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Stephan

AS365N2 / Z-9A Dolphin 1/72 French Marine

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In a kind of a Mojo-rush after finishing my ZIL fuel truck, I decided to make a weekend build of my Z-9A from DreamModel before continuing on my Z-10.

Well, we had a nice start with the PE parts which were a pleasure to work with.

The back seats are not a part of the etch set Z-9A, they are from a Z-9WA. I had one set in spare so I can use some parts of it.

 

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Than cleaning the main body of the parts that would be used for the "WZ" variants and making a dry-fit was joyful as well.

 

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Than I did a bit of research and it doomed me that this will not be that easy going as I initially thought.

The kit has some inaccuracies that I’m willing to turn a blind eye to, but it has two major downsides.

1. There are none of the 5 to 7 Antennas, what is not a big deal except for the huge long range antenna on the starboard side.

2. What bothers me is the missing hoist on the starboard side. I have found not one single picture of a French Marine Helicopter without a hoist.

 

cheers, Stephan

 

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The hoist is done.

I have made a 3d model of the hoist judging from pictures and a side view.

It is not that accurate but for 1/72 its OK. You may download the two parts here:

https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2781861

Material is PLA, Cura settings are "100% infill" "heated bed with adhesion print" "extra fine quality" nozzle was 0.4mm.

 

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The levers of the overhead console are designed to be folded to give em more depth but if you do so they don't fit any more in the designated slots.

The PE belts were a lot to stiff for my taste so I clipped of the buckles and loops and glued them to home made Tesa Krepp (paper based sellotape) belts.

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I was pretty much surprised that this is the first helicopter kit I build that doesn’t provide a pitch lever... 

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There are not a lot of pictures of the cabins back area but most of them are showing an orange curtain.

Because it was such an attractive colourful spot I wanted that too.

 

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I used 2 layers of an usual 4 layer tissue attached to a wire and than saturated with diluted PVA. After drying painted with acrylics and sealed with gloss coat.

 

cheers, Stephan

 

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4 hours ago, Stephan said:

I was pretty much surprised that this is the first helicopter kit I build that doesn’t provide a pitch lever... 

Sadly there are many out there like that.

 

Beautiful work, Stephan. The cockpit is very nice - those overhead levers!

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What a smashing idea with the curtains Stephan. That's showing a real can do attitude with lateral thinking. I did similar to make tarps to cover the rear stowage of my 1/72 Shermans

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Thanks for your kind comments.

21 hours ago, Tempestwulf said:

I did similar to make tarps to cover the rear stowage of my 1/72 Shermans

If it's here on BM feel free to post a link to it. I would be glad to see it.

I have heard that modellers use that technique to make canvas so I only added the comb which is in fact the comb of my daughter, so please don't tell or I might get hurt.

 

The next issue is the rotor-star of the rotor-head. It doesn’t look very much like the original.

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the Bars sanded to a star shape - elements cut off from the backside

 

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clear surface - the rotor-star close to its new shape

 

cheers, Stephan

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The ready assembled cockpit with cp levers 

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The rotorhead needed a little more attention

 

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The rotormast was not designed to be detachable, so I changed that a little.

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colourcodes were made with 0.4mm masking tape painted on a sheet of glass

 

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Happy and relaxing Easter days to everyone 

 

Stephan

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