Hobby Master HL1305 – 1/200 Scale C-47 (DC-3) Diecast Model
Hobby Master HL1305 diecast model replicates in 1/200 scale the Douglas C47 (DC-3) Skytrain, s/n 42-32832, named “Sky King” in the colour scheme and markings of the 53rd Troop Carrier Squadron (TCS), United States Army Air Force (USAAF), worn on D-day.
Hobby Master 1/200 scale Douglas C47 (DC-3) Skytrain diecast model details
|Length||9.8 cm||3.85 in||Approx|
|Wingspan||14.5 cm||5.70 in||Approx|
Diecast model features include:
- Constructed with metal and plastic components
- Undercarriage displayable extended or retracted
- Display stand included.
The USAAF received Douglas C-47-DL, c/n 9058 on February 11, 1943, assigned serial 42-32832 and sent to the 53rd Troop Carrier Squadron. In May 1943 the aircraft went to North Africa, and in February 1944 transferred to 8th Air Force based in the United Kingdom. Lt Donald King became the pilot of this aircraft after its arrival in North Africa and for the duration of the war. “Sky King” took part in Operations Husky, D-Day and Market Garden, undertaking paratroop drops, glider missions, transported supplies and wounded. The aircraft returned to the US in July 1945 and converted to a DC-3C by Executive Transport Corporation, onsold to General Motors. After several more owners, Scott Glover purchased the C-47 in August 2000. The aircraft is now part of the Mid America Flight Museum, Mount Pleasant, Texas. The aircraft wears the colour scheme that it wore on D-Day.
Douglas C-47 Skytrain
The Douglas C-47 Skytrain is a twin radial engined military transport aircraft. The British Commonwealth designated it as the Dakota and the US Navy as the R4D. It first flew in December 1943. Developed from the Douglas DC-3 airliner, the C-47 had numerous modifications. Including a cargo door, strengthened floor, shortened tail cone for glider-towing and Astrodome. The C-47 has fulfilled many roles including troop/cargo transporter, search and rescue. They have towed gliders and drop paratroops. Several C-47 variations served in the Vietnam War with the United States Air Force. Including three electronic warfare variants “Electric Gooneys”. Designated EC-47N, EC-47P, or EC-47Q. A gunship variation designated AC-47 “Spooky” armed with three 7.62 mm mini-guns. Often nicknamed “Puff the magic dragon”. Post World War II many surplus C-47s underwent conversion for civil use. Almost all the world’s airlines of that time operated the C-47. Many remain in both civil and military service today.