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Rick's CH-53E Super Stallion 1/48 scale

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  • Member since
    October 2013
Posted by infofrog on Thursday, February 4, 2016 3:37 PM

Thank you

 

I installed this front part not sure what it is with two  electric cable or hydraulic hose .

Maybe someone  will let me know

Enjoy

Rick

 

  • Member since
    January 2013
Posted by seastallion53 on Friday, February 5, 2016 1:16 AM

I crewed Rh-53ds in HM-14 1979-1982 and we never had interior insulation because they always leaked hydraulic fluid and we needed to see where it was dripping and it would soak the insulation making a big fire hazard.If it did'nt leak it was out of fluid.

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    October 2013
Posted by infofrog on Friday, February 5, 2016 5:33 AM
Thank you all The masking ? The Big Ed Photo etch kit had a masking kit include. I'm not sure how good that is . I will be seeing soon , like this weekend . If the masking is not good . I use auto 3m fine line tape with body shop tape . I never have bleed thru with these tapes. I like Tamiya tapes , But found Body shop tapes cost little more then Tamiya , But I should not have to buy tape for long time . Rick

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    October 2013
Posted by infofrog on Sunday, February 7, 2016 10:24 AM

I'm ready to spray some Black primer on this today ..
Enjoy
Rick

 

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    November 2015
Posted by cdr6 on Sunday, February 7, 2016 12:04 PM
Howdy, noticed your H-53, looks real good...(see also Wow!) In any case the little ball thing on outside of the cockpit is a Flir/Wescam night vision camera. (I used to work for WESCAM) The camera(s) sit in the lower part of the ball, behind an oval window. Control of the ball is handled by a stack of electronics in the upper (finned cyldindrical part) which is affixed to the boom. The two hoses are electrical connections tied to on board black boxes and the pilots controller. System can be low light, IR, day vision (telephoto) with targeting information a/r. The "ball" can be any color, but the wire bundles are usually black plastic shrink wrapped and sealed at the ends for corrosion protection. Hope this helps. Regards, Chuck
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    October 2013
Posted by infofrog on Sunday, February 7, 2016 12:42 PM

I spray some black primer , then put into a heated dry box for couple hours . Now I will let this set for few day to make sure the primer cures good .

Enjoy

Rick

 

  • Member since
    June 2014
Posted by BrandonK on Sunday, February 7, 2016 5:34 PM

Primer down, that means color soon. Can't wait to see this with its clothes on.

BK

On the bench:

Tamiya 1/35 M4A3E8 "Fury" with crew,

1/32 Kittyhawk Kingfisher,

1/35 Meng Panther Ausf A Early,

1/48 Pro Modeller P-51C "Boise Bee"

2022 Completed:

1/25 Revell 29 Highboy

1/48 Tamiya Sea Harrier

1/25 Revell 70 Boss 429 Mustang

1/48 Hasegawa D3A1 Type 99 Val

  • Member since
    October 2013
Posted by infofrog on Sunday, February 14, 2016 8:44 AM

BrandonK

Primer down, that means color soon. Can't wait to see this with its clothes on.

BK

 

Thank you

 

I started the paint process which is a two tone . The main color is down . I need to add second paint color .

Enjoy

Rick

 

  • Member since
    October 2013
Posted by infofrog on Monday, February 15, 2016 5:25 PM

I finished the second color . I thought it was little bright, like it stuck out like a sore thumb . So I took some Light ghost gray,  highly thinned.   I then sprayed that to tone down the Med. ghost gray  .

I  believe it looks so much better .

Enjoy

Rick

  

  • Member since
    October 2013
Posted by infofrog on Friday, February 19, 2016 4:21 PM

I have the decals installed
I spray another very high thin coat of paint to tone down the black . I did started some trim work but not to much . Weather here went very cold to 60 degrees I been outside today .
Enjoy
Rick

 

 

  • Member since
    October 2013
Posted by infofrog on Saturday, February 20, 2016 12:52 PM

I tried to fix the silvering . Looks better not perfect but better

Enjoy

Rick

  • Member since
    October 2013
Posted by infofrog on Sunday, February 21, 2016 7:00 AM

Working on the blade support. The kit only has 2 support braces . I need to make Several braces now .

