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I am a German scratch-builder and aviation enthusiast. My favorite subjects
are C-planes in 1/48scale.
My first model was the 1/48 scale KC-97L seen in the March 1994 issue of
My latest project is this Convair XC-99 transport plane in 1/48 scale. Only
one was ever built, based on the B-36 design. The original aircraft still
survives at Kelly AFB in Texas.
It remains the largest land-based, piston-engined cargo carrier in the world.
The model is totally scratchbuilt. Even the tires are self-made.
First, the entire model was built in solid wood, and then vacu-formed in
Polystyrene. Tires and spinners, propeller blades and other details were cast in
resin. The wingspan of the model is nearly five feet.
The landing gear struts are soldered brass-tubes because of the weight of the
model. The six pusher engines are operational via digital electronics and all
the illumination is installed, including the blue formation lights on top of the
fuselage and wings. It looks great in twilight!
For the aluminium look I used different colors of silver - Humbrol, Model
Master Metalizer and a little of Alclad.
At present I am working on a Douglas C-124 Globemaster II in the same scale.
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Article Copyright © 2002 by Helmut
Page Created 1 February, 2002
Last updated 04 June 2007
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