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Double 1:72 OH-6A Loach WIP - rear cabin stuff

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  • Member since
    April, 2012
  • From: Florida USA
Posted by Striker8241 on Monday, January 08, 2018 7:40 PM

Wow Pawel, fantastic build! Your research and attention to detail is superb! Congratulations for taking the time to make the corrections and add the additional detail on such small models.

Looking forward to future updates.

Cheers,

Russ

 

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    June, 2014
  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Tuesday, January 09, 2018 12:00 PM

Hmmm;

 I gotta say , It's nice to see a model helo with the collectives in place .They won't fly without one will they ? 

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  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Tuesday, January 09, 2018 12:04 PM

Oh Pawel;

 I definitely Think your scratch part looks 100% better . Keep up the good work ! 

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    May, 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Sunday, March 18, 2018 2:27 PM

Hello everybody!

Sorry for taking so long to reply - it's amazing how time flies sometimes! I'd never say it's over two months since I last posted here!

Russ - thanks a lot for your kind words! Thay mean a lot to me! Today is the next update!

TB - thank You very much! I'm glad you like the part I've built. You're right, without collectives choppers (won't say helo's because those are ARMY choppers!) aren't nearly as much fun as they normally are! To be fair, those babies here have pretty complete set of controls out of the box.

Same is also true for the swashplate - which is very visibly absent from both kits (Italeri and AZ-Models). In reality the space under the rotor head should look like this:

OH-6A control system

I had to do something about it. So I took some 0,5mm styrene sheet and some thin copper wire and I have scratchbuilt something like this:

1:72 Italer/AZ Model OH-6A Loach/Cayuse by Pawel

Now the trick is to do it again on the AZ-Model kit, the 1/9 Cav chopper. Work is well underway, together with the rotors!

Thanks for lookin' and have a nice day

Paweł

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

www.vietnam.net.pl

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    May, 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Sunday, April 15, 2018 4:19 PM

Hello everybody!

I didn't do all that much on the model, but I had to take a photo for a friend, so I thought I'd post it here for completeness. Here it is:

1:72 Italer/AZ Model OH-6A Loach/Cayuse by Pawel

I'm generally working on the main rotors and on fitting out the rear compartments. Added small detail like those wire handles inside the front door openings. I'm making lots of 1:72 smoke grenades.

Thanks for looking and have a nice day

Paweł

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

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  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Friday, April 27, 2018 6:06 PM

Hello everybody!

And here are the rotors, fianlly done:

1:72 Italer/AZ Model OH-6A Loach/Cayuse by Pawel

1:72 Italer/AZ Model OH-6A Loach/Cayuse by Pawel

First thing - the Italeri tells you to put on the blades so that the rotor would turn in the wrong direction. Fortunately turning them over is easy. I have also added a scissor assembly under the rotor hub, four links connecting the blades to the vibration dampers and four little counterweights under each blade on two rotors.The Italeri blades have the correct little, round vibration dampers, the AZ-model kit has the later telescope-style dampers. I had some Italeri blades extra, so I used them on both models. According to some veterans and some photos the blades were black, and I have painted them faded black (Humbrol 32). Some decal manufacturers have you paint them OD. On the 1/9th CAV bird I have painted yellow stripes on top of the blades, because some their birds were marked this way. Rotor head components were painted OD.

Thanks for reading and have a nice day

Paweł

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

www.vietnam.net.pl

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  • From: Florida USA
Posted by Striker8241 on Friday, April 27, 2018 7:07 PM

That's some nice detailing there, Pawel! These two are going to make a beautiful display!

Cheers,

Russ

 

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  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Saturday, April 28, 2018 6:28 PM

Hello Russ!

Thanks a lot for your comment and your kind words, I'm glad you like the details!

Paweł

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

www.vietnam.net.pl

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  • From: Cincinnati, Ohio
Posted by ridleusmc on Sunday, April 29, 2018 7:02 PM

The little twins are looking good.  I can't wait to see them on the flightline.

 

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  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Monday, April 30, 2018 4:20 PM

ridleusmc - thanks a lot! You're right, it's kinda time to finish this project - and I hope to do just that soon. The problem is I don't have so much time to build lately.

Have a nice day!

Paweł

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

www.vietnam.net.pl

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  • From: Cincinnati, Ohio
Posted by ridleusmc on Tuesday, May 01, 2018 4:44 PM

It's not easy getting the build time we deserve.

 

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  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Sunday, June 03, 2018 3:00 PM

Hello everybody!

It's been some time where I had a bit of a "block" but I think I have overcome that. My problem was how to show all the various "stuff" people used to carry around in the scouts. Here's how I tackled that:

1:72 Italer/AZ Model OH-6A Loach/Cayuse by Pawel

Apart of the match given for scale reference there's also a wooden crate, below that are M16 Magazines, next to some frag grenades (not allowed on board in some units - too dangerous!). Below those are smoke grenades and in the lower left portion of the picture are the Willie Pete grenades. Now I took the stuff and packed it in the wooden crate. The next photo shows what is going into the rear cabin of "The Enforcer":

1:72 Italer/AZ Model OH-6A Loach/Cayuse by Pawel

The ammo belt for the M60 comes from the same ridiculously expensive set that I got the minigun in. I had to save some for the Cav bird, so I only used up a half of the belt.

