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WIP Tree Phrog - Academy CH-46A/D Sea Knight 1/48

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  • Member since
    July, 2003
  • From: Cincinnati, Ohio
Posted by ridleusmc on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 12:28 AM

The decals may take a while.

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    March, 2011
  • From: Ottawa,Ontario,Canada
Posted by modeler#1 on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 6:47 AM

Wow, really impressive build so far. Love the interior details and experior paint.

 

Looking forward to seeing it completed.

On the Bench: Nothing atm

  • Member since
    July, 2003
  • From: Cincinnati, Ohio
Posted by ridleusmc on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 11:57 PM

Thank you Modeler#1.  I'm going to be doing decals for a while.

 

  • Member since
    July, 2003
  • From: Cincinnati, Ohio
Posted by ridleusmc on Friday, April 27, 2018 11:55 AM

I'm just slowly adding decals.  The left side stencils are done.  The non-skid panels are applied.  There's still alot left to apply.  The stencils and service markings add a great deal of visual interest.  

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    May, 2013
  • From: From the Mit, but live in Mason, O high ho
Posted by hogfanfs on Friday, April 27, 2018 12:56 PM

Seriously?? That is all you have gotten done?? LOL

It looks great with all those stencils! I applaud your effort. This build is really shaping up nicely.

 Bruce

 

 

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    July, 2003
  • From: Cincinnati, Ohio
Posted by ridleusmc on Wednesday, May 02, 2018 2:14 AM

Thank you Bruce,

I thought I'd give an update.  I'm done applying decals, but I think some of them will need more setting solution.  Academy decals are OK, but they are a bit thick.  They tend to need a few applications of Micro Sol along with some strategic slits from a blade.  The decal placement instructions for this kit could use some improvement.  The general aircraft markings and stencil instructions are on page 9, and the specific aircraft marking instructions are on page 10.  The panel lines on page 9 are inaccurate.  Page 10 appears to be more accurate, but all of the little stencil decals aren't called out.  Overall, I'm happy with my decals, but some of them will take some extra effort to lay flat without silvering. 

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It may be some time before I show any progress.  It's time for a vacation.  

See you soon,

Chris

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    July, 2003
  • From: Cincinnati, Ohio
Posted by ridleusmc on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 1:07 AM

It's time to call this one done.  The decal battles lasted a very long time.  I had to take a vacation from them.  In the end, there was no working out the silvering.  I'm quite happy with the model despite the silvered decals.  If I were to build it again, I'd add some detail forward of the instrument panel.  There's a little area that can be viewed through the front windscreen.  

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The display base is from www.coastalkits.co.uk.  I thought it was worth a try.

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Marine medium helicopters of Vietnam.

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The Rotor-heads of my Marine Air Wing.  We'll call it the 48th MAW.  

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Thanks for looking,

Chris

 

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    April, 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 1:51 AM

Turned out really nice!  Nice collection you have going there of the big ones.   I have couple helo's in the stash.  You're inspiring me to build one.  Great job.

Thanks,

John

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    July, 2003
  • From: Cincinnati, Ohio
Posted by ridleusmc on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 5:56 PM

Thanks John, 

You should definately build the helos.  They have a majestic look about them.  It's like they have halo's.  

I think this will be my next project.  It's not a helo, but it keeps with the MAW theme.

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  • Member since
    February, 2003
  • From: East Bethel, MN
Posted by midnightprowler on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 6:17 PM

Well done. Did you apply the decals over flat or gloss?

Hi, I am Lee, I am a plastiholic.

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    May, 2013
  • From: From the Mit, but live in Mason, O high ho
Posted by hogfanfs on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 7:51 PM

Chris,

Great job on the 46! It looks outstanding with the back door dropped!  

And thanks for taking a comparison picture. I had no idea the 53 was that much bigger than a 46?

 Bruce

 

 

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    July, 2003
  • From: Cincinnati, Ohio
Posted by ridleusmc on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 3:01 AM

Lee, Yes Sir, it had a couple of coats of future applied to it.  It was a pretty smooth surface.  I used Micro Set and Micro Sol, and I usually get very good results.  They were just thick and stubborn decals.  I tried to get them settled down by poking holes in them at the points of silvering/bubbles, then adding more Micro Sol.  That method was starting to tear the decals.  So I left it.  I didn't want to get too aggressive.  I decided at some point to give up the fight.  They aren't too terrible, so I can live with them. 

Bruce, Yeah, the 53 is a big beast.  I was surprised to see that the fuselage of the UH-34 was about the same size as sthe 46.  I know the capacity of the 46 is about twice that of the 34.  That seems to be a function of layout and engine power. 

Thanks for looking Gentlemen,

Chris

   

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    February, 2013
Posted by tomwatkins45 on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 3:50 PM

That is a good looking 46. It turned out great !

Tom

  • Member since
    July, 2003
  • From: Cincinnati, Ohio
Posted by ridleusmc on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 10:40 PM

Thank you Sir,  
I fight Academy kits, but I like the way they look.

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