Words and pictures by Glenn Wilson
1/72 Special Hobby Lockheed Orion 3D, Spanish Republic
This so recently state-of-the-art air-liner was quickly superceded by safer twin-engined planes, and were soon sold on to smaller airlines, and a few ended up in Spanish airlines, where they got requisitioned. One was painted bright red so it was fun to model a plane in such a startling colour that saw service during a war – albeit in the rear areas.
As a general rule I am not very interested in civilian planes, but when Special Hobby brought out these two kits (Orion and Electra) with decals for the Spanish Civil War it would have been churlish to refuse their purchase, and in the colour schemes modelled here they look rather good to my eyes. Both were straight forward builds, since the single-row radial engines could be moulded in a single piece of resin.