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OFFICIAL: Helicopter Build Campaign
Klaus-Adler
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Posted: Friday, January 04, 2019 - 09:51 AM UTC

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Well I've been slowly working away on my kit of the Kamov Ka50 Black shark and to be honest it's got so many stencils for a 1/72nd scale kit my flabber is completely gasted! The fit so far has been good with little issues and a smattering of putty neded in places. The contra rotating blades won't actually rotate if built how Dragon would have you do it. You'll need to create a plate for the tilt control rods if you atually want them independent of one another. A pretty simple fix but this time round I just glued it all together to save time. I've got a second example that I'm thinking about doing a build log for and making both sets independent. Any how here are the beginning shots for your edification.

IMG_2156 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

IMG_2155 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr




wow this looks to be a very interesting build and can't wait to see some build shots
nico37
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Posted: Wednesday, January 09, 2019 - 11:45 PM UTC
Hi all,

very interesting kits around there !

Here is mine for this campaign:



Before to begin it, i'm waiting for my very first aerograph & compressor purchase .... maybe it'll be there this evening ....

sheers
nico
Pave-Hawk
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Posted: Monday, January 21, 2019 - 11:14 AM UTC
I have rather optimistically enrolled in this campaign with something I picked up on sale yesterday



SHAKY962
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Posted: Thursday, February 07, 2019 - 02:49 AM UTC
@Nicolas

I will follow your progress with interest. I love the Chinook!!!
SHAKY962
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Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 10:33 AM UTC
A few advances in my NFH

IMG_3616 by Shaky962, en Flickr

IMG_3620 by Shaky962, en Flickr

IMG_3633 by Shaky962, en Flickr

IMG_3634 by Shaky962, en Flickr
Bigrip74
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Posted: Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 07:06 AM UTC
I will put the Sikorsky back on the work table to see if I can finish in time for the campaign.

]see some nice subjects here.

Bob
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Posted: Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 11:04 AM UTC
Such a great variety of builds going on here, I will definitely be dropping in regularly to follow the progress.

Cheers, D
Bigrip74
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Posted: Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 01:10 PM UTC
I found the box that the Wessex had been stashed. Here is where it was at before the hospital.

Pave-Hawk
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Posted: Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 03:58 PM UTC
Engine assembled and Primed



Cockpit painted


Frame painted up


The instrument panel appears to be entirely a figment of someones imagination, with a lot more instruments than what I would expect for a basic Korea/Vietnam vintage helicopter. I found a few pictures of different panels on H-13s, but none of them match what the kit has.


No instrument decals are provided so if anyone has a decent image of what should be present it would be much appreciated.
AussieReg
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Posted: Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 06:48 PM UTC
G'day Iain.

Nice work so far on the Sioux. There are walkaround links for 5 different airframes HERE with plenty of great reference shots. Hopefully this helps.

There's also a good image HERE

Cheers, D
Pave-Hawk
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Posted: Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 08:19 PM UTC
Cheers for that Damian. That should really help.

I also found a semi decent shot of an Aussie sioux panel by just searching for "cockpit" instead of "instrument panel"

https://www.airliners.net/photo/Australia-Army/Bell-47G-2-Sioux/625435
Bigrip74
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Posted: Sunday, February 17, 2019 - 01:41 PM UTC
iain, that chopper did not have much of an engine did it?

I have a small problem. I need to attach some type of material on 3 these antenna on both sides of the chopper, but cannot figure out if stretched sprue will do the job.

MichaelSatin
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Posted: Monday, February 18, 2019 - 03:57 AM UTC

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I have a small problem. I need to attach some type of material on 3 these antenna on both sides of the chopper, but cannot figure out if stretched sprue will do the job.



I expect sprue would do it, if you're careful. I use a product called EZline to rig biplane models, it comes in quite fine thicknesses and is elastic so it stands up to handling better than stretched sprue. I know WingNut Wings carries it and I think you can get it through Amazon here in the States as well.

