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Old 01-17-2019, 01:22 PM
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1/72 Northrop Gamma 2D

To my eyes, the 1930s Northrop Gamma is a beautiful airplane, with the 2D version being "the fairest of them all". The Gamma was an extremely versatile air frame, and in it's various derivations, saw service as a high altitude research craft, long distance Antarctic explorer, cargo hauler, record holding racer, passenger plane, observation plane, trainer, and fighter bomber. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northrop_Gamma

Fiddler's Green offers a model of the 2B "Polar Star" which successfully flew across the continent of Antarctica in 1935, and is the only surviving Gamma. The out-of-the-box FG model has a few shortcomings: the right wing is upside down in both the regular and large versions. The right wing is correct in the generic version which is included in the large folder, but there are no markings on it, 'cuz it's generic. Sheet 2 in the regular folder, and sheet 3 in the large folder contain the one man canopy needed to convert the model to a 2D version, but the blank grey indicator on the fuselage wasn't modified to accommodate the shorter canopy. I also found the wing fairings to be unusable, and had to draw new ones.

Northrop only built three 2Ds, reserving one as a high altitude research plane. The other two were purchased by TWA for use as mail planes. After being retired, one of them was picked up by a wealthy Mexican businessman with sympathies to the government of Spain. He shipped the craft to Spain where it was employed by the Republican Spanish Air Force for light transport and coastal observation during the Spanish Civil War.

Which brings me to my recolor. During image searches for Spanish Civil War vehicles, I came across two illustrations of the SCW Gamma 2D, one in green and the other in grey. The grey recolor would have been much easier, but I liked the green one better and took the more difficult road. I think it came out pretty nice. Some subtleties disappeared with the reduction in scale. Towards the end of the build I slopped a bit of glue on the right top wing surface and had to make a panel patch from light weight printer paper to hide it. I hate the way the patch looks, but it's an improvement over the glue smear.

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1/72 Northrop Gamma 2D-gammaf.jpg   1/72 Northrop Gamma 2D-gammag.jpg  
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Old 01-17-2019, 01:39 PM
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looks fantastic. great recolor, and as you say very elegant looking.
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Old 01-17-2019, 01:56 PM
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Beautiful model.
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Old 01-17-2019, 02:36 PM
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Honestly, that looks very 3D to me - and looks great.
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Old 01-17-2019, 02:42 PM
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Fantastic work on this rare aircraft. Interesting and beautiful machine.
Well done!

And if I may give you little suggestion; paint the rear wheel tire black. Unpainted looks quite weird.
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Fantastic conversion and repaint!
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Old 01-17-2019, 04:23 PM
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Very nice Don!

Patch? What patch?
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Old 01-17-2019, 05:46 PM
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Thanks for your kind comments and suggestions, fellas. My only regret is that I didn't have my reference material at hand when I glued the cowl onto the front of the fuselage. It really needs to be spaced another 1.5 to 2mm out front.
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Fantastic work Don !! Very nice and as Ray said, what patch? Where is that I do not see it?
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Old 01-17-2019, 06:59 PM
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Great work on this beautiful airplane!

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