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+++ Finished!!! +++ Marines attack helicopter AH-1G Cobra, Vietnam 1970 (AZ Model, 1/72)


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Hi again,

 

Sorry for the lack of updates since mid-July. I've been working on this build but I haven't had the time to post updates.

 

Continuing from where I left, I glued the parts through which the cannon and grenade launcher stick out of the gun turret:

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I also removed the cannon and grenade launcher from the sprues and glued them to a toothpick, ready for painting:

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Next, I glued together the tail rotor blades and shaft. The shaft does not fit tightly on the corresponding hole in the tail fin. So, I glued a piece of thin plastic sheet around the shaft's end:

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I also glued the PE part to the blades:

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There were also a few PE bits that had to be glued to the fuselage:

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The wings and pod holders were glued together (the parts on the left were cleaned from flash before glueing):

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The exhaust parts were also removed from the sprues and cleaned, in preparation for painting:

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The next step was the installation of the links between the blades and the centre of the main rotor. These are build with PE parts and small sections of plastic rod, but I used pieces of copper wire instead of plastic rod.

 

Here we can see the PE bits already bent to shape:

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These bits were glued in place:

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After a few tries, to find the correct length, I glued the pieces of copper wire in place, as shown in the following two pictures:

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To finish with the main rotor, I glued the shaft in place:

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There is an antenna to install on the lower port side of the fuselage, but there are no locating pins or slots. To ensure a proper installation, I drilled holes on the mating surfaces of the fuselage and antenna and glued a piece of copper wire on the antenna:

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The final PE bits to be installed on the exterior are the bits that go on the skids. To ensure a proper installation, I drilled holes on the skids before glueing the PE bits in place:

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Finally, Alclad Black Primer and Microfiller was applied to all parts which will be black or need metallic paints:

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Thanks for looking

 

Jaime

 

 

 

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Hi again,

 

After priming the parts that will be painted with metallic colours, I needed to mask some of them.

 

Here's the PE fret after the first round of masking:

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The rotors have black blades with yellow tips, with metallic shafts. I'll use the black primer for the black blades, so, I masked the parts accordingly:

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The centres of the rotors and the shafts were painted with Alclad White Aluminium

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The guns were painted with Alclad Gunmetal and the exhaust parts with Alclad Burnt Iron. The exhaust part with the turbine face was, then, masked inside and out, except for the turbine face, which was painted with Alclad White Aluminium. Then, I used blu-tack to mask the turbine face, as shown in the following picture, because the turbine shaft would be painted with Alclad Aluminium:

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After unmasking, here is the end result:

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While waiting for the different metallic shades to dry, before moving to the next one, I decided to cut the vacform canopy.

 

Here it is before cutting off the surrounding plastic:

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It should be said that it is not very clear were the cuts should be made, because there's not a sharp separation between the canopy's frames and the surrounding material. As a result, I may have cut it too short or the canopy itself was moulded too short, because it didn't fit properly on the fuselage: there were some visible gaps, especially in front of the canopy:

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In contrast, the kit-supplied canopy fits almost perfectly:

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A side by side comparison of the two canopies shows that the vacform one seems to be a bit shorter than the kit's canopy in the frontal section:

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I'll have to use the kit's canopy, then. Fortunately, it is very clear.

 

Thanks for looking.

 

Jaime

 

 

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Hi again,

 

The kit's canopy had a sprue stub attached, which I sawed off. The setup used to avoid damaging the transparency of the part was this:

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The canopy was washed, left to dry and later given a bath of Alclad Aqua Gloss to increase brilliance and transparency.

 

Next, I painted the cockpit parts, including those still in the PE fret:

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After applying a coat of Aqua Gloss, a dark wash was used to weather the cockpit parts:

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Here's the cockpit base after application of the wash and a silver dry-brush on the floor and side consoles:

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Here's the PE fret in final form, with all the colours applied:

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The next step was the assembly of the instrument panels. Each of these are made up of a PE part and an acetate with the instruments (whose back I had already painted with flat white):

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The PE parts were removed from the fret and the instruments cut off the acetate:

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I used Aqua Gloss to glue the PE and acetate parts. This also provides a nice "glass-like" cover to the instruments:

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Final assembly of instrument panel consoles:

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Next, I installed the PE seat belts:

