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Academy 1/35 scale Coast Guard HTL-4

Posted by Megan McChain
on Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Bill Christopher
Ferriday, Louisiana

“The kit is Academy’s 1/35 scale Coast Guard HTL-4 with much scratchbuilding,” Bill says. “Most cockpit detail, engine area, control rods, rotor mast detail were scratchbuilt, as the kit had very little to work with. It’s a replica of the HTL-4s assigned to the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Westwind during its DEW line resupply mission in 1954.” Bill painted the chopper Model Master FS15042 dark sea blue, installed seat belts and gas-can straps of masking tape, and made control cables and avionics wiring from monofilament. He added some homemade decals to the kit’s markings.

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