-80 decals at least!!
      Anyone?

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      Post #74748, posted on 03-22-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Perhaps