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  1. Unit identification markings on the roof of Blue 3. They gave way to unit numbering on the pilots doors, geometric shapes, and colored bands on the tails depending on whether you were in I, II, or III Corps in Vietnam.
  2. Shouldn't be too hard to do a decal sheet. Used Dan's original image, realigned, adjusted for angle, and feathered slightly at .01. No anti-aliasing applied which is why it's crisp. A little more time and I'd bring out the yellow and soften the edges. The original for 'Arnold' and 'Dangerpig' look to have been done in chalk.
  3. Some sheet styrene using the bulkhead and transmission housing as a template with a scribe tool outta give you what you're after. You'd have to rework the overhead too. Would be great for a soundproof free Nighthawk build like '437' from the Razorbacks gunship platoon that operated out of Naval Support Base Nha Be, RVN. Nighthawk is in order for this kit which is my plan for one of them once both orders arrive. They even give you the .50 and M134 minigun in this kit! It was meant to be.
  4. I'm really surprised no one has mentioned any of the positive things going for this first sight build and they are there for anyone to see: the amazing tooling of tail rotor housing the detailed tail rotor hub the great level of detail present on the stabilizer bar (Usually you have to by PE to get that!) the correct outboard recess and shape of sync elevators the inclusion of the many missing components on a typical scale rotor head much better drag braces than those on other kits the beautiful shape and distinctive bow to those rotor blades at the right length Rotor blade tie down points on the ends of the rotors! B pillars!!! you don't have to craft or buy aftermarket cockpit details like the fire extinguisher Nicely done soundproofing What looks to be a great fit of the parts the correct rake of those skids giving it the right stance NO compartment door on the tail boom you have to fill in!! a superb profile and that beautiful nose Separate skid steps just like on the real ones Far better than anything out there right now IMHO. AND we haven't even discussed the decal options. Cant wait for the real review Military salute to Floyd and Ray for their continuous input to KH.
  5. Riggers belts with the integrated D-Ring. Beats a swiss seat all to hell
  6. Charlie, I had one more taken of the Joint Commission UH-1H aft looking forward but this 35mm slide along with some others has disappeared since my move last year. I hunted for it again yesterday with no luck.
  7. Grüß Gott HAJO, Here are a couple of the slides in my collection - These show the Marines did use the 'Long Line' antenna on the tail boom of their Hueys whether short body or the N series. I don't have any USMC SAR UH-1Ns slides in my collection but Ray likely has the goods. Stewart Airport, NY 21 JUL 1979 HMM 361 - This N series has the towel rack antenna just in front of the dog house but still sports a Long Line antenna running zig-zag along the tail boom. El Toro, CA MCAS UH-1E HML 261 MAY 1974 Servus
  8. I can sure rest easy with that answer.
  9. Ray, Your JUH-1H Ozark images remind me so much of CCAD, Corpus Christi Army Depot, after Vietnam ended where I was lucky enough to witness all these Hueys coming back with many still sporting nose art and their Vietnam markings. The same practice of removing 1 tail rotor blade was in effect then. The Green Delta CAC IV ship was used as part of the Joint Commission to observe the cease fire. They were painted in White or Red Stripes to clearly identify them. Despite that they still were shot at per those who ran the mission. You can still make out the nose art which is slightly been covered over. Notice the last UH-1H with sanded down bare metal skids. Gaggle of VNAF Hueys in that one. These slides were all taken between Aug and Nov 1975.
  10. Yep, A substance, debris or article alien to a vehicle or system which would potentially cause damage. Wonderful walk around Charlie with many features to feast on. My gut is going crazy over this image though. One of the areas I've circle appears to be a hairline crack in the blade hub. If that is indeed corrosion on those components circled my hope is they rectify it before the crew experiences an inflight separation usually followed by a rapid inverted descent from altitude.
  11. They are all from the units they directly supported when they were called for gunship fire support
  12. Is that corrosion or just dirt fouling?? Your FOD image reminded me of something. Now THIS....THIS is some FOD!! "A Thai UH-1 Huey helicopter flies a Thai special operations unit in support of a pilot extraction exercise at the Royal Thai Air Force air show at Korat Air Base, Thailand, during Exercise COPE TIGER 2002."
  13. Glad they were all okay. Here is video of the crash itself from a spectator. Danger close.
  14. For the table top gamers purpose a recovery mission of a downed Huey either lift or gunship would be better suited and that would've happened after the LZ was secure. Or bringing in resupply. Unless your running a cross border OP mission where occasionally, not the norm for MACV-SOG, you can run a hatchet team on ladders via a CH-47A. Typically though a SOG mission either LRRP or otherwise would've been extracted by ladders from a Huey or the famous McQuire Rig. Here is one from my collection which shows practice with the Maquire Rig. No date on this photo but it's likely 69 or 70 after 1st Aviation Brigade put out the order to paint one blade top white. Marine Force Recon DID use ladders to insert via their CH-46. Change the composition for your table top to USMC and you'll be closer to what you want to achieve historically. And make your Hueys UH-1E Either way I've got a weird desire to build a Chinook now having never done that.
  15. Todd, the official unit page refers to itself as 228th ASHB Assault Support Helicopter Battalion. Per their unit history : 228th ASHB was the 1st Cavalry Division's Chinook Battalion. The Bn had three companies of CH-47 aircraft. Each company had 16 "Hooks." The Battalion Headquarters (HHC) had a UH-1D/H "Slick" and one OH-6A "Loach." Guns-A-Go-Go was originally the 53rd Aviation Detachment and became the 1st Aviation Detachment when it was assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division in November 1966 Originally designated 53rd Aviation Detachment, and nicknamed "Guns-A-Go-Go," these Chinook Gunships were deployed six months TDY to Vung Tau,Vietnam for testing. They were attached to and supported by the 147th Avn. Co. (ASH) "Hillclimbers" Around the first of December 1966, the unit was re-designated as 1st Aviation Detachment (Provisional), and attached to the 1st Cavalry Division's 228th ASHB at An Khe. The composition of an AHC- Assault Helicopter Company is different than an ASHB. Obviously Battalion level over that of Company level but beyond that an AHC typically had a HQ/VIP platoon, two lift platoons, and a gunship platoon. Here are a few images I sold on from 1967 of the the 228th ASHB at An Khe and Phu Loi. And another typical mission profile for Chinooks in Vietnam. First photo from James Todd Pipesmoke recovery member I made this to try to identify the different names of the Pipesmoke recovery CH-47As from the unit. Sling out of a downed Shark gunship from the 174th AHC 25th Infantry Division Troops and CH-47 Chinook, Operation Kole-Kole, Cu Chi '67