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DesTROYer's 1/35 AAAvn CH-47D Chinook

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  • Member since
    May, 2018
  • From: 37.8136 S, 144.9631 E
Posted by DesTROYer on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 5:01 AM

A little bit of Wednesday night bench time.  I’ve started painting up the turbines and making plans up for the interiors of the exhausts. I need some styrene tube. I hope the Hobbyman is open Friday. I need supplies.  I'm going to try a light misting of clear blue over the exhausts to give them that heat treated look.

I've also installed the photo etch mesh in the filter covers.

  • Member since
    May, 2018
  • From: 37.8136 S, 144.9631 E
Posted by DesTROYer on Sunday, September 30, 2018 3:24 AM

The three day weekend is almost over, and though I didn't spend as much time at the bench as I expected, I still got a lot done. I started by filling in the seams where the tail attached to the fuselage, along with the underside and up near the rotor heads. I also fitted the side fuel tanks.  It really is looking like a Chook now.



I then moved onto the engine turbines.  The photos I have show tubes within the exhausts, as shown in one of the photos in an above post. I was all set to buy some styrene or aluminium tube to replicate this, but when I was cleaning up the kitchen, I found some straws left over from a meal of KFC. They, when cut to a suitable length, held in place with a wire cross and glued in place with drops of superglue and painted up, did the job perfectly.


I then misted some clear blue onto the exhaust cans to simulate heat staining.  Looks pretty good, yeah?


Then it was time to fit them in place so I could get the engine covers on.


As the turbine hubs would not be able to be painted once the filters were fitted, I had to paint them first.


The filters are fitted now, but as I want to prime the model before paint is applied, but don't want paint too thick on the filters, I have temporarily masked them, as well as the windows for now.  I need to move onto fitting the cockpit seats and controls next, but that can wait until next weekend.


It's going to take up some space in the cabinet, but I think I should be able to get the Blackhawk when done in there too.  If not, it will fit with the Huey perhaps.

  • Member since
    June, 2018
  • From: Ohio (USA)
Posted by DRUMS01 on Monday, October 01, 2018 4:40 AM

Coming along nicely... I can remember some trips in these lovely birds. 


I am a military veteran and am proud to call other veterans, regardless of military branch, brothers and sisters; God bless you all and thank you for your service. I hope you have found peace, enjoyment, and success after your tour of duty as you have earned it...


  • Member since
    July, 2003
  • From: Cincinnati, Ohio
Posted by ridleusmc on Thursday, October 04, 2018 1:00 AM

It's looking great!  I'm enjoying your build thread.


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    March, 2007
  • From: The Boonies
Posted by Snake36Bravo on Thursday, October 04, 2018 9:37 AM
Brilliant build. Following with keen interest. Will have to give my cutter a try now after following this thread.

Si vis pacem, Para Bellum!

  • Member since
    May, 2018
  • From: 37.8136 S, 144.9631 E
Posted by DesTROYer on Saturday, October 13, 2018 5:07 AM

It's been a few weeks since my last update.  Last weekend was taken up with spring cleaning and the Bathurst motor race, but today I was able to get back into the office and get some work done. I started off installing the cockpit seats, control columns and instrument panel. I also played around for a while trying to figure out a way to reproduce the hydraulic hoses for the pedals, but everything I tried just looked way over scale. I've decided to leave out these little details.

I then moved on to masking up, painting and decalling the windscreen. Whilst the outside of the clear part is nicely detailed, the inside is smooth and plane which is a pity, but painting it black  and adding the decals has made it less apparent. The only detail pieces I added are the emergency release handles for the doors. The decals were repurposed from the Werner Wings decal sheet, sliced up and fit to match the reference photo.

Finally, when all was done I attached the nose to the fuselage.  I'll fill any gaps in the join tomorrow then set it aside for a week and let the glue cure.

  • Member since
    May, 2018
  • From: 37.8136 S, 144.9631 E
Posted by DesTROYer on Sunday, October 14, 2018 5:09 AM

I was only going to spend only a little time on the Chook today, but ended up spending all day on it. Nose sensors, some more PE grills, landing gear and the APU exhaust pipe all fitted. 

The exhaust is a piece of sprue drilled out and sanded down to the correct diameter.

  • Member since
    May, 2018
  • From: 37.8136 S, 144.9631 E
Posted by DesTROYer on Sunday, October 21, 2018 5:17 AM

Lots done.  Where to start? There was a late start yesterday as I worked in the morning then went out to Station Pier to have a tour of HMAS Warramunga which was in port.  

During the week I ordered a new razor saw from BNA for some areas on the Chook which I needed to cut out.  First I replaced the grill on the tail after cutting the required area a little bigger to suit. This also required the hole for the light be moved up. That done I then replaced the piece of drilled out sprue I had for the APU exhaust with some 4mm brass tube. Looks much more the part now.  

I then used my new razor saw to cut out the two missing vents on the front mast.  I like my new razor saw.

Next was the extra sensor blocks on the nose and tail.  More detail would follow Sunday.

