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Posted by keavdog on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 4:53 PM

Stencils look great. 
alclad looks very good john

Thanks,

John

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Posted by Tomcat on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 5:40 PM

Got started on the Huey Hog. Took out all of the parts and did a parts check everything appears to be here...

Start with the interior painted a light grey...

Finished interior to be installed in the fuselage...

Mark aka Tomcat

On the workbench: Monogram 1/24 '69 Pontiac GTO and a Monogram 1/67 (box scale) B-26 Invader

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Posted by modelcrazy on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 8:40 PM

Looks great John. That's a lot of work there.

Mark. I'm looking forward to that Huey.

Steve

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Posted by jeaton01 on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 9:44 PM

Well, yeah, but it's not like its a Japanese aircraft carrier....

John

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Posted by lostagain on Thursday, February 4, 2021 5:55 AM

 

John, some very fine work there on the Storch. A lot of very careful masking has given a great looking plane.
O, that is really crap with the crack in your canopy, sorry I don’t have anything to help with.
Super work with the stencilling on the -J as well, that is coming together really well.
Keavdog, nice looking cockpit on the Osprey, that’s a good start.
Tomcat, you’re off to a good quick start on the Huey there.
John (Jeaton) I still can’t see your photos – never have been able to, don’t know why…
Steve, here is my offering – Williams Brothers’ Pitcairn Autogyro 1/48 ‘Miss Champion’ It is a short run kit, loads of flash and plenty of work to be done.

 

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Posted by modelcrazy on Thursday, February 4, 2021 9:11 AM

You got it Piers. I didn't know WB made a Gyro!

Steve

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Posted by oortiz10 on Thursday, February 4, 2021 9:45 AM

Tomcat

Got started on the Huey Hog...

Hey Tomcat, you got my attention. I have two of these in the stash that I wanto do. I want to build one as a Navy Seawolf and the other as an Army bird. I'd love to build them for this GB, but I already have two helos in the works and don't think I'd get the Hogs done before the deadline. 

Still, I'll be watching...

-O

-It's Omar, but they call me "O".

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Posted by oortiz10 on Thursday, February 4, 2021 7:04 PM

One of the benefits of working from home during this pandemic is the bench time. When I have a virtual meeting and listening to someone ramble, I can do some modeling while "listening." 

I'm working towards the finish line with my AH-1J. I'd say I'm in the last turn before the final straight. Now I'm at the point where I'm thinking the whole, "Oh, yeah, I still need to do that." before I get to the final assembly. While sitting at my table today, I tackled two of those "little things" that needed to get done.

The -1J had a shroud or shield (for lack of a better term) covering the canon's opening in the turret. The Fujimi kit does not have that covering.

Some -1Js during ODS did not carry them, but the airframe I'm modeling did. So, I scratched one from some stryrene.

It's not perfect, but I think it looks the part. 

Also, I realized that I lost the pitot for my kit. When I went to look at the one in AH-1G project to measure, I realized that one was missing too. So, I used the one on my USMC -1G for measurements and scratched one...er...two. 

Here's one. Again, not perfect, but I think it'll look fine under some paint.

I hope to have this kit wrapped up over the weekend. I just have a few odds-and-ends to wrap up before final assembly. Once it's done I'll be able to turn my attention to my AH-1G kitbash.

Thanks for stopping by! 

Cheers,

-O

 

-It's Omar, but they call me "O".

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Posted by oortiz10 on Friday, February 5, 2021 7:50 PM

OK gang, I'm posting some (OK, a lot!) of photos of my finished AH-1J from HMA-775 circa 1991. This is my second completed project for this GB. I submitted a heavily modified Italeri AH-1W last September.

This is Fujimi's kit in 1/48 with Cobra Company's resin cockpit. It's the first time I used a resin cockpit in one of my builds. It was a challenge, and a great learning opportunity, for me. The ECS hoses (wire wrapped in finer wire), turret-opening cover/cannon surround (sheet styrene), pitot (styrene rod and very fine tubing), RHAW receivers on the nose (punch sheet stryrene), FOD covers (red napkin soaked in diluted white glue) and rotor tie down (paper strip with a random PE buckle) are scratched. The whip atenna on the tail is painted monofilament. The blade antennae on the belly are from the spares box. The CC resin set comes with some chaff dispensers, but I swapped them for the plastic ones from Italeri's AH-1W boxing. The tail's squadron code and the nose's MODEX are painted on using home-made stencils. The branch markings on the tailboom and national insignia are decals from the drawer. 

It's painted using MM enamels and weathered with pastels and Flory washes. 

Well, it's another 3-footer to lay on the shelf. Here are the photos. Remember, you were warned. There are a lot of 'em...

 

Here's one with an AH-1G I kitbashed a couple of years ago.

