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Progress pic's of my 1/72 HH-3E Jolly Green Giant

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  • Member since
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  • From: Australia
Progress pic's of my 1/72 HH-3E Jolly Green Giant
Posted by Helo H-34 on Wednesday, January 9, 2008 11:16 PM

Hi everyone , I thought I would share some progress pic's of my Lindberg 1/72 HH-3E . I decided to use a Revell Westland Seaking MK 41 to improve my Lindberg kit . I was a little hesitant at first , as I've never "cut-up'' a $30.00 Revell kit to fix a $10.00 kit before. Anyway everything appears to have worked out okay so far !! . I cut and fitted the front cockpit section from revell's seaking to each of the fuselage halves of lindberg's HH-3 , revell's cockpit has a lot more detail and a better canopy than lindberg's offering . I also wanted to use revell's rotor blades and hub , however lindberg's main rotor housing isn't recessed , so I decided to cut the middle section of the rotor housing from revell's kit and fit it to lindberg's HH-3 . This took me a while to do , with quite a few applications or Tamiya putty and sanding to blend it in to each fuselage half . I borrowed some troop seats out of a Italeri UH-34J kit and added some plastic strip to the bottom of the seat backs to raise them up to be level with the top of the cabin windows . I cut open the starboard door and added a gunner and another on the rear ramp . As well as a couple of stretches with roof hooks and wire cables , plus some bit's and pieces from the spare's box to make the cabin look busy .

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  • From: Caput Mundi
Posted by Avus on Thursday, January 10, 2008 1:19 AM

Looks great so far!

A sugestion on posting the pics: it looks like you're using imageshack, try using the "direct link" tag. 

Klaus

Thanks to ImageShack for Free Image Hosting

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  • From: Australia
Posted by Helo H-34 on Thursday, January 10, 2008 2:27 AM
Thanks for the advice Avus . I always stuggle when it comes to posting pic's . With the pic's above I noticed that if I place the arrow just next to each image {not actually on the image} this seems to enlarge the pic . I will try the other option.

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Posted by Helo H-34 on Thursday, January 10, 2008 10:13 PM
Unfortunatly when I tried using the Direct link option to post another pic , the image kept coming out to big . I don't know what else to do .

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  • From: Auburn, Alabama
Posted by rotorwash on Thursday, January 10, 2008 10:34 PM

Helo 53,

  The image just looks big in the message window. It will resize whe you post the pics. Then you click them and they show large again.

          Ray
 

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Posted by Helo H-34 on Friday, January 11, 2008 1:41 AM

Here are the pics again. Hopefully it works out this time.

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Posted by rotorwash on Friday, January 11, 2008 7:25 AM

Helo 53,

   Lookin' good! Thanks for the higher res pics.  Keep us updated on your progress 

               Ray
 

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Posted by Helo H-34 on Friday, January 11, 2008 1:34 PM
Thank's for your help rotorwash . I noticed your from Auburn , Alabama ; I'm from Auburn , sydney ....Wow!! [wow]

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Posted by intruder_bass on Friday, January 11, 2008 11:29 PM

  Looks great! Keep the pics coming!

 BTW I've spotted Sea King mk41 box on your workbench. Just got this kit for myself this week. From my opinion - its very interesting subject but not quiet my scale. So I was kinda playing with idea to make a conversion for Hasegawa 1/48 scale Sea King into this German Mk41. Is there interest in such conversion here?

  Andy

 

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  • From: Southport, North West UK
Posted by richgb on Saturday, January 12, 2008 11:12 AM

Helo 53,

This looks great. I'm very impressed with what you've done so far. Where did you get the figures and weapons from? They make the model and give it some "action". I love the door gunner.

Keep us updated.

Rich

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Posted by Helo H-34 on Saturday, January 12, 2008 2:16 PM

Thanks rich , The figures came from a Hasegawa UH-60 VIP Blackhawk . The gunner on the ramp had his legs cut off then glued back on , first I tried to position the gunner kneeling but he kept looking into the tail boom of the helo , so I ended up having to place him seated . The machine guns came from a 1/72 Aerplast UH-1N Desert Storm helo . I only bought this kit for the decals (NAS Leemore) to use on a Italeri UH-1N .I don't think the Aerplast kit is very good , inaccurate main rotors ,no cabin detail ,basic cockpit . Anyway I'll post a pic of my VIP Blackhawk , I'm having trouble accessing imageshack .  Helo 53

 

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Posted by Helo H-34 on Saturday, January 12, 2008 2:57 PM

I replaced the door gunners windows with a piece of clear plastic and I cut the cabin doors to open seperatly . The pilot is from Hasegawa's Pilot and Ground Crew set... Helo 53

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  • From: Auburn, Alabama
Posted by rotorwash on Saturday, January 12, 2008 6:01 PM

Helo 53,

  Nice lookin' Hawk!  I'm originlly from Birmingham, Alabama.  I don't suppose you grew up in Birmingham, England by any chance? 

