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HH-1N Twin Huey, NAS Bermuda --COMPLETE-- (Panda 1/35 kit)

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HH-1N Twin Huey, NAS Bermuda --COMPLETE-- (Panda 1/35 kit)
Posted by gregbale on Saturday, August 17, 2019 9:53 AM

Having fun with the old Panda twin huey in its non-gunship boxing. The bird I'm doing was a combination base utility and SAR unit, so I don't have to worry about adding (or correcting) all the combat accoutrements; it'll be more or less OOB with a few additions to dress up the cockpit and cabin a bit.

IP is the kit-supplied decal with a random assortment of left-over etch bezels and a few decal data plates added. I also couldn't resist adding a bit more-detailed switch panels to the kit collective parts.

For the rear cabin I added a 'spares' fire extinguisher, plus belts and headphones made up from white-glued tissue and styrene scraps. For SAR equipment I put in some 'spares' duffles (from a 1/25 police vehicle) and made up a rough facsimile of a typical 'Huey' rescue hoist from tubing bits and lead wire. I'll add in a few more duffles and such before 'buttoning up.'

Greg

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Posted by HeavyArty on Saturday, August 17, 2019 10:38 AM

Coming along nicely so far.  Great job on the IP and interior details.  I like the hoist too.  What unit will it be marked as? 

I have built the Panda/Dragon UH-1N as well.  It can come out nicely with some elbow grease and TLC.  Looks like you are on the right track.

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Posted by gregbale on Saturday, August 17, 2019 11:05 AM

Much appreciated, Gino. Your various builds have been the source of great inspiration over the years, including for this kit!

As to markings, I found some neat photos of NAS Bermuda's ulility/SAR bird...it's marked in standard red/white 'Abandon Chute' markings, only with the colorful base seal on the doors instead of the 'RESCUE' lettering. Fortunately a square-on shot of the door and seal was clear enough to make into decals, so I'll ditch most of the kit markings for home-made. Big Smile

Greg

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Posted by gregbale on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 4:45 PM

Adding a few details to the nose 'bubble' areas using copper & lead wire and some home-made decal graphics.

Clipping the cockpit door window parts from their sprues to install them before assembling the fuselage, those clear parts proved to be very brittle and susceptible to cracking. Fortunately no 'visible' damage done...but I'll use my micro-saw to remove the rest. (Already done on the windscreen, and everything was fine.) The bad news is that the windscreen itself is a little blurry and could use some buffing and polishing, but I'll have to go easy to avoid pressure hazing.

Greg

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Posted by gregbale on Sunday, September 15, 2019 10:31 PM

Small update on the unexciting parts, with work proceeding apace.

No 'beauty' shots, but major construction is finished, with installation and masking of clear parts underway. Minor kit alterations included metal screens (actually sections of Eduard etched perforated floor plate, which resembled available photos) added to replace the molded intake grids on the engine cowling shrouds. Also adding details like reinforcement struts (from styrene rod stock) to the roof and underside cable cutters.

The kit's decals--whatever their quality--were designed for a dark-color scheme with all-white letters and numbers supplied, and almost nothing in the way of stencilling or service-markings. Since the aircraft I'm portraying needs fairly straightforward black markings, I was able to lay them out (along with a small cross-section of standard stencilling) in MS-Paint and print them on clear decal paper with my trusty inkjet. (A smaller sheet of interior cabin markings and colored warning labels was printed on a white background.)

Should be ready for painting soon.

Greg

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Posted by HeavyArty on Monday, September 16, 2019 8:03 PM

Coming along nicely.  The decals look great.  Any chance I can get the file for them?  PM me.

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Posted by gregbale on Monday, September 16, 2019 9:08 PM

HeavyArty

Coming along nicely.  The decals look great.  Any chance I can get the file for them?  PM me.

PM sent.

Greg

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Posted by HeavyArty on Monday, September 16, 2019 10:15 PM

Thanks Greg.

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Posted by gregbale on Saturday, September 21, 2019 10:52 AM

On to some color!

First...a touch of primer, in this case Tamiya's fine surface primer spray for a nice smooth finish:

Then...skipping ahead to the more eye-catching bit...out of the 'paint shop':

Obviously, the decals will be next.

Greg

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Posted by gregbale on Thursday, September 26, 2019 12:44 PM

Getting close to the finish now, with most decals on...and adding a bit of Flory wash to 'pop' things a bit.

Added the visible-from-outside emergency window latches to the 'barn' doors:

Greg

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Posted by gregbale on Friday, September 27, 2019 8:11 PM

Calling this one mission-ready!

During the height of the Cold War, squadrons of sub-hunting P-3 Orions operated from the US Naval Air Station located on the former site of Kindley Air Force Base in Bermuda. Their role was to intercept and shadow Soviet ballistic-missile carrying submarines in the Atlantic and moving toward the US's east coast. In addition to sub-hunting aircraft, NAS Bermuda operated a number of HH-1N Twin Hueys as utility aircraft, and in the vital Search & Rescue roles.

BuNo 158290 seems to have been among the last of these choppers, serving until the base's closure in 1995. Two online photos I found seem effectively to 'bracket' the former Marine helicopter's service with the Navy in Bermuda: one was taken during a base 'Open House' day in 1990; the other, taken in 1995, shows the bird on its way to retirement at the Davis Monthan AFB 'Boneyard.' The consistency between those two photos lends a wonderful confidence to the would-be model builder, showing a number of particular features that seemed unchanged throughout that term of service.

Features shown in the 'bookend' photos include the older-style 'towel rack' tail-boom aerials instead of the zigzag 'long line' VHF aerial; no mounting of the underside cargo hook; and the absence of any 'safety' markings on the all-black main- or tail-rotor tips.

 

Greg

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Posted by midnightprowler on Saturday, September 28, 2019 2:08 PM

Beautiful!

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Posted by keavdog on Saturday, September 28, 2019 2:13 PM

Dude... that is exquisite.  Fantastic build.  BTW what red did you use?

Jaw dropping awesome.

Thanks,

John

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Posted by John 3:16 KJV on Saturday, September 28, 2019 4:13 PM

Great work!!! Big SmileYes

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Posted by gregbale on Saturday, September 28, 2019 4:34 PM

Thanks, guys!

keavdog

Dude... that is exquisite.  Fantastic build.  BTW what red did you use?

Jaw dropping awesome.

Many thanks.

Paints are Tamiya acrylics. The red is a 'by eye' mix of (1) part X-6 Orange to (2) parts X-7 Red

Greg

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Posted by HeavyArty on Monday, September 30, 2019 3:55 PM

Great job.  It came out looking great.

Gino P. Quintiliani - Field Artillery - The KING of BATTLE!!!

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Posted by Pawel on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 2:20 AM

Hello!

It's looking really good - it's just a beautiful colour scheme, but not the easiest to do right! I have built something like that myself, as a gift for my brother, in 1/48 (Italeri). This one's from Yuma (You get to know some exotic destinations building those rescue helos!):

1:48 Italeri HH-1N by Pawel

Thanks for sharing and have a nice day

PaweĊ‚

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

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