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Old 05-23-2020, 02:19 AM
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Murph's DHC-6 Twin Otter in USFS livery

Now I remember why I don’t build many airplanes…. I’m out of practice, so I decided to try Murph’s DHC-6 Twin Otter in the colors of the U.S. Forest Service. The USFS operates two DHC-6-300 Twin Otters, based in McCall, Idaho, to deliver smokejumpers and cargo. This model is of N141Z.

The model is generally well-designed and most of the issues I encountered were my own doing. I resized the model from 1/41 to the more-common 1/48. I ditched the joiner strips and instead, double-printed the fuselage formers, capping each fuselage section with a former and then gluing the sections together. That created some issues, and were I to build the model again (which I’d do if Murph offered the Twin Otter flown by NOAA or the RCAF ones in United Nations colors) I’d probably just follow the instructions.

Also, if I were to build it again, I’d add some sort of spar passing through the tail for the horizontal stabilizer. And in looking at the photos, I see a couple of areas I need to touch up. Oh well. We’re never done with these models….

Murph’s model is fairly Spartan, detail-wise, so I added all the necessary antennas, aerials, strengthening strips, door latches and hinges, lights, pitots, windshield wipers, static wick dischargers and other bits. There is a fairly prominent fairing of that runs along the bottom of the fuselage that is not included in the model, so I built one out of shaped cardstock. Similarly, there is an exhaust on the bottom of each engine that isn’t included on the model, so I scratchbuilt them out of cardstock.

The wheels and forward landing gear got a complete overhaul. For the tires, I cut disks of cereal box cardboard and glues them to the appropriate thickness, then sanded them to shape. The forward landing gear strut was scratchbuilt. Before closing up the front of the fuselage, I glued in some weight just to make sure the plane wouldn’t be a tail-sitter.

I couldn’t find detailed photos showing where the anti-collision beacon goes on the bottom of the fuselage; if anyone knows, just holler and I’ll add it. Also, you have to be careful using photos when modeling the various aerials and antennas because each USFS Twin Otter differs from the other.

Most photos of USFS Twin Otters I found online show the propellers feathered when parked, so I modeled that. Also, I couldn’t find any photos of either USFS aircraft with red stripes on the propeller blades, but there is some sort of stripe, so I printed the blades in black and white.

All in all, it was a fun project and I’ve always liked the look and utilitarian nature of the Twin Otter. I just need to be more careful because like a white car, plain white cardstock picks up every smudge imaginable.

Maybe I should add the USFS Cobra when Murph comes out with that….
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Old 05-23-2020, 03:37 AM
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A very nicely built airframe.
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Old 05-23-2020, 05:18 AM
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A great looking model. You did a very nice job.

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Old 05-23-2020, 05:35 AM
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Dave that came out very well. Nice work.

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