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Red Dot

Academy 1/48 MH-53 Sea Dragon

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14 hours ago, modelling minion said:

Blimey that is looking fantastic Andy!

As you say it really is unusual to see anything but a clean Japanese aircraft and it makes for a very interesting subject. You are doing a cracking job mate and I can't wait to see her in the flesh.

 

cheers Craig, it will be at the club on Friday, but you won't if I remember correctly. One day..............

 

andy

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15 hours ago, exdraken said:

Great work! As MM already said, a dirty Japanse aircraft!

 

Not sue what panels are cleaned...

Loks a bit random ;)

 

 

 

cheers ex-Draken. Most of the panels are for engine access or emergency exits, but I don't know why the sponsons are partly cleaned.

 

It's interesting to see that the exits over the rear of the sponsons aren't cleaned as the dirt doesn't go that far forwards from the engines. Very efficient these Japanese, why waste time?!

 

andy

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19 hours ago, Red Dot said:

, but you won't if I remember correctly.

Ah, but I have booked a well deserved couple of days off and have got a pass for Friday night!

So I will see you and your MH-53 then.

 

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good stuff Craig, Looking forward to it

 

andy

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At the risk of sounding like Dixon of Dock Green, evening all!

 

I've been working away on the Sea Dragon and have now finished the fuselage by adding lots of small details based on what i found on the many walkaround photos. These include grab handles, aerials, lights, wiring and yet more weathering based on the pictures. The fiddliest bits were adding the partly open front windows but at last it's all done.

 

The last part i have to do now is the tail rotor assembly but it feels like i have to start all over again as it needs riveting, scribing, etched grilles adding plus some scratch-building of gearboxes inside the tail itself. Then painting and weathering!

 

Anyway, to the pictures so far.........

 

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Hope you like it all so far

Andy

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13 hours ago, modelling minion said:

I certainly  do!

She looks great Andy, all those extra details are well worth the effort and the weathering looks just like the photos.

Well done mate.

hi Craig,

 

Thanks for the comments, but you failed to notice the upside down window latches!

 

I can't believe that I did this especially as I was checking the walkarounds as I did it. I will take them apart and do it again though.

 

see you tonight maybe

 

Andy

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5 hours ago, Red Dot said:

see you tonight maybe

Not unless you are coming to see me at work!

I know the old fart isn't going tonight as Rachel is getting married tomorrow, and Richard is on holiday so not sure how many will be going.

Sorry I missed the latches mate, will have to check your work more thoroughly in the future.

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6 minutes ago, modelling minion said:

Not unless you are coming to see me at work!

I know the old fart isn't going tonight as Rachel is getting married tomorrow, and Richard is on holiday so not sure how many will be going.

Sorry I missed the latches mate, will have to check your work more thoroughly in the future.

ahhhh, makes me wonder how we are going to get in then unless Alan is there. Only one way to find out.

 

I was going to lie about the latches but it seems to have slipped out!

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I believe Alan is going, at least Alan was told by Keith that he wasn't going, whether or not that means Alan will actually turn up I don't know as he sometimes is late because of him working away.

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17 minutes ago, modelling minion said:

I believe Alan is going, at least Alan was told by Keith that he wasn't going, whether or not that means Alan will actually turn up I don't know as he sometimes is late because of him working away.

i'll give it a go and if no-one is there by 8.15, it will be home time. I will also send out a mail, but we know what good that does ;-)

 

Let's see if anyone else spots the deliberate error

Andy

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hi all,

 

Here's another update on the Sea Dragon.

 

I've changed those annoying window hinges round so the main airframe is finished. Can you see the difference? :o

 

Work has started on the tail assembly and is going really well.

 

First up was the rivetting which was an awful lot easier than on the main fueselage, mainly because there was less of it, it was easy to hold the smaller parts and lastly, because i've done it before, i had some confidence. You can see it on the pictures below.

 

Once this was done, i chain drilled the grille holes and cut out the scrap centre pieces before filing the edges neatly. Note that it doesn't need to be perfect as the etched metal covers the edges. After a coat of liquid cement to smooth things off, i added some Evostik PVA wood glue with a sharpened cocktail stick around the holes and then stuck the grilles into place, pre-bending them if they needed it. Any excess glue can be cleaned away with a wet paint brush. Rather amazingly, as this was the part i was dreading, it all went perfectly.

 

It's incredible how much you can see through the holes, so i need to scratchbuild some gearboxes and linkages next. Luckily, there is plenty of roonm inside the tail

 

Hope you like it so far

Andy

 

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hi Intruder503,

 

Thanks very much for the compliments and I'm glad you liked the thread so far. I can't believe that I have taken so many photos of the build.

 

Hopefully there will be some more shortly as the end is in sight

 

Andy

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hi Duane,

 

thanks for the comment. The tail is fighting me now!

 

Andy

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hi everyone,

 

The photos below show the work that i did inside the tail rotor assembly to at least give an impression of something behind the mesh grilles and amazingly, you can actually see this on the finished model, so it was worthwhile.

 

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Once this was completed, it was a simple task of sticking the two halves together, adding the tailplane, various other smaller parts and then spraying it all white. I weathered it using the Flory models wash and pastels method that i described earlier in the thread, again using photos of the real thing for accuracy. I particularly like the way the clean inspection panels stand out. All of this achieved the effect below.

 

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The riveting work also came up really well and i'm incredibly pleased with the results of all of this new stuff that i have been trying out for the first time.

 

Once the final mat coat had gone on, it was a simple case of fixing the tail to the main airframe and it's job done after nearly eleven months! The trouble is, it's too big to photograph and store properly!

 

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I've posted more pictures in the Ready For Insprection area (you can use the link below) and you might well be able to see the real thing at Telford in November (thanks for the help on that one Craig).

 

 

I really hope you enjoyed the ride and hopefully see you again soon

 

Thanks for looking

Andy

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Woah!  For a few moments there I genuinely wasn't completely sure whether I was looking at a picture of a real tail pylon or your model.  Superbly realistic; I look forward to seeing the real thing at Telford.

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Very kind of you to say so Ex-FAAWAFU,

 

cheers

Andy

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Absolutely superb result Andy!

This has to be your best work yet and is very realistic, well done mate.

Off to the far east for a week, no not Japan just Norfolk, so I'll drop you a line when I get back.

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hi Craig,

 

Yes, i must say, it probably is the best so far as i have tried so many new techniques on it. Have fun on hols

 

Andy

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