When I put the stuff onboard "The Enforcer" will actually be done. I'm lookin' forward to that! Thanks for lookin' and have a nice day

Paweł

 

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

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  • From: Florida USA
Posted by Striker8241 on Sunday, June 03, 2018 7:46 PM

That's fantastic, Pawel! Either you've had experience with these copters or your research is excellent. Very nice work!

Cheers,

Russ

 

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    May, 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Monday, June 04, 2018 1:46 PM

Hello Russ!

Thanks a lot for your kind words! I'm proud to tell you that I've never had a chance to take a good look at a loach, and I'm born in the late seventies, so it's all research. But I'm having real vets looking at my builds in case I get something wrong, I'd like to have it as accurate as I can.

Thanks for lookin' and have a nice day

Paweł

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

www.vietnam.net.pl

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    June, 2018
Posted by cclfn on Wednesday, June 06, 2018 8:13 PM

Pawel

Hello everybody!

It's been some time where I had a bit of a "block" but I think I have overcome that. My problem was how to show all the various "stuff" people used to carry around in the scouts. Here's how I tackled that:

1:72 Italer/AZ Model OH-6A Loach/Cayuse by Pawel

Apart of the match given for scale reference there's also a wooden crate, below that are M16 Magazines, next to some frag grenades (not allowed on board in some units - too dangerous!). Below those are smoke grenades and in the lower left portion of the picture are the Willie Pete grenades. Now I took the stuff and packed it in the wooden crate. The next photo shows what is going into the rear cabin of "The Enforcer":

1:72 Italer/AZ Model OH-6A Loach/Cayuse by Pawel

The ammo belt for the M60 comes from the same ridiculously expensive set that I got the minigun in. I had to save some for the Cav bird, so I only used up a half of the belt.

When I put the stuff onboard "The Enforcer" will actually be done. I'm lookin' forward to that! Thanks for lookin' and have a nice day

Paweł

 

 

 

Pawel,

I have spent the last hour looking at all the latest techniques to model building sense I did it as a boy, LONG time ago.  I have collected several LOH models for awhile.  These being of particular interest to me, and I decided it was about time to put one together.  Then I discovered this site and was amazed to find the same model I am about to begin.  You see I had the honor of being an Outcast and even flew in Miss Clawd a time or two back in 1971.  You have done a tremendous job and obviously learned a great deal about those wonderful Little Birds.  There were none finer for low level combat missions, thank you for trying to preserve an accurate model of that time period.

WK

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  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Thursday, June 07, 2018 12:49 PM

Hello WK!

Thanks a lot for your kind words - they mean a lot to me! I especially value the opinion of people who "been there, done that"!

Have a nice day

Paweł

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

www.vietnam.net.pl

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  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Saturday, September 08, 2018 6:23 PM

Hello everybody!

This WIP sure does go on longer than it should. But I thin'k I'm already in the home stretch, so let's hope for the best. In the meantime, thanks to Wes who has helped me a lot with the rear cabin stuff I was able to make some more of it for the Cav bird. I have also installed the rear gunner there:

1:72 Italer/AZ Model OH-6A Loach/Cayuse by Pawel

I have also installed a wire antena of the older type along the tail boom. It is made of stretched sprue:

1:72 Italer/AZ Model OH-6A Loach/Cayuse by Pawel

In the rear I wanted to show a hack that I have seen on youtube, on a Cav chopper:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whAJRnvuo0w

While I can't confirm that it was done this way on this particular machine, I decided to pull through anyway:

1:72 Italer/AZ Model OH-6A Loach/Cayuse by Pawel

It's a seat armor used in the rear as a bulletproof "stuff" container. Would sure make a lot of sense for grenades, ammo or "bombs" made of C4 plastic or TNT taped around a grenade. There will be also a coil of rope made out of stretched sprue and some tarp made out tiny piece of tissue.

That'd be it for now, hope to post the finished photos soon - thanks for looking and have a nice day

Paweł

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

www.vietnam.net.pl

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Posted by cclfn on Saturday, September 08, 2018 8:02 PM
Pawel, That is looking Great! I have seen that YouTube clip before and have no reason to believe the content is not correct. Each area of operations had their own procedures based on what worked best for the mission carried out. You are doing a great job. WK
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  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Monday, September 10, 2018 2:21 PM

Hello Wayne!

Thanks a lot for your kind words, they mean a lot to me. The Loach is another Vietnam model where I find out how important it is to get to know the individual unit I'm trying to show in my model. Without getting this info, just randomly gathering bits and pieces from different photos, I would end up with a model that is wrong in a sense that it just doesn't tell the right, true story.

Have a nice day!

Paweł

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

www.vietnam.net.pl

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    June, 2016
Posted by Headhunter88 on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 3:24 AM

When I am looking on this project I have only one question to myself: when I will be so strong and precise as you for such little models and their small historical and technical details :-)

Carry on with yours eggs ! 

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    May, 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 4:11 PM

Headhunter88, you're far too kind to me! Thanks a lot! I'd say you're getting there right now - getting better with every model, that's just the way to go.

Thanks again and have a nice day

Paweł

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

www.vietnam.net.pl

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