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Minicraft 1/144 VC-118A Kit First Look

by Michael Benolkin

Date of Review February 2013 Manufacturer Minicraft
Subject VC-118A Scale 1/144
Kit Number 14667 Primary Media Styrene
Pros Nice detailing throughout Cons Nothing noted
Skill Level Basic MSRP (USD) $26.99

First Look


The military variation of the Douglas DC-6 airliner was designated as the C-118. In 1947, an order for 166 aircraft was placed to support MATS operations. The DC-6 served  also as a Presidential aircraft designated VC-118. The 165 C-118A Liftmasters produced were roughly six feet longer than the C-54 (DC-4). As a transport the C-118 could carry up to 74 fully-equipped troops or up to 50,000 pounds of cargo.

The Minicraft kit follows design-wise on the footsteps of their DC-4/C-54 kit with relatively accurate outlines and minimal surface detail. For a 144th scale it is adequate but some companies have really surpassed this minimalist design with their kits (Platz C-46D for example). Still, it is going to make a nice looking kit with a little bit of effort.

The decals are looking good on paper and are needed to represent all the fuselage windows and ascent the side entrance doors and loading bay. I plan to use most of the decals to do a an NMF/White/Dayglo scheme.

Recommended for the 1/144th crowd as an alternative to the Roden kit which has its own virtues and issues as well.

My sincere thanks to Minicraft Models for this review sample!