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About Bladerunner

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  1. Bladerunner

    1/48 UH-72 Lakota

    Making progress...
  2. Bladerunner

    1/48 UH-72 Lakota

    Hi guys, I've been working on a 1/48 UH-72 Lakota, using the ScaleWorx 1/48 BK-117 resin kit to base it on. Cheers, John
  3. Bladerunner

    1/48 MBB BK-117

    Thanks ROBOT Here's the final resin parts, as well as some pics of the hoist assembly and rudder pedal mechanisms masters.
  4. Bladerunner

    1/48 MBB BK-117

    Masters completed
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    1/48 MBB BK-117

    Just did a quick test fit of the dust filter. Cheers, John
  6. Bladerunner

    1/48 MBB BK-117

    I managed to get the engine deck, basic gearbox and swashplate done. Tail fin and tail rotor also being modified. Some before and after pics. Cheers, John
  7. Bladerunner

    1/48 MBB BK-117

    Bell209, glad you like it. It's unfortunate that this lovely helicopter has been neglected in 1/48. The plan is to use this build as masters for a resin kit. I intentionally made the effort to retain the standard intakes and be useful for modelers that would want to build another version without the airfilter. The external differences are minimal between the variants. An EC-145/UH-72 will be a possible future spinoff from this.
  8. Bladerunner

    1/48 MBB BK-117

    Thanks guys Bell209, I'm building a SAAF BK117, and what a mix they are... Some came from Venda, Transkei, Ciskei, and Bophuthatswana. They were A3, A-4 and B1. All currently upgraded to B1 as far as I know. My model will be one that came from Venda serial number 381, (an A3) with the older type dogbox airfilter and without the windows on the clamshell doors.
  9. Bladerunner

    1/48 MBB BK-117

    Some more progress Cheers, John
  10. Bladerunner

    1/48 MBB BK-117

    Yes indeed. Still a modeler though
  11. Bladerunner

    1/48 MBB BK-117

    Hi guys, I started on refurbishing the ancient and extremely rare Revell Junior BK-117 snapkit recently. The kit is very basic and has no interior (besides two "couches") or clear parts. The fuselage dimensions are 1/48, making things a bit easier. Started with the floorboard, center console, instrument panel and cowl, and then realized that I better get the blanks done for the clear parts. These were made from resin and filler, but the overhead windows didn't feature, and had to be carefully cut out. Noticed that the engine covers did not have the bulges, and the middle section was too high. Cut two slots on either side of the center line to lower it, and then added two strips of plastic card on top of the engine covers to shape the bulges. The intakes had to be opened up a bit, which brought another issue to light. The fairing that separates the intakes is too narrow and too rounded. This was cut out and a new one built from plastic card. The main rotor blades are 12.5mm too short, and the chord just a fraction short. Lengthened one blade with a section of another to use as a master. Also added a thin strip to the trailing edge, of which most will be sanded down to adjust the chord. Cheers, John
  12. Bladerunner

    Scaleworx 48th scale SAAF Puma build...

    Hi Colin, Really enjoying your build, and very interesting to see how your experience almost makes it look easy. Anyway, I don't have the parts anymore, and did return them to you years ago I went all out with my Oryx as a complete kit. Cheers, John
  13. Bladerunner

    BK-117 kits

    GeejeeZ, glad I could help you retain your sanity... By the way, there will be some hope for those passionate about the BK117 in 1/48, because I've decided to make a resin kit available of mine, once all the corrections and extra goodies are made