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      Post #76841, posted on 10-28-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Anyone out there know if aftermarket gear doors(1/72 or 1/48) for the DC-3 were ever available? I am referring to the clamshell doors which were added as part of a performance package and not to be confused with the updated Super DC-3(C-117D). Appreciate any info!

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      Post #76846, posted on 10-29-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Randy,
      I'm replying here but your question is likely better asked in the airliner modelling or the exchange forums. I can't help with specifics but am still curious. Is there much difference between an actual C-117D clamshell door and any aftermarket ones? Googling 1/72 C-117D I see that Airmodel makes a very basic vacuform conversion. At first glance it looks like the doors would have to be scratchbuilt or maybe cut out from the nacelles. There's a built up model on the website with gear doors that look pretty simple.
      Best of luck. I have a pair of Super DC-3 kits in my stash though in 1/144 scale.

      Ken

      https://www.airmodel.de/product_info.php?info=p138_douglas-c-117---r4d-8.html

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      Post #76848, posted on 10-30-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Hi Ken,
      Garrett AiResearch made the Maximizer kit including gear doors for a standard DC-3 with PW R1830’s. The Super DC-3(C-117D) which also has gear doors uses the Wright R1820. Due to the slightly different cowlings and different oil cooler contours, I don’t think the doors are identical. But it doesn’t seem there were any after market doors for the model, so I will do the very thing you mentioned—use the doors from the Airmodel C-117 vac kit. Maybe not perfect, but close enough for my work. Thanks for the comments!
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      Post #76871, posted on 11-05-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Dunno if you follow FB. On the Monogram Scale Models Page Rodolfo Villalobos posted his 1/48 scale C-117. Looks beautiful.


      Ken