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Hi all and a little egg-beater from Heller just finished for the 'In The Year I Was Born" GB here on Britmodeller. This a/c 195 (along with 196) were the first helicopters to enter service with the Helicopter Flight of the Irish Air Corps on November 25th, 1963 and operated in the SAR, Air Ambulance, army co-op and emergency relief roles until 2007. It's a credit to the crews and maintenance teams that 6 of the 7 machines still in service in 2007 were airworthy on their last day of ops, 44 years on. 195 is finished as she looked in June 1968, a month before my quiet arrival into the world The canopy and rotor fit weren't great and some of the finer parts are a little big but did my best with them. The build thread (and some classic 60's home-move footage of 195 in action that Summer) is here but to recap: Kit: Heller 1/72 Alouette III 'Securite Civile' boxing Build: OOB except for tape for belts and tea-bag mesh for the engine. Paints: Revell Acrylics with an airbrush; Klear; panel line wash. Decals: Max Decals donated by @rs2man Heller Alouette III IAC_Done (15) by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Heller Alouette III IAC_Done (22) by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Heller Alouette III IAC_Done (21) by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Heller Alouette III IAC_Done (10) by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Heller Alouette III IAC_Done (17) by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Heller Alouette III IAC_Done (13) by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Thanks for looking and happy modelling. Cheers, Dermot
Hi all, So with the F-16I Sufa almost done, it's on to the next build and one I've wanted to do for a while using this wee kit... And hopefully turn it into an EC-135 of the Garda Siochana (Irish Police Force) Air Support Unit (Photo by Jerry Gunner; Wikipedia Commons. No copyright claim intended) Some of the police bits will need to be scratched while others (including the high skids) come in a spare sprue that's included in this kit. Decals will be from Max Decals. Thanks for looking. Cheers, Dermot
Been busy with work so not a chance to get any modelling done in a while, so it was time to move out of my 1/144 scale zone and onto something a little bigger. This is the vintage Heller Fouga kit, to say it was a challenge would be an understatement. I built this for a workmate who wanted it for his Father, it is all raised detail and due to age some of the kit parts had warped including the wings and fuselage, Main ref book was Fouga Magister, An Irish Perspective By Joe Maxwell and Radu Brinzan As it is such an odd scale Maxdecals 1/48 sheet was used instead, it was my first time using these and I found them to be superb in quality and they had no problems conforming to the kit details even without using decal softener. It was also my first time using Tamiya fine primer spray and the Humbrol rattle cans and with the heating tip in warm water worked brilliantly, the dayglo (looks orange in the pics but its more red in real life) and other colours are from Humbrol tins ( hairy stick application!!) Anyone who knows this kit is aware that the canopy is split down the middle and must be fixed in place before the fuselage is joined, this presented the biggest problem. Some details where not included and need a little scratch-building such as the periscope on the canopy, battery cover vents, new aerials and standard tamiya tape belts. Anyway I think it all worked out in the end and it built into a really nice kit, as always all comments appreciated.( ADF red and white aerials on the nose where added after these photos where taken)