    Ray 

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Posted by Helo H-34 on Saturday, January 12, 2008 9:03 PM

Oh wouldn't that be some coincidence , but no... I grew up here in Sydney , My ancestors arrived in Australia in 1886 from Germany.

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Posted by Helo H-34 on Sunday, January 13, 2008 3:46 AM
Intruder-bass, I have Revell's version of a 1/48 SH-3H seaking in my stash to build some day , somebody told me it's identical to hasegawa's . I don't know if Revell did other versions in this scale . Maybe there's something in the aftermarket arena to do a conversion ???

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  • From: Southport, North West UK
Posted by richgb on Wednesday, January 16, 2008 6:13 AM

Hi,

Thanks for that info. Keep the pics coming. It's going to look great. I love all these conversions and cutting things up. I'm trying to do one now. I have a 1/100 Mil Mi-6 from Nu-Bee which I'm having a go at. It's the first proper conversion I've done so it's a steep learning curve to say the least. All the windows need changing from square to round, plus lots of milliput around where the tail leaves the fusalage and re moulding cockpit plus new glazing which I'll have to vac-form.

Rich

PS I love your VIP Hawk as well.

...this is it folks...over the top!
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  • From: Australia
Posted by Helo H-34 on Friday, February 1, 2008 12:00 AM

Hi everyone, I finished my kitbashed Lindberg HH-3E Jolly Green Giant. Revell's cockpit, rotor housing, main rotors and tail rotor certainly improved the end result. I airbrushed the helicopter with Gunze acrylics and I was pleased with the camouflage finish. I decided to move the door gunner closer to the door opening so you could see him better. I also changed the rear ramp gunner for one who is kneeling rather than sitting. I added some black thread to simulate the aerial on the portside fuselage as well as some plastic wire just below the starboard cockpit window to the refuelling probe. Another cable around the refuelling probe to a small hook under the fuselage. (Not sure what this is for, but I saw it on pic's in Squadron's H-3 Sea King publication??) Overall I'm very happy with how everything worked out, it was a lot of work, but worth the effort. I hope everyone enjoys the pics. Kind regards, Helo 53.  John.

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  • From: Tip O' da Mitt (Northern Michigan)
Posted by albymoore on Friday, February 1, 2008 8:14 PM

Hi John,

Excellent job on the Jolly! Love the added detail and the SEA camo looks great! 

Cheers,

Alby 

"I know what it wants now...the void has swallowed the light and the machine wants my soul"

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  • From: Australia
Posted by Helo H-34 on Saturday, February 2, 2008 10:30 PM
Thank's Alby , I've been trying to post a couple more pic's of the HH-3E , one showing the entire front canopy and another from the rear with the ramp gunner . but every time I try to upload an image using imageshack , the internet connection either drops out or the screen just freezes up . I must of reached my down load capacity for this month . I did spend a lot of time searching for pic's of the H-3 when I first started the build . Anyway I'll wait a week or so and try again , I've got plenty of work to do with my HH-43 Huskie [I got it together and now I'm attacking it with the razor saw]. I also have started on my second kitbash lindberg H-3 . I got some Decals and conversion parts from Hawkeye models here in Australia to build as a USCG HH-3F version and I also bought another Revell Seaking to cut up and use as I did with my first Lindberg kit . It certainly appears that once I got hold of the razor saw in my hands - I can't let go .Mischief [:-,] Kind Regards Helo 53 ..... john

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  • From: Auburn, Alabama
Posted by rotorwash on Sunday, February 3, 2008 9:10 AM

Helo 53,

  Great looking Jolly Green!  That cammo is really nice.  Thanks for posting the finished pics.

          Ray
 

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  • From: Colorado
Posted by Tread on Sunday, February 3, 2008 9:15 AM

 

 

VERY, very nice work!  Aside from admiring your accomplishments on this particular project, I am also giving you great kudos for accomplishing that much scratching in that scale :-)

 Again, great work,

 

Tread.

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  • From: Australia
Posted by Helo H-34 on Sunday, February 3, 2008 12:56 PM
Thanks again alby,ray and tread for your nice comments on the jolly. I hope my HH-3F Pelican can turn out as good . With a gloss white and orange/red paint scheme , I will really have to fuss over all the seams and joins . Last night I cut and joined Revells two front cockpit halves to each of the fuselage pieces , I also cut and fitted the rotor housing in position . [This time I used all of the top [half] section  of the rotor housing ,from the recess where the hub sits right back to where it meets the top of the fuselage , hopfully this will save me a lot of time puttying and sanding]. I'll post some pic's soon and you will be able to see what I've done so far . Again thanks everyone for all your nice comments , it really does inspire me to put in the extra effort and I supprise myself with what I can accomplish .    Kind regards  john

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