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russ c

dHC Canada, RU-1A Otter, Army Security Agency, Vietnam

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Hi Everyone,

 Hope you don`t mind seeing my attempt at making a Army Security Agency, RU-1A Otter that I managed to finish this week.

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Cobbled together from Hobbycrafts 1/48 kit, filler, bits of wire and plastic sheet.

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Inspired by a photo in the Squadron Signal book U.S. Army Aviation in Vietnam and some help from some nice chaps on Hyperscale

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Finished to represent an aircraft of the 146th Radio Research Company, U.S. Army, Vietnam in the early 1970`s

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Operating under names like `Laffing Otter` and `Cafe Joe` ( though I don`t know what configuration this one relates to )

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Decals, what there are of them, were cobbled together from the stash and the serial is bogus but as close as I could get.

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I think it took me longer to get the warped wings straight(ish) than it did to build the kit.

Finally a shot of it with it`s smaller RU-6A Beaver brother

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Hope you enjoy, thanks for looking.

Cheers Russ

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Hello,Russ - Wishing you "All The Best" for the New Year. A splendid start with this beautiful 'Otter' built,finished and displayed with your hallmark expertise.

😉👍 All the best,Paul.

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Nice one, a lovely rare and esoteric subject. I'd be surprised if we see another one on the forum this year, or next! Nicely done.

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That's certainly different.

Thanks for posting

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Nice job. But you missed out the centre frame to the windshield. Easy to add still.

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2 hours ago, Paul J said:

Nice job. But you missed out the centre frame to the windshield. Easy to add still.

Cheers Paul,

 You know something kept bothering me but I couldn`t put my finger on it, well spotted. I`ll add it tomorrow :)

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You did the old workhorse justice. It's always neat seeing DHC  aircraft in U.S. colours, guess we built something good.

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Great model, Sir

 

You have found a fascinating niche to focus on. Most of these were never much noticed at the time, sometimes deliberately, and many have been quite purposely forgotten....

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Interesting looking aircraft Russ, once again some quality building there. Very neat job.

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