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  1. Hello, So this is the box stock engine. That's it! 2 halves. And this is how it s going as of now. I machined an air intake cone. Adding a transmission coupler, what I think is a filter system of some sorts and a control box with wiring. Still pending some wiring and plumbing. Thanks, Ismael
  2. Thanks Lee! As I said in the other forum, it is your fault! Thanks for the inspiration!
  3. Hello, I'm sorry, I couldn't help it! I did the pilot's headphones out of wire, glue and tubing... and with that, cyclic control, throttle and pitch the cockpit is done! Thanks,
  4. Hello, Not surprisingly the rear seat and all belts were made out of masking tape. At this scale, even the masking tape thickness is noticeable. Still pending a little wash and dry brush on the seats for a hint of depth. And of course joystick, throttle, pitch, etc. Unfortunately most of this will not be seen once in the enclosed cabin. Remind me, what size is it? Thanks,
  5. Love the headphones! You inspired me to try to do a set.
  6. That's a great looking scheme! Looking forward to see it finished.
  7. Hello, Sorry I didn't update this thread frequently. But it is officially FINISHED! A little background history: (This is what the scale 4 ft sign says) July 21 1961 Mercury Redstone 4 Gus Grissom became the second American and third human in space. The capsule, Liberty Bell 7 could not be recovered due to premature hatch explosion, flooding the capsule. Pilot Jim Lewis fought to save it but the flooded capsule weighted too much for his overloaded UH-34D helicopter. The capsule sank to the bottom of the ocean while astronaut Grissom was rescued by another helicopter. The capsule was recovered in 1999 and Lewis was part of that expedition. My story: I bought airframe #148765 and restored it to how it looked on that day. I fly it frequently so that's why it is in different positions in the pictures as these were taken over the course of many days. This hangar is behind the wall where I keep the cars. The 4ft (scale) tall plaque is a print of one of the famous pictures of this incident with a brief description. The model: 1/48 Revell kit. I was pleasantly surprised for a mold that is over 50 years old. Instructions are misleading and incorrect in some areas, some of the gaps are big and the glass is very thick, but overall it was a pleasant kit. Of course I did plenty of modifications, the winch been my favorite. I have to say this is my best helicopter effort to date. There are 3 big issues with this model that drive me nuts and stick out like sore thumbs. I did my best to hide those flaws in the pictures. Other than that, there are some minor "accuracy" issues but in the grand scheme of things I am very happy. After all this model will never leave my house anyways. When you are willing to show pictures of your models at bigger than 1:1 magnification, you are happy with it. I hope you like it. What do you think? Thanks,
  8. Hello, Needless to say, this kit has NOTHING on the interior. So I did this little instrument dash as per 1:1 references. Printed my own instruments panel. Yeah, the altimeter needs calibration Made a fuel tank filler neck and cap. Looks big in this pic but it looks better in person, plus paint will help disguise it a bit more. And finally got a chance to do the second set of pedals. Need to align them both next. Thanks,
  9. Happy Easter everybody! Thanks guys! There has been significant progress in this build. I need to update this thread as I've been updating it elsewhere. That's a great picture of the bird. Is that the Ugly Angels Marines squadron? Vietnam: 65-69? and yes, the instructions are misleading and just plain incorrect in many ways. Thanks, **EDIT** You can see the up to date progress in this thread: http://www.arcforums.com/forums/air/index.php?/topic/312344-revell-148-marines-uh-34d-spacecraft-recovery-helicopter/
  10. Hi Len, Those are googley eyes from a craft store. Carefully removed the back with a new #11 blade to take out the "eye". Thanks!
  11. Hello, Regardless of subject or type of paint, airbrushing is such an enjoyable experience for me! It is my therapy. Love it! Will let it dry for a few days before inspecting and deciding if more is still needed. I hope this is the last coat of paint. Thanks,
  12. Hello, Stop me before I hurt myself! One of the smallest part I've ever scratchbuilt! These are the pedals that control the tail rotor. It is 2.2mm wide. Now I need to do the other side. Thanks,
  13. Hello, And we have COLOR! First coat of color. However, this paint will take a long time to dry. I airbrushed it over 4 hours ago and it is still very tacky, almost wet. But it looks good so far. Almost complete coverage but it still needs more paint. This pic reminds me of a bass Thanks,
  14. Hello, I've said it multiple times but I'm going to say it again: I've never claimed to be normal! Quick mockup. If I wake up at night and see it in the table I may squash it thinking is a bug. Thanks,
  15. WOW! That is really outstanding! What size/scale is that? *EDIT* DUH! I see it says 1:10 Sorry
  16. Hello, You didn't think for a moment that I was going to trust my tail rotor to some wimpy unbalanced plastic shaft, did you? Brass shaft. Added a sleeve inside the housing so the shaft can be installed AFTER both housing parts are glued together. Thanks,
  17. Cool! I'd like to get one but they are going for quite stiff prices these days.
  18. Hello, I machined the stationary swashplate and added the control rods and brass driveshaft. Can you tell the difference over the kit's part? That plate is 5.5mm or 7/32" Thanks,
  19. Hello, I've had this model in my stash for more than 25 years. SA318 Alouette II in 1/100 scale. I've never seen a built one. I think I know why. It is pretty crude, instructions are a joke and it is SMALL! Since I'm a masochist, here we go. This is a couple of hours of work so far... If this was an important subject, it would be a good candidate for a complete scratchbuilt. Thanks,
  20. Hello, Doing one can be a challenge. Doing 2 identical ones a bit more. Finally finished the rotor hub. I really, REALLY like it. Thanks,
  21. Not really. That was the first thing that popped into my head. But it would make a good movie quote I know what you mean. While not quite the same, I run the BB/pellets shooting range at the Boy Scout camp.
  22. OK, listen to me: On the third picture, you NEVER NEVER EVER stand in front of a loaded M16, M60 or even a pea shooter! you understand me? Translation: Awesome job!
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