HH-3E Alaskan Air Command
Posted 22 January 2012 - 07:08 AM
I used some evergreen plastic strip 6.3mm x 1.5mm and used about six pieces laminated together ;
Hopfully will look something like the real thing ;
It looks reasonably close ;
The Starfix fuselage isn't as rounded as the Lindberg kit as it meets the rotor housing section so it is a liitle difficult trying to get it looking like the reference pic's ;
I drilled a small hole in the rear for the exhaust but the white plastic tends to get washed out a little with the digital camera ;
Perhaps I'll give the APU unit a couple of coats of paint and take another pic and see how it looks then .
Posted 22 January 2012 - 04:23 PM
Posted 25 January 2012 - 09:02 PM
The trumpeter rivet maker seems to work okay on the smooth Starfix fuselage ;
Next I glued the cockpit and cabin seats in place on both builds ,
Close up of the masking tape and plastic strip seat backs and UH-1D huey seat bases ;
The APU unit on the Starfix build looks quite different to the Lindberg molded version ;
You can see how different the shape of the upper fuselage and rotor housing are on each kit , which made it a little difficult to get the APU unit to look correct .
Anyway I'll glue the fuselage halves together next and then make another pair of fixed landing gear struts for the Starfix build .
Posted 26 January 2012 - 05:13 PM
Yea, Ray, you DO need to get your Huey up. I am looking forward to another one of your great Huey builds.
Posted 22 February 2012 - 11:22 AM
It is nice to see the two kits side by side. Obviously both have their issues, but also some advantages over the other.
I must confess to some "slacking-off" while the Boss has been absent these past couple of weeks .
However I'm back on the job and started sanding the putty...
Nice to have you back Boss ...
Posted 31 March 2012 - 05:14 AM
The canopy is glued in place and surprisingly the gap under the front canopy where it meets the fuselage nose section is a lot smaller than previous Lindberg HH-3E builds , so I just filled it with some Micro Kristal Klear .
She is now ready for masking and then onto painting ....at last !
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