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About Smudge

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    It just came off in my hand, Chief.
  • Birthday 01/28/1962

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  1. I am still trying to find a decent image of the rotor head that shows roughly how to represent the hydraulic pipe work, which I believe actuates the blade fold. A picture from overhead, or maybe a drawing would be ideal. Also, Fujimi state black for the rotor head colour. Hard to tell from pictures, could be a dark grey? Thirdly, Fujimi state silver for the upper surface of the blades. This seems unlikely for US Navy and Marine Corps aircraft. I'm guessing just black or possibly a dark green? Any help appreciated
  2. Me too. There is still a good chance!
  3. So, further to the discussion about the intakes of the D model, here are a couple of pictures comparing the kit parts of the E/F. (I bought a CH-46D kit........) I have decided against trying to scratch build a copy. I have been following a few builds on Britmodeller where the builder has moulded copies of parts from resin. This has intrigued me, so I thought I would give it a go and see if I could copy the D model intakes, and use them for this build. So here what I bought from everyone's favourite internet auction site. There are no instructions, other than what is written on the labels. Hopefully by watching how others have done this, I might be able to pull it off Off to work now, but thanks for looking. Cheers.
  4. Next little job is to try and open out the engine exhausts. I used a little electric drill to grind out the moulded detail. Then used some plastic tube to represent the exhaust pipe. I did consider cutting the whole lot out and replacing it with some brass tube, but the pipes seem to be a very close fit to the engine bay covers, so the kit representation seems quite accurate, it was just the lack of depth that was bothering me.
  5. Unfortunately I've not had a lot of time to spare lately, but here is a little update. I've been working on opening up some of the intakes, which are just moulded detail on the kit. The rear pylon.... and the front..... I don't have a file small enough to fit in the gap, and a little more cleaning up is required, but I'm fairly pleased with the result. I will just place some plastic card inside the pylons to prevent any 'see through'.
  6. Just catching up with your progress. Great work as always.
  7. Smashing job. Looking very nice.
  8. Very nice. The Thunderbird scheme is very neatly done.
  9. I was going to tease you and say where is the winch cable? then I saw that you were doing it! Nice work.
  10. I'd like to go to the Gatwick Fair myself one day, although it's a bit of a way for me. The Harvard is looking good. Shame about the cowling decal.
  11. Yeah.....I have been thinking about this, and this might be a problem. Most of the Vietnam era Phrogs seem to have what I will call the 'short' intakes and unfortunately my kit only has the 'long' intakes. Like this I'm still pretty keen on doing the option on the Microscale sheet, so I am toying with the idea of either cutting these kit parts back, or possibly scratch building a replacement part. They will be covered by the long fine mesh intake filters of the period, so I might be able to get away with them being slightly less than perfect. Cheers.
  12. So, the undercart and wheels are on. Just a few fine details to attend to, some wing tip nav lights, and some detail painting. Looking forward to getting the decals on. Thanks for looking.
  13. I've ordered 46 Driver. Should have it by next weekend
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