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De Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver

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Category:Aircraft - Propeller
Aircraft - Propeller
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Used from:1947–1967
Used by:CivilMilitary
Manufacturer:CA De Havilland Canada
Model:DHC-2 Beaver

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Tom Beighley added a new project.
Albums: 1 with 28 images
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1:24 DHC-2 Beaver (Guillow's 305 LC)
30. January 2019, 01:54
Tom Beighley
Love the laser cut parts! I'm building the optional floats as amphibious versions. I hope to 3D print an engine.
30. January 2019, 02:17
Tom Beighley
1:24 Pratt & Whitney R-985 Wasp Junior, 6x6 and 5x5 aircraft wheels I had printed by a friend. Turned out way better than I hoped. Super lucky to get this printed, I am not good at 3D modelling and I need practice building STL files.

Engine was downloaded from the link below and edited in Sketchup to remove a lot of the stuff I didn't think would print well.

16. February 2019, 07:06
Tom Beighley
Cabin interior is done, time to finish the windows and then start final assembly.
22. May 2019, 17:38
Tom Beighley
Added a couple photos today, sorry for not posting more updates. Been trying to force this project through as it's been going for far too long. I am close to done with the primary color and will be able to add graphics soon. Tried chipping paint with hairspray for the first time and it went reasonably well. I can tell it would work much better on plastic parts instead of paper coated balsa.

Need to start working on the 3D model for the propeller and spinner. Those are the final parts I need to build.
21. January, 18:50
Tom Beighley
The 3D printed propeller has been designed and printed. Came out way better than I hoped. Learning Blender a little bit at a time and it's an amazing program. The fact that it's free is crazy.

I have painted the outside primary colors and just need some black stripes before it's ready to attach the floats. Will have to make a custom jig to hold the floats and fuselage in place while the struts are attached.
14. May, 16:36
Juergen Klinglhuber added a new project.
1:72 DHC-Beaver (Classic Plane no)
13. May, 16:28
Erik Leijdens Added a new review for:
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2. July 2019, 07:17
james johnson added a new photoalbum.
6 images
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Project: DHC Beaver
1:72 DHC Beaver (Airfix 03017)
14. July 2013, 13:32
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Bill Gilman
I will paint the base color(s) and then lighten them and spray in random patterns to simulate paint fading, etc. Often this will be in the interior of the panels, thereby leaving the panel lines "shaded" and a bit darker. And since I'm adding paint all the time, it's a lot easier to fix a mistake! Hard to do when you've covered up your pre-shading and want to get it back!
1:72 scale airplane in a week? I wish!! :) :) :)
16. July 2013, 00:27
Michel Huijghe
I do mostly the same thing. By using filters by airbrush you can add subtle differencies in the camo.
16. July 2013, 06:12
Dave Flitton
I want to know how the build went. I have one of these and am looking to see if there were any problems I need to look out for.
8. August 2013, 14:12
Christian Keller
Wow, looks perfect for such an old kit :)
8. August 2013, 14:16
james johnson
thanks Christian.......!!
@ dave, the kit went alright, but you have to be aware that you have to drill out the fuselage where the pontoons mount. The default design is for wheels as I recall. There is no caveat for this except a wee, tiny statement tucked away somewhere within the instructions. Heavy seam lines on the pontoons..........other than that, no problems!
8. August 2013, 14:55
It's a great model. I assume not meant to be truly representative, as the British Army never used floats, skis or wheels.
5. May 2019, 17:00
Oleg Smilyk
Nice diorama!
5. May 2019, 17:58
Łukasz Gliński
Bit of whatif indeed, but the shaded camo looks grand.
@Bill: I have to try this approach, thanks for your say :)
5. May 2019, 20:10
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2. July 2018, 12:20
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2. July 2018, 12:15
Rob added a new project.
1:48 DHC Beaver "Floatplane" (Hobbycraft HC1674)1:48 Pratt & Whitney R-985 Wasp Junior (Metallic Details MDR4810)1:48 Beaver Selection Pt.1 (Max Decals 4808)
De Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver
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3. May 2018, 03:57
Dimitri Sambanis Added a new review for:
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12. March 2018, 11:37
Tim Mansfield completed this item
9. April 2016, 14:44
6. January 2018, 23:19
Nigel Home owns this item
17. September 2017, 21:47
Nigel Home
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17. September 2017, 21:47
Dutch added a new project.
1:24 Canadian Mist DHC-2 Float Beaver (Sackfields Promotions Inc. 1)
19. June 2017, 22:59
Bill Gilman Added a new review for:
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6. February 2017, 21:40
Andrew P Added a new review for:
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7. December 2016, 13:42
Mike Grant added a new photoalbum.
20. April 2016, 13:38
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Ulf Petersen
29. April 2016, 14:22
Derek Huggett
Only if the models included a tiny Mike Grant to build it to that finish too! :)
29. April 2016, 22:33
So clean but look perfect :)
29. April 2016, 22:39
Bill Gilman
Super job, Mike! You make those old Airfix kits shine!
29. April 2016, 23:42
Predrag Ivanovic
Just as usual, great work...nothing more to say.
30. April 2016, 17:02
Clifford Keesler
Very, very nice. Great job.
30. April 2016, 18:25
Mike Grant
Thank you again for all the kind comments
30. April 2016, 18:26
Roland Sachsenhofer
That is fascinating, how you turn these welll loved old Airfix Kits into breathtaking models! Very well done Sir!
30. April 2016, 18:37
Mike Grant added a new project.
Albums: 1 with 7 images
1:72 D.H.C. Beaver (Airfix 03017-7)
22. January 2016, 05:09
Lee added a new photoalbum.
17. January 2016, 19:44
Beautiful work.
17. January 2016, 21:49
Thanks, I would have changed a few things second time around but its a steep learning curve!
18. January 2016, 07:34
Lee added a new project.
Albums: 1 with 2 images
1:72 D.H.C. Beaver (Airfix 03017-7)
17. January 2016, 19:38
Bill Gilman Added a new review for:
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29. April 2015, 16:39
Includes Floats and Skis.
25. April 2015, 22:54
M.Julian Marles
Oldie but a goodie?
25. April 2015, 23:22
Kelly Wellington added a new photoalbum.
10 images
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Project: DHC-2 Beaver
1:72 D.H.C. Beaver (Airfix 397)
1. July 2014, 22:39
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Glenn .
I hear your Kelly! I'd love to see a new 1/72 DHC-5 Buffalo and a Dash 7!!! Any Model company's out there hearing this??? :)
11. July 2014, 03:39
Clifford Keesler
Looking good.
11. July 2014, 15:26
Kelly Wellington
Okay...I've survived the whole float strut thing....I think. I hope.

