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Williams Bros. 1/72 C-46 Build Series, Part 5

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Hi all,

 

It's been a long road from Part 4 to Part 5, but now I'm starting to get back into it. Even the CPAP is proving not to be all that bad. Now all (!!!!!) I have to do is catch up on all my commissions. So, let's see if we can make some more progress on the C-46.

 

When closed, the cowlings show five cowl flaps. If building yours closed, be sure to eliminate the seam on the middle flap.

 

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Since I'm building this kit with open flaps, it's time to remove the molded flaps. Whie it's the old school approach, multiple scoring passes with a #11 blade along a raised (or recessed) hinge line works as well as anything.

 

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Here's a before and after shot showing the flaps removed on the cowl nearest the camera.

 

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Before creating the new cowl flaps, the cowl intakes need to be drilled out. You'll need a #64 drill bit, new #11 blade and a lot of patience. I did it the hard way; after the cowls had been built up instead of before adding the cowl rings.

 

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While a little sanding is still needed to clean things up, the drilled out intakes add a lot of realism.

 

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A rear bulkhead was cut from scrap styrene and mounted against the back of the floor.

 

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Of the models I have on display, the C-46 is one of my favorites. I'm sure yours will be a beauty. I wish I had opened up the cowl inlets, and I'll lower the cowl flaps if and when I build another. Is the pe still available?

 

I thought I had already given a link to my build log but here it is, and a picture from it. I made the decals using Corel Draw and an ALPS printer.

 

http://yolo.net/%7Ejeaton/mymodels/c46/1c46/1c46.html

 

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Hey John,

 

Your C-46 is a dandy. Very nice effort. I'll be using a vac canopy as required by my client. The photoetch is still available from the company's website (http://www.maestromodels.com), as well as ebay and a number of other online sources.

 

Richard

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