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1/87 scale VN 'Buzzin the Groundlings' Dio

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  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: Dayton, Ohio USA
1/87 scale VN 'Buzzin the Groundlings' Dio
Posted by minitanker on Saturday, December 14, 2019 8:23 AM

SOG Huey has auto rotated in after running out of fuel while QRF circles overhead as fuel convoy w/security arrives. WO is not pleased w/delay. All models & figs are ROCO conversions.

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    May 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Saturday, December 14, 2019 5:28 PM

Hello!

I see you didn't get any comments yet - that's a pity! The dio looks good and the very small scale isn't very noticeable here - that takes some talent to do. If I was to point anything I have a problem here - that would be the camo of the chopper on the ground, and I think the road is much too neat for Vietnam - but if you looked around you'd probably find some newly built road there. The supports for the choppers are also too noticeable - but I wouldn't know how to do it better, neither - maybe hang them on wires and photoshop them out?

Anyhow, I'd love to see some close-ups on the trucks. Thanks for sharing and have a nice day

Paweł

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

www.vietnam.net.pl

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    October 2019
  • From: Dayton, Ohio USA
Posted by minitanker on Sunday, December 15, 2019 8:03 AM

Anyhow, I'd love to see some close-ups on the trucks. Thanks for sharing and have a nice day

Paweł

Thanks for commenting. The camo on the down chopper was to differentiate it from normal hogs as it was a dedicated SOG bird. Some were camo'ed, but I had no exemplar to copy so freehanded. You may notice the top recognition stripes on the others, red for gunships & blue for infantry. If I did it again I'd use a full sheet of acrylic & drill holes close tothe top for the chopper skids instead of individual pcs. Here are more truck pics. These are much closer than a normal viewing distance due to scale. PaulE

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Sunday, December 15, 2019 5:32 PM

Again that's really cool! Love all the detail you worked into the trucks. Extra impressive considering the small scale.

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Valrico, FL
Posted by HeavyArty on Monday, December 16, 2019 10:47 AM

It looks good overall, but if you are going for accuracy, it misses the mark.  If not, it is good.

Mainly, the helos are way off.  Are the two gunships supposed to be Aussies?  The US did not use long-bodied Hueys (D/H model) as gunships.  All US Huey gunships were short-bodied (B/C) model and eventually all replaced by AH-1 Cobras.  The Aussies did use D/H model gunships with the forward weapons mounts as yo have though.  They called them Bushrangers.

Also, the blades were not usually painted in different colors for mission of the aircraft.  Blade markings were standardized initially as just yellow tips, and later with one blade having a white middle section; about 1/4 of the blade.  They were done in this way so aircraft above could see the blades and not run into them.

Additionally, there is way too much light blue on the one helo.  Usually, there were colored tail planes and a small bit of color on the forward and/or rear fusalage to denote different companies or platoons within the assault helicopter units.  Some units used colored squares, circles, triangles, or diamonds on the pilots doors as well. 

Some examples below.

Lastly, there were very few camo US Army helos in Vietnam.  There were also no real SOG dedicated Hueys.  They were supported by whom ever was available at the time.  The only Special Ops Hueys that were camo belonged to the USAF as part of the 20th Special Operations Squadron (20th SOS), known as the Green Hornets.  However, they used UH-1F and UH-1N helicopters, not UH-1D/H models.

Green Hornets UH-1F

20th SOS UH-1Ns

Gino P. Quintiliani - Field Artillery - The KING of BATTLE!!!

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  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: Dayton, Ohio USA
Posted by minitanker on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 1:28 PM

Thanks for commenting Heavyarty. I was aware of Cs & Ds, but coudn't find a C in my scale, so took some artistic license. Was told by VN vet door gunner about the white for scouts, red for gunships & blue for infantry to be seen as colored circle from above to make recovery activites clear. Only painted on tops of rotor tips & tailplanes with a bit on airframe spine. You are correct also about too much blue. I got carried away. This was intended as a morale booster for him in hospital for some years as he had recounted his experience to me with being recovered after auto rotating in when out of fuel. PaulE

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 3:42 PM

Wow, had no idea about the choppers... Tongue Tied

I learn something new from this site pretty much everyday.

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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