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      Post #76024, posted on 06-25-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Anyone know of a source of 1/200 scale American Freighter decals or possibly custom ones? I figure that a 1/200 scale decal would be a start to use on a 1/144 L-100. Ran across this photo of an American Airlines L-100 that was used as a demonstrator.

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      Post #76026, posted on 06-25-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Looks like a doctored photograph to me - the titles and tail logo look hand-painted.

      Can't find a single American Freighter Hercules on the Internet either.

      Nice "what if" project nonetheless!

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      Post #76029, posted on 06-25-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Laurent,
      I don't have time right now but there's an Aviation Week article I will share about the American L-100 as well with photos. I too thought the first photo was doctored. Almost certain that the plane was a demonstrator painted in American colors but it did exist.

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      Post #76030, posted on 06-25-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      I remember a Microscale 707 sheet with the Freighter titles. That might have the parts you need.

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      Post #76046, posted on 06-26-2020 GMT-5 hours    
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      Anyone know of a source of 1/200 scale American Freighter decals or possibly custom ones? I figure that a 1/200 scale decal would be a start to use on a 1/144 L-100. Ran across this photo of an American Airlines L-100 that was used as a demonstrator.

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      I came across that same photo many years ago and I thought it looked doctored. My father flew AA 747F's into DFW and he told me he thought he saw one there.

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      Post #76047, posted on 06-26-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Here's an article from Av Week in 1982 about American using an L-100 demonstrator. At first glance I thought more proof of the American L-100 but looking closely one sees that the L-100 is not in American colors.

      So yes American did fly the L-100 and "maybe" in American colors. If I had to judge whether it would be a flight of fancy model or not right now I'd lean towards flight of fancy.


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      Post #76048, posted on 06-26-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Speaking of American Airlines 4 engine turboprops here is one plane that WAS painted in American colors. McDonnell 188. Only 5 built as the Breguet 941 and purchased by the French Air Force. There is a 1/72 kit

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      Post #76050, posted on 06-26-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      I've never heard of an American L-100-30. That photo definitely looks doctored (and not very well). None of my AA references mention an L-100.

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      Post #76055, posted on 06-27-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Ken, I don't believe we did fly them. However, I will go over to the flight academy to see the curator for the American Airlines museum and see if I can get you a definitive answer.

      “Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”

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      Post #76057, posted on 06-27-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Thanks for the offer to check with the curator at the CR Smith Museum. I had the same thought and sent an email a few days ago which I haven't gotten a reply to.

      American probably didn't fly an L-100 in their colors but the photo started an interesting discussion.

      As to the American Freighter decals Joy Decal lists some of the Microscale 707 sheets so I'll probably grab one. Thanks for the tips.



      The first delivery of an L-100 was to Continental Air Services who flew them in Southweast Asia.


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      Post #76070, posted on 06-28-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Getting a little back on track to the American Freighter decals subject title...

      I did find a Microscale 707 set from Joy Decal that are on the way. 26 also made a more recent set that is sold out but due for re-print. Too late for me but Aviation Megastore does show them in stock.

      Also a little surprised not to find a 747 decal with the freighter titles. Aeromoe's fleet list shows 11 747's converted to freighters.

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      Post #76076, posted on 06-28-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Is it possible that Lockheed painted one as a demo and to entice American into buying a few?

      That Continental bird looks nice!

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      Post #76094, posted on 06-29-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Just for clarification: No American L100s.

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