In-Box Review
C-45F/UC-45F WWII USAAF WWII USAAF Passenger Aircraft
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by: Kevin Brant [ SGTRAM ]

The C-45F, sometimes referred to as the Expeditor, was a military version of the Beechcraft Model C18S passenger aircraft. Developed in the 1930ís, the Model 18 was sometimes mistaken for the Lockheed Electra, as the two looked a lot alike. At the start of World War 2 Beechcraft started mounting the Pratt & Whitney R-985 engines as the US Military required a small passenger airplane. The C-45 flew with many countries and was in service with the USAF until 1963.

This kit from ICM Holding of the C-45F represents the World War 2 variant of the Beechcraft Model 18 passenger plane.

Inside the box you will find:

Plastic upper and lower hulls
6 Sprues of plastic
1 Sprue of clear plastic Fret of photo-etched
1 Sheet of Decal
1 Instruction booklet

Opening the box, the first thing I noticed was the small number of parts. The kit is molded in grey plastic with the upper and lower wings on their own sprue each, and the fuselage halves sharing a sprue. That leaves the majority of the parts on one sprue. Looking at the moldings, they look to be rather well done with no real visible flash other than seam lines to clean up. I did find a number of ejector marks, some will be hidden with assembly, and some will need to be cleaned up.

The surface detail on the exterior of the aircraft looks good, including nice looking engraved panel lines. The top antenna are molded onto one of the fuselage halfís, and I did find one of the antenna broken off and in the bag, so I suggest you be careful unpacking the kit, and ensure you check the plastic bag.

The ICM kit does include a basic interior, to include seats, control sticks, and instrument panel. The instrument panel does include some real basic raised details and there is no decal included in the kit. If you are looking for a little more detail, some scratch building and/or aftermarket parts will be needed.

The engines in the kit are a bit of a disappointment as there is no surface detail on the pistons and the molded on push rods donít look the greatest. Due to the open cowlings, these will definitely need to be replaced with aftermarket parts. Vector makes a nice replacement, but the resin part and ICM kit will need some surgery to get the resin engine to fit.

The front landing bays look from the instructions to include some nice looking detail, and should build up nice. It should be noted from the instructions that the landing gear will have to be mounted prior to sandwiching the wings together.
The instructions look to be well laid out and should be easy to follow to assemble the aircraft. There are paint callouts referencing Model Master paint colors. The kit includes markings for three aircraft: USAF, Wright Field, 1944; French Air Force, Summer, 1944; and Italian Air Force, 1949. The decals look to be well printed, all within register and good looking color.

This does look to be nice looking kit from ICM of the Beechcraft C-45F. The overall moldings look to be well done, with some nice details, especially on the exterior. The crew and passenger compartment is a little barren, and there is no surface detail on the engines. If you are a fan of early passenger planes I would recommend this kit, as to outside of the kit markings, there is a lot of potential.

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Highs: Nice exterior surface detail, great subject in 1/48 scale
Lows: Engines lack any surface details, interior detail sparse
Verdict: Not a bad looking kit, could use a little aftermarket help, recommended for early passenger aircraft fans.
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  Scale: 1:48
  Mfg. ID: 48181
  PUBLISHED: Mar 04, 2015
  NATIONALITY: United States

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About Kevin Brant (SgtRam)

I am an IT Consultant and father, with a passion for plastic models. I mostly prefer 1/35 Armor and 1/48 Aircraft. My main interests are anything Canadian, as well as WW2 German and British Armor and Aircraft. I have been building models since I was a young kid, got away from it for awhile, but r...

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I think that the pointy noses were an aftermarket add-on, maybe to add a knot or two to the bug-smashing speed. Compared to the photo below, I think that the kit nose looks pretty goodish. The engine nacelles will need a little work to do a later model like this one, though.
MAR 06, 2015 - 04:13 AM
Jessica Decal's from Caracal have already been ordered. Just have to order a set of Vector engine replacements. Kevin
MAR 06, 2015 - 04:15 AM
This could be useful when we buy the model: 404-180151 Beechcraft Models D18S and D18C Parts Catalog
MAR 06, 2015 - 05:11 AM
MAR 06, 2015 - 05:15 AM
Hi Fred I'm not thinking of the later, pointy, nose(s). In the photos here, the kit parts look a bit too snub-nosed and down-turned to me - the top line ahead of the windscreen seems steep. I'll wait until I've bought one before coming any firm conclusion though. All the best Rowan
MAR 06, 2015 - 12:06 PM
The cabin door shape is all wrong, as well as being way too narrow, all cabin windows lack rounded corners, and, as noted, the nose/canopy is badly off, as are the awful cowling lips, reminding one of the "Accurate" Miniatures B-25 cowlings, which had five or six different resin companies offering replacements (that was another era, and we will be lucky if this gets even one, probably by Vector)... Their Hs-126 had small issues, but was quite OK. This is not. Gaston
MAR 07, 2015 - 06:06 AM
Gaston one day you will be the death of me as I will have a heart attack when you say " great model and spot on". Kevin has done a fair job of pointing out the weaknesses that caught his eye. I really do think ICM have let themselves down with the radial engines in this kit as I have seen what a great job they can do with their 1/35th scale truck engines.
MAR 07, 2015 - 06:20 AM
Hi Gaston You've got to admit the "B-25 (non)-saga" was partly down to the shyness of modellers in this day and age of simply wading in with some wet-and-dry wrapped around a piece of dowel of the correct diameter. And, if you couldn't do that, cross-kitting with the Monogram model was fine. Compared with what we faced when I started in the '60s - we are so lucky nowadays. Still, wrong is wrong... but it's hardly the end of the world. All the best Rowan
MAR 07, 2015 - 11:43 PM
Darren, I think you'll be a very old man when that happens!
MAR 17, 2015 - 06:56 AM

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