Khee-Kha 1/72 Bellanca CH-300 Pacemaker
|REVIEWER:||Carmel J. Attard|
|NOTES:||Vacuform with resin parts. Whiskey Jack decals used|
The CH-300 Pacemaker is among the list of lesser-known but successful
historic monoplanes by Bellanca Company. It was powered by a Wright J-6 engine
and a controllable pitch propeller. Pacemaker NC259M was brought to
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Building the CH-300 is almost in pair with that indicated for CH-400 Skyrocket which evolved from it, and that has already been reviewed on ModelingMadness.com but with some minor changes as follows:
1………The CH-300 Pacemaker has a Wright J6 engine. This comes in 3-part resin assembly, with highly detailed cylinders, multiple louvers to side of accessory section and an accurate controllable pitch left hand 2-blade propeller. The part exhaust manifold that is installed to engine front has a choice of orientation and the type selected for NC-259M had two exhaust outlets as mentioned earlier. The kit instructions illustrate very well the variation and type to fit different aircraft.
2……….A partly rectangular and partly round block of scrap plastic to represent an oil cooler is cemented to the bottom of the accessory section also shown on plans, and these varied with different aircraft. Khee Kha Art Products gave reasons that with future kits this item will come with the kit.
3………..As I opted for a floatplane version I used
Khee-Kha will also now include rudders with all
4…………Another feature on the CH-300 is the rearmost window aperture, which should be oval instead of rectangular shape. On late production CH-300s these windows were rectangular, as on the CH-400. The CH-300 kit is molded with oval outlines so that either type is easily modeled..
5………….Like the CH-400 the CH-300 could also take changes to the fuselage depending on skis, floats and wheel arrangements during service.
|COLORS & MARKINGS|
There were a number of CH-300 Pacemaker in service with Star Air Service and these appeared in different liveries at different periods during service life. NC-259M had an early scheme consisting of red fuselage and struts, yellow wings and tail surfaces, white fuselage lettering Star motif and all other lettering being black. In due course NC-259M took another livery consisting of an overall orange, Kremlin white star on dark blue field with yellow ring which had the company name in red and blue at the center; black window and fuselage trim and possibly also a black trim on wing leading edges that could be misinterpreted as de-icing boots which were not applicable in those early days. Another Star Air Service Pacemaker with identical international orange colors was NC-168M. The “Kremlin Star” is also known as “barn star” and consists of the 5 points being divided into 2 colours each like the one depicted on the Skyrocket, the version just adopted in 1936 on NC259M at the time of the crash and not yet applied to NC168N.
Whiskey Jack Special AK7203 decal contains the Anchorage-Seattle scheme
of 1934 for NC259M and also decals for Star Airlines CH-400 NC10795. Besides the
first round trip commercial flight between
made the CH-400 before, the building of the CH-300 was more of a straightforward
job. The CH-300 was a real and historic plane that was being neglected. It was
History by Khee-Kha Art Products
Whisky Jack decals history on the Pacemaker.
Carmel J. Attard
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