Douglas C-54D Skymaster

C-54 model model

         

Subject:               Douglas C-54D Skymaster by John Irwing 2022
Scale:                  1:72
Make:                  Revell (RoG)
Kit Number:        04877
Markings:            USAF, 1949
Paint Method(s): Rattle can white, Brush painted remainder
Paints:                Rattle Can – Halfords White Primer & Appliance Gloss White
                           Revell Aquacolor
Varnish Used:     Humbrol Clear/Revell Aquacolor
Decal Products:  Humbrol Decalfix
Weathering:        None
Aftermarket:        New Ware mask set NWAAM0162
Scratch Building: EZLine for aerials
       c-54 model
Background
Like the C-47 Skytrain before it which was derived from the Douglas DC-3 commercial airliner, The four engine C-54 Skymaster was a derivative of the same Companies DC-4. The plane made its first flight on 14th February 1942 and subsequently 1,170 airframes of several versions were produced between 1942 and 1947.
 
The aircraft were used for the transportation of material, troops and VIP’s during the WWII and extensively during the Berlin Airlift between 1948-1949.
 
Specifications
Length: 28.74m (94ft 3ins)
Height: 8.40m (27ft 6ins)
Wingspan: 35.81m (117ft 5ins)
Wing Area: 135.4qm (1457 sq.ft)
Engines: 4x18-Cyl. Pratt & Whitney R-2000-25 Twin Radial Engines
Maximum Speed: 450km/h (280mph)
Cruising Speed: 365km/h (226mph)
Payload: 9,000kg (19,485lbs) over 2,420km (1,500miles)
Range: 2,200km (1366 miles)
Service Ceiling: 6,700m (22,000ft)
Crew 4-5
       
The Model
First released by Revell in 2015 as kit number 04877, it has subsequently been several times, in 2016 as a DC-4 (04947/85-4947), in 2018 as a Platinum Edition with additional photo etch parts in “Thunderbird” markings (03920), and special edition also in 2018 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift (03910).  
For anyone interested, there are links to several in-box reviews of the kit available on Scalemates on this page:
 
This kit was built from the initial release from the original instructions which are typical of Revell at the time in that they could be a bit ambiguous in places, alternative parts are supplied for several items, most notably the main wheels, nose wheels, exhausts and tail end piece but the instructions do not specify which parts to use for the markings provided.
 
Fir of the parts by and large is very good, detailed cockpit, crew area including radio equipment and beds are provided, stowed jump seat with moulded in belts are provided for the cabin area and the cabin floor is reversable to cater for the cargo/passenger variants.
 
Building the kit is relatively hassle free, however she is quite a big bird and care is required when handling her on the workbench. This is particularly true of the nose wheel which has to be installed early in the construction process and is susceptible to damage as I discovered at my cost.
 
Other areas to be careful of:
Check the windows of the version you are making, the instructions may not tell you all the ones that need filling and sanding.
She is very tail heavy so either a lot of weight is needed in the nose (unspecified in the instructions) or you can use the tail stand provided in the kit as I have.
Take care when aligning the engine mounting plates, both to get the correct orientation of the engines, but also to ensure the exhausts can fit in their location holes after the engine cowlings have been built.