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WIP - Revell 1/48 HH-53C Super Jolly Green Giant

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WIP - Revell 1/48 HH-53C Super Jolly Green Giant
Posted by oortiz10 on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 11:28 PM

Hey fellow plastic mashers,

I recently finished Revell's 1/48 CH-34D. It was only my third helo, and I thought I'd build another one. I've been in the mood to build something big, so I pulled Revell's Jolly Green Giant out of the stash. 

I started with building the engine assemblies. The kit's fit isn't bad, but the parts do have a lot of flash. I only used a little bit of Mr. Surfacer on one of the nacelles.

 

When dry-fitted to the fuselage, it seems that the assemblies will go together pretty well.

 

I'm planning on building the kit OOB, but I couldn't help adding some tape seatbelts to the very visible cockpit. 

 

That's pretty much all I have so far. I'm getting ready to close up the fuselage. Once I do, I'll post some more pictures. 

Comments, questions, and criticisms are welcome.

Thanks for looking!

-O

 

 

-It's Omar, but they call me "O".

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  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 7:23 AM

Hello O!

Lookin' good, I've seen some of those Revell babies built up in Germany, in 1:48 they are impressive.

I'd like to suggest you sand the engine nacelles a bit finer. Other that that it's lookin' good for now. So good luck with your build and have a nice day

Paweł

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

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  • From: Cincinnati, Ohio
Posted by ridleusmc on Thursday, April 19, 2018 12:37 AM

I love the rivet work!

 

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Posted by oortiz10 on Sunday, January 27, 2019 12:09 AM

WHOA! I can't believe it's been 9 months since I fondled this plastic! Well, I'm back with some progress to share. Another project that I was working on hit an unexpected roadblock, so I figured I'd get back to this beast...

First, thanks for the feedback on the sanding. It looked a lot worse than it really was. You'll see in the pictures that it wasn't that bad. 

When I last posted, the fuselage halves were just about to go together. I got the fuselage and sponsons pieces glued together. Unfortunately, the fit wasn't perfect. I had to use some Mr. Surfacer to smooth things out. Then, when sanding to get a flush finish, I lost some of the raised surface detail. I tried to use some tape to protect some of the raised detail on the sponsons. Some creative masking and thick layers of Mr. Surfacer replaced some of the lost detail on the top of the fuselage.

 

After the fuselage went together, I attached and masked the clear parts.

 

I was also able to start on the painting. This is a simple kit and I'm doing it OOB, but I really wanted to focus on my painting skills. I wanted to try to replicate a patchy, worn paint job. The camo was free-handed. I hope it looks alright. Let me know if the demarcation lines should be "tighter" or if it looks OK as is. In the following pictures, everything is just dry-fitted together.

 

With most of the big pieces ready to go together, I started looking at some of the smaller stuff. One assembly I needed to tackle was the recue winch. The instructions were really vague about its attachment point, and the whole assembly was super-fiddly with just butt-joints to hold it all together.

 

So, I decided, I'd just eliminate the kit attachment parts and use some wire. 

 

Two simple holes in the winch with corresponding holes in the fuselage give me a much stronger bond.

 

With the engine assembly's in place, you don't even notice the difference. Once everything is assembled and painted, things will look just fine.

 

Anyway, that's where things stand now. Thanks for stopping by to take a look. Feel free to share your comments, criticisms, and questions. 

Cheers,

-O

-It's Omar, but they call me "O".

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  • From: Sunny So. Cal... The OC
Posted by stikpusher on Sunday, January 27, 2019 8:27 AM

Looking good O! Beautiful work on the SEA camo..

 

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Posted by midnightprowler on Sunday, January 27, 2019 9:12 AM

Looking great. Got the G version in the stash.

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  • From: LA-ish, SoCal
Posted by oortiz10 on Sunday, February 10, 2019 11:22 PM

OK gang, I got a little more done on my Jolly Green. Not a lot, but every little bit of progress counts, right? 

A comment was made on another forum that the demarcation lines between my camo colors were a little "blurry." I didn't think so at first, but the more I looked at it, the more I thought he was right. I looked at a bunch of pictures online and saw that the borders between the colors were pretty sharp. So, I went back and tightened up my lines. It's not terribly noticeable, but I think it looks better. Besides that, I started decaling too. The engines were mounted because I still need to go back and clean up some paint, and I'm going to touch up the engine to fuselage joint. 

Still quite a bit to do, but I'm happy with my progress. 

As usual, comments, questions, and criticisms are welcome.

Thanks for looking!

-O

-It's Omar, but they call me "O".

  • Member since
    May, 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Monday, February 11, 2019 3:43 PM

Hello O!

Good to see you working on the Jolly Green, and the machine looks good, too! On the photos the lines usually look razor-sharp, although there is a smooth transition between the colours, but can be only about an inch wide, so from a distance the transitions look sharp. Cool thing you can freehand 'em like that, but I usually use masking made from rolls of "Patafix" (similar to Bluetac or stuff  like that). This way I get just a tiny bit of overspray under the masking giving me the narrow feathered edge.

Anyhow, good luck with your build and have a nice day

Paweł

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

www.vietnam.net.pl

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