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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 Saturday, August 11, 2018 5:32 PM

I can give that a go!  Honestly, I usually don't have problems with decals.  I seem to struggle with Academy decals for some reason.  

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    March, 2009
  • From: Yorkville, IL
Posted by wolfhammer1 on Friday, July 20, 2018 11:13 PM

Nice looking kit.  If I may be so bold to offer a suggestion, try putting a puddle of Future down before placing the decal.  I just did that for my A-36 in progress and the decals worked perfectly.  

John

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

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

Tom

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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

   

  • Member since
    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

 

 

  • 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.

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

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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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    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 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

 

  • Member since
    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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    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

 

 

  • 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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    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.

 

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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

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    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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    July, 2003
  • From: Cincinnati, Ohio
Posted by ridleusmc on Sunday, April 22, 2018 8:07 PM

Thanks Bruce,

I missed your question from before.  The -46 uses GE T58 turboshafts.  They were probably all made in Lynn, Massachusetts.  

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  • From: From the Mit, but live in Mason, O high ho
Posted by hogfanfs on Saturday, April 21, 2018 7:49 AM

Chris,

Sorry hear about the paint peeling. But, I'm confident you'll bounce back quickly. Nice catch on the blades. 

 Bruce

 

 

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    July, 2003
  • From: Cincinnati, Ohio
Posted by ridleusmc on Friday, April 20, 2018 10:17 PM

I found a little problem with Academy's kit.  The kit blades have fillets on the leading edge-outboard and trailing edge-outboard corners.  However, all pictures I've seen show them as flat across the outboard tip.  

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I had already painted the blades, but I couldn't leave them like that.  So, I chopped off the ends.  I don't know if building up the outboard profile would've been more accurate, but it looks more correct now.  

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I'll be working to correct my blades and their paint.  

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    July, 2003
  • From: Cincinnati, Ohio
Posted by ridleusmc on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 3:16 AM

I've been working on painting details.  The ramp got some attention, so did the blades and the tires.  The primer for this project was Rust-Oleum, which was a new thing.  I don't know if the primer fell short or if I didn't clean the parts thoroughly.  I was using Tamiya masking tape.  

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Academy's instructions indicate that the undersides of the blades be flat black, and the upper sides of the blades be olive drab.  This didn't strike me as correct, so I asked a facebook group of Marine Corps helicopter veterans.  Most of those gentlemen said flat black all over is appropriate.  However, two gentlemen said that their unit had OD blades.  Several Marines said that their aircraft had at least two blades painted with white stripes on the upper sides (one on the forward head and one on the aft head).  This was to prevent one aircraft from landing in the rotor arc of another in a landing zone.   

I also painted the black area aft of the exhaust.  

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Just little bits at a time.  Thanks for looking,

Chris

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    July, 2003
  • From: Cincinnati, Ohio
Posted by ridleusmc on Sunday, April 15, 2018 9:22 PM

Thank you Bruce, 

I didn't work it much this weekend.  Family came to town, and the 1:1 scale auto needed attention.  The car will likely cost me more build time when the parts come in on Tuesday or Wednesday, but I enjoy swinging wrenches occasionally.    

-Chris

  • Member since
    May, 2013
  • From: From the Mit, but live in Mason, O high ho
Posted by hogfanfs on Saturday, April 14, 2018 7:53 PM

Chris,

Wow! That interior turned out really nice. I'm looking forward to seeing this one finished! 

Just curious, who makes the engines on the 46?

 Bruce

 

 

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Posted by tomwatkins45 on Friday, April 13, 2018 7:25 PM

Definitely starting to look like a 46. It really looks good so far.

Tom

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    July, 2003
  • From: Cincinnati, Ohio
Posted by ridleusmc on Friday, April 13, 2018 12:23 AM

I've been adding paint, a little at a time.  The black basing technique has delivered good results in the past.  I started by lightened my base color, Tamiya Olive Green (XF-58), with Yellow Green (XF-4).  This mix was used to make airbrush squiggles.  

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I layered over the squiggles with thin layers of XF-58.  

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This is the point where I'm happy with the result.

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Thank You for Looking

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    July, 2003
  • From: Cincinnati, Ohio
Posted by ridleusmc on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 2:20 AM

Thank you Pat, 

I fixed the remaining seams tonight, and I reapplied some primer.  I'll try to lay some Marine Green tomorrow night.  

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    January, 2015
Posted by PFJN on Monday, April 09, 2018 6:50 AM

Hi,

Your build looks amazing so far.  Can't wait to see more Smile

Pat

  • Member since
    July, 2003
  • From: Cincinnati, Ohio
Posted by ridleusmc on Monday, April 09, 2018 12:40 AM

Nearly done with assembly.  (The primer pointed to a couple of spots that will need some additional sanding and scribing.) 

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I hear the Rolling Stones.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wCUlPNlQuA

 

  • Member since
    July, 2003
  • From: Cincinnati, Ohio
Posted by ridleusmc on Friday, April 06, 2018 2:05 AM

I'm just plugging away at a rate of about an hour a night.  I've been working to smooth out the seams.  The kit's fit is quite good, but it takes a little sanding.  I've had to choose my seam a couple of times.  For instance, I've lined up the top of the fuselage to have a minimal seam, and I dealt with a slightly larger seam step on the bottom.  I did the same with sponsons.  Both sponsons go together as an assembly, which forms a saddle that mates to the bottom of the fuselage.  It didn't take too much work, but I'm happy with the seams and panel lines.  External PE and details need attention before primer and paint.  She looks like a Phrog. 

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I will build the model with an open ramp and overhead door.  The kit supplies a one piece ramp/door which is useful as a mask.  

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I think the PE intake screens look better, but the plastic filtered intakes are more appropriate for Vietnam service CH-46A's. 

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    July, 2003
  • From: Cincinnati, Ohio
Posted by ridleusmc on Sunday, April 01, 2018 12:13 AM

I think I've had my fill of interior fun.  The kit's seat supports were pretty chunky, so I replaced them with 0.020 inch brass rod.  The Eduard cockpit PE is great.  I love the look of the control panels and seat-belts.  She's all closed up now.  I'll be working the exterior tomorrow, baby steps. 

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Thanks for looking,

Chris

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