 

Here's one with the AH-1(4B)W I Frankensteined using Italeri's AH-1Z boxing mentioned earlier.

 

I realize that the dihedral on the stub wings is a little steeper than it should be. That was the angle I had to use to keep the gaps to a minimum. It's something I'll just have to live with.

Thanks for looking and thanks to modelcrazy for hosting the GB. Feel free to share you comments, questions and/or criticisms. Now to move on to my AH-1G! I'm gonna try to wrap up that one for this GB too!

Happy modeling!

-O

PS: modelcrazy, here's the glory shot for the main page:

-It's Omar, but they call me "O".

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Posted by jeaton01 on Friday, February 5, 2021 10:00 PM

Awesome, Omar.  Great modeling.

John

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Posted by modelcrazy on Saturday, February 6, 2021 6:19 PM

Fantastic build O, I'll get it your beauty up when I get to my laptop. 

I really like the FOD covers and the wear on the tail rotor. 

Steve

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Posted by Theuns on Sunday, February 7, 2021 9:10 AM

OK Im calling it done, the window wipers need to be found still and put on.

Tricky build but the result is good I think.

 MRC 1/48 H-34 by Theunis van Vuuren, on Flickr

 MRC 1/48 H-34 by Theunis van Vuuren, on Flickr

 MRC 1/48 H-34 by Theunis van Vuuren, on Flickr

 MRC 1/48 H-34 by Theunis van Vuuren, on Flickr

 MRC 1/48 H-34 by Theunis van Vuuren, on Flickr

Theuns

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Posted by modelcrazy on Sunday, February 7, 2021 10:55 AM

WOW, great job Theunis. I didn't realize the engine was in the nose Huh? (Iassume that's the engine). I like the rotor blade droop and the paint color.

Thanks for joining in and I'll get you up.

Steve

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Posted by Theuns on Sunday, February 7, 2021 11:10 AM

yup. it had a Wright 1820 up front. 

 

Theuns

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Posted by jeaton01 on Sunday, February 7, 2021 8:06 PM

Very nice, Theuns.  I went to Army school as a Mech on the 34.  A great helicopter.

John

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Posted by Tomcat on Monday, February 8, 2021 9:35 PM

Continuing with the Huey Hog build. This one is going to be tough. I cemented the cockpit? tub into the fuselage half per the instructions. The two halves of the fuselage have quite a bit of bowing and twisting, so getting her in there required quit a bit of super glue and clamping but she's seated in there...

I didn't get too carried away with the engine painting as most of it will be concealed anyway...

Meanwhile I finished the main rotor. I'll install it at the end, keeping it out of harms way...

The pilot and copilot need work. Especially the pilot who needs a right arm applied. I'll have to install them in their respective seats before I add the roof and nose...

Here the two halves are glued together with a lot of clamping. Still the underneath seam will need substantial filling...

 

Mark aka Tomcat

On the workbench: Monogram 1/24 '69 Pontiac GTO and a Monogram 1/67 (box scale) B-26 Invader

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Posted by jmoran426 on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 8:53 AM
Tomcat. Great work on the Huey. I kitbashed this same model with an Italeri UH-1D and cast a side exhausting engine bay to creat a UH-1F USAF version. I remember the difficulty of bringing the two halves together, especially around the cabin floor, which was going to leave large gaps on the bottom seam. I filed the edges of the floor to gain room for the two halves to squeeze together. May be too late for your build. Also, good clamping. I used rubber bands where possible to hold the shell halves stable while using MEK-type plastic cement. Your cabin looks great. Nice selection of colors. BTW don't forget the flack jackets in the chin windows. Maybe they didn't work, but a lot of crews did it.

jmoran426

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Posted by modelcrazy on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 9:19 AM

Looks good Mark. I don't remember that much detail in that kit. Yes, it's been quite some time but I recall the fuse halves being a PIA.

Steve

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Posted by falconmod on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 1:22 PM

calling this classic Airfix kit done!  what a little beast.  very pleased how it ended up considering what came out of the box.

John

On the Bench: 1/72 Ki-67, 1/48 T-38

1/72 EF-111, 1/144 AC-130, 1/72 JL-8

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Posted by modelcrazy on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 3:45 PM

Excelent job John. I'm glad you fought it and beat it.

I'll get you up.

Steve

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Posted by Tomcat on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 4:13 PM

jmoran426
Tomcat. Great work on the Huey. I kitbashed this same model with an Italeri UH-1D and cast a side exhausting engine bay to creat a UH-1F USAF version. I remember the difficulty of bringing the two halves together, especially around the cabin floor, which was going to leave large gaps on the bottom seam. I filed the edges of the floor to gain room for the two halves to squeeze together. May be too late for your build. Also, good clamping. I used rubber bands where possible to hold the shell halves stable while using MEK-type plastic cement. Your cabin looks great. Nice selection of colors. BTW don't forget the flack jackets in the chin windows. Maybe they didn't work, but a lot of crews did it.
 

