But when you're sitting in the ruins of your earthquake-destroyed city, there's nothing more welcome than the sight of one of these beauties stuffed to the gills with emergency supplies.
When you're sitting in your foxhole and down to your last round, there's nothing more welcome than the sight of one of these beauties stuffed to the gills with combat supplies.
Their crews take them into the middle of devastation and horror, bringing what is most needed to where it is most needed. And then they fly away to do it all over again tomorrow.
I propose a campaign to showcase the unregarded freighter, military or civilian. Any scale, any time period, any markings. What-ifs will also be allowed. Here's your chance to stretch your skills and build something big.
When once you have tasted flight you will walk the Earth with your eyes turned skyward.
For there you have been, and there you will always long to return.
-Leonardo Da Vinci
British Columbia, Canada Joined: September 03, 2009
KitMaker: 6,600 posts
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The old Curtiss Commando is a great subject for a model. They worked for the US military throughout WW2, Korea and Vietnam and with dozens of other countries and civilian operators around the world. The USAF museum has this interesting picture from Korea in 1950
I suspect the dark blue one is an ex-Navy R5C requisitioned by the Air Force for the Combat Cargo Command.
Platz makes a beautiful 1/144 scale kit of various versions of the C-46.
This kit has a sprue with optional radome nose and other spooky parts.
OK, how about this - The "airlifters" campaign idea got five volunteers, JessieC Nito74 Drabslab MichaelSatin SgtRam
The "commercial airliners" got six JClapp Bigrip74 Cosimodo MD72 litespeed iflytb20
Now I suggest merging these two concepts into one
"Pax and Pallets"
if the above volunteers will still be interested we have enough to go with. the rules are simple - aircraft with spacious cabin designed to carry people and luggage where it needs to go. Could include aerial refueling tankers and fire fighters.
Massachusetts, United States Joined: October 23, 2011
KitMaker: 2,217 posts
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Howdy Y'all I wish I could commit to another campaign, but 1. I'm terrible about finishing aircraft, and 2. I think for next year's campaigns I will try to finish models I've already started. The hangar queens and unfished builds are getting ridiculous. It's too bad, I really would like to build my Italeri 1/72 C-130 in British markings or my Williams Brothers 1/72 C-46 in Egyptian markings. Good luck with the campaign, I'll be watching with interest. Take care, Don "Lakota"