It's sitting under a notepad weight to keep the struts 'sprung' so that they are even close to the holes reputedly there for them. The glue is drying. A little paint touch up after it drys and I can move on to the decals and Dulcote.
27. July 2014, 18:37
Gordon Sørensen
Looks like a strong mount for the floats to be able to hold up that weight!
30. July 2014, 11:10
Kelly Wellington
The mounts were 'sprung' such that I needed the weight to push the struts down and hold them to the hole in the floats to glue them in place.
26. August 2014, 03:37
Kelly Wellington
Sucko decals. That top one tore, too. I consider myself lucky getting out with just some silvering on the upper wing US ARMY decal.
26. August 2014, 03:38
Clifford Keesler
It still looks nice to me.
26. August 2014, 18:56
Kelly Wellington
Actually....considering my skill level and the problems presented by the kit, I'm pleased with the result.
26. August 2014, 20:56
Kelly Wellington added a new project.
Albums: 1 with 10 images
1:72 D.H.C. Beaver (Airfix 397)
1. July 2014, 22:35
Kelly Wellington
Dunno how I'm going to finish this yet...Brit or US Army. I'd prefer to go Canuck, but it seems they didn't militarize it. I could just do it in my favorite colors and have it as a 'private' rig. I also have the Hobbycraft kit with the clear fuselage.
1. July 2014, 22:38
Kelly Wellington
Hmm...I got rolling and forget to photo the cockpit setup. Six seats of two pairs of slightly differing sets, a floor level handle, a dual grip stick and molded instruments a huge distance away from the pilot/copilot seats. *yawn* I must admit that the pieces are fitting quite well and even the tiny aeliron (hinge elbows/weight arms) on the underside of the wings, along the leading edge of the aelirons, went on reasonbly well (with a good tiny tweezer).
5. July 2014, 22:52
Kelly Wellington
Oh...also a fairly decent pilot figure.
5. July 2014, 22:52
Kelly Wellington
I should have known. I had early selected the floatplane version to do and, one arrived at that part of the assembly I was faced, once again, with STRUTS. I'd put the wing struts into place as though I would have no problems attaching the floats. However, Airfix seems to think everybody will be doing the wheeled version because they did not provide attachments for the float struts....

Drilling and fitting has been a minor nightmare. The model currently sits with a pad of notepaper to weight it down sufficiently to keep the rear struts in place while the glue sets on the rear struts of the floats.
27. July 2014, 14:48
Kelly Wellington
Crap decals, Airfix. *sigh* I went with the US Army set. I have spent way too much time fussing over disintegrating insignia. I have to split the underside 'US Army' decal because they early had me place protuberances where the decal is supposed to go. When on, the decals look a mite silvered, which I'm hoping will be minimized by Future and Dulcote.
3. August 2014, 23:06
Kelly Wellington
Well...through to the end, it turned out...sorta okay. Only a little silvering that survived through the Future and then the Dulcote. Still...crap decals.
8. August 2014, 05:02
Chris Parsons added a new article to his personal gallery:
29. June 2014, 18:23
Derek Huggett owns this item
29. July 2013, 21:31
Derek Huggett
Civil Aircraft Collection comprises the following Airfix 1/72 original models with minimal changes to original decals;
DHC-2 Beaver (03017)
Ford Trimotor (04009)
de Havilland Heron (03001)
29. July 2013, 21:39
james johnson added a new project.
Albums: 1 with 6 images
1:72 DHC Beaver (Airfix 03017)
23. June 2013, 15:07
james johnson
a break between armor builds finds me revisiting 1/72 aircraft.....something I haven't done in 25 years..........
23. June 2013, 15:08
Gertjan Zwart
Kit consists of an Airfix Beaver and an extra set of Canadian Mountain Police Decals.
22. March 2013, 22:34
Gertjan Zwart
The good old Airfix Beaver. On first glance, the kit has a somewhat rough and chunky appearance, but imho that actually does the kit good!
27. October 2012, 20:22
Gertjan Zwart
Nice kit, strikingly smaller than the Airfix Beaver. The fuselage halves are of transparent plastic; no seperate windows are included. Compared to the Airfix Beaver, the Hobbycraft kit has less surface detail.
1 | 27. October 2012, 20:19


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