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  1. Thanks. :) The sling is on now, and I've started work on rigging the various aerial wires. And suddenly remembered I have a couple of cockpit mirrors sitting in yet another little pot on the window ledge!
  2. The 1/72 Airfix Lockheed Hudson 1, 1964. Kitchen table with my Dad. I pretty much melted the fuselage halves with glue, at which point my father said, "You're ruining that, son. Give it here," and proceeded to build the thing himself. (I don't think "supportive encouragement" was actually a thing in Scotland in those days. Too much danger of your children relaxing.)
  3. Thanks, both. I'm making a bit of a hash of the retaining sling at present, so it's nice to have encouragement.
  4. Thanks. I'm kinda looking forward to finishing it myself. Whatever I build next, I want it to be straight out of the box with strictly no scratch-built details!
  5. The forward still camera turned out to be fairly easy to move. Patching up its previous location wasn't perfect, but the location is well hidden, and it's satisfying to have the camera in the right place, even though its actual appearance is a matter for some conjecture. I've also now added the scratch-built SARAH yagi antennae (and their cable runs) on the sponson struts, which means all the little scratch-built bits and pieces that have been living in a pot on the window ledge are now attached to the model. Next up, I'll build the retaining sling for the folded main rotor, and then it will "just" be the matter of rigging the aerial wires on either side of the aft fuselage. So maybe my last post on this thread, unless something goes wrong or another mystery arises. Oh, and I changed the angle of the aft cameras, which were pointing rather too dramatically downwards once mounted.
  6. Bit of a lay-off while on holiday, but I now have the winch hook and cable in the correct position, the cameras mounted, and various other bits and pieces in place. I've come to the conclusion that I've put the difficult-to-research forward camera mount in the wrong position. Based on the underside view of the Apollo 10 recovery I linked to earlier, it seems this was placed on the rearmost of the paired forward weapon mount points, rather than the front. So it should sit just aft of the sponson support, rather then tucked underneath it. which is where I've put it. Easy enough to move, but then I'd need to revise the cable run and yellow tape, which might get ugly at this late stage. I'll think about it.
  7. Speaking of fiddly fragile bits ... This view on the deck of Hornet (screengrabbed from Todd Douglas Miller's Apollo 11 documentary film) shows the winch hook partially stowed, with a loop of cable dangling down. A side view on the hangar deck later suggests it was merely hooked on to one of the support struts for the winch: Would that be right, or is there likely to be something more complicated going on? (It just seems like a good way to throttle an astronaut with limited vision.)
  8. I've test-fitted the rotors - I'll remove them again while I work on the fiddly fragile bits. I painted the tail rotor, but printed my own decals for the narrow yellow stripes on the main rotor. I still need to scratch-build the retaining sling that confined the outermost rotor blades. I'm modelling the configuration of the helicopter while it was being moved from its landing point on USS Hornet's deck (where it had the third capsule decals and the "Now Hornet Plus Three" sign applied) to the elevator on which it descended to the hangar deck.
  9. Thanks for that. Looking forward to seeing your completed set. I'm on hold at present, waiting for Master-X to produce some more F13 resin conversion sets, so that I can lay my hands on a set of extended ailerons (which I really don't fancy scratch building).
  10. A fair amount of work, but not a lot to show for it. I removed the paint-mask leaks from the canopy (as well as a blob of something that looked suspiciously like a bit of epoxy), and then sanded with a succession of sandpapers and Novus scratch remover - so basically made it look a lot worse in order to end up with it looking slightly better. And the wheels are on. I used a resin add-on from a friend's stash, which has a nice rear wheel. Getting all four front wheels in contact with the ground at the same time was the usual hassle. (Well, the usual hassle for me, anyway.) I slightly modified the kit parts for the undercarriage legs. These are supplied identical and interchangeable, but there was a slight right-left asymmetry in the real thing - a pair of little tie-down lugs that were only present on the outboard side of the legs. A moment's work with a scalpel and some sandpaper got rid of the anomalous inboard lugs, and then I just needed to remember to put the correct parts on the appropriate sides. Time for the rotors, and all the little fiddly bits that I'll knock off while placing the next set of little fiddly bits.
  11. Here she is after marking up panel lines and applying a little bit of light weathering to bring out some of the surface detail. The canopy needs a bit of work. First time I've used Montex paint masks, and they seemed to be a little too ready to lift at the edges, no matter what I did - so there are messes here and there to tidy up when I'm a little less annoyed.
  12. Thanks for that. I'm getting a sense of a frame but no crossbar from the image at http://museumpublicity.com/2019/07/24/museum-of-flight-program-offers-talks-with-first-responders-to-apollo-11s-splashdown/ So that's what I'm going for.
  13. Port side decals now completed: Also some progress in reconstructing the octagonal underside antennae that I had previously removed. I got some use out of the lying instruction sheet by printing it out to scale, pasting the antenna images on to some scrap styrene sheet, and using that as a template - you can see some provisional results laid out in the foreground of the photo above. This side of the aircraft is much less well documented than the other. I've used this photo, which featured on the Hasegawa SH-3D box art (taken some time between Apollo 11 and Apollo 12), as my primary reference: There are significant differences between the photo and the Starfighter decal guide, and I've followed the photo with regard to the number and position of "Rescue" arrows - three around the door, one tilted at a slightly different angle, and a horizontal arrow behind the window. Another frustrating aspect of the Starfighter decals is that they provide seemingly endless spares of left-pointing arrows, but only a total of three right-pointing arrows - I sourced a fourth, in a slightly different style, from the SH-3H kit. Barring some very implausible painting and repainting between Apollo 11, this photo and 12, I'm sure that Starfighter have got the rescue arrows wrong - they show only three, all tilted at 45 degrees, for both 11 & 12. At first I was pretty sure that some repainting had taken place between Apollo 11 and the port side photograph above - the tail "Danger" sign seems to have red text, above, but it was certainly black on the recovery day, as seen in the Apollo 11 documentary film: However, I've just looked at a similar photo in Bob Fish's Hornet Plus Three (which looks very much as if it comes from the same roll on the same flight) and despite the low resolution the lettering appears to be black. I'm wondering if the apparent red text on my reference photo is due to colour bleed in the original scanning process.
  14. By the way, The original kit moulding was just a plain octagon, with no central "cross bar" of the sort you've modelled. I can't see a cross bar in the fuzzy Getty Image picture, or in the rather sharper view from Apollo 11 that features here: http://museumpublicity.com/2019/07/24/museum-of-flight-program-offers-talks-with-first-responders-to-apollo-11s-splashdown/ Was the cross bar a constant feature?
  15. You can just make out the Snoopy eyes above the text, if you know to look for them.
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