1/144 Fly McDonnell Douglas C-9B Skytrain II

Gallery Article by Björn Leichsenring   aka b.l.stryker on Nov 9 2022



For the US Navy and the US Marines, 17 of the civilian DC-9s of the 30s and 40s series were procured as military transport aircraft and christened the C-9B Skytrain II.

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The kit comes from Fly and should probably be the better alternative to Airfix. In any case, I had bought this kit cheaply and should represent a change from the usual military jets. Unfortunately, this kit does not come with any transparent parts. So the windows are shown as decals. What the manufacturer did not take into account, however, is that this Navy version has a large cargo door on the side. So this had to be re-engraved. I also noticed too late that the upper fin on the vertical stabilizer was stretched longer in the original. So it stayed with me in the civil version. Otherwise it is a simple kit with few parts and good quality.

The white was painted with Revell 301, the rest with Vallejo. The engravings were subtly emphasized.

Björn Leichsenring

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Photos and text © by Björn Leichsenring