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When I was making inroads into my stash I had a few large helicopter models to make so I made the thread 'over there' about it

This included the Italeri Merlin HM1 and the Airfix CH-53 and I have taken the opportunity to pop out some other helicopters during the build

 

Anyway I cannot remember ever putting an RFI for the CH-53 which I finished as a US Marines 'copter of HMH-262 The Ugly Angels in the Middle East

 

This machine used engine jet pipe blanks with images of the delightful Betty Boop which gave me much amusement replicating inside a tiny-ish hole

 

I scratch built the countermeasures gear and every one of the airframe markings was home printed

 

Finished in a mix of Tamiya Acrylics here she be:

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Cold light of day images, very chilly for a May morning...

 

But 'nuff of pollytics

 

And on

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The large fuel tanks were aftermarket because the Airfix kit ones were for skinnier early tanks

Betty is visible on the jet pipe blanks here

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Rotor blade marks were no fun at all :(  but add nicely to the overall look

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Not great pictures but typical of my poor 'tography abilities sorry

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I hope you like this

Thanks for looking

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Decent build and a good way to clear the stash! I can understand your lukewarm fascination with helicopters, I have one myself 😄

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Oh dear Alan, you misunderstand me


I love helicopters, always have but the Merlin, CH-53 and a couple of others in my stash were impulse buys that were never on my 'Build Radar'

 

I found once the builds were underway that I liked these beasties better as the research went on and I did learn far more after than I knew at the beginning

 

Still, I do have fixed wing builds in the pipeline

 

After some more helicopters that are on my 'Radar'

 

:)

 

Thanks for looking

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Really nice work on that old kit, looks great

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7 hours ago, perdu said:

I hope you like this

 

Certainly do Bill, cracking work with the decals! A close up of Betty wouldn't have gone amiss!! 

 

Nice job

 

Keith

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Soz keefr, soon OK?

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1 hour ago, perdu said:

Soz keefr, soon OK?

Just kidding pal, don't waste any building time trying to get more pics! :)

 

K

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Hello Perdu,

USMC Aviation. Always good.

Regards, Orion / The Netherlands.

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Thank you Chris, appreciated

 

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Lovely job. The big Airfix helos are great kits and it's a shame their availability has been so patchy over the years. 

The last kit issued by the original Airfix Industries, IIRC

 

John 

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What is that shade of FS gray?  Great job!

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I am still not sure what FS Gray it is

 

I saw the pictures online of the Ugly Angels flightline and this was a mixture of Tamiya acrylics to get as close as I could visually to the colour in the pictures

 

Mostly a result of adding white to taste to JA gray to get this almost glowing colour

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Even after finishing the model I cant quite recognise the colour from the Technical Orders listings

 

In the end I went where I liked the look...

 

 

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Hello Bill 

Realy nice Beastie, you make her justice !!

Great building and painting !!

A close up of 'da litte betty is welcome !!

Congratuations !!:partytime:

Will you bring her to SMW ?

Sincerely.

CC

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Thanks 

Jont, guys

Appreciated

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