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Readers’ Gallery: Dale “Hutch” Hutchinson’s 1/72 Italeri C-47

Forum member Dale Hutchinson (Hutch) shared his excellent work on this 1/72 Gooney Bird. Looks great, Hutch!

I was looking at my stash and this Italeri C-47 caught my eye.  Always one of my favorite aircraft.  I had one when I was a kid and decided to put this together.  I was pleasantly surprised with the fit of this kit.  I discovered little flash, but saw the usual soft Italeri plastic.  Not usually a problem until one is working with the fine pieces, but still I had no real problems.

The decals were old, so I used some of the tricks mentioned on this site.  I sprayed them with Future and they held up well.  Decals were a little thick, but acceptable.  D-Day markings were painted on.  One thing I liked about the Italeri instructions is that they gave the measurements for the D-Day markings which took a lot of the math research out of it….a nice touch.

All-in-all a fun build of an old classic.  this kit still holds up well, considering its age.  Only detraction was some of the clear parts…very thick and finicky.