1/72 Hobbycraft Canada Beech C-45 H

by Dennis Cermak

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A few shots of one of my favorite old timers.  Of the two versions for this kit, I chose to do it as the Expeditor Mk, III RCAF, 1965 ( Post War Version ).  I used the kit markings except for the roundels which are an aftermarket item.  The kit is an easy build with no major problems.  The most time consuming part of the build was the color scheme as I use enamels and let them dry for at least a week before doing any taping over.  The first was the White using Model Car Works Lacquer.  It polishes out beautifully.  The second was the Red using MM Guardsman Red.  The third was the Flat Black using MM. 

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The final was the Natural Metal using Alclad 2.  No gloss on the colors or the Natural Metal except for a very light mist to seal the markings using a Paasche airbrush.  The only thing not showing in the pics is that I added de-icer boots to the wings, and the vertical and horizontal stabilizers after the pics were taken as this particular aircraft had them.  This bird took a First Place Gold medal for me in the IPMS contest here in my area the first time I entered it in 2005 in the Multi Engine 1946 to Present Category and a Silver Second Place win in 2006 in the same category.  This Beech 18 is one of my most favorites in my collection.

Dennis

Photos and text by Dennis Cermak