Enjoy

Rick

 

  • Member since
    October 2013
Posted by infofrog on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 2:14 PM

Update on the blade support system

Enjoy

Rick

 

 

 

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    June 2014
Posted by BrandonK on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 9:07 AM

This is really coming together. It looks super nice. 

BK

On the bench:

Tamiya 1/35 M4A3E8 "Fury" with crew,

1/32 Kittyhawk Kingfisher,

1/35 Meng Panther Ausf A Early,

1/48 Pro Modeller P-51C "Boise Bee"

2022 Completed:

1/25 Revell 29 Highboy

1/48 Tamiya Sea Harrier

1/25 Revell 70 Boss 429 Mustang

1/48 Hasegawa D3A1 Type 99 Val

  • Member since
    October 2013
Posted by infofrog on Thursday, February 25, 2016 4:13 PM

Thank you

 

Little more update on my Blade support system .

Enjoy

Rick

  • Member since
    October 2013
Posted by infofrog on Sunday, March 6, 2016 3:43 PM

I finished the rotor blade support system 

Enjoy

Rick

 

  • Member since
    June 2014
Posted by BrandonK on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 9:04 AM

This is really a fantastic build to watch come to life. I love the work you've done here.

BK

On the bench:

Tamiya 1/35 M4A3E8 "Fury" with crew,

1/32 Kittyhawk Kingfisher,

1/35 Meng Panther Ausf A Early,

1/48 Pro Modeller P-51C "Boise Bee"

2022 Completed:

1/25 Revell 29 Highboy

1/48 Tamiya Sea Harrier

1/25 Revell 70 Boss 429 Mustang

1/48 Hasegawa D3A1 Type 99 Val

  • Member since
    October 2013
Posted by infofrog on Monday, March 14, 2016 3:08 PM

Thank you

 

I been working on the rear folded area . Not sure what thats call or proper name .

I installed the fold tail . I added some hydraulic lines ..

Enjoy

Rick

 

 

  • Member since
    July 2003
  • From: Cincinnati, Ohio
Posted by ridleusmc on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 2:27 AM

I remember refering to those bulkheads as the tail disconnect.  I use to work on these beasts, so let me tell you, you're doing an increadible job depicting one.  

 

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    October 2013
Posted by infofrog on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 6:17 AM
Thank you , Slow process Rick

  • Member since
    October 2008
Posted by RedLeg0811 on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 11:13 AM

Looks really nice! I bought one of these kits recently because we would fly in them when they were carrying our M198 howitzers.

I know this is an old thread, but any updates? I would love to see the finished product.

  • Member since
    October 2013
Posted by infofrog on Thursday, November 2, 2017 7:26 PM

I just finished this Bird about Month ago . This has been on/off build for so long . I forgot about the thread . 

Here is some finished photos . I need better finish photos 

Enjoy 

Rick 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Member since
    October 2008
Posted by RedLeg0811 on Friday, November 3, 2017 4:33 PM
Hey Rick, That came out really nice! I would be proud of that model. Martin
  • Member since
    March 2013
Posted by patrick206 on Friday, November 3, 2017 6:10 PM

Hey, Rick -

A mighty nice build and super finish. Thanks for the WIP and text, photos were enjoyable to see. First rate all around.

Patrick

  • Member since
    January 2016
  • From: A Galaxy Far, Far Away
Posted by Hunter on Saturday, November 4, 2017 8:26 PM

Rick,

Absolutely amazing build sir!! Such wonderful detail and realism in your build. I look forward to your next WiP. Thank you for sharing

Hunter 

      

  • Member since
    November 2016
Posted by elation on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 2:15 PM
Amazing build Rick! I wanted that kit, but not sure if I do anymore lol.
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    January 2014
Posted by Silver on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 2:22 PM

That's the style of detail I like.Great work.

  • Member since
    September 2021
Posted by The Lt387 on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 8:09 PM

My dream build if I can find one. Good luck!

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