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Academy 1/144 scale
C-47 "The Voice"

by Jean Francois Micheletti


C-47 "The Voice"

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Here are some pics of my latest bird, a 1/144 scale Academy DC-3 that I turned into a C-47 flown by the “Armée de l’Air” in Indochina in 1952-1953.

Lent by the USAF, this very special airplane was equipped with 48 loudspeakers in a container fitted under its belly. It was used for psychological warfare by the French and later on by the Vietnamese Air Force.


The airplane bears a rather unusual mix of Vietnamese and French national markings, anti Viet-Minh propaganda slogans on the fuselage and under wings, oversprayed USAF logos, as well as the beginning of a civilian registration (Fox – Sierra ??) !

I airbrushed the Vietnamese and French flags and used Microscale 1/72 white letters for the slogans. The landing lights are MV-lenses (Railway modelling supply) under a square of Scotch tape that I masked before painting. The loudspeaker rack is obtained out of Evergreen plastic strips sand in shape.


I always dreamt to build this airplane in 1/48 but this is a more ambitious project…

Special thanks to my friend Viet Nguyen for the translation.


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Model, Images and Text Copyright © 2007 by Jean Francois Micheletti
Page Created 14 May, 2007
Last Updated 24 December, 2007

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