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Old 10-16-2012, 03:55 AM
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Anyone know what kit this is? Looks to be Tokyo and it's very well made.
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Old 10-16-2012, 11:01 AM
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It could be an Aristocraft kit. The landing gear are similar in design to my F3F1. Same for the cowlings.

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Old 10-16-2012, 04:18 PM
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There were several lines of such kits from Japan in the late '40s and into the '70s. Find John Buckner here or in the Beginners forum and I'm betting he can tell you everything about it.

I have built a few of kits from those times. There were many converted from CL to RC especially the B-36. "Royal" out of Denver distributed these kits under their label within the United States up to around 1980 or better. John Buckner knows! I built several Royal RC kits. Rather heavy.


I happen to have one of those DC 6 "Super" kits out there in the barn. 'Gonna build it for CL scale one of these days. The problem for scale is there is little to none effective documentation for CL Scale competition. OTOH, the new rule allowing RC 2.4 for throttles and gear, it should be a winner in the flying phase.

There was a same-line B-36 kit back in the early '70s. I had it in my Hobby Shop in Mt. Prospect, IL. The entire airplane could be assembled into a total airframe with NO glue or clamps and could be held up by the fuse and/or wings. THAT WAS BEFORE ANY LASER CUTTING, VERY MUCH IMPRESSIVE. I saw 2 of them converted to RC flying RC Scale in the Glenview Nats '71 or '72. Forget exactly which.


This machine was built from a CL kit, same style as your DC-6, some 8-10 years ago. It was converted/built for RC. ST. 51 . Flies very well, but landings demand my attention. []

Edited to change NATs dates from '72 to '71 and '73 to '72. The '72 Nats was last Navy Nats and Oshkosh was '73. How could I have made that mistake? I was the AMA's Manpower Director at both '72 and '73. [:@] gitt'en a little old I guess.

Thanks for that info Scot.
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Those were KYO (Kyosho) kits from the 60s-70s from Japan. They were interesting but the gumwood supplied was HEAVY! Not too easy to build either...
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That kit was known by many names, TMK, Tokie Mokie, KYO but the quality was good and sturdy.
I have sent you a PM as well about the kit.
At a time Aurora models of Calcutta (India) were also kitting these and that,s how I am familiar with the line of kits
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DC-3 always has been an impression plane to model. Regarding in the lack of balsa for these kits, AFAIK balsa is grown in South America (Equador). Balsa was expensive for the Japanese, and I imagine those they contracted with in other nations to build kits for them. Hence it is why other materials such as hardwoods were common.

Regarding quality of the kits, I am building a 30" (762mm) wingspan .09 - .15 (1.5 - 2.5 cc) powered OK Models Pilot Cessna 177 Cardinal CL. It has luan plywood sides, bulkheads, wing ribs and tail surfaces, spruce wing leading, trailing edges and spars. Only part that is balsa is the fuselage nose top. The die cutting is as clean as laser cutting, very well done. It came complete with hardware including quality aluminum hubbed rubber wheels and brass fuel tank. It will be a little on the heavy side when completed, but will build into a really nice looking model.

Thus, I concur with you, mchandrayan on the quality of the kits.

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Hello George,
I have a C 119 Flying Boxcar CL kit from TMK/KYO/Tokie Mokie that was kitted in 1971. The ply lamination has started to separate but the rubber wheels are as supple as they were when they must have left the factory. Talk of quality....
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Yes, I most definitely agree with you there, mchandrayan. The rubber wheels I have are as good as new with my OK kit. They used the highest quality rubber. About the only thing I will do when I do fly the Cessna, is to replace the wheels with larger diameter ones. The field where I fly is rough (asphaltic concrete paving with mastic filled cracks and grass), requiring larger wheels for successful landings. The 35mm wheels will be replaced with 45mm.

If you have photographs of the C-119 kit, whether built or not, if you could share those, I would greatly appreciate it.
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George, no promises but will see if I can locate the kit (among'st the others) and post some pictures here.It is somewhere there in the loft well sealed with layers of newspaper wrapping and mothballs
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No problem,mchandrayan, it is not a high priority. Since retiring I've cleared our loft. Problem is now these kits are in the corner of the garage, begging me to build all of them. I have more to do in retirement than I did in work. One kit that begs for completion is the Sterling 36" (914mm) wingspan profile fuselages C/L Kit S-17 P-38 Lightning. Because of the problems in running dual nitro engines, I'm thinking about an electric conversion. RSM Distribution has a cost effective timer for C/L capable of running two ESC's.
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