You nailed it about that cabin floor seam, I've got a big gap underneath (pics to follow). 

Yeah your solution was like..Oh Dah! Too bad I didn't think of that. Oh well, not an insurmountable problem but one I could have avoided if I had a little more patience.

The one comment about the "flack jackets in the chin windows". I'm not sure what you mean by that, could you please explain?

Mark aka Tomcat

On the workbench: Monogram 1/24 '69 Pontiac GTO and a Monogram 1/67 (box scale) B-26 Invader

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Posted by jeaton01 on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 7:52 PM

Great looking Storch, John.  Good work on the windscreen, at any normal viewing distance it looks fine.  Many would have given up at that point.

John

To see build logs for my models:  http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/mymodels.htm

 

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Posted by jmoran426 on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 7:05 AM
RE. the flak jackets...since the crew of the later UH-1s had armored seats, they often disliked wearing their flak jackets as needless, and hot considering the climate. Some of them took to placing them in the chin windows on the floor ahead of them to try to stop incoming bullets as they flew or hovered low to the ground. They basically just threw the jacket into the chin window. I've read that there wasn't much evidence that they were actually effective, but it made them feel better.

jmoran426

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Posted by Tomcat on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 1:24 PM

jmoran426
RE. the flak jackets...since the crew of the later UH-1s had armored seats, they often disliked wearing their flak jackets as needless, and hot considering the climate. Some of them took to placing them in the chin windows on the floor ahead of them to try to stop incoming bullets as they flew or hovered low to the ground. They basically just threw the jacket into the chin window. I've read that there wasn't much evidence that they were actually effective, but it made them feel better.

Thank you for the clarification.  That's one factiod I wasn't aware of. That is one interesting detail I could add.

Mark aka Tomcat

On the workbench: Monogram 1/24 '69 Pontiac GTO and a Monogram 1/67 (box scale) B-26 Invader

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Posted by oortiz10 on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 8:24 PM

Whoa! I've only been away for 5 days, but I've missed a lot! I'm impressed with the quality of work going on, and I'm just as impressed by the variety of subjects. Great work gang!

Well, I'm back in the GB with what will end up being my 3rd and final submission to this CAS GB. My Desert Storm era AH-J is finished, and I'm continuing with my Vietnam era AH-1G. 

My first canopy got screwed up during installation. I'm not exactly sure how it happened, but it did. I was able to source a replacement, and I was able to get that one (the second one) installed.

After I got it installed, I sprayed some Mr. Surfacer to check the major seams. I found a few spots that needed some attention but was happy to see that the canopy seam wasn't as bad as I had feared.

Especially after having to cut off the nose to repair a loose instrument panel and cut off the damaged canopy to fit its replacement. I noticed the canopy's seam needed some love here and there, but nothing too scary. I was able to get it to a level that I can live with.

Again, not perfect but good considering the surgery it took to replace it. The main airframe also got a coat of primer to double-check my seams and even everything out.

I think I'm back in business with this bad boy...

-It's Omar, but they call me "O".

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Posted by modelcrazy on Thursday, February 11, 2021 8:24 AM

I think the new canopy looks great. The seam isn't bad at all, hardly noticable and realizing there really is a seam on the real Cobra, there ya go.

Loooks great O

Steve

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Posted by keavdog on Friday, February 12, 2021 2:04 PM

Got the osprey buttoned up.  I have a lot of seam work to do.  She's a big model!

Thanks,

John

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Posted by modelcrazy on Friday, February 12, 2021 2:08 PM

Wow, that is a big ole gal there K dog

Steve

Building a kit from your stash is like cutting a head off a Hydra, two more take it's place.

 

 

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Posted by oortiz10 on Friday, February 12, 2021 7:17 PM

Hey there everyone, 

Just a really quick update tonight. I was able to get some OD sprayed onto my -1G. I still have a few touch-ups to do, but I'm happy with the way it's turning out. I wanted to go for a varied, used, weather-beaten look. I'm playing with a few different paints, and I think I like the direction things are going. 

It's starting to look like a 'nam snake!

Oh, and before I started painting, I used some PE screen and Tamiya tape to represent (Notice I didn't say "replicate?") the intake screens.

I think they look OK under paint.

OK, I think the hard part is behind me. Now I get to start focusing on the little things. 

Stay tuned!

-O

-It's Omar, but they call me "O".

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Posted by keavdog on Saturday, February 13, 2021 3:41 PM

Looking good O.   A bit more work on the Osprey - man I have filler work to do.  But really digging the overall look

 

Thanks,

John

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