Normal me: Wow…been a long time, folks.
Artistic me: Guess we’re back in time for the holidays, at least.
Sports Fanatic me: And in time to keep folks updated on the Pens.
Apathetic me: Not everyone cares about hockey.
Sports Fanatic me: I do.
Artistic me: Good enough for me. Anyway, what are we here for?
Normal me: Oh yeah. That. Well, we’ll get back to the 3D stuff soon (mainly James’ lunar base designs)…
Nerdy me: Oooooooh…
Normal me: …buuuuuut for now we’re looking at some of his model aircraft.
Artistic me: Our speciality, eh?
Nerdy me: Yes indeed.
Normal me: Well then, hop to it, you two.
Nerdy me: There you have it, the Douglas AC-47 Spooky.
Artistic me: Incidentally the exact same one James made this weekend. There was a bit of liberty taken with the paint job, but that’s where I come in anyway.
Apathetic me: Yeah, that and the fact that nobody’s perfect.
Artistic me: Oh hush.
Nerdy me: The AC-47 was a development of the C-47 Skytrain, which in turn was a wartime development of the Douglas DC-3 passenger liner. Starting in Vietnam in 1965, the AC-47, nicknamed the Spooky, was used as an aerial gunship. In the case of this aircraft, it was equipped with three GAU-2/M134 miniguns which fired from openings (formerly windows) on the port side. In addition, it was equipped with 48 flares which, in the case of the Monogram model James has, were included in the fully modeled interior.
Artistic me: We apologize for the quality of the photos. James doesn’t really have the steadiest of hands when it comes to closeups and stills.
Nerdy me: Anyway, as you can see, it’s a fairly well detailed interior. Fairly fun to put together, and a good fit inside the fuselage.
Artistic me: They also included a bathroom…but it’s behind a bulkhead in a section of the fuselage you can’t see into. I guess the only way to see it would be to blow a hole into the fuselage for a diorama.
Nerdy me: And we’re not doing that. But now for the more interesting snapshots.
Artistic me: Seeing as how James doesn’t have an airbrush…
Apathetic me: He’s too cheap to buy one.
Artistic me: …all of the painting is done by old fashioned brush. Ergo, there are all these hard lines between the colours instead of blending patterns. But hey, it works. Looks better in these pics than he expected, too, to be honest…
Nerdy me: Either way, it’s a nice plane. James took his time on this one, so it was about a week-long build. Each major piece was either clamped or taped in place until it mated to the rest of the structure and if there were any points at which pieces didn’t fit snugly…
Artistic me: … like the upper inboard wings where they joined the fuselage…
Nerdy me: … he used model putty to fill in the gaps. All in all a rather satisfying build.
Normal me: Would you recommend this kit to others?
Artistic me: Oh for sure. It’s well detailed, intricate, makes for a fantastic potential diorama, and all the pieces go together relatively well. Certainly a worthwhile buy.
Normal me: Good to know. Well that’s it for this post.
Sports Fanatic me: (The Penguins beat the ‘Canes 4-2 to move to within two of the Atlantic Division lead…)
Normal me: Uh…yeah… stay tuned for the next post, whenever that may be. Hopefully next week. Until then, ciao.