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HansReggelsen

RD-53 to CH-53G - can it be done?

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Hi all! :D

 

I have the Fujimi 1/72 RD-53 and would like to ask the question: What will it take to convert it to a CH-53G other than some new decals? :hmmm:

I'm preparing a Bundeswehr series of planes and thingies that drive on the ground and therefor would like to include the 'G' in my collection. :heart:

 

Cheers :bye:

Hans J

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I would say yes...

I think the CH-53G got new composite rotor blades at some point same as the USAF MH-53J/M's which IIRC  have a different tip profile to the earlier blades...that may limit your use of the RH-53D to a certain time frame of Bundeswehr use.

 

But i'm no expert on the type.

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Hi

As I know, RD-53 has foldable rotor head because of the carrier ops, CH-53 has fixed rotor head . Therefore You need carefully remove the folding mechanism from each blades. All Fujimi's  **-53* kits has foldable rotors . For CH-53G You are better off with old Airfix kit which is still the best CH-53 kit in the market now.

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The CH-53G had a folding main rotor for hangar stowage. I have one in the stash which will be an Italeri MH-53J with Isracast parts for RWR receivers etc. 

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It never appeared to me, I'm ashamed of myself. Thank You for the correction. According to these, from the Fujimi kit we can do a correct early CH-53G (possibly with new composite rotor blades for late version), CH-53D Sea Stallion and RD-53D, but for example not an IAF CH-53 Yasur or HH-53C Jolly Green Giant without a little rotorhead surgical intervention .

Thanks tonywood !

 

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Thank you all :D - now it's just a question of finding the right decals - the hunt is on! :winkgrin:

 

Cheers :bye:

Hans J

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Greetings from Germany,
 

 HFlRgt 15 was my unit, a German Army Aviation Regiment equipped with the CH-53. I wrote a comparison between Fujimi's, Revell's and Airfix' CH-53 kits in 1/72 sclae on Flugzeugforum: https://www.flugzeugforum.de/threads/1-72-ch-53g-bausatzvergleich-airfix-fujimi-italeri-auch-revell-bilek.53083/

I agree, Airfix kit is clearly the best in 1/72 scale, but Fujimi is not bad, the bigges problems being an anemic tail pylon and wrong-sized cockpit side windows.

You can buy decals for German CH-53 variants from: http://www.df-helostuff.de/Decals/Streitkraefte/Military/index.php/

The tail and the main rotor of German CH-53's were folded regularly to save space.

 

HTH
ICT

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