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Posted: Wednesday, March 04, 2015 - 05:57 AM UTC
The C-45F, sometimes referred to as the Expeditor, was a military version of the Beechcraft Model C18S passenger aircraft. Developed in the 1930’s, the Model 18 was sometimes mistaken for the Lockheed Electra, as the two looked a lot alike. At the start of World War 2 Beechcraft started mounting the Pratt & Whitney R-985 engines as the US Military required a small passenger airplane. The C-45 flew with many countries and was in service with the USAF until 1963.

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Posted: Wednesday, March 04, 2015 - 07:13 AM UTC
Those engines are disappointing. Looks like two types of seats - more kits pending? Perhaps an AT-11 / SNB-1?

I'll get one just to build it in the colors and end number of one of the Twin Beeches I have time in!
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Posted: Wednesday, March 04, 2015 - 01:00 PM UTC
Hi there

I'll almost definitely buy one of these at some point, as it's such a great subject and should be excellent value for money if ICM's recent releases are anything to go by. I'm not convinced by the shape of the nose, though - so I may try a bit of rhinoplasty there.

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Posted: Friday, March 06, 2015 - 04:02 AM UTC
Merlin, I can't tell you when it was redesigned but the nose of the Twin Beech got a little pointer over time. Note the couture of the line art here: http://www.pilotfriend.com/aircraft%20performance/Beech/model%2018.htm

It looks like the pre-war ones had the more bulbous schnozzola than the 1958-59 E18S versions I flew: http://www.airport-data.com/aircraft/photo/000240450.html

http://www.airport-data.com/aircraft/photo/000598537.html
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Posted: Friday, March 06, 2015 - 04:13 AM UTC

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Those engines are disappointing. Looks like two types of seats - more kits pending? Perhaps an AT-11 / SNB-1?

I'll get one just to build it in the colors and end number of one of the Twin Beeches I have time in!



Not two types of seats, seats are in two parts.
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Posted: Friday, March 06, 2015 - 04:13 AM UTC
I think that the pointy noses were an aftermarket add-on, maybe to add a knot or two to the bug-smashing speed. Compared to the photo below, I think that the kit nose looks pretty goodish. The engine nacelles will need a little work to do a later model like this one, though.
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Posted: Friday, March 06, 2015 - 04:15 AM UTC
Jessica

Decal's from Caracal have already been ordered. Just have to order a set of Vector engine replacements.

Kevin
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Posted: Friday, March 06, 2015 - 05:11 AM UTC
This could be useful when we buy the model: 404-180151 Beechcraft Models D18S and D18C Parts Catalog
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Posted: Friday, March 06, 2015 - 05:15 AM UTC
A nice BEECH 18 PRODUCTION LIST
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Posted: Friday, March 06, 2015 - 12:06 PM UTC

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Merlin, I can't tell you when it was redesigned but the nose of the Twin Beech got a little pointer over time.



Hi Fred

I'm not thinking of the later, pointy, nose(s). In the photos here, the kit parts look a bit too snub-nosed and down-turned to me - the top line ahead of the windscreen seems steep. I'll wait until I've bought one before coming any firm conclusion though.

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Saturday, March 07, 2015 - 06:06 AM UTC

The cabin door shape is all wrong, as well as being way too narrow, all cabin windows lack rounded corners, and, as noted, the nose/canopy is badly off, as are the awful cowling lips, reminding one of the "Accurate" Miniatures B-25 cowlings, which had five or six different resin companies offering replacements (that was another era, and we will be lucky if this gets even one, probably by Vector)...

Their Hs-126 had small issues, but was quite OK. This is not.

Gaston
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Posted: Saturday, March 07, 2015 - 06:20 AM UTC
Gaston one day you will be the death of me as I will have a heart attack when you say " great model and spot on". Kevin has done a fair job of pointing out the weaknesses that caught his eye. I really do think ICM have let themselves down with the radial engines in this kit as I have seen what a great job they can do with their 1/35th scale truck engines.
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Posted: Saturday, March 07, 2015 - 11:43 PM UTC

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... the awful cowling lips, reminding one of the "Accurate" Miniatures B-25 cowlings, which had five or six different resin companies offering replacements ...
Gaston



Hi Gaston

You've got to admit the "B-25 (non)-saga" was partly down to the shyness of modellers in this day and age of simply wading in with some wet-and-dry wrapped around a piece of dowel of the correct diameter.

And, if you couldn't do that, cross-kitting with the Monogram model was fine.

Compared with what we faced when I started in the '60s - we are so lucky nowadays. Still, wrong is wrong... but it's hardly the end of the world.

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 06:56 AM UTC

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Gaston one day you will be the death of me as I will have a heart attack when you say " great model and spot on".



Darren, I think you'll be a very old man when that happens!