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Old Apr 01, 2015, 08:24 AM
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Hobby King DC-3 Cockpit upgrade

This cockpit upgrade fits the Hobby King DC-3 / C-47. In the thread Iíll show how you apply it to the model. This is a simple assembly project that will give your model a more accurate DC-3 shape and have something to see in the windows. Ghost ships are just creepy.
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Old Apr 01, 2015, 08:25 AM
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The stock canopy shape is closer to a DC-7 due to its swept windshield and was an easy fix. I wish I could have fixed the nacelles (too long) cowl flaps (looks like a bent windmill) and cowl (length) and motor detail too small.
The problem is the nacelles are a function of CG for this model. It didnít dawn on me till I seen how robust the cowls are. Why are they so thick and heavy . . . .CG, Duh! This is also why they the nacelles are so long. Given that the slots for the motor mount plates are molded in the foam I decided all this was enough to not try to ďscale upĒ the nacelles.
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Old Apr 01, 2015, 08:26 AM
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Start with cutting off the seats from the hatch piece.
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Old Apr 01, 2015, 08:28 AM
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Cockpit liner
Trim the panels that will line the inside of the cockpit. Typically heat builds up in the cockpit in the summer causing the interior foam to ďalligatorĒ. This liner will prevent that.
Ride the knife along the inside corners with light pressure to cut the plastic free.
Along the glare shield trim to the cut lines. We donít want it to interfere with the canopy fit.
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Old Apr 02, 2015, 01:57 PM
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Looks really nice. Waiting for more build pics.
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Old Apr 04, 2015, 11:11 AM
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Pilots

Start by sanding the back of the parts sheet until the plastic gets thin around the edges of the figure.
I used a sanding bar with 180 grit and tracked my progress with a bright light. Note the red dot I used to keep them paired up, this is to avoid any differences there might be in the tooling.
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Use masking tape to make handles so the figure halves are easy to hold.
On a nonporous surface, apply model cement in the shape of the figure forming a shallow pool to dip the figure edges in and bond the halves together. Let them sit over night to dry completely.
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Old Apr 04, 2015, 11:14 AM
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Paint

Shot a coat of primer on all the components. The plastic is slick enough to show brush streaks and the primer will allow the paint to flow into streaks.
You donít have to go crazy with the details here, itís not like we are working an open cockpit here. Basic contrasting colors work best. Just be sure to paint the floor black to give the cockpit depth.
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Old Apr 08, 2015, 08:34 PM
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Bond the panels to the hatch with spray 77 adhesive or contact cement.
Sand the bottoms of the pilot figures so they sit with their chin at about the glare shield level. This is about where their hands are.
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