The DC-6 is a pretty stock Heller kit. The markings are anything but.
Years ago (as I understand it) a decal company called Atlantic did a 72nd scale sheet for a Pan American Grace (Panagra) DC-6. A query on the internet got me a scan of this sheet from a generous individual. I printed it out on paper and enlarged it beyond 72nd scale. I then traced and inked on vellum all the lettering giving me sharply defined masters. (I wasn't concerned with the stripes as I planned to mask/paint and/or decal all that.) These I scanned and shrunk to 72nd scale and printed with my cheap ink-jet computer on to Micro-Mark clear decal film. My cheap printer gave me weak renditions, but at least I had a guide. Over that guide I hand painted all the letters and the Panagra logo. Tedious? You bet. While I can claim the lettering is all hand painted, it was much like a paint-by-numbers job. The images were all there to start with.
While I wouldn't want to do it again, the gentleman who commissioned this one now wants a Panagra DC-7C. Stand by for that adventure.
Photos and text © by Patrick Hawkey