HTH. Nice work by the way!

Michael
Bigrip74
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Posted: Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 12:23 PM UTC
Michael, thanks for the information. I have a roll of that stretchy stuff some where, but the question is where

Any way Ive started closing up the office and getting ready for paint.

SHAKY962
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Posted: Friday, February 22, 2019 - 04:06 AM UTC
A few update in my kit

IMG_4246 by Shaky962, en Flickr

IMG_4381 by Shaky962, en Flickr

IMG_5718 by Shaky962, en Flickr

IMG_5729 by Shaky962, en Flickr
c4willy
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Posted: Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 10:11 PM UTC
Hi Guys I've finished the Ka-50 but for some reason I can't find my in progress shots for the build which is somewhat frustrating. So I'll just post pics of the finished build and then take some gallery shots later. So without further ado here's them pics!

IMG_2168 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

IMG_2169 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

IMG_2170 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

IMG_2171 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

IMG_2172 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

IMG_2174 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr
SHAKY962
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Posted: Friday, March 01, 2019 - 03:37 AM UTC
Near to finish!!!

IMG_6885 by Shaky962, en Flickr

I need to clean the windows only!!!
Bigrip74
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Posted: Friday, March 01, 2019 - 07:50 AM UTC
Nice job Chris on that dual rotor headache and Jose the camo really looks good.

Bob
SHAKY962
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Posted: Monday, March 04, 2019 - 04:18 PM UTC
Well, the NFH90 is finish

IMG_1074 by Shaky962, en Flickr

IMG_1073 by Shaky962, en Flickr
c4willy
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Posted: Saturday, March 09, 2019 - 07:12 AM UTC
Jose my friend fantastic job on the NH90! The RNZAF has some of these choppers too but I've not studied exactly how they differ from the kitset, You've provided the insiration to try.

Thanks Bob the rotors kind of irk me as they simply wouldn't turn independently of one another without some modification, or at least I couldn't see how! I'll be building another and this time I'm going to make it work! And I'm thinking of putting it in a build log so everyone can learn by my mistakes LOL.
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Posted: Saturday, March 09, 2019 - 01:15 PM UTC

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iain, that chopper did not have much of an engine did it?

I have a small problem. I need to attach some type of material on 3 these antenna on both sides of the chopper, but cannot figure out if stretched sprue will do the job.



Nylon invisible mending thread or fishing leader will also do the job nicely.
Pave-Hawk
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Posted: Saturday, March 09, 2019 - 01:42 PM UTC
Slight problem with my Sioux. Glued the bottom of the frame with engine mount backwards, so the engine ended up way too far forward.
Had to carefully pry some delicate parts, and then glue them back together the correct way round.
SHAKY962
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Posted: Sunday, March 10, 2019 - 09:36 AM UTC
[quote]Jose my friend fantastic job on the NH90! The RNZAF has some of these choppers too but I've not studied exactly how they differ from the kitset, You've provided the insiration to try.


Thanks for your words Chris.....
In Latin America we didnt have this helicopter in service I see in Le Bourget and is a beauty!!!!
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Posted: Sunday, March 10, 2019 - 10:19 AM UTC
Finally found a bunch of snowy Sunday afternoon bench time for the Ka-50
fitting the Neomega cockpit isn't the easiest, but it is worlds better than the kit parts.


coat of faded/NATO block on the blades


fuselage halves pressed together


And a full point victory over the carpet monster when the part doesn't even make it to the floor!


Hey Chris, is that the Italeri or the Hobby Boss kit?
I've already got an all black Werewolf in the cabinet, so I'm going with the sand/brown/ochre cammo on this one with the 497 little tiny Begemot decals.
c4willy
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Posted: Monday, March 11, 2019 - 07:08 AM UTC
Hi Mike the box says Dragon but I'm not really sure whose plastic it is. I did look at Scalemates but I can't remember the lineage.