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and the control columns and levers on the cockpit base:

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The seats were glued in place:

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From reference pictures, I noticed that a control lever was missing on the left front console:

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So, I scratch built it using a piece of plasticard and a small length of copper wire:

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This was painted matt black. A bit of red was also applied to the inside of the front right console, to replicate the label that can be seen in the picture of the cockpit above:

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I glued the cockpit base to the starboard inner side of the fuselage. I also glued in place the front instrument panel and the back end of the cockpit. However, there were no guides or tabs to keep the front instrument panel in the right position. I had to guess where to glue it and inserted a piece of sprue to hold it in place:

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Here are two views of the results:

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To finish this phase of the build, I closed the fuselage:

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Thanks for looking

 

Jaime

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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On 15/09/2020 at 20:17, desert falcon said:

You are making good progress 👍

 

9 hours ago, CliffB said:

This is all looking very nice Jaime.  You're really getting the best out of that PE. 

Thanks for the kind words and interest!

 

Cheers

 

Jaime

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Hi again,

 

After closing the fuselage, I test fit the canopy and found that it didn't fit in the front. This was due to the incorrect positioning of the front instrument panel: since there were no location tabs, I had glued it in a position that was too inclined to ther front and interfered with the front of the canopy:

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After a lot of sanding of the instrument panel's cover and thinning of the canopy's front under the frontal rim, I managed to make the canopy fit in place:

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This is how the instrument panel's cover was after all the sanding:

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Just to compare, I also test fit the vacform canopy, which still showed gaps, especially in the frontal area:

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The somewhat loose nature of the fit of the parts of this kit also showed up in the back of the cockpit, where gaps between the back cover and the sides can be seen:

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Since the underside opening of the fuselage was still not closed, I filled in the gaps from the inside using super-glue.

 

There are also gaps between the cockpit base and the port fuselage part but I didn't manage to reached them from inside to fill them with super-glue:

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Finally, I closed the underside of the fuselage. As can be seen, the fit of these parts could be better and I'll have to fill in a few gaps:

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Thanks for looking.

 

Jaime

 

 

 

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Great, precise work as always Jaime. Impressive i/ps. :) 

 

That canopy is a pain… I've had similar problems with vac forms and, to be honest, they're not my favourites. It looks like you're sorting the issues though and she's coming together well.

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On 22/09/2020 at 08:44, CedB said:

Great, precise work as always Jaime. Impressive i/ps. :) 

 

That canopy is a pain… I've had similar problems with vac forms and, to be honest, they're not my favourites. It looks like you're sorting the issues though and she's coming together well.

 

Thank you very much, Ced! Very kind, as always!

 

I'm afraid I didn't manage to finish the build in the time frame of the GB, in keeping with my tradition regarding GBs...

 

I did manage to progress slowly since I returned from my holidays in September but real life has been extremely busy since.

 

I'll update the thread in the coming days, possibly in the regular WIP area.

 

Cheers

 

Jaime

 

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On 27/10/2020 at 08:15, CedB said:

Life often gets in the way Jaime, but it'll be good to see it progress :) 

 

Hi @CedB

 

Indeed life gets in the way. I've already finished this build (mid-December) but my time has been very limited since the Summer holidays and I had to choose between progressing with the build and updating the thread.

 

I'll update the thread in the following days, hopefully.

 

Cheers

 

Jaime

 

 

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12 hours ago, Jackson Duvalier said:

I've enjoyed catching up with your build, Jaime.  I too have a stalled AZ AH-1, as well as two additional kits still in the overtree Joy Pack, and the Brengun PE set and the Pavla vac.

 

Hope to see more soon, cheers.  

 

Thank you for your interest Jackson! This kit is a bit "vague" in terms of fitting but the level of detail and the shapes are good. My experience with the Pavla vac was frustrating, as shown in the posts above, and in the end I used the kit provided canopy. The Brengun set is good and is a great improvement to the detail of the  kit.

 

I'm now waiting for the delivery of Special Hobby's 1/72 Cobra, in its "early tails" boxing. Seems to be a good kit, hopefully less problematic than the AZ's. I still have to order the PE set from Brengun for the SH.

 

8 hours ago, heloman1 said:

Excellent build, I like what you have done.

 

Colin

 Thank you very much Colin, much appreciated!

