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'The Fall of Saigon'

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  • Member since
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  • From: East Stroudsburg, PA
'The Fall of Saigon'
Posted by TigerII on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 11:33 PM

I had started this chopper a couple of year back but shelved it. This the MRC UH-1C Gunship "Muskets" in 1/35 scale. I particularly feel that it has great features but some lousy fits. In my opinion Dragon's UH-1D Huey is a much better kit. But I finally finished it and its step one in my next diorama; 'The Fall of Saigon'. As always all comments and critiques are greatly appreciated.

 

Achtung Panzer! Colonel General Heinz Guderian
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  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Thursday, January 20, 2022 12:13 AM

Looking good!  Interesting livery - air america, interesting group.  I look forward to your completed diorama. 

Thanks,

John

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Posted by lurch on Thursday, January 20, 2022 6:32 AM

Fantastic job. I to am looking forward to the diorama.

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  • From: Orlando, Florida
Posted by ikar01 on Sunday, January 23, 2022 6:24 PM

Pretty good job there.

I only saw the CIA Hueys once.  Two of them were hopping across the taxi and runways we shared with the local Air Force.  Twice they caused a inbound C-141A make a hard left bank to avoid them.  After the second time they got together and took off low over our side of the base  and disappeared to parts unknown.  Normally if one of their aircraft came in we would have to post a guard and then try to avoid them as much as possible.

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  • From: Valrico, FL
Posted by HeavyArty on Monday, January 24, 2022 7:28 AM

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

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"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." -- George Orwell

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  • From: East Stroudsburg, PA
Posted by TigerII on Monday, January 24, 2022 2:11 PM

HeavyArty

Hey Gino; I built this model a few years back and shelved it. Like I posted, the fit on this kit wasn't that great. I'm in the process of tidying up that nose seam. As for the main fuselage the kit was painted white. Not all of their choppers were bare silver and some of the info pics I checked out were of a white and dark blue chopper. Some of them were silver. Here are a few of those pics. The 3rd pic looks like bare silver.

 

Achtung Panzer! Colonel General Heinz Guderian
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Posted by GMorrison on Monday, January 24, 2022 3:38 PM

There was a story about an AA helicopter that arrived at a listening post in Laos, which was under attack by a number of NVAF biplane bombers.

One crewman in the door with an AK managed to shoot one down and cause another to fly into terrain, at least that's how I remember it.

 

Bill

 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.

 

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  • From: Valrico, FL
Posted by HeavyArty on Monday, January 24, 2022 4:01 PM

TigerII

...the kit was painted white. Not all of their choppers were bare silver and some of the info pics I checked out were of a white and dark blue chopper. 

I have of heard of them being silver and blue.  The two pics of actual aircraft both look silver to me.  To each thier own though.

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

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  • From: East Stroudsburg, PA
Posted by TigerII on Monday, January 24, 2022 7:43 PM

Well try this website which describes the Vietnam Hueys; including the Air America color schemes: https://vietnam-hueys.tripod.com 

Accordingly they were in both silver or white and blue.

Achtung Panzer! Colonel General Heinz Guderian
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  • From: Valrico, FL
Posted by HeavyArty on Tuesday, January 25, 2022 9:01 AM

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

Check out my Gallery: https://app.photobucket.com/u/HeavyArty

"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." -- George Orwell

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Thursday, January 27, 2022 11:59 AM

That's cool! I'm so used to American helos painted in green- it's nice to see something different. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with for the dio.

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

 

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  • From: East Stroudsburg, PA
Posted by TigerII on Monday, January 31, 2022 7:28 PM

You know G, I enjoy your enthusiasm. Here are three WIP photos of my diorama. The structure and roof ladder were both scratchbuilt. I like how the ladder came out and I also need to weather the structure before I put the components together. Now onto the figures.

Achtung Panzer! Colonel General Heinz Guderian
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Posted by HeavyArty on Monday, January 31, 2022 7:33 PM

Yup, definitely looking the part.  Coming along nicely.

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

Check out my Gallery: https://app.photobucket.com/u/HeavyArty

"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." -- George Orwell

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, February 1, 2022 7:09 PM

Yeap, great representation of the iconic photo. I assume you're not adding as many figures as Gino's picture? I'd think the chopper crew and a few refugees would get the impression across. 

Looking forward to seeing how she works out! 

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

 

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  • From: Lakes Entrance, Victoria, Australia.
Posted by Dodgy on Wednesday, February 2, 2022 5:33 PM

Love your work Tiger II. Will be watching with much anticipation!

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  • From: East Stroudsburg, PA
Posted by TigerII on Friday, February 11, 2022 5:30 PM

Hey Gamera, you are absolutely correct. The chopper crew is in the chopper & I'm adding a crewman and four refugees. That should get the impression across. Here are the preliminary figures. I need to tweak some things and then the whole diorama should come together.

 

Achtung Panzer! Colonel General Heinz Guderian
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  • From: East Stroudsburg, PA
Posted by TigerII on Tuesday, February 15, 2022 12:56 PM

Well its finally done. Its April 29, 1975 and the NVA and VietCong are on the verge of capturing the South Vietnamese capital of Saigon. This vignette is just a small rendering of a famous photo. The chopper landing roof is shorter than the actual photo and there are only 4 refugees; but I like the final rendition. As always all comments and critiques are greatly appreciated.

 

Achtung Panzer! Colonel General Heinz Guderian
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  • From: East Stroudsburg, PA
Posted by TigerII on Tuesday, February 15, 2022 1:01 PM

 

Achtung Panzer! Colonel General Heinz Guderian
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Posted by HeavyArty on Tuesday, February 15, 2022 4:00 PM

It came out very nicely.  Great job.

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

Check out my Gallery: https://app.photobucket.com/u/HeavyArty

"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." -- George Orwell

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, February 15, 2022 9:45 PM

Yeah great job capturing the photo in 3D! Yes

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

 

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  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Tuesday, February 15, 2022 10:06 PM

Well done.  Sure captures the action of the photo.  Nice piece.

Thanks,

John

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