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What if..........RNLI had a MERLIN....!


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The usual minus the sprue shots as I couldn't wait to start chopping....
Italeri Merlin HMA.1
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The extra PE sets + masks
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The mash up of decals I'll be using,
Airfix Class Severn RNLI lifeboat & RAF SAR Seaking + the Merlin OOB set
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Top will be the version I'll be bodging up for the build, due to it having the rear drop down, the HMA.1 (bottom) OOB
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Just to show the difference in tail pieces
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some of the crew
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"More to follow as and when"

Mark

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so made a start on the internals, this is the first time I have used PE and im very impressed by the extra detail it gives, (think all my future builds will have PE)

Started off with the electronics, this will represent the radar, FLIR and communications in the build, I am going to cut off the 3 rear sections to make room for a trauma bay that'll be scratched, so im on the scrounge to see if any one has a couple of 1/72 stretchers going spare.....?

OOB then some of the PE added

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crew seating, there is 3x 2 seats in the kit but im only going to be using 1 for the crew, too make room for fold up ones out the other kit as "casualty/passenger seating

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that's it for today only a couple of hours.....

Still on the lookout for detailed internal shots of the merlin if any one can help + SAR internal material

Cheers for now

Mark

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sod it I needed a fix, so put together the ramp

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also started looking at the CLASS D inshore lifeboat and ramp launcher scratched simply out of sprue..

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sorry for the random build pattern but itll come together in the end :banghead:

Mark

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it is for now but idea behind it, is it can be launched off the ramp while helo hovering above the water surface, will be strapped down inside during the dio phase

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it is for now but idea behind it, is it can be launched off the ramp while helo hovering above the water surface, will be strapped down inside during the dio phase

Airborne lifeboat launches - love it

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Had half hour on the Class D this morning

(I will update this post instead of adding to the page, as it is starting to get cluttered)

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for all the black you can see on the orange on the craft I will try to do this with cutdown black decals..

for now....

mark

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Oh...derrrrrr...lol

I once had plans to do a SAR RAF WIF Merlin in the yellow then the dreaded modellers block showed up

Off thread - but somewhere in my built boxes I have a yellow RAF SAR Ka-25 ....... Must find it and get a photo posted.

Peter

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