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About Wafu

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    In a hangar in the South West of England.
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    Post war FAA, Helicopters, British WWII armour and USN Cold War aircraft.

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  1. I think Winnie we have to look past his technical aircraft talk and focus on the kit, we can all see the standard of what’s being offered and I think we all agree it’s a step forward from the academy offerings. I do hear you though, reviewers calling yaw pedals rudder pedals on helicopters, turbine blades down intakes etc make my teeth itch but not everyone in our hobby is entrenched in aviation, be it a driver or spanner. Happy modeling one and all.
  2. Looks really great Perry, I’m sure it will be very well received by your son-in-law. Its to a great lump even in 1/48th. Well done sir.
  3. Hi David, https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235052125-small-sale-few-more-added-213/ this has has just popped up on Britmodeller, if you have a problem with him posting to the US let me know and I’m sure we can sort it out.
  4. Thats how I feel, take my money, take it all.👍
  5. WOW, it’s made it’s way to the UK and it’s amazing. An online review of the staggering model is now out. Go to Phil Flory on YouTube. Great work by Kittyhawk and Floyd Werner.
  6. Sorry for the absence from the forum, well contributing anyway. I've watched Lupusprimus build, finish and display his S-64F and have been inspired to get on with mine. So here are a few more photos of how its all being progressed in a little shed in the far west of England. After the final mask had been completed I set about making all the airframe strengthening plates, lumps and bumps on the forward cockpit area. Once this process was complete to my satisfaction I moved onto recalling the rivets, as done on the aft fuselage. This was done using the MicroMark decal sheets, Micro Set and Sol. It was a very long process but I am more than happy with the effect. Unlike fixed winged aircraft most helicopters are riveted together using 3/32", 1/8" and 5/32" mushroom headed rivets, the odd JoBolt or HyLok its thrown in for good measure. Whilst all this good stuff was drying I started to look at the top deck parts, especially around the gearbox, so the flying control bellcranks had to be made. Final picture shows a colour swatch I've been playing with to see how the white shows through the green IF I decide to finish the primed model in overall green first. Thanks for looking.
  7. Seems like an age since I posted something but I have spent a long time cutting, trimming and fitting the glazing to the cockpit areas. I'll let the pictures show you my progress. And the important masking that followed. With the side bubble windows now on she's been put to one side to dry. Tomorrow, if all is well, I plan to start blending the edges and may be a fine coat of primer?
  8. A massive step in the right direction from my point of view, B or an F I’m happy. If you want to make my day then the USCG machine would make me smile all year. Well done to Kittyhawk, my pennies are already yours.
  9. Now that’s what I call a reference document, many thanks Tank, you’ve answered so many questions in just one post. Cheers.
  10. Hi guys, me again. Can you confirm the colour scheme for the three aircraft at Cherry Point? I’ve got an old Helibourne book with the scheme being quoted as dark Blue and International Orange. I see you guys think it’s more dark Gray than Dark Sea Blue. FS numbers would be ideal. Help always appreciated.
  11. An obscure subject, the US Navy used them for basic helicopter training, as did most of the US armed forces. A staple trainer before the days of the R22. I’ve worked on these little helicopters in the schweizer 269C helicopter guise, the usual Lycoming engine config with a shrouded belt drive. The 3D renders look good, wonder if the finished kit will have the second fuel tank, flat face console and maybe even floats? In 48th it may just disappear on your work bench but in 32 or 35 it would command more presence.
  12. Hi all. My apologies for a short absence, life and stuff gets in the way of modelling. The last few days of the week have brought about a massive step forward for my build. When embarking on this 'fun ride' I always knew that the biggest hurdle would be the cockpit section, get this right and the build can and will come together, this is after all the first post of call for everyone, getting the cockpit and airframe in the right proportion would make or break the whole scratch build, no pressure then. Firstly I used the Revell kit to get the look, secondly using the drawings from the maintenance manual and finally using the myriad of images of Skycranes on good old Google, care had to be taken here as the Italian machines have the whole rear section with a side door and not the rear door access. A good friend of a friend said he'd help me over a coffee at a local model show. I showed him what I had in the way of the basic airframe, pictures and diagrams, from this he said he could give me a 3D printed frontend. So, after a lot of referring and conferring he has produced this.... This being the front section with vac form glazing, bubble windows and rear section. To be truthful he's given me a few extra's to use as test parts. On with the build. wanting to get the cockpit on to the airframe, I needed to build up the basics within the cockpit before marrying the front and rear sections. I must admit here that raid after raid has been made on my spares box, fortunately I'd made one of Floyd's excellent MH-47 kits and so had key parts leftover, the build of the seats, consoles, Cyclic's, Collectives, Yaw pedals and such would be made easier. The S64F has a full MFD glass cockpit so the spare console was pressed into service. Finally the upper and forward consoles are at a point to leave, for the moment. I did use the great set from Airscale to give me the mandatory analog flight instruments required. The upper overhead console has two wander lights added. In addition to all this front end action, I did mess about with the two power plants, pipework etc. Thats all for now folks.
  13. Wafu

    USMC CH-46

    Wow, thanks guys. I will share the build with you. I’ve just received the kit this morning from an eBay seller, bargain buy. Sorry to hear the news Dave, I’m sure you’ll do justice to the Phrog in due course though, by the way I have a few of your mask sets, they look very comprehensive. Thanks again to all and watch out for the build very soon, I’m doing it between my Skycrane build. Cheers Ian.
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