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Hi all. This I purchased this kit a couple of years ago at Telford when I had an idea of building a NI fit cab. As usual with my builds I build memories, having done 3 tours in Ulster starting in the 80’s these along with the Wessex are pinned in my memory. Moving on I wanted the boxing that had the PIP filters and the tiger meet boxing it was. The kit itself was obviously a design of the day so moaning is fruitless although the quality of the clear part is shocking and I feel I definitely got the Friday version. I wanted to add a bit of detail to the kit as I think for the pose I had in mind, too much would be on show. My original idea was a flyer with the 3 undercarriage legs lowered, a gun mounted and a Santa Clause in the other door. Alas I couldn’t find a suitable candidate so another option was chosen. Plan B was a 14 Int photographer hanging in the door way and I found a 3D printed figure on the bay in 1/32 scale.
 

So the build pressed on and through research and advice from guys on here and on PPrune I modelled this cab of 1563 Flt which was part of 33 Sqn from Oct 94 and just prior to the application of the 2 tone green. The MRB are actually straight as the look slightly drooped in these photos. The whole disc is removable but the kit is mounted on the pole. The nose antenna were replaced with 0.28mm rod and looks quite well in this scale. Anyway I’m rubbish at photography but I took advantage of today’s sunshine and here we go.

 

Build log is here 

 

 

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My thanks go to Pete in Lins, Jabba, Rickoshea52, Benbow, tarlucan, Sammy da fish. I’m sorry if I’ve missed you out but it’s been a great example of everyone chipping in.

 

I’m calling this one done and I’ll have a break before starting the next project.

 

Thanks for watching, Steve.

 

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That's pretty cool. 

 

I'm glad to see that the loadie and photog are wearing their monkey harnesses. Little details make the difference. I also pounced on the big seam in front of the rotors before recalling how the engine access doors actually worked. You brought a lot of memories back to me with this model. Thanks very much!

 

 

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Very nice indeed.  You have made a superb job of a difficult model, and done justice to it in full.  Brings back memories.  It's also nice to see an RW subject portrayed in forward flight, and not just lifting a load. I've bookmarked the build as I have a couple of Pumas in my must-build pile.

Tim

 

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You`ve done a superb job on this one Steve,...... the extra work that you have done really stands out and I love the door gunner,....... I too have quite a close connection with the Puma and would like to do something similar,..... hope it turns out as nice mate. 

Is the hair on the 14 Int lad long enough???

Cheers

          Tony

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19 hours ago, tonyot said:

You`ve done a superb job on this one Steve,...... the extra work that you have done really stands out and I love the door gunner,....... I too have quite a close connection with the Puma and would like to do something similar,..... hope it turns out as nice mate. 

Is the hair on the 14 Int lad long enough???

Cheers

          Tony

Thanks everyone for the resurrection. Tony I thought so even painted on lamb chops and a gringo🥺

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8 hours ago, speedy said:

Thanks everyone for the resurrection. Tony I thought so even painted on lamb chops and a gringo🥺

Just kidding bud,..... had a mate on 14 Int and he rocked up for his annual jumps sporting superb locks,...... a Para RSM tried gripping him while marching down to Queens Ave,..... he just said 14 Int and it was like,.... oh,.. right,.... nose tap,.... say no more,.... carry on LOL

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On 11/28/2021 at 1:40 PM, tonyot said:

Is the hair on the 14 Int lad long enough???

Eeeeee... those were the days. Pull up a sand bag and swing the lamp.

 

Great build Steve.

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On 11/29/2021 at 5:10 PM, tonyot said:

Just kidding bud,..... had a mate on 14 Int and he rocked up for his annual jumps sporting superb locks,...... a Para RSM tried gripping him while marching down to Queens Ave,..... he just said 14 Int and it was like,.... oh,.. right,.... nose tap,.... say no more,.... carry on LOL

My old WO was an ex-operator and a lad from my work went for it and passed. Turned up one day day tooled up and big hair. He was a ginge so probably made him stand out even more. My biggest regret of my service career was not applying for it to see if I’d got what it takes. Hey Ho🤔.

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