Minicraft Conversion in
by Fred Shassberger
Douglas XC-47C Dakota with twin floats
text and images by Michael Novosad
Minicraft's 1/144 scale C-47 is available online from Squadron.com
Fred Shassberger is a member of the West
Michigan Chapter of IPMS and a member of IPMSUSA. In addition, Fred is
the owner/operator of Creations Unlimited Hobby Products, and the
inventor of the “Touch-N-Flow” liquid cement applicator and the
Fred is a gifted plastic modeler with
diverse tastes in modeling. Recently Fred completed a unique aircraft
The base kit was the 1/144th scale C-47 by MiniCraft. The landing gear
was not used and the wheel wells were filled in. Areoclub plastic floats
were installed. Fred also scratch-built the float struts.
nose-mounted pitot tubes are stainless steel tubing, bent 90 degrees and
cemented in place. The wheels are from the spares box, with the struts
being scratch-build from brass rod. The four cleats mounted on the
floats were also scratch-built using brass by Fred. The ladders were
scratch-building using plastic and brass.
The antenna is invisible thread (Fred noted that he never uses stretched
sprue for this application).
The national marking decals were taken from the spare box, and the tail
numbers were custom made by Fred using railroad rub-on letters and clear
Paints used were Humbrol and ModelMaster.
Where did his inspiration come from to complete this project? Only Fred
knows and he is not talking.
The display base is a simulated concrete runway with a sloped approach
to the water. Along each side of the concrete model railroad materials
were used to represent the landscape.
The aircraft was completed in about 75 hours and the base in 6 hours.
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Model, Images and Text
Copyright © 2007 by Fred Shassberger
Page Created 09 October, 2007
24 December, 2007
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