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« Reply #15 on: January 22, 2017, 12:57:57 AM »

Not to throw a spanner in the works.
I came across a useful book yesterday,it might be worth looking for.The Bush Pilots.The epic of flight/Time Life Books.ISBN 0-8094-3312-5.
It was also published in Canada so it shouldn't be that hard to get hold of your side of the pond.
It brought up some slightly smaller planes that would still tick all the right boxes( corrugated metal body work.) only difference being single engines,
The Fokker Universal ,or the super universal which looks in build terms just like the tri motor with out the wing engines.(if time and parts become an issue).
Or the Junkers W34. Very pulp used from Canada to South America,Africa,and New Guinea.(and would fit in with all things German in your other projects).

It's inspired me to look a some smaller planes for my own stuff.(As this love piece of daftness we've got ourselves into means no more big builds for a while.)

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« Reply #16 on: January 22, 2017, 01:38:03 AM »

I once had the pleasure of a long conversation with an old bush pilot who flew in New Guinea before the war, mostly flying Ju W34's before moving on to the larger Junkers G-31 tri-motor. Eye opening stuff. For example he once helped fly a gold dredge up to Mt Hagen. To get it into the plane they simply unbolted the fuselage roof & loaded it in. No need to put the roof back on...

Some shots of a ANG W34 here http://www.adf-messageboard.com.au/invboard/index.php?showtopic=2179 & https://eamonh.wordpress.com/2013/01/20/two-little-dickie-birds-how-new-guinea-pioneered-modern-aviation/ including details of the gold dredge operation.
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« Reply #17 on: January 30, 2017, 06:31:51 AM »

Interesting suggestions there lads. I will say I want the plane to be a goodly-sized transport, so three engines it is. A smaller single engine bird is a project for another time (there's model kits for those at least).

Too much nonsense the past two weeks to get any work done (and I have some miniatures to paint still before I can get on this), but then I did guess from the start that I probably wouldn't be able to get this done... not going to withdraw though, might as well see what can be done.

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