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Build Log: 1/32 UH-34D Conversion

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  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Valrico, FL
Build Log: 1/32 UH-34D Conversion
Posted by HeavyArty on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 10:09 AM

I am about to start on something I have wanted to do for a long time; a large scale (1/32) UH-34D conversion.    

The finished product will be a USMC UH-34D from Vietnam which is currently at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Quantico, VA; YN-19.  This helicopter has very long and storied history, which can be found here: https://www.freedomsflyingmemorial.org/index.html
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I will be starting with the Fly Models Westland Wessex HC.2 kit, which is of a later British version with turbine engines.  The kit is interesting that it is a true multi-media affair with injected plastic, resin, PE, and paper parts.

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I will be using a new product that will be available soon to backdate it to a USMC UH-34D with piston engine.  It is a 3D printed H-34 nose conversion designed by Oliver "Rotorman" at ARC and printed by Norbert from Reedoak Rubber Composites ( http://reedoak.com/ ) out of France, who do excellent 3D printed figures and accessories in multiple scales.  It is beautifully printed and extremely detailed.  A great piece.

More to come as I get started.

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  • Member since
    May 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 12:51 PM

Hello Gino!

Another interesting subject - I'd be watching this one with interest. Good luck with your build and have a nice day

PaweĊ‚

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

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  • Member since
    February 2003
  • From: East Bethel, MN
Posted by midnightprowler on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 7:38 PM

Really looking forward to it. 

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    December 2002
  • From: Valrico, FL
Posted by HeavyArty on Monday, April 5, 2021 8:21 PM

I have made a bit of progress.  It doesn't look like much, but it was time consuming.  The Fly Models kit is very detailed.  You start by adding all internal stringers and longerons in the rear cabin.   The vertical stringers weren't too bad as each was a separate part that you glue onto thin lines on the inner wall.  The longerons and parts around the windows are each individually cut to fit between the stringers.  

 

Here is one side done, one to go.

 

 

They took some time, but it does look great when done.

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

Check out my Gallery: http://smg.photobuck...v231/HeavyArty/?

"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." -- George Orwell

  • Member since
    February 2003
  • From: East Bethel, MN
Posted by midnightprowler on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 4:22 PM

Big beast i bet.

Hi, I am Lee, I am a plastiholic.

Co. A, 682 Engineers, Ltchfield, MN, 1980-1986

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 1 Corinthians 15:51-54

Ask me about Speedway Decals

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Valrico, FL
Posted by HeavyArty on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 11:51 AM

Yup, it is pretty big; about the same size as a 1/35 Black Hawk.

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

Check out my Gallery: http://smg.photobuck...v231/HeavyArty/?

"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." -- George Orwell

  • Member since
    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 1:47 PM

I had no idea that anybody did a large scale one of these. This is too cool of a project! 

 

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Posted by LonCray on Thursday, April 8, 2021 7:43 AM

Gorgeous work as always; your helis are works of art.  Following!

 

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Valrico, FL
Posted by HeavyArty on Friday, April 9, 2021 9:08 AM

Thanks gents.  Not much work on it this week.  The plan is to work on it most of the weekend, we'll see.

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

Check out my Gallery: http://smg.photobuck...v231/HeavyArty/?

"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." -- George Orwell

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Valrico, FL
Posted by HeavyArty on Sunday, April 11, 2021 8:04 PM

Progress is moving along slowly. I have completed all the stringers and longerons on both sides of the cabin. After finishing them, you glue a bunch of triangular and diamond shaped PE bolt plates where they come together.

 

There was a minor issue with these PE plates. The instructions indicate a total of 33 of the diamond shaped plates. However, there are only 24 on the PE sheet. To rectify this, I left them off behind where the seats will be. You won’t see that area to tell they are missing.

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

Check out my Gallery: http://smg.photobuck...v231/HeavyArty/?

"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." -- George Orwell

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