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Trumpeter 1/35 British Heli - Its a Chinook


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Dan has persuaded me to stick this up here. Its on another forum, but he's a mate and here goes.

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Its an absolute monster. It sat on a shelf for three years whilst I located bits for it

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should give you an idea of the size of the thing

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make a mental note of those seats.......................

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I picked up the Trumpeter kit for the little lads and cracked on with them. I started this when we were deployed in Afghan, so that's the period I decided to model. Dont know if I'd do that now, but we are where we are

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still got a lot to do on these lads including mics


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I searched high and low for these and even spoke to the lad who did the originals. I finally located bits in Italy, Germany and the Netherlands. I think they are still out of production sadly as they are good

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This is the Cobra panel. Its nice

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These are Septics from the Trumpeter kit.

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A lot to do when I looked at this

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Two choices. The panel shipped with the kit or the Cobra

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Edwood etch which looks lovely

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you can see the dilemma

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The detail in the loading bay area is pants

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Big Ed etch improves it a bit but its not the whole answer

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soundproof lining is not good also

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It had to go

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Cobra seats

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erm real soundproof lining so you can see the problem

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90 individual hangers to do

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and some scratch building

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straps loose for access to the windows

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First thing was to strip out the molded formers

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cobra vs edwood

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some of the gubbins

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cardboard formers to make

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farsands of em

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There is a deliberate mistake in this shot. My knowledge of these is limited to lst being in one 20 odd years ago!

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Making a start on the loading bay

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alu rod

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early attempt at lining

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This is what I used for the lining. Really light weight

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cobra seats

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live resin M60s

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or edwood

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Here is where I hit a mental block that lasted over a year. Those seats

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dunno where they came from!!

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precision engineering is that. Shot an AK as well which was not bad actually. Just finding random shots in with the wokka wokka, so what the hell!

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And here is where it sat for a year

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because of these things

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Right. That it is up to date as of two week ago when I picked it back up. More if I get a minute tomoz.

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This is just brilliant.... sheer madness mind you, but just brilliant !!

I could look at those WIP photos for hours as there's some great modelling tips in almost each one.

Gotta love a good Wokka and this ones turning out to be the best I've seen.

Cheers.. Dave

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Coming along ...one day you will finish something

Good modeling mate

Terry

I did say I'd crack it Terry. Shift tonight mate?

This is just brilliant.... sheer madness mind you, but just brilliant !!

I could look at those WIP photos for hours as there's some great modelling tips in almost each one.

Gotta love a good Wokka and this ones turning out to be the best I've seen.

Cheers.. Dave

Thanks Dave. I skipped over the failed experiment with modelling clay....

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She's playing jelly splash so I may as well get it up to date.

Brass rod and tube purchased.

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This gives you an idea of the joyous task of the hangers

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The singletons are located right at the back of the heli by the loading bay

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took me a week to crack each side. There is a minor gaf to correct

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good bit of drilling to do with the trusty dremel

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These are for the seats

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which will go in here

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Its a single seat that goes on the end though

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6 of these to do for the seats that are lowered. I decided to raise the seats in the loading bay

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These are the supports that sit under the seats

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One side complete. Needs to nail the other side them I can spray, paint and assemble

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Should give you the idea

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The straps in front of the windows need bending behind the seats as the windows act as emergency exits

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This is hugely impressive! It screams out to be in a diorama setting when it is finished.

Martin

Thanks Martin but its absolutely mahoosive mate. The handful there are posted on the web on various sites have them mostly on posh wooden mounts. I had the mental debate about having either an L118 light gun with a strap fitted ready for pickup and the heli on the ground, or with it touching down and a some lads in an all round defence preparing to move, but the issue is obviously getting the figures as British squaddies in 1/35th are not plentiful and the body armour is too complex to scratch. I do have a 1 tonner which I'd love to suspend from it but the mrs would go ape if I tried to hand it from the ceiling!!

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Great work Simmerit!

The seat straps look like on enormous mind numbing task, they'll be worth it once completed though. Really loving the level of detail here, the rear end interior looks really good.

Looking forward to seeing more.

Al

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Thanks lads. I hope the exterior paint job does it justice when I get to it - new airbrush that I just cant quite get to grips with....

Mrs out on the raz tonight so hopefully I will break the back the of the other row of seats tonight before she gets in and I get some drunken grief from her about the mess on her table and lovely table cloth getting ruined

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Fantastic build and one to follow. Unfortunately your Live Resin door guns are not M60's. They are M240's.

Just checked them and of course you are right. In my dim and distant memory, I seem to recollect its the mounts that caught my eye as they are for the Chinook. Looks like a minor investment required

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Thanks for all the compliments lads. She's out on the raz so I'm cracking on with the other seats. I dont now why I didn't think of this before but its such a blinkin easy way of drilling rod....................................................

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Bit of masking tape folded over and a pencil dot where the hole is required. The masking tape stops the drill slipping and it also gives you the correct location for the hole. Durgh....

Anyway

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took two mins as opposed to an hour...............................

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last seat rail

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so before I soldered this, I spent ages telling myself 'dont forget these are opposites. One l/h and one r/h,so they are opposites' yup. Solddrered the supports round the wrong way and only spotted it when the whole thing was done..................

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My trusty pliable errs soon put that right. Onto the three remaining upright supports and I'm done!! nearly three weeks graft (elapsed time) including those hagers

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