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      Post #46709, posted on 02-05-2013 GMT-5 hours    
      Has anyone else got their new 1/144 Platz C-46D yet ?

      I'm no expert on this aircraft but the recently released kit from Platz certainly looks good !

      The previous and now hard-to-find example from Platz of this subject had a deservedly excellent reputation, but this new release looks even better !

      The quality of moulding and the level of detail included are superb - up there with the very best of the latest Zvezda examples, in my opinion. The cockpit control yokes are finely detailed, the wings and tailplane have (what I presume are) static dischargers moulded into the trailing edges and the inner face of the undercarriage doors (both main and tail wheel) have very nice structural detail included.

      The (four bladed) props are beautifully detailed, as are the engine cylinder faces. The windscreen is moulded as a transparency, whilst the main cabin windows are represented by slight indents. The main wheels have been moulded separately to the tyres (tires).

      A large decal sheet (appx 9 inches by 5 inches) includes designs for both JASDF and USAF markings.

      All in all a very nice product. I look forward to hearing what those more familiar with the C46 think of Platz's latest creation .......

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      Post #46712, posted on 02-05-2013 GMT-5 hours    
      You can get the kit and a photo etch detail set from hobby Link Japan. The kit is on sale for
      US$23.99 + shipping. Here is a link to the site.
      http://www.hlj.com/product/PLZPD-21
      Hobby Link's service is superb!

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      Post #46722, posted on 02-05-2013 GMT-5 hours    
      Don,

      HLJ notified me that my 2 ordered kits are on their way to Canada. So I should see them any day now. It will be interesting to compare the latest release to the previous one, a copy of which I still have in the stash.

      I'd love to do one of these in Buffalo Airways markings. Their a/c all have 3 bladed props. Would you happen to know if there are any aftermarket props available for this bird?

      Alan Aronoff
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      Post #46724, posted on 02-05-2013 GMT-5 hours    
      Gesh, I have no idea about three bladed props. My good friend Dean Slaybaugh (deceased owner of Sasquatch Models), was based in India during WW2, he was a maintenance line chief officer, and told me that the C-46 was a hard aircraft to work on. The propellers used electric motors to trim them, and were always out of sync.

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      Post #46728, posted on 02-06-2013 GMT-5 hours    
      Alan

      I think you'll be pleased and impressed when you see the new Platz 1/144 C46s.

      I'm not very familiar with the C46, so I'll need to do a little research. I seem to recall that the 1/72 Williams Brothers kits included both three and four bladed propellers. The Welsh Models' website has a photograph of a Lufthansa C46 with three bladed propellers; might be worth contacting Densil Wade to see if he can help, he's usually happy to provide kit "spares" when requested.

      I note that after-market decals for the new 1/144 C46s are already being advertised, so some new kit accessories probably aren't too far behind. Unfortunately the new Eduard etched brass frets for the 1/144 C46 don't include three bladed propellers.

      Good luck with the Buffalo Airways project. I've yet to decide how to finish my own C46s; Drawdecal do some nice-looking decals for the aircraft.

      Don

      PS Rodger - I had the pleasure of corresponding with Dean over a number of years. He was a great guy, always generous with his time and his resources. I ended up with the full range of 1/144 Sasquatch kits - basic, but depicting many types that simply weren't available elsewhere. I believe that you had a hand in the design and production of some of those kits, including the early ones like the 1/144 Twin Otter and DHC Dash 8. BTW thank you for posting those pictures of Dean's workshop a while back. RIP Dean).

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      Post #46892, posted on 02-17-2013 GMT-5 hours    
      I only knew Dean through E.J. (CBS Models).
      Both incredible great people.
      Both Sasquash people!

      I even have a Sasquash C-46 given to my by EJ. He told me that Dean had tried to make a 1/144 C-46 kit but gave up.
      I would like to believe that I own the ONLY Sasquash C-46 "EVER". Couple of shots of Patron Tequila and I can see
      a C-46 in there! I sure miss EJ!

      I got my PLATZ resin C-46 out to compare it to their new Injection kit.
      I have to say...WOW!!!! the injection kit is even better than the resin kit.
      All the detail included as photo-edge on the resin kit has been beautifully reproduced in plastic.
      The cowl flaps, the landing gear, even the engines are better in the injection kit.
      And for $24 each? WOW.

      The only one thing I do not like on the injection kit is......the nose "cone" is a separate piece.
      I hope it fits perfectly or it will totally ruin the most special thing on the C-46....the lack of nose!
      But everything else is better, scribing, interior parts and best yet....the price.
      I do own the C-46/R5C (resin) that came with both the three blade and four blade props.
      I am sure PLATZ will release a US Military version with the three blade props.

      Very impressive kit for $24!
      Hobby Link Japan, great service prompt delivery!

      Walter

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      Post #46932, posted on 02-20-2013 GMT-5 hours    
      I just recieved the C-46 kit from Hobby Link Japan, and I agree its a very impressive kit. Waiting for Vintage Flyer to release some 1950's liveries.

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      Post #46949, posted on 02-21-2013 GMT-5 hours    
      First pictures of the sprues are in the database! Thomas




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      Post #47331, posted on 03-18-2013 GMT-5 hours    
      Anyone been lucky to find three bladed propellers to this otherwise exellent kit?

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      Post #47341, posted on 03-18-2013 GMT-5 hours    
      Decals are in the works right now!

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      Post #47375, posted on 03-21-2013 GMT-5 hours    
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      kusti :
      Anyone been lucky to find three bladed propellers to this otherwise exellent kit?



      Would the Props from Authentic Airliner's Convair 440 work?

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      Post #47400, posted on 03-22-2013 GMT-5 hours    
      Hi,

      I think the shape is wrong. They are too "flat". Someone mentioned Roden DC-6 props:"This was posted in an earlier thread:

      "Props from a Roden DC-6, The Independence version,should work.The kit comes with both Curtis Electric and Hamilton Standard props, so you dont waste a kit. The Curtis Electric should be close for the C-46.The Roden DC-6 is harder to build than a Minicraft 6B,but looks better when finished."

      Thanks for "skyking918"

      but

      Im looking props like these:

      http://www.airliners.net/photo/Air-Haiti/Curtiss-C-46A-Commando/1288267/&sid=e838d83820931893ba4ab929e434a9ae

      But yes. There are also props like these:

      http://www.airliners.net/photo/Curtiss-C-46F-Commando/1935795/&sid=e838d83820931893ba4ab929e434a9ae

      I give up...

      Kusti