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Williams Bros. 1/72 C-46 Build Series, Part 1

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One of my latest commissions is the Williams Bros. C-46. Not just an OOB project, the client also specified and provided a number of aftermarket components, not the least of which is a photoetch cockpit detail set. As a result, I thought y'all might want to follow along. Enjoy.

 

 

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Interesting that you started the gear door removal with the scriber instead of the knife, but I have found you can do a LOT of different jobs with that UMM tool, especially when pushing it. Looking forward to further reports!

 

GIL :smiley16:

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Gil,

 

If I had been trying to save the molded in door area, I probably would've gone with a #11 all the way. But the molded in groove combined with provided doors made the scriber a better option.

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This is looking great so far. Yeah, I used the No.11 blade too since I couldn't find my scriber at the time. Thanks for the memories, I'm looking forward to seeing more of this done.

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Looks like a good start. I was going to provide reference to my build of the C-46 a long time ago (http://clarescorner.com/C-46.html) but reading my notes, I noticed that I had contacted you before building the model. Have fun. I still love the overall, mean look of the C-46.

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Got that right Clare! We need one in 1/48! In fact, I was surprised when Trumpeter did their 1/48 C-47....the C-46 would have been a much better choice since the Monogram C-47 was already available!

 

GIL :smiley16:

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Richard, I am eager to see the journey. I spread the bottom of the aft fuselage to get it to fit the wing center section, fiddled with the floor a lot, and the windshield was another area. I tried a vacuform replacement but in the end used the kit parts and they worked out fine. I scrapped a Revell or Monogram Marauder for the engines and they worked out well.

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John,

 

If you have an original kit, the floor is too wide. The repop kit, after Britt Industries resurrected Williams Bros., has a properly narrowed floor. I was provided a vacuform canopy by the client, so I'll have to use it. Since most C-46s on the ground are seen with the cowl flaps open, I may have to modify the cowls.

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Thanks, Richard. I still have four more original kits in the stash so I made a template of the fixed floor. I doubt I will get to it but I can see a C-46 built up with open doors and loading a jeep on a ramp.

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