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Hi again,

 

Finally, a new update on this build, which I already finished two weeks ago.

 

I glued the pilot's instrument panel assembly in place:

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The left side panel is partially obstructed by the instrument panel but the later sits well in place, nonetheless.

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The tail fin sits a bit below the tail spine. I had to elevate it using a piece of plasticard:

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The excess plastic was later carved out.

 

On the lower edges of the canopy, I carved out a small indent to install the PE opening handles for the moving panels of the canopy:

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Next, Perfect Plastic Putty (PPP) was liberally applied on the seams on the fuselage:

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PPP was also applied on the joints between the wings and pilons:

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and on the seams of the weapons:

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The PPP dried for at least a day and the excess was, then, removed with a damp cotton-bud.

 

I also masked the canopy, both outside

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and inside:

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The interior colour (Gunze's H317 Dark Gull Grey) was airbrushed outside and inside:

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The paint was allowed to dry and a gloss coat was applied to the inside of the canopy, in preparation for the application of a dark wash.

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Here is the set-up for the wash application:

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To finish with the canopy, the PE parts were applied and the inside was sealed with an Alclad Flat coat. Here's the end result after removing the inside masking:

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Thanks for looking

 

Jaime

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, jrlx said:

My experience with the Pavla vac was frustrating, as shown in the posts above, and in the end I used the kit provided canopy.

 

I was disappointed to see that.  ☹️  Perhaps cutting the moulded canopy to leave the stationary parts and using the appropriate portions of the Pavla vac for the opening bits would be a workaround?  You've done a fine job masking and painting yours.

 

My big issue is decals.  I've three of the things to build, with no markings and little aftermarket support from what I've been able to determine.

 

The Special Hobby kit does look to be quite good, Libor Jekl included an inspirational specimen in his workbench guide.

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7 hours ago, Jackson Duvalier said:

Perhaps cutting the moulded canopy to leave the stationary parts and using the appropriate portions of the Pavla vac for the opening bits would be a workaround?

I considered doing something like that but opted for not trying to cut the kit canopy and risk ruining it. By the way, the Special Hobby kit provides separate transparent parts for the moving and fixed parts of the canopy.

 

7 hours ago, Jackson Duvalier said:

My big issue is decals.  I've three of the things to build, with no markings and little aftermarket support from what I've been able to determine

So it seems... In a quick search I could only find a Printscale decal sheet for AH-1 Cobras, but only two schemes are applicable to the version of this AZ Model boxing.

 

Cheers

 

Jaime

 

 

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Hi again,

 

While manipulating the model, I managed to knock out the gunner's instrument panel and control stick. I had to re-glue them in place:

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I used thin strips of plasticard to straight the horizontal edges of the front air intake. Unfortunately, the grid of the intake wasn't perfectly aligned and I couldn't adjust it:

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The piece of acetate representing the pilot's head up display was CA-glued in place. A better option would be using Aquagloss or other clear varnish to glue it in place:

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Next, the canopy was glued in place with Contacta Clear glue:

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The wings were next. They were glued in place and the model was left to rest on a LEGO gig to ensure proper alignment of the wings:

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IMAG7015

 

The horizontal stabilisers were next:

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IMAG7016

 

The joints of the canopy, wings and stabilisers with the fuselage weren't good enough, so additional PPP was applied:

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IMAG7017

 

Look after removal of the excess PPP:

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The cockpit interior colour was re-sprayed but the joints between canopy and fuselage still needed improvement:

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IMAG7019

 

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Therefore, additional work was done to improve these joints: a lot of scraping, sanding and more PPP. I also sealed the opening for the main rotor shaft and the exhaust with blu-tack, to protect them from the main painting phase:

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Another task before starting the main painting phase was drilling a hole on the nose for later installation of the pitot tube:

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Another re-spraying of the canopy with the cockpit's interior colour was done to ensure the joints were now good enough. After that I applied a coat of Alclad's Black Primer and Microfiller. This revealed several seams that still needed improvement. After a lot more work, the final black primer coat was applied:

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The primer on the nose area was masked to make the black anti-glare area of the nose.

 

For providing tonal variance, I applied a layer of "marbling" using two shades of green, both lighter than the Field Green of the colour scheme: first Gunze's H312 Green (the shade used as "interior green" by British Aircraft of WWII) was mottled inside the panels, followed by Sky.

