Red Bear Resins 1/48 Basler BT-67 Conversion
|26 piece resin conversion set to convert Trumpeter C-47 into a Basler BT-67. Decals and instructions included.
you will find 27 beautifully mastered light grey resin parts.
The smaller bits are bagged together in two small zip lock style clear
plastic bags. Included are new
forward fuselage halves, as the Basler conversion to the old Douglas C-47
includes a new 40 inch fuselage extension, two new wing tips, two engine
cowlings and nacelles, a new instrument panel, spinners and ten propeller
blades, exhaust pipes, and two plugs for the kit exhaust indents.
Additionally, a second baggie contains a small decal sheet of unknown
origin that provides numbers and lettering to build the
are printed on one 11x8 sheet of paper with an additional sheet included for
decal placement. In typical fashion
for Red Bear, images of the resin parts mated to the kit plastic parts are used
to show how the changes are accomplished.
Although nice, this method can be confusing as to how much or where a cut
needs to be made-some measurements would have been a nice addition.
The final bit is a postcard sized color print of the actual aircraft with
the Red Bear logo in the corner.
What a cool conversion set! What a
well mastered conversion set! That
said there are problems that the modeler will have to overcome.
built numerous Monogram (R/M) C-47/DC-3 kits over the years, the parts shown in
the instructions clearly imply that the conversion was mastered for the
Trumpeter kit. However, that is my
guess as nowhere is a kit recommended.
I will state that looking things over, the modeler who attempts to do
this conversion with the R/M kit will be in for more work, and possibly some fit
issues. Personally, given that the
venerable R/M kits are easily available at a third the cost of the Trumpeter, it
might have made sense to split the difference somehow.
generally flash free, my kit suffered from some serious resin ‘blobs’ that
marred the interior detail of the fuselage halves.
Not a big deal, as really nothing can be seen inside a closed up
C-47/DC-3/BT-67, but for the cost, my expectations are very high and this seems
sophomoric in execution. The reason
for the new forward cabin parts are because Basler adds a 40 inch plug to the
Douglas fuselage just forward of the wing.
Internally, they also move the forward bulkhead an additional 20 inches
(for a total of 60 inches gained) for more cargo space.
None of this is mentioned or addressed with the conversion, nor are there
any interior views of the real aircraft.
Again, not a big issue as little is seen, but for those who will want to
open the back, a serious amount of scratch building lies ahead.
also has some differences from the original
exterior surface detail is petite and shallow.
Panel lines are consistent in depth and width.
Unfortunately, the pour blocks on the fuselage castings follow the top
edge and are clunky to say the least.
They will require careful trimming and considerable clean up.
I don’t know why the top edge was chosen, as it seems the bottom might
have been a better choice, and certainly would have made it easier to hide all
the work that will have to be done because of the casting blocks.
images I have seen of Basler aircraft lead me to wonder if the upper cockpit
hatch on some of the birds has been replaces with a clear or tinted panel.
The Trumpeter kit must supply this separate, as the Red Bear castings
have it cut out, but it will have to be manufactured for a conversion using the
R/M kit. If the aircraft you choose
to model has a clear panel, it also will have to be made from scratch.
contrast to the problems with the fuselage, the engines are fantastic.
The pour blocks are well placed, small and look very easy to remove.
There are no pin holes or flaws to be seen.
Additionally, the nacelle tops look great with a hidden pour block area.
I fitted these to the R/M wing and things look promising-although until
the entire upper nacelle is removed nothing can be confirmed.
A positive note is that these parts do not have a perfect fit on the real
Basler aircraft! Gaps are welcome…
tips again look very good with no flaws apparent.
Here a conversion to the older R/M kit will require some tricky cutting
as the aileron cut out is included; as I assume the Trumpeter kit has separate
flying surfaces. Not
insurmountable; just tricky.
The small parts are fantastic and none of my propeller blades showed any
signs of warpage or deformity.
decals are a serious let down. The
white in my copy has a slightly yellow tint to it, almost like really old decals
get. Also, the shadow effect to the
letters on the very prominent forward fuselage
an obvious omission. Basler makes
some serious changes to the old
the problems noted here, a fantastic conversion of a unique aircraft can be
achieved with some elbow grease.
Images abound on the internet of the fascinating and diverse paint schemes that
these aircraft carry offering tons of options from fanciful to special ops.
I can say
that I am disappointed that Red Bear chose to target the conversion to the
Trumpeter kit. Without much
additional work parts could have been included or changed in such a way that the
old R/M kit could have been included in the party.
This becomes especially apparent when one considers the cost of the
conversion plus the Trumpeter kit; versus the cost of R/M kits that can be found
at a third that of the Trumpeter kit.
I find it hard sometimes to accept shoddy work at Champagn prices.
Yes this is unique. No it
will never be kitted in this scale as a mainstream release.
I realize it is targeted at advanced modelers.
But, at the cost of the kit one is asked to cut, the conversion should be
complete and flawless and this one is neither.
In the classroom I ask my students to rise above mediocrity, and I expect
the same when I pay cash.
I bought one, but I don’t think I can justify another… Sad, as there are
some fun markings to be had here.
Recommended for advanced modelers
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