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Douglas DC-3

Roden 1/144 Douglas DC-3 Kit First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review September 2013 Manufacturer Roden
Subject Douglas DC-3 Scale 1/144
Kit Number 0309 Primary Media Styrene
Pros Nicest kit of this subject in this scale Cons None noted
Skill Level Experienced MSRP (USD) $24.98

First Look

Douglas DC-3
Douglas DC-3
Douglas DC-3

The DC-3, was first developed in the mid-1930s as a result of the success of their DC-2 airliner, but adding additional features sought by the airlines. The DC-3 was a tremendous success and transformed civil aviation in those days leading up to World War 2. The DC-3 was transformed into the most important allied airlift asset in World War II by simply removing the commercial interior, fitting a reconfigurable cargo/passenger compartment, adding large cargo and paratroop doors to the port side, among other changes. After the war, the DC-3 and surplus C-47s continued to provide global air service even though newer aircraft types were rapidly entering service. Unlike many of the aircraft that came along to replace the DC-3 (and newer types), this venerable aircraft can still be found in service around the world.

Roden has released the DC-3 in 1/144 scale following their previous release of the DC-3 ( look here). Molded in light gray styrene, the kit is presented on three parts trees plus one small tree of clear parts. Since you wouldn't see inside this fuselage through clear styrene windows, Roden didn't waste time producing an interior for the cockpit or main cabin. The kit provides some nice details all around which will make this model look great with the right amount of detail painting. Assembly will take little time, so you'll spend more time with the airbrush instead.

Markings are provided for one example, a DC-3 in Trans World Airline service.

If you're looking for an easy build of this venerable craft, this Roden kit looks like your best option!

My sincere thanks to Squadron Mail Order for this review sample!