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      Post #66315, posted on 03-04-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      I've been watching Ice Pilots on Netflix and "geeking out" on the Buffalo Airlines vintage propliners.

      I've looked for some decals and came up with a few....

      Leading Edge C-47 1/72 scale

      Nick Webb C-46 1/144

      V1 Decals L-188 1/144

      A 1/144 C-47 would be nice as well as a C-54.


      I see some mention of Minicraft doing the Electra and C-47 but suspect they were announced projects that weren't released.

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      Post #66316, posted on 03-04-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      "I see some mention of Minicraft doing the Electra and C-47 but suspect they were announced projects that weren't released."

      Was the 'mention'/rumor that Minicraft announced they planned to release their Electra and C-47 kits with Buffalo Airways decals? That would have seemed to fit with Minicraft's (one time) marketing strategy of releasing kits with some connection to 'celebrity'...vs 'just another airline' livery.

      That said, it appears Minicraft has entirely abandoned the airliner segment of their product line...while continuing to offer a few types in military/government guises...that, with aftermarket decals, can easily be built as airliners.

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      Post #66319, posted on 03-05-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Minicraft announced a Buffalo Airways C-54 kit back in '15. It even had the product number MC14717 allocated to it (according to Hannants). but now seems to have dropped off the radar. Pity.

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      Post #66326, posted on 03-05-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Googling Minicraft Buffalo C-47/DC-3 and Electra gets hits on kits with model #'s though nothing about actual kits existing or listed for sale anywhere.

      Sad.....

      I suspect the timing just wasn't right with the show last airing in December 2014. Minicraft's current lineup shows the only "airliner" decaled model available as the Electra in demonstrator markings.


      Pity as well that the Leading Edge DC-3 sheet was 1. Only in 1/72 scale and 2. A limited release.


      Unless anyone else pipes up I guess I've found all the Buffalo decals that were printed and available.

      Leading Edge C-47 1/72 scale

      Nick Webb C-46 1/144

      V1 Decals L-188 1/144

      I find the show spectacular. I'm not one for "reality drama" shows but the vintage props more than make up for anything I don't like about the show. Buffalo certainly is a one of a kind operation flying DC-3's in passenger service as well as C-46's, Electras, and a C-54.

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      "I see some mention of Minicraft doing the Electra and C-47 but suspect they were announced projects that weren't released."

      Was the 'mention'/rumor that Minicraft announced they planned to release their Electra and C-47 kits with Buffalo Airways decals? That would have seemed to fit with Minicraft's (one time) marketing strategy of releasing kits with some connection to 'celebrity'...vs 'just another airline' livery.

      That said, it appears Minicraft has entirely abandoned the airliner segment of their product line...while continuing to offer a few types in military/government guises...that, with aftermarket decals, can easily be built as airliners.

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      Post #66327, posted on 03-05-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      It's unfortunate that Minicraft has seemingly abandoned the airliner market. 707,727,737,757,777,DC-8, MD-80,and Electra were all welcome though the DC-8 and MD-80 were obviously their best efforts. If I ever see a DC-8 or MD-80 for sale it will be a must have under the assumption that those kits will not be released again. Can anyone say otherwise?

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      Post #66330, posted on 03-06-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      The last I heard from MC, they were still in very dire financial straits. As far as I'm aware, none of the new projects they had planned for last year has happened, which tends to lend credence to that. "Never" is a very long time though.

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      Post #66338, posted on 03-06-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Hey Ken -- THere's this 1/72 DC-4 decal from Atlantic Models. I have no experience with them (Atlantic) but perhaps someone else has.
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      Post #66341, posted on 03-06-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Ken,

      Leading Edge also did the DC-3 sheet in 1/48 scale. I've had that project on the back
      burner for over 3 years. Trumpeter kit, which is not bad, but not so great either. I
      think they upscaled an LI-2.

      The last time I used LE decals, I had some issue with cracking. They're quite thick, and
      tend to get brittle with age. But I'm reluctant to add another "layer" because of that
      thickness.

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      Post #66343, posted on 03-07-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Ha....thanks Alan on the 1/48th Leading Edge sheet.....I ran across a listing of a 1/144 Leading Edge Buffalo Airline C-47 sheet too. I wish they'd re-release some of the Buffalo decals. Guess it couldn't hurt to ask.

      Also saw an Atlantic 1/72 C46 sheet along with the C-54. I've used Atlantic decals on my Continental MD-80 and they worked fine. Not super detailed and a little pricey but one has to work with what is available.

      As to Minicraft I don't have any inside knowledge but it certainly doesn't seem like they are doing a booming business. Remember a few years back when their airliners were often at closeout sale prices? For some reason my local hobby shop dropped the Minicraft line at some point a few years back. The shop has since closed so its a moot point anyway. I bought a JSTARS 707 from the Minicraft website last year at a closeout price with free shipping. The shipping label showed postage being pretty much the same as what I paid for the kit so the company didn't make any money on my sale. I think maybe its a case of bringing in some revenue is better than bringing in no revenue.

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      Post #66386, posted on 03-09-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      1/144 Buffalo C-47 would be nice indeed. I posed the question to the owner of LED some time ago (lives in Calgary, AB area last time I checked) but got no reply. LED seems to focus on military markings these days. And yes, the decals while beautifully printed, tend to be difficult to apply as mentioned in earlier postings.

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      Post #66387, posted on 03-09-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      My one experience with Leading Edge decals was with the set for the CP Air C-47/DC-3. If you didn't mask the orange and silver on the fuselage exactly, your mismatch would show through the translucent red decal stripe (IIRC, the stripe didn't have a white base coat, or enough of one). That's why I never completed that model. I hated that because it was otherwise a very nice sheet and I always loved how that particular aircraft looked.

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