Friday, 18 January 2013

The Zvezda surrogate "DC3 Dakota" or "C47 SkyTrain" the Russian license-build LI-2

A grainy photograph (see below) of the Allied equivalent of the Ju-52, the legendary "DC-3 Dakota" or "C-47 SkyTrain" (I'm really not sure of the difference). This is courtesy of Zvezda providing a cheap model to surrogate in. It was a Russian license made version that was still used in the Cold War, called the Li-2 and it does the trick for me. Eagle eyed aviation experts would see many a difference but again I care not.   

It will appear on my tabletop where paratroopers or supplies are needed. The Russians also used it in a light bomber role (or shall we say "pressed" it into service) bit I removed the defensive dorsal turret to pull it firmly into the DC-3/C-47 stable. Having got one (on an evaluation trial), methinks I'll try and pick up another couple.


Paul said...

Looks pretty cool Geordie, what scale is it?

Its all in the windows I think...

Geordie an Exiled FoG said...

Yes I should have said Paul, it's 1/200 (a bit odd but a 1/144 scale Ju52 or DC3 would be a tad overpowering for "The Art of Tactic" game Zvezda push with this series of models.

For a battlefield marker it is just the job :)

Arnhem beckons

Geordie an Exiled FoG said...

I should have added the windows come in a one piece sprue that just clicks into place

No glue needed

Nice design from the old Warsaw Pact ;)