Checking my references, I noticed three vent tunes on the port side. photo etch from the spares box, some evergreen styrene sheet and some drilled out evergreen rod, and I had made up a close enough approximation.

Finally, I filled in the two vents moulded into the rear mast.  That was it for Saturday.  I was starting to get a headache from the optivosor and my stomach was growling for dinner.

Sunday was a new day and a lot more progress was made.  Using my punch and die set, I knocked out some rings to add detail to the sensors i made yesterday.

I folded up and fitted the photo etch rails for the engine filters.  At least that what I think they're for.

The antenna wire configuration on the Aussie D's is very different to those shown in the instructions.  So first I had to shave off, bog and sand the excess mounts provided.  I then cut to the correct length the mounting rods and after punching out some 2.2 mm discs, capped them off and fit the rods in place.

Then I spent a while going through dozens of photos trying to figure out which antennas needed to be fitted, and where.  Again, all very different to where they were fitted in the kit instructions. You could go cross eyed trying to figure them all out. Not only were the placement of the antennas different from aircraft to aircraft, but even photo to photo of the same aircraft over the years.  I am pretty sure I have got the underside right, but Im sure the top is probably wrong for A15-104, but finding a photo showing me where I was wrong proved to be too hard, so I have settled on simplicity for now, pending more evidence.  My spares pile is dwindling too.

And that's another weekend done.  I'll start on the rotors during the week hopefully, if not they can wait until the weekend.  I still need to sort out the CSAR hoist, so painting will have to wait until I can get that together.

  • Member since
    May, 2018
  • From: 37.8136 S, 144.9631 E
Posted by DesTROYer on Saturday, October 27, 2018 5:01 AM

The Flare dispensers are folded up and assembled. I’m a little disappointed with the flare boxes themselves, as the fold lines are, in my opinion, not in the right place and do not line up properly with the mesh face corners. Still, they’re tiny and I’ve done the best I could with them and they’ll look alright with a coat of nato black and when fitted.

I've just noticed that I'll need to fix up a fold on one of the brackets.  That's an easy one to get too at least.

I’m now after a decent photo of them Fitted in place on A15-104. I have some close ups of them on other chooks, but they are fitted in different configurations to 104.

  • Member since
    May, 2018
  • From: 37.8136 S, 144.9631 E
Posted by DesTROYer on Sunday, October 28, 2018 5:37 AM

I was going to spend today working on the 737, but instead I decided to start work on the Chooks rotors. It took a bit of experimentation to figure out how to put them together in the right way that everything lines up, but I got there in the end.

Man these suckers are huge.

That done, I sat the rotor blades onto the shaft assembly and after some clean up, laid down a black primer coat.

Tonight, the temptation got the better of me and I had to A) see how the Chinook looked with the rotors on, and B) see if the beast will fit into the display cabinet when finished.  

As you can see it fit in length wise, but unfortunately it does not width wise.  Damn.

Fortunately for me however, It will fit into the Coffee table, So when finished, it's going to be time to rearrange the cabinets again.  A good thing I have Coffee Table Mk.II planned for later this year.

  • Member since
    May, 2018
  • From: 37.8136 S, 144.9631 E
Posted by DesTROYer on Wednesday, November 07, 2018 3:48 AM

The Chinook's been in a bit of a holding pattern this last week. I've been held up on it whilst waiting for the CSAR hoist that Russ French offered to make, to arrive, but as I have been home from work recovering from hernia repair surgery since last Monday, I have had some time on my hands and finishing off the B737-800 didn't take as long as I expected. So I started by doing some pre-shading on the fuselage and finished painting and assembling the rotors. 

I was happy with the pre-shading lines, but although I had followed the colour call out for the rotors, it was rightly pointed out to me that they were too dark, so back into the office I went and laid down a new coat of NATO black, then added some grey to the NATO black, added some feathering to the leading edge, and then finally ran a very thin line of tan to the edge. This I was then very happy with. 

This morning I rubbed them back with some micro mesh, made up some masks for the rotor markings and sprayed the yellow lines.

Continuing on, I applied the 'No Step' and rotary wing serial number stencils to the rotor blades, added some extra details to the heads and then to finish them off I dry brushed some flat aluminium onto the rotor head.  Here is the result.

And here is where we're at now. Hopefully, I'll have the hoist mounted and some paint down on the fuselage in the next couple of days.

  • Member since
    May, 2018
  • From: 37.8136 S, 144.9631 E
Posted by DesTROYer on Sunday, November 11, 2018 7:30 PM

I had to make some changes over the weekend due to new information I received regarding the colour rings on the rotor heads. I had seen photos of red and yellow bands in photos, but due to not seeing a complete head, did not know that the three arms each had a different colour band, red, yellow and green, and I had just assumed that the bands were dependent on what time period the photos were taken.

So they have now been touched up to properly render this. As the rotors are linked to turn in concert with each other, to make sure they are aligned, when one colour band is facing forward on the front mast, the same colour rotor blade must be forward on the rear mast. As the rotors spin in opposite directions, the bands go in the opposite order too. 



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