Well this Christmas I have had a chance to build a 1/72 Rhodesian Para Dac as used in Fire Force for Paratrooping and deploying my RAR Paratroopers.
Using the Italieri kit illustrated provides you with the pair of long antenna needed for the top of the Dac.
I have added Zoot tubes under the wings by adding plastic rod.
Original colours were Dark Earth, Dark Green but as can be seen, by the end of the war a much lighter colour scheme was added to cut down heat and a signature for SAM 7 missiles (Strella).
No two Dacs were the same from the photographic evidence I have managed to find. I have thus put together a general scheme from what I could find and as close to the colours as I could.
Second to the Rhodesian Light Infantry the Rhodesian African Rifles hold the record for most Military Parachute Operations in military history. It was not uncommon for RLI and RAR paratroopers to jump three times in a day during operations. All jumps were done at 500 – 400 feet to avoid enemy fire.
A Dac would nomally carry 4 sticks of RAR paratroopers (16 men in all), with two ‘wankers’ who dropped carrying spare radio, batteries and kit and collected the chutes. There were also two dispatchers with the pilot and copilot.