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The same "marbling" was applied to the small parts:

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The main colour was applied in thin layers, panel by panel:

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IMAG7031

 

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Thin layers of the main colour were also applied to the small parts:

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Thanks for looking.

 

Cheers

 

Jaime

 

 

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1 hour ago, Serkan Sen said:

Very nice build with great skill Jaime.

Serkan

 

40 minutes ago, Heart Failure said:

Enjoying the progress on your build. Absolutely stunning work. Keep us posted.

 

 

@Serkan Sen @Heart Failure Thank you very much for your interest and kind words, much appreciated!

 

Cheers

 

Jaime

 

 

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Hi again,

 

With the main colour applied, the next step was painting the yellow tail band. I delimited the area using masking tape:

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The rest of the fuselage was protected using kitchen cling-film:

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The tail band was first painted flat white, as a base for the yellow:

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The tips of the rotors are also yellow, so they were painted white first as well

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Here's the end result for the tail band:

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and for the rotors:

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There's also a tail probe, which was painted yellow with red stripes:

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The fuselage and all the small parts were sealed with a microgloss coat, in preparation for decaling. Here's the set-up for decal application:

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There aren't many decals and they behaved very well. The decals were sealed with another coat of microgloss. The final result can be seen in the next pictures:

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The next step was applying a dark wash to the fuselage and all small parts. This was done using Vallejo's acrylic "Oiled Earth" wash. Here's the operation under way:

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Next, the fuselage and small parts received a coat of Alclad Flat, to give them the final finish. There were several small task to conclude however.

 

First, the exhaust ring and PE guards were glued in place. I also brush-painted the intake grids with Gunze's H18 Steel. The presence light on top of the engine tower was first painted Tamiya's Chrome Silver. It will later receive a coat of transparent red:

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The PE parts for the armament were applied:

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Here we can see the armament by the fuselage:

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Before glueing the armament in place there were a few smallish PE parts to install on the wings: parts 32, 33 and 34 on the picture below

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These parts make up a mechanism to be installed between the centre pylon and the lower surface of the wing. Here are the the parts for one of the mechanisms glued together, before installation on the wing:

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The following pictures show how these look installed in place:

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Finally, the armament was installed:

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That's all for now. Hopefully, the next post will be the last.

 

Thanks for looking

 

Jaime

 

 

 

 

 

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Hi again,

 

Next step of the build was installing the gun turret under the nose. The turret had a rotating cannon and grenade launcher installed. Since there are openings on the underside of the turret, allowing the inside to be visible, I decided to add pieces of painted sprue to simulate the ends of the guns inside the turret. The following picture shows all the parts:

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The guns were installed. The painted side of the pieces of sprue was installed facing the openings on the underside of the turret:

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When seen from the underside, the sprue pieces can be seen:

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Next, the turret was glued in place:

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The remaining small parts were glued in place: the pitot tube on the nose:

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the blade antenna under the fuselage (the joint was improved by filling with CA glue and painting with matte black):

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and the tail probe:

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The canopy masking was removed, revealing that some dust and pieces of PPP had managed to find their way into the cockpit. The dark wash also spread under the masking near the front frames of the canopy but that was easily removed with the damp tip of a toothpick:

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Here's an overview of the current state of the build:

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Detailed view of the top presence light, already painted with transparent red over a base of chrome silver:

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I still had to glue the skids in place. In order to allow enough time to position the skids correctly, I decided to use 5 min Araldite. This epoxy glue allows 5 min working time, hardens in 20 min and provides maximum strength after 2 hours.

 

I used a LEGO rig to align the skids properly:

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After 2 hours of curing time, the Araldite-glued skids still didn't stand the weight of the model (the Araldite tube I used is a couple of years old), so I left the model on the rig for at least half a day more and, then, reinforced the joints between the skids and fuselage with CA. Very diluted brush-applied paint was applied to repair the paint job around the joints.

 

Next, the main rotor was glued in place:

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The last PE parts were installed, closing the opening around the main rotor shaft:

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To finish with, I glued the tail rotor in place.

 

Here are two pictures of the completed model. More will follow in a RFI post.

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Thanks for looking.

 

Jaime

 

EDIT: the RFI post with better final pictures is here.

 

 

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